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

*Tip: 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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  • Kate
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    Hi, I have just been reading about the benefits of Turmeric for dogs with joint problems. I have an 8 year old Labrador who is suffering with a stiff shoulder. She also suffers badly with about 8 different allergies ranging from dust mites (of any sort) grass mites plus more. One vet told me that her ideal sleeping/living quarters would be outside on a concrete floor. (The vet was only trying to explain how allergic she was.) She is on an allergen specific therapy and also Apoquel tablets. She used to be on steroids but have managed to get her off them. Question is…… can she have Turmeric?

  • Shelli
    Reply

    Regarding the allergies, my Westie had horrible issues with allergies. By the time we got to Apoquel, we’d tried all conservative methods. Apoquel worked great until CADI became available. I guess it had been used to treat people, and had just been approved for dogs. It’s a shot administered by your vet and lasts 4-6 WEEKS. it’s a miracle drug as far as I’m concerned!
    Here is an article, but you can do research:
    https://drjustinelee.com/a-new-treatment-for-dogs-with-hay-fever-atopy-dr-justine-lee/

  • karan
    Reply

    Hey my labrador is 4 years old and i feed turmeric daily with white rice is it good for my dog or not

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Karan:

      What else are you feeding besides white rice and turmeric?

      Janie

      • karan
        Reply

        2 times chicken meat in a week thats all

        • janie
          Reply

          What country are you in Karan? I ask this so that I understand the economics involved,etc. Do you only feed chicken twice a week because that’s all you can afford?

          Janie

          • karan

            I live in india

          • janie

            Are you only giving your dog chicken twice a week because this is all you can? Can you provide more meat, egg and vegetables? NO RICE!!!!

            Janie

          • karan

            Janie are you on facebook its hard to chat in it

          • janie

            Yes Karan. https://www.facebook.com/janieknetzer

            https://www.facebook.com/YourOldDog/

            I don’t have a lot of time right now. Perhaps tomorrow at some point later in the day. It will hard due to the different time zones Karan.

            Janie

          • karan

            Dont worry about time zone ill manage it and thanks

          • janie

            Okay Karan.

  • Rachel Ripley
    Reply

    Can turmeric powder be applied to wound that never healed. It is a twelve year old Labrador. The owner could not afford to bring him to a vet for consultation. I feel bad because I want to help but could not afford it either. I have turmeric powder. Can anyone tell me what else to mix n apply it in the wound. Is this possible. It is an external application.

    • janie
      Reply

      What kind of a wound Rachel? Is it a hot spot?

      What are you feeding and using for parasites?

      Janie

      • Wayne
        Reply

        Organic raw Honey will heal any wound apply every 3 hours to start.

  • June
    Reply

    My dog has an enlarged heart and she coughs because of it. The vet recommended Temaril-P, which I’m hesitant to give her because of some of the side effects and I prefer natural. Would turmeric be beneficial for her to help with the coughing?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi June:

      An enlarged heart occurs because of damage to the heart muscle. Our Heart Tonic is designed to help strengthen the heart muscle and increase the ability of heart related blood vessels to move blood and energy throughout the body. It’s completely natural and provides high antioxidant protection for the damaged heart muscle.

      Turmeric isn’t going to stop the cough.

      You have to feed her a high protein diet. NOT kibble though. Start her on either a good raw diet or a high protein cooked diet. Our cookbook includes recipes for the crock pot for dogs with heart disease if that’s something you need help with. Here’s a link to book: Home Cooking for Sick Dogs

      I’m not sure how old she is. If she’s older, then I highly suggest that you include our powdered multivitamin for her which includes a heart glandular as well. If she’s younger and willingly takes treats (many dogs take Nuvet like a treat), then I would give her Nuvet, (see here – she only needs one a day and a bottle will last 3 months), she should do well.

      Stay clear of ALL chemical flea and tick products and use natural such as Triple Sure. Learn about it here. We’ve been using it and recommending it for close to 10 years now.

      Also, it is critical that you take of her teeth. This is especially important since bad oral care causes heart disease. Don’t ignore this, please.

      Whatever you do, don’t allow your vet to EVER vaccinate her again for anything including rabies June..

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

      • June
        Reply

        Thank you Janie, this is very helpful. Just curious on the last comment regarding not vaccinating again. Is it harmful for her to get vaccinated with the enlarged heart? and ok to not get her vaccines, example bordatella etc. Also, she is 8 years old and a small dog, 4.5 pounds.

        Thanks,

        June

        • janie
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          Hi June:

          It’s harmful for her to get vaccinated WITHOUT the enlarged heart! I hope you understand. Please understand just how dangerous vaccines are. They are causing great harm and death to our pets. Rabies is the only one required by law and very, very, very dangerous.

          Please educate yourself on how dangerous. I recommend that you subscribe to ProtectthePets.com and support Dr. Robb who is fighting this fight with big pharma and greedy veterinarians who don’t want to give up on a steady piece of change at your dog (and cat’s) expense. It’s sickening. One rabies vaccine for life is all they need. Find a holistic vet June, please. Using titer testing before ever getting a rabies vaccine again.

          I hope this helps.

          Janie

          • June

            Hi Janie,

            I have always wondered about the vaccines. I often do not agree with my vet and will definitely look into a holistic vet.

            Thank you for your response. I have also downloaded the cooking for sick dogs book. Can’t wait to start feeding her the great recipes.

            Thanks again.

            June

          • juliet mauro

            my dog DIED after getting a “rabies” vaccination. he got really hot immediatly after the shot and i called the vet who denied any wrong doing. what followed was a year treating his enlarged heart-he was coughing all the time.2,500 dollars of vet bills, medications, and when he died he couldn’t breathe at all. i wish i had read this before he got the rabies shot!!!! he had one every year and this last shot killed him. the vet blamed it on a heart murmur-i went to a holistic doctor but they all stick together. after it was over-and my baby died-i received a card in the mail saying my dog was due for a follow-up shot!!! that’s how much the vet cared.thank you for this info! i will definatey check it out!!

          • janie

            Hi Juliet:

            I’m so very, very sorry to hear about your dog. To vaccinate a dog every year with the rabies vaccine is in my opinion not only unethical on the part of the vet, but malpractice in my opinion as defined below: “improper, illegal, or negligent professional activity or treatment, especially by a medical practitioner, lawyer, or public official.”

            Avoid chemical flea and tick products as well Juliet. They too are believed to affect the heart in a very bad way. Stay NATURAL! Keep your dog healthy from the start and avoid taking to the vet unless absolutely necessary. Just like you keep yourself healthy and try to avoid the doctor, do the same with your dogs.

            Again, I’m so very, very sorry.

            Warmest regards,
            Janie

  • Joy
    Reply

    My dog has been suffering from a yeast infection for 2 yrs. She gets a cortisone shot, plus fluconazole. I also use a mousse with chlorhexidine 2% , ketoconazole and phytosphigosine. This helps some but she still sufferd. Will TUMERIC Help With this?

    • janie
      Reply

      Turmeric isn’t going to do much Joy.

      Have you looked at our Anti Yeast & Allergy kit? It’s guaranteed and was created to effectively eliminate yeast. No other products work like this. You’ll be happy you tried it.

      You definitely need to get her off of the steroids which are not good at all, especially long term. You can see our kit here:
      Antimicrobial Yeast & Allergy Kit

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Jane R
    Reply

    My dog was diagnosed with liver cancer yesterday. They say there is no cure and they put her on Yannan (Chinese herb) to reduce possible bleeding. Can I give her turmeric and will it help? They said she has possibly 2 months. she is only 7 years old..

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Jane:

      I’m so very sorry to hear this terribly sad news for such a young dog. Can I ask how often she was vaccinated and when?

      I would definitely use tumeric, but I would use a few other things as well. If you want additional help, just let me know. We can communicate thru email since it’s easier and faster for me.

      Janie

  • Bridget schwieterman
    Reply

    Hello my do go is 14 and we recently discovered growths under her tongue. My vet says she has lymphoma. I have been giving her beets tumeric root, parsnips turnips carrots broccoli and chicken breast and rice. Since I started this 4 weeks ago the growths have not gotten any bigger. They xrayed her lungs and it has not metastisided to her lungs. Is there anything you can suggest.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Bridget:

      I would eliminate the rice completely since it will feed the cancer. Are you giving her any type of supplements?

      Janie

  • K. Ridle
    Reply

    What else retards cancer in dogs besides turmeric?

    • janie
      Reply

      I’m sorry to hear about your dog.

      You need to first start with diet. If you’re feeding kibble or canned dog food, you need to stop. Feed a high quality, high protein diet either home made or dehydrated dog food formula. Our book includes recipes for the crock pot for dogs with cancer along with recommended supplements. You can learn about it here.

      Janie

  • Betty
    Reply

    My Golden Retriever Ivy had a lump about the size of a tennis ball and my Vet said it was a fatty tumor. He said if he took it off it would only grow back. I had read about coconut oil and turmeric reducing tumors, so I would give her a turmeric capsule and a coconut oil capsule twice a day with her meals. It took a few months but I did get the tumor to reduce and be about the size of a ping pong ball or smaller and it stayed that way for about 4 or 5 yrs. She died this past March from a seizure that would not stop, but she was 16 yrs. and 3 months old. It was only recently that I have heard about using black pepper with the turmeric.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Betty:

      You did a great job with your old girl. I’m so sorry for your loss.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. It will help someone else. I’m sure.

      Janie

  • Hollie Chaimowitz
    Reply

    I have a 2 and half yr old yellow lab. He is a big boy for his age, he had knee surgery at about 9months old, his knee kept popping out and it finally stayed out so I had surgery done by aa vet that is an orthopedic vet but after 6 week check up he had to do the surgery again saying X-ray showed a bone growing in wrong direction and there was no charge for the 2nd surgery. He seemed to heal well. He does have allergies bad, he’s itchy on his muzzle and behind ears, he has a sensitive stomach as well. I’ve been working with dogs being a certified service dog trainer, groomer, attending a year of vet tech school so far and working in kennels and we’ll known pet stores. I just made a batch of the Turmeric with all the directions, the fine ground black pepper and cold pressed virgin coconut oil all organic. I bought a regular bottle of organic turmeric powder from grocery store, and I believe it said 2 cups which was exactly the entire bottle. It looks just like the one on video. I cooked it exactly same and added oil n pepper as instructed. I put in a new Tupperware and dated it. Now my lab weighs about 98 to 108 lbs. When I took him for vaccines in August at Petcock that vet said put him on 1100 calorie diet because it will reduce pain in his joints and that leg and help prevent hip dysplasia issues as he gets older. I’ve tried to stay close to that 1100 and I think he actually may have lost a few pounds. I’m switching to a well known holistic vet in my area and looking forward to getting some questions answered by him. But my dog seems to not like his kibble and I buy grain free, and I do give him one can of food a day which he may eat some, half or none, I have to hand feed him. I limit his snacks but I know first thing I was taught in Service dog school is A Hungry Dog WILL EAT…. Not Tobi.. He will let his bowl of kibble sit there and his bowl of wet food for days no joke. I can measure out 2 to 3 cups kibble and put in his treat bag and as we walk feed it to him and that I know he ate 3 cups of kibble for breakfast, the can isn’t given until night and I do refrigerate it after its bed time. He eats his milk bones, bacon treats and a few other basic treats early morning definitely not a lot. He drinks a lot of water. I believe he became accustomed to me feeding him by hand when he couldn’t stand balanced those weeks from both surgeries. He could stand to lose 10 to 15lbs. But I’m praying this turmeric mixture helps the inflammation from his legs, his allergies which I am getting him the allergy test at holistic vet, I think he has quite a few allergies to food, dust, pollen… And overall if turmeric improves his health and quality of life I’m all for it. All together it cost me less than 10 bucks. I’m starting with s little lesser dose I believe it says for my size dog give 3/4 teaspoon so I’m gonna do half teaspoon and start like just 2 to 3 times week. I bought yogurt which he loves because I eat it all time for my crowns, I bought sliced meat and few other things to put paste in. I’m afraid of him getting dirreah but maybe he won’t and I’m wondering do I need to feed him some food first and maybe put some in there then. And I’m open to suggestions for amounts to give him, how many times per day and how many times per week. He’s a 2 n half year old yellow lab, male, about 105lbs.,had few allergies I know, definitely stiff back legs and joints from surgery on right knee cap 2x once March 2016 he was actually 10 months and again on same knee in May 2016 so I know I wrote a book but I have no kids he’s my everything and I want to know all advice on my turmeric mix I made, best time of day to give, on empty or full stomach, with other food, can I take amount of paste n spread in a piece of deli meat n roll up n give him. Just any tips. My email is hlchaim1219@gmail.com just put Tobi in subject. Thanks to all who read this book. Hollie

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Hollie:

      Your dog is most likely trying to tell you that he just doesn’t want what you are trying to feed him. Kibble is kibble is kibble. It is very hard on their organs. Grain free or not. It’s not the appropriate diet for a dog.

      Why don’t you feed him a raw diet Hollie? Or at least partially raw with home cooked (which is what I feed)? He needs variety. Variety in meat and vegetables, etc. You’re trying to make him eat something that he doesn’t want or he knows he needs better food. Listen to him!

      He will lose weight and gain muscle mass on a raw diet. This would be the absolute best thing you could do for this young dog. Turmeric will only bandaid the issue. If you feed him the correct way and give him a good multivitamin like Nuvet, include the turmeric paste daily, stop vaccinating and never use chemical flea and tick products, this young dog will benefit tremendously!

      Don’t give him deli meat! GIVE HIM REAL QUALITY FOOD AND MEAT! You can also look into a food such as Only Natural Pet’s Dehydrated Food here. Mix it up and don’t give the same formula every time. Also, add a little more meat to the blend. Learn how to feed raw. Don’t ever give raw ground beef without freezing first!

      Regarding vaccines: the rabies vaccine is the only one required by law every three years after the initial puppy vaccine. HOWEVER, it IS causing disease, illness and death. DON’T IGNORE THIS. Support Dr. Robb and his efforts to end this horrific money making scheme by greedy vets and big pharma! Learn more about Dr. Robb here.

      You can mix it right into his food if you have to Hollie. If you prefer to feed it outside of his food, I would do it in the morning on an empty stomach. AVOID LUNCH MEATS AND CHEESE!

      I also recommend that you look into a knee brace for him. This too will help tremendously.

      I also forwarded this in a private email. I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • SHERI EVERARD
    Reply

    Janie,

    I have read these amazing stories. Thank you for all your love and support. I wanted to reach out for help myself. I have a 14 yr old Basenji female that recently lost her 17 yr old brother, so we have been dealing with high anxiety. But, that’s not my main concern. Here’s my news this morning. But to get you up to today, my baby was vaccinated in February 2017. About 5 months later, I noticed the injection spot was looking like an insect bite, but it never dawned on me at the time that was the same site. So, I let it alone, but after 3 more months, this thing had tripled in size and now looks like a large fatty tumor. In September, I finally take her to her vet. There was a visiting vet on staff while our regular was on vacation for the month of September, he told me that it needed to be removed and tested but he thought it wasn’t cancer. So, I made this appointment for today when her regular doctor can be there for this surgery. Unfortunately, in those 3 more weeks, it has now turned into a large hard mass that he is uncomfortable with removing because one-her age, two-the length of anesthesia could damage the kidneys, three-loss of leg, and four- risk of cancer spreading. So, after a long discussion, my husband and I elected for no surgery, bringing her home to live a quality life with 4 legs.

    I wish I knew more about vaccinations before, but you are mandated by the law in Florida for annual shots. So, we screwed up!!! And, will cost my girl her life!

    My prayer is that your turmeric recipe will at least take away the inflammation, swelling, and slow the growth to give me and her a little more love. She is all we have now. My husband and I could never have children, so our animals are our lives.

    If there are any other recipes or education that you could help with, it is greatly appreciated.

    Warm regards,

    Sheri

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Sheri:

      I’m so very, very sorry.

      No matter what state you live in Sheri, the ONLY VACCINATION REQUIRED BY LAW IS THE RABIES VACCINE EVERY THREE YEARS. THAT IS THE ONLY ONE AND THAT IS THE TIME LINE. Please see the attached link from the AVMA with state to state rabies regulations.

      Your story makes me so angry, because your dog’s vet had no problem vaccinating your 14 year old dog (when he or she could have said “no” due to age and risk) and your dog’s health issue was caused most likely by the vaccine (we’ll say most likely for legal reasons, but we know better), and now has a problem with surgery because it’s too risky. The vaccine was risky and he or she knew it, but did it anyway. I would love to know how this vet determines what is “risky” and what isn’t!

      I apologize, but I’m venting. It’s not right on any level! Please share with me Sheri what your old girl was vaccinated for? Was it just rabies or did this vet decide to vaccinate your girl with for the entire buffet?

      I will also send you a private email, but please let me know about the vaccine.

      Here’s the document. https://www.avma.org/Advocacy/StateAndLocal/Documents/Rabies%20state%20law%20chart.pdf

      Janie

  • SYLVIA LATTA
    Reply

    my dog got the runs and i found out turmeric stain is near impossible to get out..

    • janie
      Reply

      Oh no, I’m sorry!

      Janie

  • Andrea
    Reply

    So, my baby is a rescue from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We guess he is between 14 and 15 now. He has been diagnosed with a liver tumor. Very large but surgery is not an option due to age. Blood work should normal liver enzymes but elevated for kidney. Did urine analysis and found protein, blood and diagnosed UTI. Now taking antibiotics for the UTI.

    They gave him steroids and pain meds for the tumor which made him sicker. Vomiting and diarrhea. So he was taken off both. I have searched for a holistic vet in the area but have found none.

    I am looking for natural ways to treat him and feed him for better health the rest of his days. Are there suggestions for what he can take that is natural for his diagnosed conditions? Also looking for food recipes I can fix for him that gives him balanced nutrition. He is somewhat of a picky eater. Thank you in advance.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Andrea:

      I’m really sorry to hear about your boy. Thank goodness for your boy that you rescued him… I wanted to share a personal “thank you” as well Andrea for rescuing!

      For his UTI, you might consider keeping the herb Uva Ursi on hand. Read my article here.

      I would typically recommend using our Essiac Tea which is believed to stop tumor growth. But if he’s a picky eater, it might be hard to get him to take it. Some dogs will lap it up when mixed with warm chicken broth. It’s excellent for immune support. It’s been used for years by people and pet owners. I too have used it over the years, but in combination with Resvantage which contains resveratrol (along with other ingredients) and is believed to stop the spread of the disease. So, you target the two major factors of the disease including tumor growth and keeping the disease local. Here’s the links for both if you would like to read more about them both:

      Essiac Tea
      Resvantage

      If the essiac tea won’t work because he’s fussy, I would definitely include fresh burdock root in the diet then on a daily basis. Include milk thistle as well. Regarding recipes, our cookbook includes recipes for cancer along with other helpful tips. The recipes are 3-5 ingredients and meant for the crock pot. You can read more about that here.

      I hope this helps you and feel free to reach out if you need additional help. Keep in mind that when feeding a cancer dog, a high protein diet is recommended.

      Janie

  • Georgie
    Reply

    Hello, your page is very interesting to read. My little sausage dog of 13 years has just been diagnosed with my melamona cancer on his paw, he also has cushings disease. I understand he may not have long left but I am desperate to make life as comfortable and prolonged as possible (as long as he is not in pain). He has surgery to remove the toe in a few days but do you think termeric could help a bit and how would I administer this?
    Many thanks

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