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.


*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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  • Paloma

    Hi, my 11 year old westie is suffering from osteosarcoma and I have been cooking her meals ever since we found out she had cancer. We have been doing so with fresh tumeric which we grate onto the stew with a little pepper. What do you think about fresh tumeric? Should it only be powdered tumeric? We live in chile so it’s pretty hard to find that same brand. I’d like to hear tour thoughts. Thanks!

    • janie


      I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s cancer. You absolutely can use fresh turmeric. Fresh is good! Include mushrooms such as Reishi, Turkey Tail or Maitaki as well which offer excellent cancer fighting benefits.

      Hope this helps.


  • Carla Jensen

    Can turmeric be used if the dog is on rimadyl and tramadol?

    • janie

      I wouldn’t worry about using Turmeric in combination with either of these. My concern would be that both of these are killing your dog’s liver and most likely very quickly!

  • Shayne Lesbirel

    My 13 year old lab is on doxy for lymes. Can I give him turmeric to help with his stiffness while on the doxycycline?

    • janie

      I wouldn’t give it at the same time. I would it separately by a couple of hours.

  • LaRaine Spencer

    My Chinese Crested is 12 and is on the prescription food Royal Canin SO because she can’t have protein. One vet told me that she basically has an allergy to protein and a different vet told me she would develop kidney stones if she had protein. She is very susceptible to UTI’s and bladder infections. Three bladder infections in the last 9-12 months. When she has an infection the vet has prescribed antibiotics and has told me I could give her Tramadol. She does not get Tramadol on a regular basis but I have given it to her when she’s having trouble getting around or seems to be in a lot of pain. Would giving her Turmeric be ok with her protein issues? I would really like to make her more comfortable.

    • janie

      Hi LaRaine:

      I have NEVER heard of a dog being allergic to protein. They NEED protein to survive. You need a new HOLISTIC vet. Not sure where you’re located, but please find a holistic vet in your area if you’re in the U.S.

      Almost every dog that I have ever worked with that developed a lot of UTI’s, did well once on a high moisture diet and a food such as Dr. Harveys or The Honest Kitchen where you simply add hot, filtered water, stir and allow to sit for a few minutes. Add more water if necessary to cream it up. I’m baffled that a vet would tell you that your dog can’t have protein.

      What is their reason or diagnosis for your dog not being able to eat protein?

      If it were me La Raine, I would NOT feed Royan Canin, ever! I would feed her a high moisture diet like discussed above or home cook for her. I would include Rehmannia 8 and a good multivitamin as well. Here’s a link for Rehmannia 8. I would also include Organic Coconut Oil (1 heaping tablespoon for her daily). I would also include some protein. Here’s a link for a multivitamin if you’re interested.

      A high moisture diet is what helps prevent kidney stones and helps with kidney maintenance. Our multivitamin also includes kidney glandular which is actually kidney and is used to help heal the kidneys.

      If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask. Give me time to get back to you though. YourOldDog.com is a very busy place. 🙂

      I hope this helps.


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