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 of turmeric for dogs.  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 of turmeric for Dogs

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.

Is turmeric good for dog and how can it help?

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. 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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  • Maria unkovich

    Hi Terry. I recommend this brand. (see info below). My son’s dog is struggling with losing protein… plus he has an inflamed prostate which is interfering with his ability to have a normal bowel movement. His protein loss does not make him a candidate for surgery because of the anesthetic… So, we are treating him with this product in the hope that it will reduce the inflammation and it seems to be helping him. Here is the product link:
    Product: Turmeric Chews

    Maker: Amazing Nutrionals

    Hope this helps.


  • Lisa Tremblay

    I have a 12 yrs old shin-Tzu papillon. She had inflammatory problems, pain when walking around the house. No longer came for walks. Very sluggish and always wanted to sleep. When for acupuncture treatments from a vet, helped. But what really made a difference is tumeric. She has been taking it for one month now. She stays up a lot more, is playful, even comes for walks. I use tumeric in a health food store. Capsules, break it open and give her about half of what is inside. Advise by the vet acupuncture. The results speak for themselves.

    • george ann geraci

      What kind did you use? My shih tzu is having the same problem

  • Terry

    I have a 70 pound American Bulldog that was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease in March. She was on Carprofen to help control the inflammation and pain she has due to arthritis, but because of Cushing’s disease, she can no longer take Carprofen. I have made the tumeric paste for her, but I’m a bit worried about its potency. My research shows that so many of the tumeric brands do not have enough curcumin in them to actually help control inflammation. Some of the reason, as I understand it, is the tumeric is made from the tumeric root which is not effective in treating inflammation. I want to get a brand of tumeric that will actually help her. Can you recommend a brand that has the tumeric in it that I need to effectively help control the inflammation and pain my dog has on a daily basis? Thank You.

  • kristy wachs

    My husband and I just bought some Turmeric/curcumin complex (members Mark(Sams))one capsule 500mg, for our joints were 61,and 57.
    my German Shepard is 10 this August and has bad hips, arthritis, torn ACL, kidney disease and was wondering if I can give her this for her pain and stiffness? she won’t eat pain medicine anymore it upsets her stomach.
    thanks for your help.

    • janie

      Hi Kristy:

      I don’t really know what else is in the capsules, but if they contain just turmeric or curcumin and piperine, they should be fine.

      I would also HIGHLY recommend that you use this Gelatin Protein. I have used for hip issues and torn ACL’s in dogs and the difference is amazing. Here’s a link to the brand I recommend and use: Great Lakes Gelatin Protein for Dogs

      I hope this helps.


  • Beth

    My dog is taking an anti-inflammatory (Carprofen) and painkillers (Tramadol) at the moment. Is it safe to start the turmeric treatment (your paste) now, or should I wait till he has finished the vet-prescribed treatment? Thank you!

    • janie

      Hi Beth:

      I would wait until you are finished with the Carpofen and pain killers and use the turmeric paste. I would also add Gelatin Protein. This is the brand we use and recommend.

      I hope this helps.


  • Liz Ritchie

    Hi, my Rhodesian Ridgeback had been diagnosed with lymphatic D cancer, will turmeric help him, he is 5 yrs old and weighs 36kg

    • janie

      Hi Liz:

      I’m sorry to hear about your young dog. Was he recently vaccinated and how often in his life? Were chemical flea and tick products used on him? I recommend detoxing your dog for 10 days with a good product that will remove heavy metals from the body. Not sure where you’re located, but this is the one I recommend for that: Primary Detox. I would also use Bentonite Clay daily and ongoing. Turmeric paste can’t hurt, but if he has lymphatic cancer, he needs much more.

      I would feed a diet that is ORGANIC and high in raw meat protein (again the meat must be organic) or you can cook it only lightly. Feed lots of steamed greens, shitake mushrooms and include a good oil source daily. I would include vitamin C daily as well working up slowly to the maximum dosage (you’ll have to research the dosage for his size).

      Best of luck.


  • Scharmella Adams

    I Am Indian & Have Been Eating Tumeric In My Diet For Year’s Now I Also Mix It With My Curry When Cooking It’s A Great Herb & Has Lots Of Healing Agents In It & Very Good 4 Your Skin & Hair…It Will Help All Your Doggie Concerns As Well.As Humans..Start Using It U Will See It Also Repels Parasites On Your Fur Babies & Much More…U Will Be Satisfied. I’m 47 & Look 27 & Its No Lie It Even Delay Aging & I’m Proof.

  • Jodee Schumacher

    I have a 15yr old dog now has arthritis and inflammation and nerve loss in her back legs. I have done some reading and its ok to give her turmeric. But I would like to give her fresh. And would like to know the correct portion to feed to her. She ways 27kg
    Do you have a recipe or a site where I could make this up myself. I can only find powder recipes

    • janie

      Hi Jodee:

      Did you not watch the video in the article that shows you how to make the paste yourself? Also, I would strongly consider using gelatin protein for her. It works well. This is the one I’ve tested and use: Gelatin Protein for Dogs

      It works very well. Give it a couple of weeks. You can use it in addition to the turmeric paste.

      I hope this helps.


  • A. Linda Chapman

    I’m starting over again. I sent a comment like 2 weeks ago. Didnt get a reply. I sent another questioning why there was no reply. I gave a brief description on my comment. The reply from Janie was how many lbs is your dog. I replied but haven’t gotten any more replies. My 11 yr. old 5 lbs Maltese has a non cancerous growth in her mouth. Its getting bigger. I started giving her 1 capsule of turmeric with her food with added chicken broth, then cut it down to half. I have been giving it to her for 3 weeks..nothing has changed. .any other suggestions would help.

    • janie

      A. Linda Chapman:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little one and for the delay as well. The dosage for turmeric for your maltese would be: 1-10 lbs.: 1/16 to 1/8 tsp. of powder or ½ capsule one to three times a day.

      I would make sure you’re feeding her a healthy whole food diet with ZERO kibble or canned dog food. Whole, real food! You can look at our cookbook here if you like. I would use the recipes in the cancer section for her and also use the recommended supplements in the cancer section as well. The book will guide you with regards to including much needed calcium when home cooking.

      I hope this helps.


      • A. Linda Chapman

        Thank you..she eats Blue small bites. I moisten her food with chicken broth and occasionally i throw in boiled chicken or ground meat. I will see what recipes are in the cookbook and sure it will help..thank you again.

        • janie

          Hi Linda:

          If you need any additional help with anything, it’s better to use the contact form for a quicker response.

          You definitely have to get him off of the kibble and onto feeding a real, whole food diet.


          • A. Linda Chapman

            Thank you.

          • Christine Nelson

            i would switch her food to something of better quality, like stella and chewy’s, acana, or origin. Even zignature would be great. Look up Blue’s history, it’s terrible.

    • David

      Ms Linda Chapman, just a suggestion, have you considered taking your Maltese to a Veterinarian? I mean no disrespect but you mentioned back on May27th that you left a “comment like 2 weeks ago” and now you referenced the growth is her mouth is getting bigger. So your little fur baby has been suffering for over two weeks, a trip to the Vet would seem logical here. I’m not knocking Holistic practices, but modern Veterinarian medicine can work wonders and provide the fur babies with much needed healing/relief, but only when a pet owner take their animal to the Veterinarian.


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