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.

turmeric for dogsThis article shares those benefits.  For instance, turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory for dogs who suffer with joint inflammation. Plus, dogs with memory issues may benefit when turmeric aka  Indian saffron is regularly added to the diet.

A Simple Effective Method

It’s often easiest to use a brand of capsules already designed specifically for dogs vs trying to figure out which human dose will work. Plus, quality can differ.  We like this capsule from Thorn Research and feel it is the best turmeric for dogs in a capsule form. The reviews on Amazon are very, very good.  You can read them here:

Or, if you prefer to make your own golden paste, see the video and dosage below.

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. If you’ve tried turmeric and haven’t had success in treating bowel issues, you might want to consider the IBD Kit.
  • 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 for the Turmeric Golden Paste Recipe in the Above Video?

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 With Turmeric

  • A common symptom when trying to feed to much turmerc/curcumin too quickly is nausea.  Again, start slow and work up.
  • 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 share that her vet mentioned that Turmeric can be fed when a dog is taking Trilostane.

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  • Peter
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    We have started to use Turmeric in our 11yr old dogs diet moving gradually from his dry food to chicken, veg and turmeric…why ?.. he has and extremely large lipoma under his chest and we would like to avoid surgery as his is not good in the vet, he’s big ( 15st ) and would cost us over £1000 I would guess for the surgery. We have heard that turmeric can reduce the size of the lipoma so we are going to try it for a 1 or 2 months

    Any other advice ?

    • Sarah
      Reply

      Hi Peter!

      I am researching Turmeric now and was wondering if you’ve seen any results with the lypoma? One of my dogs also has a really large lypoma in her “armpit” area. I am mostly interested in Turmeric for arthritis related inflamation, but am curious about the effects for other growths as well.

  • Kathreen Miller
    Reply

    Great article. Because all dog breeds are subject to arthritis, turmeric can play an important role due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In dogs that have a little extra weight, turmeric can help with the painful inflammation that comes when arthritis takes hold. Supplement like pet bounce for dogs also very useful for treating dogs from arthritis and joint pains.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    My 10 year old chihuahua became paralyzed in her rear legs so I took her to the pet hospital. After doing many tests the Dr. Said she has an autoimmune disease. A few chemo treatments ( which he kept wanting to do but I wasn’t going to ) she’s doing just fine. She still has an occasional wobble in her step but is very happy and is running around all the time. He has her on prednisone every other day and I’m wanting to try to ween her of this. I’m going to every three days of steroid and was wondering about giving her tumeric the other days ? Is it ok to use tumeric with prednisone ? If so ,what’s your opinion on how often and when ?
    Thank you
    Michelle

    • Cheri Davis
      Reply

      Definitely don’t wean her off prednisone without both medical advice and monitoring (very dangerous) but don’t let them tell it can’t do it either. Find another vet/opinion if need be. I wouldn’t add turmeric with steroids unless cleared as well because even if it were ok to do with the prednisone, it might not be ok to take with her underlying issues (the reason she’s on the steroids to begin with.) good luck!

      • Candyce C.
        Reply

        Our nearly 5 Boxer was diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myosis leading to 1 1/2 years of Prednisone, weaning off. She has Cushing’s Disease from the steroid (iatrogenic) Research says Turmeric will help, but she gets hot, quite hot, that makes me a little worried. I live in a vet-desolated area with no holistic vet within 200 miles. Our wonderful traditional vet is open to just about everything. A pox on the so-called holistic vets who want to gouge you hundreds of dollars for “their” products and hundreds more for an on-line consultation. Most I have learned on my own, and it is very little, except that the Cushing’s symptoms will not go away with the use of Prednisone. Appreciate comments.

        • janie
          Reply

          Hi Candyce:

          I responded to you through the contact form.

          Janie

  • Abby R
    Reply

    I made a bone broth with some turmeric in it to possible help my 13 year old lab. he is currently taking denamarin, Galliprant, and he just started on hemp oil drops. As you can see I am trying everything to help him. Do you think the turmeric will interfere with anything that he is taking?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Abby:

      I don’t think turmeric will have an effect on anything you’re currently giving with regards to prescription and non prescription drugs. However, I’m not sure if you seen my recent article on using gelatin protein for pain which can be extremely effective and much, much safer!

      You can read the article here if you like.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Julia Trow
    Reply

    Hi,
    My GSD is 12 this year and is suffering with arthritis in her hips. The vet has her on Previcox and also YuMove. She also has Cushings disease and is on Vetoryl for that. Do you think turmeric would help with her issues?
    Thanks.
    Julia

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Julia:

      I’m sorry to hear about your old girl. I’m not familiar with what YuMove is? If you read the “What to watch out for” section in the article, I mention it’s a good idea to not give turmeric at the same time as NSAIDS like aspirin. Aspirin is an NSAID and Previcox is as well. I would give the turmeric 2 hrs or more away from it if you plan on continuing it.

      Did you by chance read my article on protein gelatin and how it can help with pain? If not, you can take a look here. This could be a good option for her. I would try to move her away from prescription drugs and go natural. The gelatin along with Ligaplex II along with ActivFlex (like a treat) should do her really well.

      I hope this helps Julia!

      Janie

  • Stacy France
    Reply

    Hi,

    My 10 year old rottie has arthritis in both knees as well as nerve damage in one real leg. To top it off he also has 2 mass in his stomach. Do you recommend that I try turmeric. He is currently on Rimadyl and Tramadol. I try and give him more protein than his lamb and rice dry dog food. Suggestions?

    • janie
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      Hi Stacy:

      I’m sorry to hear about your old Rottie…

      I strongly suggest that you take him off of kibble and ANY processed dog foods. Can you home cook for him? I would definitely include the turmeric paste in his daily regimen, but he needs a lot more and you have to start with his diet. Did you by chance look at Home Cooking for Sick Dogs? The recipes are very easy and you can cook them in the crock pot for 2-2/12 hrs. You can learn more here. I would also include BioPreparation F4 for immunity and the masses in his stomach. There are other supplements, but I think this is a good start Stacy.

      For pain relief, please see my recent article here on including Gelatin Protein for pain. I would also invest in a good brace to help him and include SYSTEMIC ENZYMES over his home cooked meal. Another option for pain is to provide a good joint/tissue support like this one. I use and have used it on many dogs with torn ligaments and torn ACL’s for years along with the brace I’m sharing below. This will help with his pain and help him to get around.

      I’m sharing a link here to OrthoDog with the brace that I use for my knees: Ortho Dog Cruciate Care Knee Brace

      Again, I’m sorry to hear about your old boy. I hope this helps some.

      Janie

  • Sandy
    Reply

    My 13 year old min pin was just diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. Can turmeric help with the inflammation in the lungs?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Sandy:

      I would probably use fresh ginger instead vs turmeric by adding a LITTLE (fresh ginger burns going down) to your dog’s daily meal. Ginger helps with asthma and of course asthmatics often have bronchitis.

      I’m in the process of adding an article on using the herb Mullein which is known for its tremendous benefits to the lungs. I probably won’t have the article up until later this week. But, you can try using mullein by making a tea with the leaves. You can also purchase mullein teabags already made.

      It’s a lot easier to just use a product like Lung Gold that is already made and includes ginger and pleurisy root and works VERY well!

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Karen ward
    Reply

    My English pointer has cutaneous lymphoma and is currently given the chemo drug – Lomustine.
    Is it safe to give her tumeric as well or do you think it would interact with the Lomustine?
    We also just started giving her CBD oil and after reading your article on gelatin, I think I’ll start her on that too.
    Currently she is feeling fine, though they told us that this form of cancer is very aggressive
    Thank you very much.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Karen:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your girl. I know how hard it is to get a diagnosis like this. I don’t think turmeric will interfere with Lomustine, but you may want to check with your vet.

      The one product that we have successfully used ourselves for sarcoma and recommended to other in place of chemotherapy is Resvantage. It’s main ingredient resveratrol (from Japanese Knotwee) is believed to work like chemo therapy and keep the disease local. You can read about it here. You would want to give her the equine version, not canine version, just because it’s more cost effective. You would give two equine pills daily.

      I would definitely also include BioPreparation which is an algae. It contains thousands of nutrients and provides a wide range of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative effects. She would need the F3 formula. This is one of the BEST things you can give her. Learn more.

      Last, I would also give her Repair & Strengthen which contains Colostrum and also very high in nutrients, but it also contains whey protein which can help with muscle loss. The aloe vera will help with digestion and stomach acid as well as skin. Feed her a HIGH protein diet free of grain. If you need help in this area, our cookbook has recipes for that. You can read about it here.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Tracey
    Reply

    I have a 3 month old puppy (pittbull x) that has developed terrible skin rash. Poor guy scratches and chews himself open sores. I have been giving him 3 alergex per day (from half 2 x a day which wasn’t working). I also apply aqueous cream mixed with flowers of sulphur, but then the skin went all crinkly, and he was still scratching. I have been told that I should add turmeric to this mix as well. I am desperate to fix this poor boy, as he is so miserable. I have today bought cortisone (repivate) cream, can I mix flowers of sulphur and turmeric to this mix?
    please help
    Tracey

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Tracey:

      I’m sorry to hear about your puppy. When did you vaccinate him and for what? We are hearing this more and more from pet owners who have vaccinated their pets even 6-8 months later. The skin problem is minor compared to some other things we hear after vaccines.

      Sulphur can be hard on the skin. Did you use any chemical flea and tick products on him. If if either of these were done, his little immune system is most likely reacting and he can’t over come the toxins. I would detox your little first one with Bentonite Clay as follows and make sure he is eating a good, healthy raw diet with lots of greens. NO KIBBLE OR CANNED PROCESSED DOG FOOD!

      Build up his immunity and be very, very, very careful with what you allow your vet to do to him in the future.

      Detoxing with clay:
      Include Bentonite Clay to clean and flush out the liver and the blood of any toxins including those from vaccines and flea/tick chemica poisons. The clay is cheap and effective for helping the liver and the kidneys to remove toxins. Not sure how much your dog weighs, but the dosage is below. When feeding the clay, do not feed it in a metal bowl or mix with a metal spoon. Use a plastic spoon and feed from a ceramic or glass bowl. This is the brand we recommend: Earths Natural Bentonite Clay. FEED THIS separately from other supplements if you can since the clay will also absorb them. You can mix it with a little warm FILTERED water and give it by mouth away from other food and supplements like this: 1/2 tsp clay with 1 tsp filtered water twice daily. STIR and feed 2 hrs away from other supplements. MAKE SURE HE HAS LOTS OF FRESH WATER AT ALL TIMES WHEN DETOXING WITH CLAY….

      I would include BioPreparation F3 for the skin to start and work up slow so he doesn’t get diarrhea. You can move down to F2 formula later once you notice improvement. I also recommend using our Skin Kit for topical treatment and to provide some comfort.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Radhika Womack
    Reply

    Hi,

    My 5 year old Jack Russel/ Chihuahua mix has developed Paraphimosis. Can I apply turmeric paste to reduce swelling in his penis and or add some turmeric to his food?

  • Martyn
    Reply

    Our old girl Bessie injured herself and required x-rays on her left leg. We thought it was her shoulder but it turns out to be her elbow, as well as having diluted urine which could be kidney problems. The vet has told us to feed her non protein food and to rest her. The medicine she is taking is Nupentin and Paracare Susp so my question is what to feed her and whether she can take Turmeric? Thanks

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Martyn:

      Our cookbook offers very easy recipes for dogs with kidney disease. They are 3-5 ingredients and the book is an instant download for $9.99.

      You can view it here if you like.

      I’m sorry to hear about your Bessie. The cookbook also offers lots of valuable information for treating the disease and recommended supplements as well. I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Alison
    Reply

    Hello. My 8 year old greyhound has been diagnosed with early stage osteosarcoma. Initially he was limping and my vet took x-rays, but referred him for a cat scan and bone biopsy to see if there were any nodules in his lungs and to confirm any changes in his bones (inconclusive). As I cannot afford the amputation and chemo recommended and because I am also not convinced it would enhance his life, my vet and I are monitoring him, and he is on a once a day dose of metacam. I am giving him mostly home made food (brown rice and mince, with a small handful of rice-based dog biscuits), but am interested in giving him turmeric (curcumin) as I have read that it is very good as an anti-inflammitory and can fight cancer. Would I be able to give him turmeric with Metacam?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Allison:

      I’m sorry to hear about your greyhound. That is way too young but many are being diagnosed young now and much younger than 8. Sad.

      You really need to feed him a better diet. The rice based meals are NOT recommended for cancer patients. I can’t recommend enough that you consider our cookbook which is 9.99 for an instant download and includes simple 3-5 ingredient recipes and the best supplements for cancer patients. The recipes are for the crockpot or you can easily back them or GENTLY cook on top of the stove. It includes a lot of good information. You can view it here:
      Home Cooking for Sick Dogs

      I personally wouldn’t give Metacam and not with turmeric. I would change the diet to a very healthy cancer friendly diet with lots of mushroom and steamed greens. I would include algae, essiac tea for immune health and toxin removal. I would include ,gelatin protein and the turmeric paste for pain. See the video on this article on how to make and store the paste.

      I truly hope all goes well Alison and I hope this helped a little.

      Janie

  • Mike
    Reply

    Should the tumeric be blended with some black pepper?. I seen a video for making tumeric paste..Doesn’t it take black pepper to release the full affect of tumeric..I read a study awhile back on tumeric use for humans..Just wondering how much black pepper is to much for a dog

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Mike:

      Look at the recipe in the video. It shares everything you need….

      Janie

  • Pamela B. Hilliard
    Reply

    My Corgi is 8 yrs old & my vet has him on Apoquel which really relieves the itching. Can he be on the turmeric paste while on apoquel. He is also on a very good organic raw diet. I’m wanting to try turmeric gor a lipoma that he has.

  • Amanda Roelofsen
    Reply

    Hello I have a female GSD she is 9 months old. 2 months ago she started limping (front left leg) when she sat she would hold her leg up. Took her to the vet got X-rays done and vet said most likely she grew to fast so sent her home with Metacam. The medicine helped and she was not limping anymore. Now Friday she started limping again holding the same leg up. Vet put her back on Metacam for a week and now only a few days on the medication she is not limping anymore. Would these chews help her?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Amanda:

      I’m not sure which chews you’re referring to? These threads in the comment section get very long. Please share which chews you are referring to.

      Janie

  • Melanie Sharp
    Reply

    my 15 year-old girlie (mixture dog with possibly some collie in there somewhere) is on Carprieve tablet per day for stiffness in her joints. She seems to have developed cutaneous vascultis on her nose (sometimes bleeds which is stopped by bathing with Betadine) are they related do you think? She seems to be showing signs of dementia too sadly, we’re just trying to do the best we can for her in a limited capacity (we live on a small island with no veterinary)

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Melanie:

      I’m sorry to hear about your old girlie. It’s hard to watch; I know.

      It’s hard to say for sure if the cutaneious vasculitis on her nose is related to the stiffness or not. There are a lot of reasons that can cause this condition apparently. Here’s a link to give you an idea of all the possible causes.

      I don’t know how much access you have to different herbs, but you might want to read m article on gingko biloba and see if you can try that for her for her dementia. Here’s a link for the article.

      Another article you might want to read is this one which talks about using gelatin protein for pain and stiffness. NOT JELLO!!!!!

      I hope this helps you find some ways to provide comfort for your old girl.

      Janie

  • Laurie
    Reply

    I have a 9 yr old yorkshire terrier that the vet thinks has PLE – protein loosing enteropathy. Her only known symptoms are fluid bloat in her abdomen and a low count on her albumin. I am going to be making her a high protein low fat homemade diet and was wondering if Tumeric would be good to add in? She will be starting a low dose of Prednisone this coming week. Can she have turmeric in her food with this drug?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Laurie:

      I don’t know of any contraindications of using turmeric with Prednisone. Also, I sent you a private email with other suggestions.

      Janie

  • Sheila Fleshman
    Reply

    My 5 1/2 year old pitty was a torn CCL and I really don’t want to go the surgery route. Do you think that turmeric would help with this?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Sheila:

      I’m sorry to hear about your young pitty.

      Turmeric may help with pain and it won’t to include it, but you need more than that for torn ligaments, etc.

      I would definitely include gelatin protein. See my article here. You can also include Ligaplex II and I would. Little pricey, but it helps.

      Lastly, you MUST include a brace for her. My own dog is going through this right now. She has a torn acl, a completely busted knee meaning it’s way past a just a tear. The same things I’m telling you to do, I do and I’ve successfully recommended for others in the same situation.

      DO NOT ALLOW HER TO RUN OR JUMP. Get a brace and keep it on her from sun up until sun down and use for at least a year. YES, A YEAR! I use Ortho Dog for the majority of my braces. This is their brace for a torn ACL. Cruciate Brace

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

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