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I’ve known about the benefits of turmeric for some time and started adding it to our dogs’ food last year, but not consistently and I recently found out that I doing it all wrong anyway. Recently, I added 2 spoonfuls of turmeric paste to the batch of food I was making (ground duck necks and a grain-free, raw dog food base mix). I was afraid that our dogs wouldn't eat it, but they love it.
Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs
- Natural detox
- Natural antibacterial
- Promotes heart and liver health
- Reduces blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood*
- Promotes digestive health
- Acts as an antioxidant AND it’s believed to be able to prevent cancer**
- Offers allergy relief
- Helps to prevent cataracts
- Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy
- Natural pain relief
- Natural treatment for diarrhea
- And more (read more at Dogs Naturally Magazine)
*Dangers of Turmeric for Dogs
Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. That just sounds all kinds of bad, right? If your dog is on medication that thins his/her blood, speak with your veterinarian before you add turmeric to your dog’s diet.
Read more tomorrow about the side effects of turmeric for dogs tomorrow.
** Turmeric May Prevent Cancer in Dogs
I read on Dogs Naturally Magazine that turmeric can “block the cancer promoting enzyme that stimulates the growth of head and neck cancer. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Scientists has conducted studies that show that curcumin can inhibit tumor growth and may even shrink existing tumors. This has to do with the spice’s amazing ability to shut down blood vessels that feed tumors.”
Using Turmeric as a Dog Supplement
I started with turmeric supplements from a health food store and they didn't seem to do much for my dogs. This is when I learned about golden paste. The reason the turmeric wasn't working is that I need to combine it with coconut oil and fresh ground black pepper for delivery and better absorption.
Recipe for Golden Paste for Dogs
The following is what I do for my dogs; I make my golden paste in large batches, storing the excess in the freezer. It is good in the fridge for 2 weeks.
- 3 cups of turmeric powder (sourced through our co-op)
- 6 cups of water
- 2 cups of organic coconut oil (or 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of bone broth)
- 3 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of Ceylon cinnamon
Step 1: I slowly warm the water on the lowest heat while I ground the pepper I need.
Step 2: I mix the turmeric powder in with the water and stir until it begins to get thick.
Step 3: I mix in the coconut oil and bone broth, and, finally, the pepper. I turn off the heat and continue to stir.
Step 4: I allow the turmeric paste to cool and transfer into Rubbermaid containers to freeze.
Dosage of Golden Paste for Dogs
I've read different dosages on several sites. Many people advise to start with small amounts and build up because it can cause loose stool if you feed too much to your dog. Turmeric paste leaves a dog's system quickly, so it should be fed with each meal (more than once a day). I started my dogs off with 1/4 teaspoon in each meal and worked up from there to gauge their tolerance. Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.
- Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of golden paste to each meal
- Every 5-7 days, increase the dosage a small amount
- Once you notice pain relief, increased mobility, or a decrease in tumor size (yeah, I read this could happen and I'm blown away) – you've found your maintenance dosage
- For our healthy dogs, I stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per meal, because more gives them diarrhea
Some dogs start getting this cat pee smell. In the beginning, Sydney gets it on the top of her head. I add a dash of cinnamon to her meals to prevent the smell. After a year of being on golden paste, the smell has gone away.
After adding turmeric paste to Sydney's diet, in combination with Canine System Saver, Sydney had improved mobility and was more active.
Simple Ways to Add Turmeric to Your Dog's Diet
I add turmeric to the bone broth I make for my dogs. 10 minutes before the bone broth is finished, I add 2 or 3 tablespoons of turmeric to the broth and then let cool. I use the bone broth in my veggie mixture, which also includes a joint supplement and digestive supplement; 1 tablespoon of fermented vegetables are added to our dogs' daily meals.
You can also buy a joint supplement for dogs that contains turmeric. One that I've tried is by Nupro. I was introduced to Nupro Lyfe Spyce Healthy Immune Response at SuperZoo. With all the positive I've heard about turmeric and mushrooms, I believe Lyfe Spyce is a great option for dog owners who can't figure out if they should give their dogs turmeric powder or if they should make a turmeric paste. Personally, I've had more success with golden paste than with Nupro Lyfe Spyce, however, every dog is different and this is an option, I think, for dogs that have trouble with golden paste.
A Final Note on Turmeric for Dogs
When you begin adding the turmeric paste to your dog’s meals, start slow, because it can cause loose stool in some dogs (although it’s a natural treatment for diarrhea) – every dog is different.
If you don’t want to make a ton of batches or if you're short on time, you can always slightly microwave coconut oil (or use camelina or olive oil), stir in the turmeric and add pepper to your dog’s food dish.
And, by the way, it's pronounced TOO-mer-ick, not too-MARE-ick. I just figured this one out.
For more information on the usages of turmeric and turmeric paste for your dog, please visit the Facebook Turmeric User Group.