It seems that turmeric is the spice on everyone’s lips, especially New Zealand dog owners. But can you give dogs turmeric? Is turmeric safe for dogs? And what are the benefits and side effects of turmeric in dogs?
Before we get into the questions about turmeric and dogs, let’s take a look at what turmeric is.
Turmeric is a spice which is yellowy orange in colour. If you are partial to Indian and Thai foods, then you will have no doubt eaten this delicious, warming and deeply flavoured spice many times.
Being part of the ginger family, turmeric looks like an old root; it is native to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and for hundreds of years it has been used for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric For Dogs? How Does That Work?
Turmeric helps reduce inflammation.
Inflammation is at the core to a lot of health issues related to your dog, including arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease and cancer.
By ingesting turmeric as part of his everyday diet, you are helping your dog to live a longer and healthier life.
Tell Me About Inflammation
We have established that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, but what does that mean?
Mention the world inflamed and immediately your mind goes to stiff, aching joints or red swollen injuries but know that not all inflammation is bad.
Inflammation is a typical body response within your dog and is a vital part of the healing process. If your dog is suffering from an infection, her body will naturally become inflamed to remove the old dead cells and bring in a team of fresh new immune cells to help pooch fight an infection or an injury.
Inflimation is only a concern when it gets out of hand
What Is In Turmeric And How Does That Benefit My Dog?
Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin.
Curcumin has a host of special powers that will benefit your dog’s health. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and an antifungal.
The super-active ingredient, curcumin, helps fight diseases in dogs like arthritis, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues, Alzheimer’s and has said to help combat diabetes in dogs.
In short, Turmeric is a super spice. This study called the spice ‘cure- cumin’, and after reading this post, I think you will see why.
You Say Turmeric Contains Antioxidants. What Does That Mean?
Tumeric is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can slow down ageing, degeneration and also increase the lifespan of your dog.
The main benefit of antioxidants is that they help to fight free radical damage.
What is Free Radical Damage & How Does This Affect My Dog?
Every Molecule has an electron. They go as a pair.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons that accumulate in cells. Molecules without a partner. Without an electron.
Free radicals are formed for a number of reasons, usually when your dog is exposed to chemicals, pesticides, pollution, toxins and processed foods.
Once free radicals (the very name makes them sound rebellious) form in cells, they start looking for an electron to pair up with – to make them complete.
Free Radicals Explained Simply. The Story Of Tim.
The free radical goes to the nearest molecule – let’s call this molecule Tim. Free radical steals the electron that Tim was paired up with, leaving Tim the molecule feeling wobbly and unstable.
Tim the sad molecule now becomes a free radical himself. Because he doesn’t want to be alone, Molecule Tim looks for another complete molecule and electron pair and repeats the behaviour by stealing an electron (so he can once again feel complete and happy). And so the chain continues.
That – very basically – are free radicals. Thank you, Tim.
This process is called oxidative stress, and it causes damage to your dogs cells leading to many chronic diseases including cancer. Imagine all of this war taking place in your dog’s body. It eventually takes its toll.
Enter the powerful turmeric. The antioxidants in Turmeric help fight the damage caused by the free radical process, thus enabling your dog to live a longer and happier life.
How Can I Give Turmeric To My Dog?
Yes! By making a golden turmeric paste for dogs!
Including turmeric into your dog’s diet is very simple, follow these steps and make this super-powered golden paste to see your dog on the road to future health.
Why Add Oil To Golden Paste?
Because turmeric is not easy for your dog to digest you can’t just sprinkle the powder on top of pooches food. Instead, you must combine the spice with a healthy oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and pour the mixture onto your dog’s meal.
Why Add Pepper To Golden Paste?
Studies have shown that peperine – a phytochemical in black pepper – helps to increase the absorption of curcumin by up to 1500%, so it is important to add pepper.
Ingredients For Golden Paste:
1/2 cup – Turmeric powder (*make sure that the turmeric powder is organic and is loaded with curcumin!)
1 – 1 1/2 cups – Water
1 1/2 teaspoons – Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup – Organic, cold pressed coconut oil or olive oil (remember olive oil can be used for pooch’s ears too!)
How To make Turmeric Paste For Dogs:
1. Mix the turmeric with the water in a pan
2. Begin with 1 cup water and add more if needed
3. Stir on low/medium heat until it forms a thick paste (approximately 7-10 minutes)
4. If the paste is too watery, simply add more turmeric powder
5. Next, add the pepper and coconut oil to the paste and stir in very well
6. Allow the paste to cool. The mixture can be put in a jar (one with a lid) and should live in the refrigerator for no more than two weeks
You are now ready to add the golden paste directly into your dog’s meal.
Tumeric Paste For Dogs. How Much Should I Give?
This will depend on the size and breed of your dog.
Although it may be very tempting to load your dog’s dinner up with Golden Paste, remember that as with anything, moderation is the key! Below is a rough guide of what amounts you should start with when giving turmeric to your dog:
- Small dogs – 1/4 teaspoon per day
- Medium dogs – 1/2 teaspoon per day
- Large dogs – 3/4 teaspoon per day
- Giant dogs – 1 teaspoon per day
Are There Any Side Effects To Giving Dogs Turmeric?
Turmeric is a natural substance and is generally regarded as being safe; however, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t have side effects. Here are a few to be aware of:
- Turmeric is a blood thinner reducing the chance of a stroke or a heart attack. If your dog is on thinning blood medication, this could be a problem.
- Turmeric is a binding agent. Perfect for dogs with diarrhoea but not so much if your dog suffers from constipation.
- Turmeric is a warming spice. If your dog is of a breed that tends to overheat easily and shows signs of overheating (panting and looking for shade to cool down), then turmeric may not be suitable for him.
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As a dog owner, you will know that your dog’s health is the number one priority. By seeking out natural supplements that will help your dog live a longer and healthier life is your responsibility to your pooch. He will love you for it. Turmeric is cheap and readily available (buy from any supermarket) and can only serve your dog well. As with any other medication, administer tumeric with common sense and watch your dog thrive!
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