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

*Tips: 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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  • Paloma
    Reply

    Hi, my 11 year old westie is suffering from osteosarcoma and I have been cooking her meals ever since we found out she had cancer. We have been doing so with fresh tumeric which we grate onto the stew with a little pepper. What do you think about fresh tumeric? Should it only be powdered tumeric? We live in chile so it’s pretty hard to find that same brand. I’d like to hear tour thoughts. Thanks!

    • janie
      Reply

      Hello:

      I’m sorry to hear about your dog’s cancer. You absolutely can use fresh turmeric. Fresh is good! Include mushrooms such as Reishi, Turkey Tail or Maitaki as well which offer excellent cancer fighting benefits.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

      • Marilyn Fritz
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        Our boy had a large tumor that was bleeding on his privates. I started giving him turmeric and Cumin in gel caps and putting a paste of it with baking soda and grapeseed oil. In 2 days it’s half the size and he’s perky, alert and happy! I’m continuing until the tumor is gone. Plus treating several small ones.

        • janie
          Reply

          Wow Marilyn, that is awesome news!!!!!

          Thanks for sharing with us. Will you stop back and share how he does down the road and if the tumor goes down even more? Would love to see pictures of your boy and his tumor!

          Thanks again. This information will help someone else Marilyn!

          Janie

        • Jane
          Reply

          What were your measurements of ingredients? And amts/ dogs wt.?

        • Shai
          Reply

          Wow!… That’s amazing news, Marilyn! What kind of a turmeric was it?
          Could I give raw cumin seeds to my beagle?

        • Shai
          Reply

          ooops, I meant: what kind of “tumor” was it?

        • Cindy Echele
          Reply

          Does turmeric have to be mixed with pepper? If so, what is the purpose? I am very excited to start my 2 (11 year olds on it) I also have a foster Shihtzu who just completed having 2 lbs of tumors removed.

          • janie

            Hi Cindy!

            The reason for adding the pepper is to help the dog’s (or person’s) body absorb the curcumin which is a constituent found in turmeric.

            Good luck with using it and I hope it helps your old timers and your little foster. By the way, sending a “thank you” for fostering.

            Janie

      • Shai
        Reply

        Hi, Janie.
        I’ve read that some mushrooms are okay for dogs while some aren’t.
        The article went on to say that it has not been identified which mushrooms are not poisonous to dogs, so it’s best not to feed them any at all.
        Do you have a list of dog-friendly mushrooms?
        I’m also not able to identify any of the mushrooms you mention above. Where can we get these?
        I am from Malaysia. We are a melting-pot of cultures here, thus most ingredients can be obtained from some specialty store or other.

        • janie
          Reply

          Hi Shai:

          I don’t have a list of “dog friendly mushrooms”, but it’s probably safe to assume that the same mushrooms that are poisonous to humans are poisonous to our dogs.

          I’m sharing a link for a product that we love and sell thru our site. I’m not expecting you to purchase it, I’m giving you the link so that you can read which mushrooms are included in this amazing super food made up of mushrooms. Here’s the link: Mushroom Super Food I’m not sure if you’ll be able to read the ingredients, but you can enlarge it on your computer.

          I don’t know where you would buy them in Malaysia. We can purchase mushrooms fresh in our super markets here Shai.

          I hope this helps though. I recommend Shitake mushrooms most often.

          Janie

    • Sharon
      Reply

      I give my senior fur baby rescue an egg scrambled with organic coconut oil and organic tumeric with a very little bit of organic black pepper since coconut oil is also a carrier for tumeric.

  • Carla Jensen
    Reply

    Can turmeric be used if the dog is on rimadyl and tramadol?

    • janie
      Reply

      I wouldn’t worry about using Turmeric in combination with either of these. My concern would be that both of these are killing your dog’s liver and most likely very quickly!

      • Xena
        Reply

        Soooooo, tramadol is just as dangerous as rimadyl? Please explain. I give 2 of my Senior dogs, 1 tramadol, per day for arthritis pain. Is this killing their livers?? Tramadol is now classified as a ‘controlled substance’, but it’s just a pain killer, right? :\

      • Xena
        Reply

        P.S. I take 2, 720 mg of Tumeric capsules, daily. What would be the proper dose for a 55 lb Senior dog, via the capsules? I also give both my Seniors 2 tbsp of coconut oil, daily. Thank you.

  • Shayne Lesbirel
    Reply

    My 13 year old lab is on doxy for lymes. Can I give him turmeric to help with his stiffness while on the doxycycline?

    • janie
      Reply

      I wouldn’t give it at the same time. I would it separately by a couple of hours.

  • LaRaine Spencer
    Reply

    My Chinese Crested is 12 and is on the prescription food Royal Canin SO because she can’t have protein. One vet told me that she basically has an allergy to protein and a different vet told me she would develop kidney stones if she had protein. She is very susceptible to UTI’s and bladder infections. Three bladder infections in the last 9-12 months. When she has an infection the vet has prescribed antibiotics and has told me I could give her Tramadol. She does not get Tramadol on a regular basis but I have given it to her when she’s having trouble getting around or seems to be in a lot of pain. Would giving her Turmeric be ok with her protein issues? I would really like to make her more comfortable.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi LaRaine:

      I have NEVER heard of a dog being allergic to protein. They NEED protein to survive. You need a new HOLISTIC vet. Not sure where you’re located, but please find a holistic vet in your area if you’re in the U.S.

      Almost every dog that I have ever worked with that developed a lot of UTI’s, did well once on a high moisture diet and a food such as Dr. Harveys or The Honest Kitchen where you simply add hot, filtered water, stir and allow to sit for a few minutes. Add more water if necessary to cream it up. I’m baffled that a vet would tell you that your dog can’t have protein.

      What is their reason or diagnosis for your dog not being able to eat protein?

      If it were me La Raine, I would NOT feed Royan Canin, ever! I would feed her a high moisture diet like discussed above or home cook for her. I would include Rehmannia 8 and a good multivitamin as well. Here’s a link for Rehmannia 8. I would also include Organic Coconut Oil (1 heaping tablespoon for her daily). I would also include some protein. Here’s a link for a multivitamin if you’re interested.

      A high moisture diet is what helps prevent kidney stones and helps with kidney maintenance. Our multivitamin also includes kidney glandular which is actually kidney and is used to help heal the kidneys.

      If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask. Give me time to get back to you though. YourOldDog.com is a very busy place. 🙂

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

      • allison gilliam
        Reply

        My dog is allergic to all proteins except for bison and turkey. Also allergic to potatoes. I use Allergix by Health Extensions.

        Also, the only supplement my dog gets is glucosamine. Before this supplement, arthritis was taking over. Now, he runs like a puppy.

        He is almost 14!

        • janie
          Reply

          Thanks for sharing Allison!

          Janie

          • Michele

            can I give just plain tumeric and how much

  • Sharon
    Reply

    My dog has seizures and is on phenobarbital and levothyroxine-he is a boxer and is already having hip and back issues. I’d like to start giving him turmeric, any information I should know before doing so? Also, any thoughts on acupuncture and/or chiropractic in helping with the seizures.

    Thank you, Sharon

    • Karen
      Reply

      Hi Sharon. My dog was having seizures that lasted for 1-2 hours until I switched her food to Earthborn grain free. She’s only had 2 seizures in 5 years and not takin phenobarbital for about 4 years. It is good stuff

  • Jamie
    Reply

    My 15 year old dog was just diagnosed with lymphoma…. Would tumeric help with the spreading and take down the swelling of his masses?

  • allison gilliam
    Reply

    One year ago, my lab mix could barely walk due to arthritis. Put him on 2 pills a day of CVS brand human glucosamine extra strength. He is almost 14 and is running like a puppy. Best supplement ever.

    • janie
      Reply

      Wow, thanks for letting everyone know Allison! That is awesome news.

      All the best to you and your 14 year old lab mix.

      Janie

  • Gloria
    Reply

    Hello, my dogs both have lipomas; I have been using frankincense and grapefruit essential oils regularly since October; I don’t see a whole lot of progress, yet I know frankincense is supposed to be good for this; I’ve considered turmeric for them for the lipoma issue. I’d like to know if the turmeric paste or getting turmeric in their diets would be beneficial in reducing the lipomas. Both dogs are in great health and shape however one of them is on thyroxine, but otherwise both in great shape for being almost 13 years old.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Gloria:

      Quite honestly, I’m not real sure that the turmeric in their diets will actually reduce the size of the lipomas. I know they’re not real attractive. Our beautiful lab has two of them (not real big though). However, the turmeric paste in their diets would be highly beneficial as an aid in fighting disease. So, that alone makes it worth using.

      I have read though that 1/2 tsp turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon of castor oil can help. I would do it at night before bed and massage it into the lipoma. Of course don’t allow your dog to lick it all off if at all possible. 🙂

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

      Janie

  • Faye
    Reply

    Hello, My 14 year old, 45lb, female pit/boxer Maggie was diagnosed with a bladder mass that they suspect extends into the urethra, causing difficulty urinating. Her liver enzymes are very high and the ultra sound found her liver is small and they suspect she has liver cancer She was put on 10mg Prednisone twice a day for a week then once a day and Prazosin 1mg/ml oral solution 3 times a day for 5 or 6 days. (Until it ran out.) Those drugs were perscribed by the ER vet. My regular vet wants to stop the prednisone and put her on 10mg piroxicam. Can I give her Tumeric capsules instead? I have capsules that have 600 mg organic tumeric and 5 mg organic black pepper that I take. Or if not can I give her aspirin instead of the piroxicam?
    Thank you, Faye

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Faye:

      I’m sorry to hear about Maggie and I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. This is most likely a question for your vet. Better yet, you should get in touch with a holistic vet for Maggie. They can guide you with using Turmeric in combination with western medicine, if you decide to do so.

      There are certainly a lot of natural products out there available for arthritis pain. We put together this chart a couple of years ago that shares some over the counter medicines that can be used as well as holistic and natural products.

      I feel bad for your old girl. Remember to keep in mind that her quality of life is the most important thing Fay. Again, I’m sorry for the delay.

      Janie

  • Anne
    Reply

    I have two dogs over the age of seven and one age of 4. The 4 year old apparently needs surgery for patella luxation and the other two are german shepherds but are starting to limp. The 7 1/2 year old is having a hard time getting up from sitting position from her back legs and the front paw has calcium deposits which she is now limping. The boy is 7 years old and time to time after playing fetch, he starts limping. Can turmeric help with these situations?

  • Nichole Paynter
    Reply

    Hi – my dog (Isabella) was diagnoised with Lupus yesterday and i have been busily researching since and will make this paste for her, i see you start dose at 1/4 teaspoon daily but what would the daily dose be to build up to? Also any other tips you might have would be so appreciated. Feeling hopeful i can help her pain naturally and not just rely on steriods all the time. Thank you so much – Nichole.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Nichole:

      You actually work up to the 1/4 teaspoon daily by giving her a little more each day until you reach the entire 1/4 teaspoon daily. Remember though, the dosage is 1/8 to 1/4 tsp for EVERY 10 POUNDS DAILY. So you have to figure out the dosage based upon your dog’s weight.

      I would do everything in my power including feeding an incredible diet that includes the turmeric in order to get her OFF those steroids.

      Best of luck Nichole!

  • Karla Jones
    Reply

    Hi there,
    My dogs just started Cosequin DS for their joints. Can I give this along with the turmeric or is that too much? I would rather just give them the Tumeric which is most likely much more healthier for them. Any suggestions would be great, thanks so much.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Karla:

      I would include the turmeric, I just wouldn’t them together at the same time. 2 hrs between both should work.

      Hope that helps.

      Janie

      • Karla Jones
        Reply

        Thanks so much!

        • janie
          Reply

          My pleasure.

          Good luck.

          Janie

  • DONNA
    Reply

    Hi I have an 11 year old lab mix 96 lbs, a big boy, who was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his rear leg. I am wondering what dose I can start him on turmeric? Could I give him Natures bounty from CVS for humans ? The caps are 538mg standardized extract . Thank in advance ! Donna

    • Terri
      Reply

      Hi Donna, I was wondering if you ever found and answer you were looking for. I read that you should give b/w 20-60 mg per 10 pounds of the dog. It should be given at the amount you come up with and divide it into 2 doses.. then it said for large dogs give 2000mg 2times per day. They never mentioned the weight of a large dog and the it seems pretty much.. other sites state they do not have an exact dosage for dogs yet. I’m confused. If you found anything out please reply. YES you can use what you bought. I have the 500 mg with black pepper for absorption. I just feel I am not giving enough. I started yesterday. I gave an initial 500 mg. In one dose. Maybe today I will divide it.
      Thanks!! Hope you get this
      Sincerely,
      Terri

  • Summer Jacob
    Reply

    Hi anyone know of turmeric is effective in reducing the size of a brain tumor in a dog?

  • Lynn Margaret
    Reply

    I just started feeding Tumerick to my dachshund who was diagnosed with dwarfism and elbow dysphasia at 7 months old. We had surgery done by a vet orthopedist and it was not successful. I hope this Tumerick works to help her limp and associated pain with these problems. I will let you know. My real problem is her weight. She has been on every processed diet food out there with no results. Has anyone got a recipe for homemade diet meal I could prepare and put the turmeric in it? My forever thanks.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Lynn:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little girl. Very sad.

      With regards to diet, I’m very happy to hear that you are moving your dog away from processed foods. However, you need more than one recipe. The best diet for dog includes variety. They should never eat the same thing day after day.

      Not sure if you’re interested or not, but your little girl could actually eat any and all of the recipes in our cookbook.

      Janie

  • Ann
    Reply

    Has anyone had their dog on Apoquel for allergies? If so, any eye issues? Our 10 year old Wheaton has been on it for two years. It has worked wonders with her allergies however we have noticed the cloudiness in her eyes. When asking the vet about it he said it is just the natural old age cloudiness when I went to the ZOETIS (makers of APOQUEL) safety data sheet, more than once it stated :
    “Severe eye irritation. Symptoms may include stinging, tearing, redness, swelling and blurred vision. Permanent eye damage including blindness could result.” We had already taken our Lulu off of the Apple quill about a month ago suspecting this however we were assured by our vet at two separate appointments that I have to crawl could not be doing this …. I will now be taking him the safety data sheet so he can share it with others. Has anyone had any similar problems? If any of you have your dogs and Apoquel I advise you to research this. now I am looking for suggestions to keep her itching down … it is increasing since she has been off of the Apoquel for a month.

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Ann:

      I’m sorry for the late response and even more sorry to hear about your little Wheaton’s allergies and now eye issues. By the way, I LOVE Wheaton’s…….

      I can’t say that I’ve heard of this, but I don’t know alot about Apoquel, because we typically stay away from synthetic prescription drugs for our dogs.

      For the itching, I would use the Chinese Herb formula called Xiao Feng Wan which are tea pills. Here’s a link for Plumflower Xiao Feng Wan which I recommend. You will want to give her 1 tea pill for every 6 pounds DAILY.

      According to traditional Chinese medicine, this formula disperses wind and eliminates dampness, clears heat, cools and nourishes the blood and STOPS THE ITCH.

      Regarding the eye issues, I would use Eyebright and always keep it on hand for any eye issues your dog(s) run into. It must be diluted before administering to the eye. Here’s a link for alcohol free Eyebright Ann. USE ONLY DISTILLED WATER that is at room temperature. The dilution ratio is 1:15 meaning 1 drop of Eyebright to 15 drops of distilled water. It’s VITAL that you CLEAN OFF THE EYE DROPPER WITH HOT WATER BEFORE PLACING BACK INTO THE BOTTLE. If you don’t, you might as well throw it away, because you’ll contaminate what’s left inside the bottle.

      I hope this helps you Ann!

      Janie

      I hope this helps.

  • Ann
    Reply

    I will learn to re-read my talk and text.

  • Ann
    Reply

    I make our girls goodies with the following recipe:
    3C. ORGANIC brown rice flour
    1t. ORG. Cinnamon
    1/4 C. ORG. Peanut Butter
    2. ORG. Eggs
    15 oz. ORG. Pumpkin
    Is anyone able to tell me how much TUMERIC PASTE I should add to this recipe? Thank You

  • Phyllis Raasch
    Reply

    Can I give Tumeric/Curcumin with Cosequien?

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Phyllis:

      As far as I know, there aren’t any issues between them.

      Janie

  • Jill
    Reply

    My 9 1/2 year old golden retriever has been on Apoquel for almost a year. Prior tot hat she was on a low dose Prednisone daily for allergies for about 5-6 years along with a weekly shot of VARL liquid gold. The shots did nothing, the prednisone calmed her itching somewhat. Apoqel has worked wonders, she hardly ever licks/scratches and her coat has grown back to its full state.

    However, I have noticed an increased in cysts since she’s been taking Apoquel – she was prone before the Apoquel but now I swear I find a new little small one monthly. I’d like to try turmeric/coconut oil to see if it reduces the size and frequency of them – is it safe to give to her while she’s on Apoquel?
    She also takes 1 2/2 tsp of Phytoflex that has worked wonders on her arthritis – will it interfere with that? Appreciate any insight you can give.

    Thanks!

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Jill:

      It’s great to hear that your golden is getting relief from Apoquel, however, like all chemical drugs, they come with a price.

      I can’t say that I know or could even guess if using Turmeric would interfere with Apoquel. You might want to check with your vet on that. I recommend stopping it and switching to something safer like Chinese Herbs. Here’s an article about Apoquel that might enlighten you as to how safe it really is: Why I wouldn’t give my dog Apoquel.

      I’m not sure what you’re feeding her and treating her with regards to flea and tick medicine and what vaccines you routinely use. Goldens have an alarmingly high cancer rate and this is what concerns me about using a drug like Apoquel ongoing.

      Janie

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