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…
How Can Turmeric 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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