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, dogs who suffer with joint inflammation or memory issues may benefit when turmeric aka  Indian saffron is regularly added to the diet.

A Simple Effective Method

It’s 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 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.
  • 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 let me know that her vet told her that Turmeric can be fed when a dog is taking Trilostane.

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  • Shrey
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    I have a pomerian who is 9 years old , last month she suddenly had a problem in her hind legs. We were initially not worried as she often injures herself while playing but the problem has continued. We went to the vet , we have been giving her medicines like ‘petjoint’ and melobest but the problem has continued. Can someone suggest some other remedy for her.
    It’s really painful to see my best friend crying and me being unable to do anything

    • janie
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      Hi Shrey:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little girl.

      Did you recently vaccinate her?

      Janie

      • Sue
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        My 15 year old toy poodle is taking high quality omega 3 powder and I give cold laser treatment. He was not able to stand on his hind legs but now he walks well.

        • janie
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          Hi Sue:

          I’m so glad to hear that your old timer is doing well. That is outstanding to hear about the omega 3 powder and cold laser treatment method.

          I hope all continues to go well for you both!

          Janie

  • Shrey
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    Nopes.
    Should I continue with the prescribed medicines or try the golden recipe? The medicines do little good to her and not even a day passes after I ve given her the medicines and she is back in pain

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Shrey:

      I’m sorry for the late response. I will send you a private email with some recommendations okay?

      Janie

    • WhiteShep
      Reply

      This could be degenerative myelopathy, xrays show this and there are physical tests that quickly tell. My shepherd just got diagnosed with that lastnight and had the same symptoms. Xrays are not super expensive so i would highly suggest finding out.

      • janie
        Reply

        Hi WhiteShep:

        I’m sorry to hear about your shepherd’s diagnosis. It’s common in that breed, unfortunately.

        Did you by chance review our DM kit? If not, you can take a look here. We get a lot of good feedback.

        Degenerative Myopathy Kit for Dogs

        I hope all goes well for you and your dog.

        Janie

  • Donna
    Reply

    Do you give daily? If so, I feed mine 2x a day, do I put on both?

  • Hailey
    Reply

    Is it safe to give my 15 year old, 55 lb yellow lab turmeric capsules (contains 95% curcuminoid, 1000 mg)? If so, what dosage? 🙏

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Hailey:

      I recommend that you give your senior lab CurcuVET which is specially designed (dosage) for dogs and NOT the human capsules (1000mg). The reviews on Amazon here are very, very good.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Linda
    Reply

    Wondering if it is okay to give the golden paste along with a glucosamine product?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Linda:

      It’s fine to use both the paste and glucosamine.

      Janie

  • Crystal
    Reply

    6 month old puppy that is on enalapril for CHF and furosemide for swelling. liver is inflamed would turmeric interact with either of those meds?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Crystal:

      I would be more concerned as to what caused this pup to have CHF at 6 months old and liver issues as well! Was he recently vaccinated and if so, for what and when. How often has this dog been vaccinated? Do you use chemical flea and tick products on him?

      This dog needs much more than just turmeric.

      Let me know.

      Janie

  • Sandi
    Reply

    Is there anything that can be used for anal gland problems?

    • janie
      Reply

      Feed a better diet Sandi. Not kibble! Go with real food in real form. Not kibble. Look into either home made or using a dehydrated formula such as this brand which is very economical. DON’T feed the same protein source over and over. Buy two boxes and rotate the protein between Fish & Fowl, Red Meat & Fish or at least two. Rotate every couple of days. Add extra steamed green veggies to it as well.
      Only Natural Pet Dehydrated Food

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

    • Jeana
      Reply

      Sandi, use pure can pumpkin for the anal glands. Mix it on there food. A couple tablespoons once a day.

  • Shannon Close
    Reply

    Hi, just wondering if its ok to just mix the turmeric powder into my little dogs food? thanks

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Shannon:

      You can try, but the paste is better.

      Janie

  • Rona Bennasar
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    My dog weighs 12.4 kilos.How much turmeric paste should I give daily ?

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