Turmeric for your dog
While regular use of turmeric for dogs may seem a little unusual; the benefits of adding this miracle spice to your best friend’s diet, are very high. There are a number of natural herbs, plants and spices that are often considered outside the realm of what’s consider “normal” for pets, but offer just as many benefits that work just as well for dogs as they do for people.
You can use our advanced turmeric formula. Or, if you prefer to make your own golden paste, see the instructions below.
How Can Turmeric Help Your Dog?
There are a number of recorded benefits of how this herb can help your dog,
- Pain: because all dogs are subject to arthritis, turmeric can play an important role due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It tops the list for natural remedies for treating dogs with stiff joints.
- Blood Clots: Curcumin is also a blood thinner, which makes it an essential component when it comes to reducing the risk of blood clots and ridding the body of excess cholesterol. Although cholesterol doesn’t effect dogs like it does people, clots can lead to a number of problems for dogs, including heart issues.
- Irritable Bowel Disease: Curcumin also stimulates bile production in the liver, which aids in digesting food properly because it helps break down dietary fats. Active dogs require diets that have at least 20 percent fat, so a little turmeric can go a long way with respect to aiding in overall digestion. Dogs that are pregnant, nursing or underweight require more fat in the diet, which means that more turmeric could help.
- Cancer: There are some reports emerging, albeit somewhat tentatively, that turmeric could play a role in fighting cancer. Animal and test tube studies have revealed the herb’s capability to play a role in preventative medicine as an antioxidant. It has also been proven to shut down the blood vessels that feed cancer cells in some cases, although more research is certainly needed on the subject.
- Dementia: In India where turmeric is used regularly among many; the number of people suffering from dementia and similar memory related diseases is considered very low.
Watch this video about how to make Turmeric Paste for Dogs
We’ve read different dosages on several sites. Many people advise to start with small amounts and build up because it can cause loose stool if you feed too much to your dog. Turmeric paste leaves a dog’s system quickly, so it should be fed with each meal (more than once a day). I started my dogs off with 1/4 teaspoon in each meal and worked up from there to gauge their tolerance. Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.
- Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of golden paste to each meal
- Every 5-7 days, increase the dosage a small amount
- Once you notice pain relief, increased mobility, or a decrease in tumor size (yeah, I read this could happen and I’m blown away) – you’ve found your maintenance dosage
- For healthy dogs, stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per meal, because more gives them diarrhea
Some dogs start getting this cat pee smell. Some people add a dash of cinnamon to the meals to prevent the smell. After a year of being on golden paste, the smell has gone away.