using turmeric for dogs imageWhile regular use of turmeric for dogs may seem a little unusual; the benefits of adding this wonder herb 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.

This article shares those benefits.  For instance, dogs who suffer with joint inflammation or memory issues may benefit when turmeric aka  Indian saffron is regularly added to the diet.

USE ONLY PURE TURMERIC POWDER LIKE THIS ONE FROM BULK SUPPLEMENTS

*Note: Be sure to add 1/8 tsp. fresh pepper to one teaspoon of turmeric…

turmeric powder for dogs

How Can Turmeric Help Your Dog?

using the herb turmeric for dogsThere 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.  Learn more about one of our favorite formula’s for doggy dementia here.

Turmeric Paste Recipe that lasts 2 weeks in the fridge…

What’s the Dosage Amount?

Dosage is roughly one eighth to one quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight. Start slow and work up.

Things to Watch Out For

As with almost anything, there are some downsides to using turmeric.

  • It’s a binding agent, for one thing, which means that it can lead to constipation in some dogs. Because of this possibility, dogs should use plenty of water along with turmeric. Yogurt can also be administered to balance out the digestive flora.
  • Dogs that are prone to kidney stones should not be given turmeric since it increases urinary oxalate levels.
  • Also, some dogs are sensitive to turmeric and develop stomach upset.  If this happens, it’s possible that you’re giving too much or that your dog is simply sensitive to the  herb when added directly to their food.
  • Studies in people conclude that turmeric can have a negative effect if taking drugs for acid indigestion such as Tagamet, etc. See this article by the University of Maryland Medical Center.  So, I’d recommend avoid feeding turmeric and acid reducers at the same time (hopefully you’re not feeding acid reducers regularly anyway).
  • They also indicate that it can have an effect on those taking prescription drugs for diabetes or if taking aspirin.  So, same applies here; I would avoid giving turmeric and diabetic drugs together, and if you’re giving your dog aspirin, I also wouldn’t give the two together.  Give one or the other.

Overall, however, most case studies have revealed many positive effects with dogs taking turmeric. Nonetheless, better safe than sorry.

*Tips: One person wrote in to share that her dog is on Trilostane to treat Cushings Disease.  She wanted to let me know that her vet told her that Turmeric can be fed when a dog is taking Trilostane.

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  • Paula Carlson
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    I am reading this and feeling hope for my boy ! My Oska is a nine year old Rottweiler who has Thyroid Carcinoma. His mass was removed on May 6, 2016, biopsy showed no vascular invasion yet but it is very aggressive. The laryngeal nerve had to be sectioned as the tumor was invading that area. Lungs are still clear.
    Now what to do ? Oncology recommends Chemo to buy him more time. even if it was free I am hesitant to go that route.
    He gets one quarter tsp Golde a Paste am and pm , along with multivitamin . I am afraid to add to mix to many things
    Do I find the Avemar ? Add the essiac tea and Resvantage that were referenced ?
    Please any advice
    Thank you
    Paula and Oska

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Paula and Oska:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles. I used and still use Resvantage, Essiac Tea and Colostrum to build a strong immune system for my own girl with Fibrosarcoma. She eats a very high protein diet which your dog DEFINITELY needs Paula. So, I can honestly say that my own 7 year old 130lb lab did a complete 180. Her vet was truly amazed. He offered that I treat her with his $250 a month supplement and I declined. But, I’m funny that way. I chose to work closely with her diet, adding whole foods and supplements.

      9 months later, her tumor is barely visible now. Had I listened to them; they would have amputated her leg and put on a supplement that I couldn’t afford.

      I hope this helps. You must do it all. What I mean by that is that the diet and the supplements should all be top of the line. If you need help with diet, just let me know.

      Janie

      • Paula Carlson
        Reply

        Thank you Janie
        In your opinion what is the best of the kibble dry?
        I now use Earthborn and Natural Balance, fish or venison. I keep away from Poultry as that is said to be inflammatory. I do add veggies, egg, yogurt , cottage cheese .
        I am struggling with the decision of chemotherapy. I lost my husband to cancer and its effects on him were horrendous.
        Oncology tells me dogs do Not usually have severe reactions ?
        Any suggestions?

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Hi Paula:

          Is there a reason why you feel you have to use kibble? Kibble is very, very hard on the kidneys and liver, and if it contains grain, and grain breaks down into carbs and cancer loves carbs. For a dog with cancer, I highly recommend that you feed either homemade or use a food such as The Honest Kitchen where you simply add warm water and your dog has a home cooked meal. I would still however include meat and eggs in the diet as well as vegetables (steamed frozen veggies are fine, but no peas and carrots).

          I had one reader years ago who shared her dog’s story of her radiation treatments on my website. You can see it here on my old website. I recently heard from Sophie’s owner Christine about a month ago and here’s some of what she had to say:

          “I will be so happy if Sofie’s story can help someone else. She has really done great over the years since her cancer treatments. She is very much an old dog now – but she still does pretty well. She is a bit rickety I like to say, but she still gets around! In the last couple of years she has developed low grade kidney disease (though with a kidney diet and medical management, her last blood tests showed her kidneys at the higher end of the normal range, so that’s good.) And she had her BP test last week and they medication they put her on appears to keep in the normal ranges! So that’s good.

          And I will say she is prone to bouts of rhinitis here and there. It appears to be a side effect of having radiation near the face. All the little bones in her nose got damaged by the treatment so she is very susceptible to getting infections. She is on antibiotics now for one that is kind of tough. On balance, considering I got 5 extra years with her, it was well worth it. She is definitely blind in the eye that was in the field of radiation. But its ok, she still gets around well. I just put her on Yunnan Baiyo to help with the nasal discharge. I should know soon if its helping.”

          If you absolutely must use a kibble, then I would use Acana. However, I can’t stress enough that the food you feed is a beyond critical. I’m not sure if you know this already or not, but I offer a cookbook for dogs with different diseases including cancer and all the recipes are made in the crockpot with only 3-5 ingredients. The recipes cook in the crockpot for roughly 2 hours. You can learn more here if you want Paula.

          I’m so very, very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband Paula. I’m sure that learning your boy Oska has cancer is tough to take. DON’T GIVE UP!!! Read Sophie’s story and see her pictures. Again, she had radiation, not chemotherapy though.

          Let me know your thoughts.

          Janie

    • Gene Sorensen
      Reply

      Also look into cbd’s. I do a tumeric and cbd combo for my guy. The results are amazing

      • yourolddog
        Reply

        Hi Gene:

        Thanks so much for sharing. Is there a particular brand of CBD you use?

        Janie

    • Lucy Burr
      Reply

      Hi, Paula. You might want to consider adding a mushroom complex to Oska’s diet since there have been some amazing results using medicinal mushrooms. Two years ago I adopted an elderly Yellow Lab who had neurological problems and was later diagnosed with cancer. I gave her organic ground Turmeric and “MUSH” medical mushroom blend on a daily basis and we put off the inevitable for two years. I give my 8 year old Lab mix the same combination and was happy to find his two small tumors were not cancerous. The vet said the happy news could be due to the supplements and a primarily raw diet. Good luck.

      MUSH SUPPLEMENT

      Lucy and Shadow

  • Paula carlson
    Reply

    Sorry but what is CBD ?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Paula:

      Cannabidiol aka CBD. A common source is Hemp Oil.

      Janie

  • Lindley
    Reply

    I have an 80 pound lab- I know I should start with 1/4 tsp but how much should I increase each day and what is the amount I should max out at.

    I am also wondering if I should feed a 1/4 tsp with each meal? Thanks!

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Lindley:

      So sorry for the delay. I would give your lab roughly 1 tablespoon daily which is equal to 3 teaspoons. I would start slow and give 1 teaspoon and divide it between meals. Then slowly increase to 2 teaspoons the next week and divide between meals, then work up to 3 teaspoons a day on the third week.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Melinda
    Reply

    Hello. Is it safe to uses Turmeric and MushMedicinal in pregnant dogs? And Breeding males?

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Melinda:

      Sorry for the delay. I don’t know of any precautions related to using Turmeric and MushMedicinal in pregnant females or breeding males.

      Janie

  • Marylin tellez
    Reply

    Hi i have a chihuahua and she has heart problems and joint problems as well .. Am currently giving her L-furosemide,L-benazepril , L-pimobendan (is a one medication in three- liquid)
    That is for her heart, and is every 12 hours . For her joints shes taking pain medication Metacam and is every 24 hours.and for anti-inflamatory she is under Tramadol . Which am giving it to her every 2 weeks for one week straight . My vet said to give her anti inflamatory when i would notice she needs it.. I know she is in pain and i want to help her by giving her something more like herbs and stuff 🙂 i love her so much. I need details on how to give her turmetic. She is 10 years old her name is Niki and she weights 6 pounds. I am working on her weight . I give her dry food with omega 3 oils . I feed her twice a day in a fair amount so she can no longer gain weight and for her to stay satisfyed.I am using a sirynge to give her her medications and would like to know how much of the thick paste i shall give her ? 0.5 ml ? Just same same amount she is taking for her heart medications ??? I would appreciate it very much thank you !

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Marylin:

      I’m sorry about Niki. Let me ask you some questions:

      Would you be willing to home cook for her vs feeding her dry food which is not good?

      I strongly suggest that you change her diet to a high protein, home cooked diet. The high protein will help to keep the weight off and is very good for the heart. My cookbook includes two recipes for heart disease that you can make in the crockpot Marylin. This cookbook includes recipes for many different diseases as well. I could help you adjust some of the other recipes to make them heart friendly as well. I would include a good multivitamin for Niki which will cover all bases and is important when home cooking. I would also include COQ10 for the heart.

      I suggest that you find a good Chiropractor in your area that works on animals. Animal Chiropractors can help tremendously with joint pain, spasms, etc. Dogs seem to benefit tremendously from Chiropractic care. There are Chiropractors that work on both people and animals Marylin.

      Before you start with Turmeric, I think you need to consider what I said above. I strongly believe this will help Niki.

      Are you in the U.S. Marylin?

      Janie

  • Holly
    Reply

    I have a 13 year old shih tzu. She has had various diseases throughout her life; cushings disease, UTI’s, gall stones, surgeries on both cruciate ligaments. Most recently, she was diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes. She was put on Denamarin for this but her body can’t absorb the pill so my vet said to quit giving it to her. Her appetite has deminished since April. Most of her nutrients are coming from me force feeding her. She would sniff the food and go away or take one bite and go lay down. She has had a few seizures over the past couple of months. I took her in to the vet have spots checked on her body. The vet aspirated and found mast cells. A few days later biopsies were done in two separate locations on her body. They came back carcinomas with origin unknown. Both vets believe that since they were in separate locations they have metastasized. They think she has a tumor on the brain which would explain the seizures. My only option is to spend thousands of dollars to determine the origin of the cancer and to treat. I was told she has 3 weeks to 3 years to live which is such a broad range.
    The vet talked about euthanasia. I’m struggling about this decision and I feel guilty as well, I just don’t have that kind of money. I’m currently a nursing student. I looked information up and found the receipe for tumeric paste. My question is she starts out at 1/4 tsp once a day or every meal. Then after a week increase it according to her weight and would that be her serving each meal? According to her weight it would be 1/4, 1/8 tsp a day or each meal? Grasping for any help or hope I can get.

    • yourolddog
      Reply

      Hi Holly:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little girl and I know how hard this decision is Holly. I’ve been where you are. As much as I want my babies to stay with me forever; once they stop eating, I know it’s time.

      With regards to the dosage; I would start at 1/4 tsp twice daily and then bump it up to 1/2 tsp in the am and 1/4 tsp in the pm after a week, if she can tolerate it.

      I’m not sure what you are feeding, but you absolutely MUST feed a high protein, healthy, wholesome, kibble free diet that includes good protein and well cooked vegetables and herbs. I can certainly recommend some ideas for you to help with her immune system, etc. Holly.

      Did your vet mention using antihistamines as well as Tagamet for mast cell cancer? However, I wouldn’t use Tagamet and the Turmeric Paste together. I would use either/or. Here’s a blog I think you should read.

      Again, I’m so sorry about your old baby girl Holly. My thoughts truly are with you.

      Janie

      • Holly
        Reply

        Thank you Janie,
        I’m giving her Hill’s prescription diet a/d urgent care. This allows me to water it down with consistency that I need to force feed her. (She will eat spuradically on her own one or two bites then go lay down. This is rare though maybe she does this twice a week. Every other meal I provide for her.)I took her back to the vet this past Monday and since the food is so high protein she now has colitis and is on an antibiotic. She isn’t currently on the antihistamines or prednisone which can help shrink the tumor because her cushings disease will get worse. The tumeric paste was the last resort. Any information on diet will be helpful. Thank you for your quick response! Holly

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Holly, I’ll send you a private email.

          Janie

        • yourolddog
          Reply

          Holly, do you have her on any supplements?

          • Holly

            No supplements right now.
            She is currently taking 30 MG of veroyl every other day (my vet changed it hoping that her appetite may come back), 1/4 tsp Metamucil once a day, metronidazole 2x, tramodol 2x a day.

  • Irene Wong
    Reply

    Hi, hope I get your reply, my 6.5 yrs old springer has intestinal cancer confirm by vet yesterday, if want to give him tumeric capsule 500mg, do u think is too much for first time
    Thks

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Irene:

      I’m very sorry to hear about your dog. How much does he weigh? What are you feeding him and is turmeric the only thing you plan on fighting the cancer with?

      Janie

  • Irene
    Reply

    Hi Janie,
    He weigh about 17kg last two days and we fed him chicken with broccoli , pumpkin and egg. I goggle this product K9 immunity and omega for dog cancer supplement, have you heard of this product or any recommendation.

    Thanks

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Irene:

      I have heard of K9 Immunity and I definitely think you should try it. You’re doing good with the diet, but rotate using different meats and green vegetables such as spinach, kale, green beans and broccoli. Include fresh herbs such as parsley and basil. Do NOT over cook the meat.

      I would also look into Cell Advance 880 and give that as well. Irene, exercise plays a huge part in healing. Please avoid vaccinations and chemical flea and tick products.

      I’ll be thinking of you and your boy. He’s way too young to have cancer. DO NOT FEED KIBBLE OF ANY KIND. ONLY FEED MEATY TREATS AS WELL.

      Janie

  • Josie
    Reply

    I have a 9 year old boxer and he has arthritis in his back leg he takes meIoxidyl from the vets but I have been told today about turmeric and how it helps joints. My boy had to be castrated in March as he had cysts on one of his testicals and since then he has put on a lot of weight he’s now about 45 kilos which isn’t helping his joints. I am trying to cut down on his food and treats (chicken for treats) I want to try turmeric could you tell me how to make it as a paste and how much to give him, also how long should it be before I notice a difference in him.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Josie:

      Please review the video included with my article on turmeric. It shows you how to make the paste. I would give him 1/4 tsp. for every 10 pounds of his body weight daily. I can’t say how quickly you’ll see results, since every dog is different.

      For treats, I would give turkey bacon. Make it nice an crisp in the oven and break into treats. Store in the refrigerator. You could also consider adding Gelatin Protein (NOT jello) which often helps. I would include it as well as the turmeric. Here’s a link for the Gelatin Protein which can be purchased on Amazon UK if you’re interested.

      Please see the message here from Kathleen on 8-24-16 regarding making your own bone broth. This could eliminate you having to purchase the gelatin supplement Josie.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

      • kathleen
        Reply

        You might also make bone broth. My girl tore her cruciate tendon. I give her a tsp of golden paste twice a day with her meals. I mix it with willard water and missing link hip and joint. I feed her a total raw diet. I give her frozen chicken feet as a treat which she loves. I have recently started making bone broth with the chicken feet. Fill the crock pot with the chicken feet, cover with spring water add 2 tlbs of organic raw vinegar and cook for 24 hours. I add it to her meals. The broth is full of gelatin as it will gel up once it’s cooked and put in the fridge.
        This has all helped. We are working on healing her leg without surgery. Slow go, but I’m trying to avoid surgery at all costs.

        Kathleen

        • janie
          Reply

          Hey Kathleen:

          Thanks so much for chiming in and helping Josie. Home made bone broth is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and dogs LOVE it. Home made is much better than having to buy it too. 🙂

          If you need additional help for your girl, I would look into Ligaplex II by Standard Process. It works well for torn ligaments.

          Janie

          • kathleen

            Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely look into it. It has been 16 weeks and we started laser therapy and I just got her a brace to help stabilize the knee until the scar tissue fully forms.

          • janie

            You’re welcome. Very glad to hear that you got her a brace!

            Janie

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