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 blog*
- 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 purchased turmeric from a local health food store and then ordered more online. I looked for a quality product that actually had turmeric in it; as you can imagine, whenever a supplement becomes popular, the faux supplements come out.
I was sprinkling the powder from 1 pill to each of our dogs’ food in the morning. I read that this was wrong and that our dogs couldn't gain the benefits turmeric offers unless it was delivered in a paste. Huh?
There was a discussion about turmeric in a raw feeding Facebook group and everyone kept mentioning paste and pepper. I thought the paste was only for topical use, but I was wrong.
We create a paste to allow our dogs to absorb all the benefits of turmeric; by adding straight powder, it’s just going straight through their body.
Recipe for Turmeric Paste for Dogs
Someone shared this recipe that they found on Turmeric for Health. It’s for humans, but can be made for dogs too.
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls)
- 2 cups water (500 mls)
- 1/2 cup water extra, if needed (125 mls)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (7.5 mls)
- 70 ml cold pressed Olive or Coconut oil
Place turmeric and water in a pot or pan, stirring over low heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 – 10 minutes and you may need to add additional water along the way (it seems to depend on the turmeric you have).
Add the pepper and oil at the end of cooking. Stir vigorously to incorporate the oil and allow to cool. Store in sterilized glass jar and refrigerate. (To sterilize jar – place clean glass jar, without lid, on cold oven shelf, turn the oven on to medium and heat for 10 minutes. Turn off and pop lid in, leave with the jar to cool.)
Should keep for up to four weeks, refrigerated – best used within two.
Dosage of Turmeric 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.
- Start your dog with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon in 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
Some dogs start getting this cat pee smell. Sydney gets it on the top of her head. I add a dash of cinnamon to their meals to prevent the smell.
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; 2 tablespoons of my veggie mix 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.
Nupro Lyfe Spyce Healthy Immune Response…
- is made with an all natural vegetarian formula – so we don't have to worry about protein allergies
- has powerful antioxidant properties
- supports a strong immune system – which is great for dogs with environmental allergies
- has micronutrients genistein and daidzein – these have antioxidant properties, but I've read that they also feed breast cancer
- has a healthy medical mushroom complex – which boosts the immune system and offers anti-inflammatory benefits
- CLICK HERE to order Nupro Lyfe Spyce Healthy Immune Response
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.