Friday, January 8, 2016

Turmeric for Dogs

Lately, I have been adding a bit of turmeric into my daily diet to help ease the pain of my arthritis. Naturally, I have to research and know if it is also beneficial for my four-legged family members. The answer is "Yes"! Dogs can also reap the benefits of turmeric much like humans. Turmeric is a root in the ginger family. It is native to Middle Eastern and Southeast Asia and has long been used for a variety of health ailments:
  • 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.
Yep, It's beginning to become one of those "super spices". The component in Turmeric that makes it so powerful is a bio-active compound, curcumin (not to be confused with the spice Cumin...they are two different things). Curcumin is found to be an anti-inflammatory (pain reliever!) and an antioxidant.

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.
With all that said, Here are a couple of useful links to help you on your way:

-"Turmeric for Dogs", by Habib, Rodney,

-"Turmeric for Dogs: How to Safely Use It" ,

- "Turmeric for Dog Arthritis: 8 Evidence Based Benefits, Dosage and Recipes",

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! 


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