What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which is a ginger plant that is grown in Southeast Asia. It has been used in India for thousands of years as both a spice and medicinal herb. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. In pet products, turmeric is mainly promoted as an anti-inflammatory supplement for dogs suffering from medical conditions that cause stiffness and discomfort in their bones and joints.
What are the benefits of turmeric for Dogs?
Turmeric has a lot of health benefits for dog. It’s well known for its anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties. It’s commonly used in dogs’ supplements for hip & joint issues, allergies, and more. If your dog is dealing with inflammation, which can be the source of many diseases, such as arthritis, gastrointestinal disease, dental disease, and allergies, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort.
A potential benefit of turmeric in dogs is cancer treatment. The curcumin in turmeric can prevent the precancerous stage in your dog's body from working as a preventive therapy. Some studies recommend combining turmeric with traditional cancer drugs to treat numerous types of cancers in dogs.
The antioxidant properties in turmeric prevent cell damage and help to fight the free radicals from unhealthy food, pests, pollution, and toxins. These free radicals can destroy the blood cells in dogs, leading to aging and degeneration.
Because turmeric also works as adaptogen, your dog should manage stress better, which leads to less anxiety and more balanced energy. When you combine turmeric with other natural supplements like fish or coconut oil for dogs, they will contribute to better skin and coat health and help to minimize allergies and other skin reactions.
How can you include turmeric into your dog’s diet?
Dogs can safely have small amounts of turmeric. The recommended daily dose of turmeric for dogs is around 1/8 – ¼ tsp for every 10 pounds your dog weighs. When you are planning to include it into your dog’s diet, we recommend that you start slowly with small amounts to see how your dog responds to it. Turmeric is usually a very safe substance, but certain dogs may prove sensitive to it. As with people, turmeric may cause stomach upset or constipation in some canines. The most severe side effects, if they are given too high a dosage can include an upset stomach, bruising, clotting issues and gallbladder problems. You should talk you’re your veterinarian about giving turmeric your dog, because it can interact with your dog’s current medications and supplements.
Types of turmeric for dogs:
- Dog supplements
If you don’t want to add turmeric directly to your dog’s food or make homemade recipes, supplements with turmeric are a great choice, especially if you have a picky eater. Our Advanced Hip & Joint soft chews are a great option, if you don’t want to mess with pills, liquid or powder. While turmeric isn’t the main ingredient in this supplement, it is included in the formula to help with inflammation and pain from hip & joint problems. Our natural duck flavored glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM chews for dogs can help ease discomfort, maintain flexibility, and promote comfortable motion. It is also easily absorbable and dogs love the taste of it.
- Turmeric powder and paste
You can mix turmeric powder with coconut or olive oil and ground pepper to create a paste that you then add to the dog's meal. Turmeric easily stains everything it touches, so be careful when preparing the paste and feeding it to your dog. You can also buy it in paste form, which absorbs quicker and it’s more beneficial for dogs.