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Considered a natural healer in the East, turmeric has a number of benefits for the human body. But, you may be surprised to learn that turmeric is quite beneficial for dogs as well.
We at FeedFond have compiled a quick guide on turmeric for dogs for you.
But, before we get there, hang on— let’s learn a little about turmeric itself.
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Contents & Quick Navigation
- Quick Basics About Turmeric
- Why Should You Give Turmeric To Your Dog?
- 5) How is Turmeric a Natural Pain Reliever?
- How to Give Turmeric to Your Dog?
- Does Consuming Too Much Turmeric Have Any Side Effects?
- In Conclusion
Quick Basics About Turmeric
This golden-yellow spice is used in curries as a taste enhancer and currently has over 6000 studies conducted in its name (something to be pretty proud of). It belongs to the ginger family and contains curcumin (as you will find out shortly, this is the main superhero here).
It also has high amounts of vitamin B6, minerals (especially iron, manganese, and potassium) and fiber.
Its effects on dogs have also been thoroughly studied and the results are in—it’s been found to be beneficial for your buddy.
Why Should You Give Turmeric To Your Dog?
Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin which possesses unreal healing properties. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which are great for your dog’s bone and joint health, for relieving pain and for promoting a healthy heart. According to studies, turmeric also plays an important role in fighting cancer due to its antioxidant properties.
Let’s have a look at the detailed overview of all the 7 benefits of turmeric for your dog.
1) Anti-Bacterial And Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Most of the major diseases dogs may be faced with are due to inflammation. These diseases include cancer, arthritis, allergies, etc. Now inflammation is fatal only if chronic and if it’s occurred over a long period of time. For example, chronic inflammation leads to degeneration of joints.
While studies were being conducted to test the health benefits of curcumin, it was found out that the curcumin in turmeric works better than most anti-inflammatory drugs to control inflammation; its anti-inflammatory properties are actually comparable to cortisone!
2) How Does Turmeric Promote Heart Health?
It helps heart health direction by protecting the hard-working cardiac muscles from inflammation.
3) How is Turmeric a Natural Health Tonic?
If you have a senior dog, you can add a bit of turmeric to his diet as a natural antioxidant to help support again cognitive dysfunction and cancer. Its antioxidant properties can be comparable to that of vitamins C and E.
4) How Does Turmeric Help With Allergies?
Allergies is a body’s natural reaction to anything it perceives as a threat to its normal functioning and the body gets inflamed; so again, since it helps with inflammation, it’s helpful to combat allergies.
5) How is Turmeric a Natural Pain Reliever?
You’ll notice a theme with inflammation—We know that many dogs are prone to arthritis during their lifetime. Turmeric can help relieve pain and rigidity associated with arthritis. Studies have shown that curcumin is just as effective as ibuprofen.
6) How Does Turmeric Help With Gastrointestinal Health?
Curcumin in turmeric also acts as a major stimulant for bile production in the liver, which helps to break down the fat and as a result, promotes proper digestion. Research has also shown it has positive effects on gut inflammation and gut permeability.
7) How Can Turmeric Help to Prevent Cancer?
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant which can help to stop harmful precancerous cells from becoming cancer cells. In addition, as we have mentioned once or twice, it has anti-inflammatory properties which can help stop chronic inflammation that leads to cancer.
As mentioned before, curcumin has shown to not only kill cancer cells but, also prevent its growth.
How to Give Turmeric to Your Dog?
You can feed turmeric to your dog in either of the ways below.
For this, simply mix a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with one-third of a cup of boiled water and allow it to cool for a few minutes. To this mixture, add about 16 grinds of pepper and a dessertspoon of either flaxseed oil or coconut oil or olive oil. Give this to your dog’s food bowl and let him enjoy.
As a paste:
Well first, start by making a paste: mix turmeric with coconut oil or any other healthy oil—this helps with absorption. Then, mix the paste with water or add it directly to your dog’s meal.
Be careful about the bright yellow color though—it will stain your hands and almost anything it touches.
How Much Turmeric Paste to Give Your Dog?
As we always say, it really does depend on your dog, its life stage, and size, yet we have provided a rough guide below for your reference.
- Small Dogs (10-20 pounds): ¼ teaspoon daily
- Medium Dogs (20-50 pounds): ½ teaspoon daily
- Large Dogs (50-100 pounds): 1 teaspoon daily
This is the printable guide of the information above for your quick reference. Do share it with other dog owners.
Does Consuming Too Much Turmeric Have Any Side Effects?
That’s the one main question most of us studying this topic want to know: is turmeric safe for dogs?
After all those health benefits, without a doubt, yes turmeric is safe for dogs.
But does it have side effects? Well, not really. We’d say that due to it’s warming properties, it’s not a good idea to give it to dogs who are always hot.
Also, be careful if your dog is on medication as it may interfere or have negative reactions if mixed with other treatments. It is always best to consult your pet expert or your vet beforehand.
There you go, we ’ve laid it out for you: the benefits of turmeric for dogs and how you can give it to your dog. Make sure to consult your vet if you have any doubts about how you should be giving turmeric to your dog and what the appropriate amount might be. And we hope you make the best use of this guide; after all, our pets deserve the very best of our love and care.
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