- Detoxify the body
- Stimulate bile production in the liver, which in turn, metabolizes fat and removes waste.
- Used topically as a paste, it can disinfect wounds.
- Stomach tonic
- Memory issues
- Arthritis pain (my problem!)
- and is currently being research for anti-cancer properties.
For a dog, the daily dosage of turmeric should be 1/8- 1/4 of a tsp per 10 lbs of dog weight. It should also be mixed with an oil to aid in body absorption. Here are a couple recipes to help:
You can also mix turmeric into your favorite dog treat recipes. Whenever you add a new supplement to your dog's diet, you should always start out with a very low dose and work up very slowly. Be observant of any changes in your dog's behavior or bodily reactions.
Now for the warnings:
- Turmeric can be a binding agent. This means you dog may become constipated. Make sure lots of water is available and watch for constipation.
- Turmeric is also a blood thinner! If your dog is on a blood thinning medication or has liver disease, it is best to check with your vet before supplementing with this spice.
- Beware of over supplementing your canine friend. Sometimes too much of a good thing is NOT good. One supplement can counteract another if taken together. It's always best to do your research and consult a vet before starting a new supplement.
- Dogs with kidney stones should not take Turmeric, because it will increase urinary oxalate levels.
- This spice can also effect drugs for diabetes and aspirin.
-"Turmeric for Dogs", by Habib, Rodney, www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com
-"Turmeric for Dogs: How to Safely Use It" , http://yourolddog.com
- "Turmeric for Dog Arthritis: 8 Evidence Based Benefits, Dosage and Recipes", www.turmericforhealth.com
One last thing---turmeric used to be used to dye clothes yellow. Do not be alarmed if your dog has a yellow tongue or mustache after eating!