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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Using Turmeric For Dogs 2022

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Many people have heard of or even use turmeric in their lives but it is often referred to as a kitchen spice or ingredient. What many people don't know is that turmeric actually has some incredibly strong benefits associated with it when it comes to the health of both humans and dogs. In this article, I will be going over the top 5 reasons turmeric for dogs is so amazing and why you should consider using it.

There are many things that make turmeric good for dogs but the main ones include Natural Anti-Inflammatory Properties, Relieves Joint Pain Associated With Arthritis, Promotes Cardiovascular Health, Helps Intestine and Bowel Health, and can even Stop Cancerous Cells.

Before we get into the specifics on each of these benefits we must first go over what turmeric actually is!

Turmeric For Dogs… What Is It?

Turmeric for dogs and what it is

Turmeric itself is a root to a flowering plant and is very closely related to the ginger root and has a distinct orange color to it. Used as a spice you can oftentimes find turmeric powder in your local grocery store. There are now even pet foods and  dog supplements that utilize this amazing ingredient in their recipes.

The main active ingredient in turmeric is actually Turmeric Curcumin which is a compound in the curcuminoids family. This is what makes turmeric an amazing holistic option as a powerful Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Wound healing and Anticancer Ingredient.

Because of all these great things turmeric is actually a  good option to replace some of the more expensive medicines that dogs get prescribed. Now that you know a little more about what turmeric is, let's get into the top 5 benefits of turmeric for dogs!

The Natural Anti-Inflammatory Properties

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Being an Anti-Inflammatory substance can make an ingredient a potent option as a remedy for many things that lead to pain and discomfort. Though it may not sound awful, chronic inflammation is at the root of many problems faced by dogs including Allergies, Arthritis, Cancer, Digestive Issues, and Kidney Issues.

This  2017 article by the Medical University of Wrocław, Poland shows just how diverse turmeric can be when talking about its anti-inflammatory properties and some of the problems it is capable of helping. This ingredient once thought to be just a spice is now shown to be able to treat some of the issues both humans and dogs face on a daily basis due to inflammation.

Helps With Joint Pain Associated With Arthritis

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Anyone who has had a dog that is dealing with arthritis knows just how hard it can be to see your dog struggling. Turmeric gives these dogs relief while still being a healthy ingredient and remaining able to help with other problems they may be facing. If your dog is facing pain from arthritis and there is little you can do to help you may want to consider talking to your veterinarian about adding turmeric to their diet.  

Turmeric for dogs is a great option as a natural safe alternative to some name brand medicine that deals with reducing joint pain. Although ibuprofen is not safe for consumption in dogs this  2016 Article by Daily, Yang, and Park shows that when used on joint pains turmeric performed just as good as ibuprofen when it comes to Arthritic pain reduction and has little to no side effects.

Though this article is studying the effect on humans the great thing about turmeric is that it is safe for dogs consumption and is able to be a solution for their joint pain. Turmeric has very similar joint pain reductions as compounds like CBDs which are very popular in today's medical world.   

Improves Cardiovascular Health

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As dogs get older some problems seem to become more and more of an issue, and one of these is the cardiovascular health of our furry friends. Things like blood clots and heart failure can be a real possibility and turmeric has been shown to  aid in this problem.

The thing that helps turmeric with this is Curcumin which is an antioxidant that is known as a polyphenol. Polyphenols are often found in plants that have other natural anti-inflammatory properties as well. This makes sure that the arteries stay protected from fatty buildup that can cause problems in the cardiovascular health of a dog.

Along with this turmeric is believed to be a blood thinner which helps against common problems like blood clots. This ensures your dog is doing the best to keep healthy where many older dogs struggle.

Helps Intestine And Bowels Stay Healthy

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Another issue that turmeric for dogs can aid is many of the digestive and bowel problems that dogs may struggle with. Things like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) are caused by inflammation which leads to extreme discomfort and other health problems. Turmeric curcumin has those natural anti-inflammatory properties we have talked about and this can make a world of difference for these dogs.

Along with this turmeric can actually help the digestive system keeping your dog's intestines healthy. Some dogs can have problems that cause their bile production to decrease leading to their digestive system to struggle. Turmeric actually stimulates this bile production which can make a dogs ability to break down food a lot easier.  

Turmeric For Dogs Can Help With Cancer

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Though there is not much in the way of actually curing cancer humans are finding ways to help reduce some of the effects that are seen alongside it. One of these is tumors due to cancerous cells which can lead to a large number of health problems. Turmeric and more specifically curcumin have been found to “suppress initiation, progression, and metastasis of a variety of tumors” as stated in this  2015 article by the National University of Singapore.

Though turmeric cannot cure cancer the ability to stop cancerous cells in their tracks is a huge step in the right direction. This simple thing can prevent dogs from suffering from complications that tumors can cause.

How To Give Your Dog Turmeric

Turmeric by itself can be hard for your dog's body to absorb on its own but luckily there are treats you can get or even make that help this problem to get your dog the most from their turmeric intake.

The main secret that doctors and scientists have learned when dealing with turmeric is that first, you should include oil like coconut oil or olive oil to increase absorption into the body and second you should add what is known as peperine which can be found in black pepper which can help absorption rates by a ton.

If you have a dog dealing with allergies, pain, or inflammation a great product that recently came out is  Natural Doggies Advanced Mobility Chews for Hip and Joints. These chews are amazing as they contain everything you need to have a great turmeric absorption rate in a dog-friendly treat. For more information click the button below!

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Turmeric Paste For Dogs

If homemade is more what you are looking for there is a turmeric paste that many dog owners are using for their furry friends every day!

You will need

½ cup organic turmeric powder

1 ¼ cup of water

1 ½ teaspoon black pepper

⅓ cup coconut oil

Jar of crushed turmeric powder with a teaspoon next to it

Simply add turmeric powder and water on low heat in a pan and mix. (add more water or turmeric as needed)

Once it becomes a thick paste add the black pepper and the coconut oil in and stir.

Now let it cool, put it in a jar, and store it in the refrigerator for future use!

Both of these are great options for your furry friends and they are fully capable of helping in any stage of your dog's life! The best part is that turmeric is a natural substance so you know your dog is not getting any harmful compounds into their body. It is noted that turmeric can interfere with some medications and treatments so it is an extremely good idea to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog these turmeric loaded treats.

Now you know the top 5 reasons you should be using turmeric for dogs! This wonderful root has already been able to help many of our furry friends around the world and it may be the perfect option for yours. As I have stated before it is recommended that you talk to your veterinarian about using turmeric for any health problems your dog may be facing. If you are a pet owner and do use turmeric for your dogs feel free to leave a comment and give your story. Also as always feel free to share this post to help out anyone who may need this information!

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Meet The Author 

Grant Withers

Canine Specialist & Writer

Grant is an award-winning writer for SitStay with a passion for pets and especially dogs! Grant loves writing about furry little goofballs and aims to educate pet parents about anything and everything regarding their dogs.

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