Turmeric is a spice that is widely used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine that provides many health benefits to humans. In those parts of the world, people have been using Turmeric exclusively to treat wounds, stomach ailments and even to detox the body.
But Is Turmeric Safe For Dogs?
Turmeric in moderation is found to provide many health benefits to our canine companions as well. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which can help dogs with arthritis.Turmeric is also known to prevent tumors and prevent certain cancers in dogs. There are also some sources that I found which stated turmeric even shrunk existing conditions. The ingredient responsible for providing these healing properties in turmeric is called Curcumin. Curcumin is also the ingredient that gives Turmeric it’s beautiful orange color.
Turmeric For Arthritis In Dogs
Turmeric is a natural anti-oxidant and what it does it fight free radicals that causes inflammation and pain. I recommend taking this holistic turmeric approach along with a good MSM / Glucosamine supplement to provide maximum results for dogs suffering from arthritis. Here is a great canine arthritis supplement that I reviewed a few months ago. Wondering where to get a hold of Turmeric? You can get a pound of organic turmeric online at an affordable price below. This bag will last you months and it is worth every penny when it comes to treating our canine companions.
Is Turmeric Safe For Dogs? & Optimal Dosages (continued)
Is turmeric safe for dogs? Turmeric is a natural blood thinner for our dogs so make sure that your dog isn’t on any blood thinning medications prior to giving them turmeric. If your dog is pregnant be sure to consult a veterinarian prior to giving them turmeric. If your dog is not on any blood thinning medication already then the optimal Turmeric dosage for an average dog is 1 tbsp every morning and night along with water. If you have smaller dogs, you can give 18mg/lbs weight. Some dog’s may not drink their water if you add turmeric. If you have a very picky dog then you can also mix it in the dog food along with some yogurt. I suggest you also spring toward a gluten free diet. A gluten free diet helps dogs with health problems greatly. Plenty of water should be available while treating dogs with turmeric as it is a natural binding agent and may cause constipation in dogs. I found that yogurt helps tremendously with this problem.
The benefits of turmeric for our dogs doesn’t stop here, you can also use a turmeric mixed with honey to treat wounds or tick bites, bringing them immediate relief. Turmeric is also known to raise their good cholesterol (HDL) levels for optimum heart and liver health. Turmeric can optimize your dog’s liver bile production and help detoxify their body. Here are some more interesting uses of turmeric or our dogs.
- Aids in Metabolism (stimulates bile production in dogs)
- Serves as a Binding Agent (great for diarrhea in dogs)
- Great for Allergies in Dogs (
- Prevents Blood Clots in Dogs (thins their blood, make sure the dog is not currently on blood thinners)
- Inhibits Tumor Growth in Dogs (cuts of their blood supply)
How To Make A Golden Paste With Turmeric?
You can make a golden paste with turmeric and store it in the fridge for your dogs. This procedure is simple and here are the ingredients and steps to follow.
Start with adding the cup of turmeric powder in a pan of water and slowly stirring it until you thicken the paste. Add more water as necessary and continue stirring for at least 5 to 6 minutes.Now you can turn off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients into the pan. Stir to mix the oil in and allow it to chill. Keep it in the refrigerator once you are done and use it as needed. Now you can simply take a spoon and mix it into your dog’s food or your own food. It is best to use this mixture with in a month.
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