Did you know that turmeric is part of the ginger family? That it has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat many health conditions? In the Middle East and India, turmeric was used a great deal for many medical problems such as toothaches, hemorrhaging, menstrual problems, chest pain, and bruising. Because it contains such healing properties, research continues on the wonders of turmeric to the point that vets and owners of pets conclude that if it is such a super-spice for humans, could It not offer healing benefits to our pets? – after all, people tout it as being excellent for more serious diseases such as cancer, inflammation of the muscles and joints, recurring cysts., or arthritis!
- Oh yes, says Dr. RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, a vet and also certified in canine physical rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Turmeric, she says, even though it hasn't been studied extensively in pets, it still continues to benefit animals because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has passed many tests for inclusion in animal foods and you might even see it as an ingredient in your dog’s food labeling if you are into holistic foods and medications from holistic vets.
- Because turmeric doesn’t seem to absorb well into the body on its own, it is better to mix it up with a healthy fat or some black pepper, adding this concoction to a paste. Then you can give it to your dog directly or add it to his food. We will tell you below how to make the glorious golden paste which makes it even easier to administer this spice to your beloved pet for amazing benefits.
- You need to check with your vet before you start administering anything new to your dog, particularly if you were contemplating giving him the turmeric capsules which are designed for humans and which might contain more curcumin than what your dog should be taking.
- Start off slow when you first start giving your dog turmeric, particularly dogs with sensitive stomachs, because then their stomachs could become even more irritated. It is recommended that you give your dog one-fifth of the recommended dosage, based on his weight, and then gradually increase the dose after that until you have reached the maximum dose. Here is a good idea:
1-10 lbs.: 1/16-1/8 tsp. of powder or ½ capsules
10-20 lbs.: 1/8-¼- tsp. or ½-1 capsule
20-50 lbs.: ¼ tsp.-1 tsp. powder or 1-2 capsules
50-100 lbs.: 1 tsp.-2 tsp. powder or 1-2 capsules
More than 100 lbs.: 2 tsp or the equivalent of an adult human dose of capsules
- Some vets sell chewable turmeric ‘tablets’ for dogs with coconut oil in it which is great for hip and joint health in dogs and those with arthritis.
Studies continue on turmeric and recent studies show that turmeric even helps with cancer and inflammation for not only humans but for pets too. Inflammation can occur from many ailments, disorders, and diseases, not just limited to arthritic pain. Dogs face many health issues if they are not following proper nutritious diets fit for dogs. Dogs should not consume fried and processed foods that humans love so much, and which often gets tossed to a dog from their human carers. Dogs are capable of facing cancer, kidney disease, and allergies all caused by chronic inflammation. The American Cancer Society revealed that the active ingredient in curcumin prevents the development of cancerous growths, even preventing it from spreading, reducing tumors and killing off cancer cells.
If your dog has stiff and achy joints, there are other fantastic anti-inflammatory ingredients as well, to include in your dog’s diet alongside turmerics, such as omega-3-fatty acids from fish oil and CBD oil Look here; these are foods recommended by a holistic vet.
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Excellent for the liver as it works full time to regulate the blood and remove hazardous toxins.
- An outstanding alternative to other conventional pharmaceutical medications and steroids. A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology shows that when curcumin is combined with steroids, it reduces the side effects of this dangerous medication.
- It helps to manage weight.
- Kills off ticks, fleas, and other parasites.
- Can elevate the mood and treat depression.
- Relieves allergies and joint pain.
- A great remedy for diarrhea because it is a binding agent.
- It can prevent cataracts.
- Treats epilepsy.
- High in vitamins, fiber, and minerals.
- Clinical research shows that it helps in Alzheimer Disease.
Don’t hesitate to contact your vet if your dog experiences these:
It should be noted that the above side effects don’t usually show if turmeric is taken as directed. The unwanted side effects usually occur when your dog has been given too much of the supplement over time.
Golden Paste is really easy to make for your pet and often it is easy to feed your dog, especially if he loves to lick the spoon!
½ Cup of Turmeric powder
1 Cup of water
1½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
70 ml Coconut or olive oil
1 tbsp. Turmeric powder
¾ Cup of hot water
1 tsp. Chicken or beef bouillon
1 1/3 Cup of ground flax seed
1 1/3 Cup of all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. Brown sugar
½ Cup of peanut butter
As you can see, turmeric ‘comes through’ all the way for your dog when he is not feeling well, and every pet owner wants only the best for their best friend, right? Turmeric has proven itself to really impart wellbeing to animals if administered properly, particularly when other options have failed. You cannot afford not to consider adding turmeric to your dog’s daily diet and watch how he shows you what dogs are really made of – happy, bouncy, full of vibrating health and ready to continue to be a friend and companion for many grrrrrrrrrrrrreat days ahead!