While 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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  • Jan Fountain
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    My 6 year old golden had a tumor under his skin in the left front chest area that was removed in Sept. 2016. Biopsy revealed cancer in the tumor most consistent with hemangiosarcoma, the surrounding margins where clear, chest xray clear and spleen, kidney ultrasound clear, blood work perfect. I am cautiously optimistic but very nervous facing the reality of this type of cancer. I had been feeding Acana with The Honest Kitchen but immediately took both my golden off kibble and now use THK as a base and add raw rotated proteins, yogurt, kifir, cottage cheese, fresh steamed vegetables, raw organic eggs and sardines all on a rotation.I give spirulina and turkey tail mushroom supplements. I was giving Tumericle from Dogs Naturally Magazine product store….it is a powdered turmeric that includes coconut oil and ground peppper but then I read a couple posts that said it is a blood thinner and should Not be given to dogs with hemangiosarcoma. This can be so confusing!. I would love to see him get all the wonderful benefits of turmeric, perhaps it could help prevent reoccuring tumors? But now I’m concerned about the possible negatives side effects. I wish I could consider him cancer free since they got the whole tumor but since it’s a blood cancer, I’m concerned. He goes for his next ultrasound in 2 weeks, will test every 4 months to keep a close eye on his spleen. Thank you for any advice.

    • janie
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      Hi Jan:

      So young. Dogs in general now are plagued by cancer in epidemic proportions. MANY, including holistic vets feel that over vaccinating is a major cause. Over vaccinating can be interpreted differently. Example, they know that vaccinations last roughly 10 years, so why do they force the rabies vaccine every three years. Why do vets constantly push for bulk vaccinations? It’s about money. And that makes me very sad.

      Our dogs and cats, are paying a very big price to keep those revolving doors going.

      I hope his ultrasound shows great results. If I were you, I would definitely consider both Essiac and Resvantage for life. One of our dogs has recovered from cancer and but we continue to keep her on both of these and will for life. One is believed to stop tumor growth and the other is believed to act as a chemo therapy by stopping the spread of the disease.

      Best of luck to you and your boy Jan.

      Janie

  • Rajat Gupta
    Reply

    Hi there! My 14 year old Indian Spitz breed female dog named cheena is suffering from mammary gland tumor .is it safe to give her carodyl ( carprofen tablets) as I am feeding her turmeric too. Please suggest.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Rajat:

      Studies indicate there may be an effect on those taking prescription drugs for diabetes or if taking aspirin. Like Aspirin, Caroprofen is an NSAID as well. As mentioned in the article, you’re best bet is to avoid giving the turmeric and the Caroprofen together or at the same time. Spread it out by several hours.

      Janie

    • janie
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      Hi Rajat:

      Like aspirin, Carprofen is considered an NSAID and the turmeric MAY have an effect on the drug. If I were you, I would look into both Resvantage and Essiac Tea vs Carprofen for the treatment of the tumor.

      Hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck for your old girl Rajat.

      Janie

  • Andrea Ghegan
    Reply

    My 6 yr old American bully has a sprained CCL and suffers from joint pain in left knee. I made golden paste and have been going her a small doses for 1 week. So far, he is tolerating it well. I want to make sure I give her enough so it works. For a 70 lb dog, is 1 tbsp per day enough as a max dose? Please help! Thanks know you. ANDREA

    • janie
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      Hi Andrea:

      One Tbsp is enough per day. You can also include and I recommend adding Standard Process Ligaplex II for faster recovery time.

      Try to keep your bully from running on it. A little mild exercise is okay (walks).

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Cindy
    Reply

    My 4yr old pitbull suffers from major allergies social I’ve been told by 3 different vets. After steroids and antibiotics, it went away, only to return with a vengeance. Now with all I’ve heard and read I believe it’s leaky gut. I have changed his diet to grain free, no carbs or sugar, and added prebiotics, probiotics, wild alaskan salmon oil, tumeric, and coconut oil. It started in between his toes and now it’s everywhere, his legs, arm pits, belly, groin. Not on his back or ears. Anyone have any other advice? I know it takes awhile to clear up, he only locks his feet . I am going crazy. He also shakes alot. Help. Thanks, Cindy

    • janie
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      Hi Cindy:

      I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’m also sorry for what your boy is going thru. Unfortunately, this is way too common today and most vets don’t really know what the cause is (they guess) OR how to fix the problem.

      Is he skinny or is his weight good?

      Janie

  • Francesca
    Reply

    My Waimaraner is only 3 years old and had already an operation on her lower back and on both her back legs … she has developed remathoid arthritis in her shoulders and she is now on chronic medication basically for pain ( she takes tramahexal together with rimadyl and epileptic in the morning and in the evening the same but instead of rimadyl she takes fortiflex ) . I heard and read that Turmaric is good for alleviate pain and arthritis, can I give it to her considering the amount of tablets she takes ? Please advise ? Her vet says that with her condition she will be with us only another year or so … I’m very sad and I’d do anything to take the pain away and to give her a longer life !

    • janie
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      Hi Francesca:

      I’m so very sorry. 🙁

      Can I ask what her actual diagnosis is? Why did she have to have an operation on her back and legs? What if any supplements and diet are you feeding?

      Janie

      • Francesca Annese Mouton
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        Hi Janie , her back op was to take off the roof of two vertebraes so that her back could stretch properly , after the op her lower part of the back legs started bending to the outside making her walk with a X and making us scared that the would eventually snap ! A human orthopedic ( we leave in Namibia and we have no orthopedic vet here ) agreed to performed an op and get her legs straight ( she still walks like a ballerina 🙂! ) and as we thought she will be fine , she developed reumatoide in her shoulder …. lately she started limping a bit , but she is always the first on the row to have her collar put on when we take them for walks in the afternoon ! I give her JD pallets from Hill’s and the mess I listed yesterday …

        • janie
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          Hi Francesca:

          I would definitely try the turmeric paste for her. Watch the video in my article on how to make it. I would also include UNREFINED SELTIC SEA SALT for her which includes many minerals that dogs (and people) are missing.

          You should also home cook for her and dump any Hill’s diet. If you can give her a multivitamin PLEASE DO….. Include an oil in her diet such NON TOXIC fish oil or coconut oil. If interested Francesca, our cookbook offers simple recipes for the crockpot that can also be baked or cooked on top of the stove. You can use ANY of the recipes in the book for your girl though. You can learn more about it here if you want. Home Cooking for Sick Dogs. Include a little crushed ground egg shells for calcium as well.

          I hope this helps.

          Janie

          • Francesca Annese Mouton

            Thank you Janie ! I appreciate your advise very much and I will definitely check the book !! 😁 ! Thank you !!

          • janie

            My pleasure Francesca! I wish you and your girl all the best.

            Janie

  • Brianna
    Reply

    i was wanting to start my dog on turmeric but this is the first article i’ve come across that has me thinking twice.

    at the beginning of November my dog started consuming tons of water. numerous tests back normal except her calcium was a little high. so three weeks ago it got really high, started affecting her kidneys, she wasn’t eating and had loss almost ten pounds. we met immediately with an oncologist, he aspirated her thyroid gland, once again normal test results. tests for Addisons, diabetes insipudus and several other things have come back normal, we’re assuming it’s cancer but haven’t been able to locate it. i made the decision to stop hunting and treat what we know, the high calcium. started her on Prednisone and the change was immediate. energy level, appetite and everything are back to normal for now.

    one of the side effects of her drinking so much was her bloating. it became a recurring problem, almost everyday for 2 months. i started her on Pepcid AC just on a hunch that all her dry heaving/vomiting was causing discomfort and after a few no more bloat.

    so i have a couple concerns now. i’m trying to keep her PH levels more alkaline assuming turmeric is a bad idea, what about ginger? i’ve had her on that because of it’s cancer fighting claims and because there’s research it’s good for bloat too. and is it safe to have her on the antacid long-term?

    • janie
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      Hi Brianna:

      Thank you for sharing your story about your girl.

      If you’re trying to alkaline her body, consider incorporating apple cider vinegar into her diet daily. ACV has a positive affect on the body’s pH levels. You can mix it with a little plain yogurt (example would be 1 teaspoon of yogurt and 1/2 tsp of ACV). The example is a just a guide. Use common sense based on your dog’s size and if she’ll eat it.

      I would also look into natural antacids as well. I’ve used Acid Ease and they worked well. Then, you can comfortably include turmeric in her diet.

      Janie

  • Jennifer nicholson
    Reply

    Hi there.

    My darling little bichon frise x – around 12 years old ( rescue girl) so age approximate. She is on VetMedin for her heart plus Urex and started to get some arthritis in hind legs. I have been taking Curcumin Advanced for my self and noticed difference. Ok to give my Lily tumeric powder – appropriate dosage to weight – with above med’s. Most appreciate of advice in anticipation. Jennifer

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Jennifer:

      I sent you a private message.

      Janie

  • Glen Strong
    Reply

    Hi everyone,
    I’m trying to get my Leonberger to take Golden Paste but the more doses she has, the more reluctant she is to eat it! I’m only giving tiny amounts and have tried hiding in various treats etc but she just spits it out. Mixing with her food isn’t an option as eating isn’t really high on her list at the moment ( She has osteosarcoma ) and the slightest thing will put her off her meals.
    Any ideas would be very welcome!

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Glen:

      You might be better off trying to include in a capsule form mixed in with a good meaty meal if she has osteosarcoma. Or make a good bone broth and include as well.

      Janie

  • patricia bucey
    Reply

    my dog has arthritis and pain in hip. I tried aspirin but heard about tumeric. was given tumeric 600 mg from a friend that works at all natural vitamin store. Im not sure if I should give this to my dog and if so how many of these pills?

    • janie
      Reply

      The dosage for turmeric is 1/4 tsp per 10 pounds of your dog’s weight.

      Janie

      • Cindy
        Reply

        My 11 yr old Yorkie has enlarged heart and I would like to try Cucumin with her,but don’t know what a safe dosage would be she’s around 5 lb 6oz,she is on Vetmiten,

        • janie
          Reply

          Hi Cindy:

          So sorry to hear about your little old girl. I would give her 1/8 tsp of the paste daily. Give it away from her heart meds. I hope this helps.

          Janie

  • David Sheard
    Reply

    Hi there. I have a 8 year old rottweiler who has developed bladder cancer. I really would like to try tumeric as an aid but am worried it may thin the blood too much?? Could someone offer me advice on this ? The vet seemed to think a great idea but wasn’t sure if it would be good for a bladder cancer case? I cannot seem to find any info on whether it would be ok for him to have with this particular cancer so any advice would be very much appreciated.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi David:

      I’m sharing an article from Dr. Mercola regarding the use of Turmeric for ALL types of cancer. Here it is here.

      I hope this helps you. I would definitely give it a try. I would also consider Resvantage to help stop the spreading of the disease. Essiac tea is can also be very helpful for halting tumor growth.

      Be sure to feed a home made diet that is carb free or very, very low in carbs.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • shawn
    Reply

    i have a dog who has two torn acls. will turmeric help? and how much/? I also have a horse with laminitis i want to give Turmeric to, Any suggestions?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Shawn:

      Please read my response to Sondra Russell whose comment should be right before yours. The same applies to your dog.

      Janie

  • Sondra Russell
    Reply

    My 10 yr old Great Dane has developed tendinitis in his rear left knee. The vet prescribed deramaxx 75mg. After one week it isn’t helping. He still doesn’t want to place weight on that leg. The vet wants to add the drug Gabapentin 300mg to supplement the Deramaxx. I’m not sure I want to give my dog drugs for the rest of his life. My 12 yr old Lab also has arthritic hips. Would turmeric help both dogs? What dosage should I give? The Great Dane weighs 138 pounds. The Lab weighs 88. Can they take the turmeric with the prescribed drugs? How often and how long?

    • janie
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      Hi Sondra:

      I’m sorry to hear about your Dane and your lab as well. It’s tough watching them age. I think you’re on the right track when thinking giving these drugs for life is a bad idea. It is!

      I would get both of them braces and also include the turmeric daily. 1 teaspoon equals 2,000 mg which is the recommended dosage daily (this applies to people and pets). However, in cases such as cancer, studies showed that 8,000 mg were used safely.

      I would give the Dane 2 teaspoons daily and the lab one teaspoon daily. You can use the ground powder or the paste (see the recipe in the video in my article). You do this ongoing for life. Avoid giving it directly with any kind of NSAIDs like the prescription drugs the vet gave you. This means don’t give them both together at the same time. Personally, I think you should just dump the prescription drugs completely. READ MY ARTICLE AGAIN FOR WHAT TO WATCH GIVING IT WITH.

      You can divide and give it twice daily mixed with their food. You really need to watch the video in the article to learn how to make the paste. You can purchase braces for both dogs at either Ortho Dog or WoundWear. I have used products from both companies.

      You should also give both dogs Celtic Sea Salt DAILY with their meals that should include quality protein. Read here about how to use it and how well it works for arthritis.

      My recommendation is to do all three of these things Sondra.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Barbara
    Reply

    Hi
    Have read through your various posts and I’m impressed by your knowledge. Currently, we have 4 dogs. Our biggest girl ,a 79 lb. Boxer/ bulldog mix ( a rescue who was badly treated) has been diagnosed with interpreters disc disease. We did start . Her on acupuncture along with traditional treatment ( prednisone, pain meds, tramadol and gamapentin.) She has been taking 10 mg. . Of famotadine in the evening. She does have some holistic meds prescribed by the holistic vet. Should I consider turmeric still?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Barbara:

      I sent you a private email.

      Janie

  • Karen
    Reply

    Hi
    My dog is ten years old he has arthritis everywhere apart from his hips tried mixing turmeric in his food he will not eat it would one capsule of organic turmeric (600mg) once a day be okay he weighs 27 kilos
    kind regard

    • janie
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      What do you feed your dog Karen? Do you continuously vaccinate and use chemical flea and tick products on him? Do you includes any other supplements for him?

  • Tim
    Reply

    We have a 8 year old great pyrenees/mix. She was diagnosed with a auto immune disease IMPA about 2 years ago and has been on prednisone 5 mg a day and mycophenolate 500 mg a day. She was diagnosed with cancer back in Aug after it was discovered in her lungs (secondary cancer). We made immediate changes to her diet that involved cooking all her food as well as some holistic changes as well. We have looked into tumeric as a possible addition to her diet, but seen some negative side effects that scared us away. We have since reduced her mycophenolate to 250 mg a day but anytime we have tried to reduce her prednisone she has acted very adversely. Your thoughts on adding tumeric in our situation?

    • janie
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      Hi Tim:

      I’m very sorry to hear about your great pyre’s diagnosis. So young and dogs are developing cancer at alarming rates along with kidney disease at a very, very young age.

      I’m not big on feeding prednisone short term, let alone long term. It’s a veterinarian’s fall back drug. I’m not sure what you read that scared you away from tumeric? What other holistic changes have you made to her regimen? Two supplements that I always recommend for cancer are Essiac Tea AND Resvantage (for a dog her size, you would need the equine version 2x daily). The essiac is believed to help stop tumor growth and the Resvantage is believed to help stop the spread of the disease.

      I’ve used both of these successfully for cancer.

      Janie

      • Stacie
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        Hi Janie – This is Tim’s wife, Stacie. We were concerned about mixing turmeric with mycophenolate. We’ve read articles that have said it is counterproductive to use these two things together. Molly was adopted from a rescue and is mixed. Although, very beautiful like and white like her breed, she only weights about 55 lbs. As far as the cancer goes, we have been working with her conventional vet, and also a holisitic vet, and believe that the cancer have not only stopped growing, but she also appears to be shedding some those bad cancer cells. Our main concern right now with Molly is her mobility. Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Molly underwent two spinal surgeries within a year of each other. She has gone through PT and was started on larger doses of Pred. As Tim stated, she is now down to .5 mg. Until about a month ago, that was reduced even further to every other day. So, our concern right now is her quality of life. We would like to get her off all of her drugs, but right now, we just really want her to be happy and healthy and give her body some support while getting her off of these drugs. This is a long way around to the question (sorry). What are your thoughts on turmeric with mycophenolate? We’ve also read that the actual root of turmeric would be a good substitution and can be used along with the mycophenolate. Have you done any research into this? Thanks so much!

        • janie
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          Hi Stacie:

          Quite honestly, I have not done extensive research on turmeric with mycophenolate, but the research that I just did for you is as follows.

          Turmeric is considered an immunosuppressant and of course mycophenolate (mofetil) is as well. Immunosuppressants work to reduce the amount of cell activity within the immune system. The concern seems to be that using turmeric concurrently with mycophenolate or any other immunosuppressant, may decrease the effectiveness of the particular immunosuppresant in question.

          As you probably already read and as stated by medscape here “Curcumin blocks certain cyclosporine-resistant pathways of T-cell proliferation and thus may be a potential adjuvant immunosuppressive agent for the treatment of cancer.”

          If you check out the link above “reduce the amount of cell activity within the immune system”, you’ll see where they recommend not taking turmeric concurrently (at the same time) with immunosuppresants. It doesn’t say NOT to take, it says not to take it at the same time.

          I hope this helps.

          Janie

  • Jenni
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    Hi Janie,
    I have an 11 year old maltese, 11lbs, recently she was diagnose with cancer a few months ago(started as a mass cell tumor and spread to the lymphs). The tumors spread rapidly into her body, she’s been taking prednisolone 3 times a week, along with palladia. A few days ago the oncologist stopped the chemo as he noticed the tumors kept spreading….at the moment she’s taking a pain killer (tramadol), prednisolone (5mg per day) and antibiotic (clacaseptin) for 10 days to treat the skin infection. Can i still give her turmeric along with essiac tea, if yes, what’s the right amount for her weight? Thanks so much

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Jenni:

      I so sorry I couldn’t get back to you a little sooner. I’m also very sorry to hear about your old girl.

      I don’t think there’s a problem giving the turmeric with the Essiac Tea, but would be more with taking both Tramadol and turmeric long term. It’s believed that it can have an effect on medications such as aspirin and drugs from the aspirin family, but I’m really not sure about combining it with Tramadol. But, based upon your girl’s diagnosis, I understand that you probably just want to keep her comfortable and do what you can to better her quality of life.

      Hopefully you are feeding a very, very high quality, high protein, low carb diet. If not, I would include lots of organic meat, steamed greens, a few apricot seeds (2 for her daily), shitake mushroom, etc. You can also look into including Resvantage which includes Japanese Knotweed and is believed to stop the spreading of the disease.

      You MUST double the dosage for her though. You can read more about it here Jenni.

      I hope this helps you in some small way Jenni and I pray that your little girl gets well and beats this horrific disease. Please also see this page for more holistic ideas on Mass Cell Cancer in dogs.

      God bless,
      Janie

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