Is Turmeric Good for Dogs? By A Veterinarian Is Turmeric Good for Dogs? By A Veterinarian - SitStay

Is Turmeric Good for Dogs? By A Veterinarian

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Many people who love to cook have heard of turmeric. This is a popular cooking spice that also has many medical benefits for your dog. This simple spice can be added to your pet's diet to help treat and prevent many problems that your pet may encounter. If your dog is sick, ask your veterinarian if turmeric is an excellent supplement to give them.  


What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a common spice used for cooking. This is a plant similar to a ginger root except it is a bright orange color.


Is Turmeric Safe for Dogs?

Yes, turmeric is very safe for dogs. This can be given to your dog just when they are sick or even on as a daily supplement to help prevent any illness.


Benefits of Giving Your Dog Turmeric

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There are many great benefits of giving your dog turmeric. This is a great supplement to add to your pet’s daily diet.

Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric is known to help decrease inflammation. This can be used for dogs who have just had surgery or an older dog who is suffering from arthritis.

Digestive aid

Turmeric is a great supplement to give dogs who suffer from chronic GI problems. Turmerics' excellent anti-inflammatory properties help decrease inflammation in the GI tract. Turmeric also helps stimulate the gall bladder to release digestive enzymes that help break down the food that your dog eats.

Pain relief

Many older dogs take pain medication or supplements daily to help control pain associated with arthritis. Turmeric is a great supplement to add to their diet to help control chronic pain. Next time your dog is struggling to get around due to arthritis reach for some turmeric. This may be better than all the expensive medications your pet may have previously taken.

All-natural detox agent

Turmeric is also an all-natural detox agent. If your dog is sick, adding turmeric to their medication will help your dog get back to feeling better quicker.

Treatment for allergies, epilepsy, and liver disease

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Turmeric has been shown to help with numerous conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a great supplement to add to your pet's daily diet to help with allergies, epilepsy, and liver disease. If your pet is suffering from any of these conditions, ask your vet if turmeric is an excellent choice to add to their diet.

Improves cardiovascular health

Turmeric also helps with dogs who suffer from heart disease. As dogs get older, their hearts get weaker and can possibly throw a life-threatening blood clot. Turmeric is known for its blood-thinning properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it an excellent supplement for old aging dogs with heart disease.

Aids in fighting cancer

Turmeric also is a great help when fighting cancer. Turmeric cannot cure cancer, but studies have shown that it is excellent at decreasing the spread of the disease.


How to Give Your Dog Turmeric

There are many different methods that you can try to give your dog this supplement. Some dogs will eat anything, and you can just sprinkle on your dog’s food. Some dogs are more picky eaters and would rather eat a turmeric treat.

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Turmeric Paste

Some people prefer a more homemade approach than commercially available treats offer. This is an excellent recipe for making your own turmeric paste.

Ingredients you will need:

  • ½ cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1 ¼ cup of water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅓ cupof coconut oil

Directions to make this excellent paste:

  • 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

When feeding this to your dog, start off with a very small dosage of 1/4th tsp and slowly increase the dosage. Little dogs should stay with 1/4th tsp where large and giant dogs can take up to a whole tsp.

This recipe is very simple and easy to make. This is a great way to give your dog a tasty treat that is also very good for your dog.


Possible Side Effects

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Just like with any medication, there is always a possible side effect. Turmeric is very safe and effective but does have side effects.

Natural blood-thinner

Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. When people take blood thinners, they have a hard time stopping themselves from bleeding when they get cut. You may also notice that it makes your dog a little bit longer to stop bleeding when they are cut. This is due to the blood thinner properties found in turmeric.


Turmeric is an excellent choice if your dog is suffering from joint pain, GI discomfort, or any other disease. By reaching for this commonly found household spice, you will help your dog get back to their normal healthy and happy life. As with anything new you start your dog on, it is best to talk with your veterinarian. Make sure that any medication or problems your dog currently has are not going to be affected by adding this excellent supplement.

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Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM
Since she was a little girl, she knew that her dream was to become a veterinarian. With a tremendous passion and love for animals that makes her a great source of knowledge for others. She lives happily with her husband Greg and her babies Ruby the Schnoodle, and Bam-Bam the bunny.