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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  • kavita
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    hello , my 3 month puppy is very sick now days, some worms in her stomach , should i hive her turmic??? plzz replyy

    • janie
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      Hi Kavita:

      I’m not sure which part of the world you’re located, but it would help if I knew that. I would say that you really should try to get your puppy to the doctor if you can.

      If you’re located in another part of the world where it’s difficult then using an herb like Wormwood could help. Read about wormwood here.

      Janie

  • kavita
    Reply

    sory …. should i give her turmeric to reduce the weakness??

  • Julie
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    My 12 year old lab has Cushings and is being treated with Vetoryl. We have noticed that she is losing strength in her back legs and are wondering if giving her turmeric would be beneficial and if so, how much and where do I purchase it.

    • janie
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      Hi Julie:

      I’m sorry to hear about your lab and I’m sorry about the delay in responding.

      I would definitely try turmeric and use the human dosage for a dog her size. Make sure you either make the paste using the recipe we provide in the video in the article or purchase a good brand. You can look on Amazon for a decent brand. You want to make sure that you use a good brand that includes bioperine in it as well for absorption purposes. We use this brand and like it because the adult dose is only 2 capsules daily.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Monster
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    Hello, My Old English Bulldog was diagnosed with hip dysplasia when he was 6 months, he is 3 yrs old now and I haven’t had any issues from that time until two days ago.. I feel it maybe due to him being overweight 108 lbs which I’m trying to lower. My question or comment is can I feed him the paste and glucosamine DS supplement

    • janie
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      Hi Felicia:

      You can most certainly feed your old by both the paste and the glucosamine DS supplement. If he won’t take the paste, I would give the adult dosage of capsules for him.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Aura Andrei
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    My 10 year old Akita had a tumor underneath her tongue about 1 inch tall and very red. I gave her turmeric powder. I don’t like anything that comes in capsules. They have other things in them I don’t want. I put it in the water and also mixed it with Greek unflavored yogurt. After 24 hours the tumor was almost completely gone. In 48 hours it was gone for good. No side effects. I wish I had a before photo. It really works. It has many benefits. Simply natural. Turmeric also works as an antibiotic. I will keep putting it in the water from now on. I wish I knew this earlier.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Aura!

      Wow, that is simply amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It will not only be helpful for someone else, but a huge inspiration as well.

      Thanks again!

      Janie

  • spicerlife
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    My dog is about 8 and has arthritis recently diagnosed. He is a very lean dog, a lurcher, with little body fat. Weighs 22kg. Please advise how much turmeric I should give him. I tend to whizz it up with water and liver for him with a little bit of coconut oil. Is that a good idea?

    • janie
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      Hi Spicerlife:

      If using capsules, I would use one that includes bioperine and start with 500mg daily. See if it makes a difference. This is half the human dosage for many brands. If not, creep it up a little until you reach the dosage (within reason of course) that works for him. If making the paste, see the dosage in the article.

      Regarding “whizzing it up”; I recommend trying it both ways to see what works. If you do this and see no results, try it by NOT whizzing it up and see if that makes a difference.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Kuteka
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    Hello thank you so much for providing this information. Recently my dog jumped off the couch and dislocated her shoulder. We then found that she had a large tumor and that her muscles are deteriorating, the vet also said she may have cancer so I’m working naturally to reduce the tumor size and hopefully get rid of the cancer. She has lost weight and is now only 5 lbs how much turmeric should I give her? Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate it

    • janie
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      Hi Kuteka:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your little girl.

      At 5 pounds, I would give 1/8 tsp. daily for one week. You want to start low and increase the dosage and you can split the dosage so that you give some in the am and some in the pm. If you see no side effects like diarrhea, etc. then move to 1/4 tsp daily for week 2. In week three, give 1/2 tsp daily for a week. In week four, give 1 teaspoon daily and then continue it for 5 additional weeks. You absolutely MUST feed a diet that is healthy with good quality protein and not kibble or processed dog foods. Lots of greens.

      Give a multivitamin like ours here.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Jaime
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    Great article! I loooove garlic. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday 🙂

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  • Rachel
    Reply

    Hi there
    I have a 3 yr old chihuahua she is tiny, she has a luxating patella, how much Turmeric paste should I give her as I’m worried it will give her diarrhoea
    Many thanks

  • Ann Claridge
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    My westie aged 9 has cancer of the throat/neck and is on Palladia every 3rd day and zitac antacid and gaviscon twice a day night and morning every day and Cerenia the day after he has Palladia. He doesnt have much of an appetite most of the time and can have days of nausea and loose stools quite often. Dare I give him Turmeric as well please?

    • janie
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      Hi Ann:

      I’m sorry for this late response regarding your little boy. I’m not sure turmeric is your best bet. Fresh ginger root is the best. I recommend making a paste and including it in your boy’s diet daily. You can also include turmeric daily for his cancer, but for the digestion and acid problems, ginger would be better. Don’t buy the prepackaged junk in a jar at the store. Make it fresh and include roughly 1/8 tsp to his meals twice daily. Mix well.

      I don’t know what you’re feeding or what kind of diet you have him on, but this is critical. If you let me know, I’ll try to help.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Kim
    Reply

    I read the following on another site: “PLEASE NOTE: Commercial turmeric capsules/pills (that have high levels of curcumin- 95%) are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals”. What are your thoughts on this? I was going to buy the capsules you mentioned in your link but then hesitated when I read this. Thank you.

    • janie
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      Where did you read that Kim?

      Janie

    • Marie
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      Hi, Kim:

      That is incorrect. My dog has mammary cancer and sees four different vets (regular, oncologist, board certified surgeon and a homeopathic vet).

      They have all recommended Turmeric and stated that it must be standardized to at least 95% curcuminoids with bioperine pepper for bio availability).

      If it’s not standardized to at least 95% then you are taking away the soul reason for giving it to your dog. My 10 pound Chihuahua gets 1,000 mg of curcuminoids a day. It has helped her tremendously.

      Curcumin is simply a natural extract of Turmeric. A wide range of clinical trials have been completed using dogs and the standardized 95% curcuminoids.

      This one has proven that it improves the mental clarity/ability of aging dogs. There are a few available including Mercola’s Curcumin for Pets that contains 95% curcuminoids as well as the one from Mission Animal Hospital.

      You can learn more by Googling 95% Curcuminoids dogs. Another option aside from bioperine is Meriva and BCM-95. I personally give my girl Curcumin C3 Complex by Sabinsa via this product. Sabinsa C3 complex is the curcumin that is used in clinical trials. There is only one C3 Complex, learn more about them, their research, the companies who use Sabinsa CS in their products and awards here.

      PS I also take this product for joint pain since I am allergic to NSAIDS and man it is amazing!

  • cindy
    Reply

    i have a 13 shih tuz she has bad allergy her skin is very scally and her ears have a bad yeast infection her eyes are very bad i think a infection two i cant afford vet anymore they drain me dry ty

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Cindy:

      I’m sorry to hear about your old girl. I wanted to share the link to our page on how to help yeast infections in dogs. Here’s the link.

      I know how expensive it can be to try and treat these infection from a vet. I urge you to please read the above article and start with diet. Read the entire article and if you can afford to include the multivitamin we recommend in the article, you won’t be disappointed. For her ears, I recommend you purchase Zymox for the ears which should help to clear them up. Here’s a link.

      I highly recommend that you learn more about the complications of vaccinations and chemical flea and tick products and avoid them. Plus, the over use of antibiotics have most likely hindered her recovery.

      I hope this helps Cindy.

      Janie

  • Kani
    Reply

    Hello everyone, my dog’s leg was injured and now it is swollen.We have consult vet but it doesnt really help..So i prefer using any natural remedy to reduce swelling on his leg..is turmeric the best choice? Is there any other natural remedy which might help?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Kani:

      How much does your dog weigh? I would definitely give turmeric containing 95% curcuminoids WITH bioperine DAILY

      Janie

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