When it comes to holistic healing, we are often tempted to head to our nearest all-natural store to look for cure-alls. But, you may already have a key ingredient to give your pet a better life right inside of your spice cabinet: turmeric. You might know turmeric as the yellow color that gives curry its deep flavor, but turmeric does more than flavor your favorite Indian and Thai dishes.
A 2014 study found that ingredients in turmeric, like curcumin (often called “Cure-cumin”), are as effective in treating osteoarthritis as strong medications. The study also found that the ingredients in turmeric caused fewer negative side-effects than in traditional medications. The benefits of turmeric go beyond just stopping the pain of arthritis. Turmeric can actually slow the progression of arthritis in humans and animals, according to a 2016 study. These benefits extend to dogs, enabling you to give your pet a better life, naturally, right at home.
What Can Turmeric Do For Dogs?
Turmeric is a root and is part of the ginger family. It has several health benefits for dogs, and work well when paired with other holistic remedies. According to a study conducted at Baylor University, turmeric has been shown to:
- Slow the progression of arthritis and treat arthritis pain.
- Treat gastrointestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, and ulcerative colitis.
- Act as a powerful antioxidant, which can fight “free radicals” in your pets blood from toxins, prolonging the pet’s life and slowing degeneration.
- Treat and prevent cancer and tumors.
- Prevent dementia.
- Treat epilepsy and seizures.
- Promote heart health and liver function.
- Relieve allergies.
- Promote positive mental health.
How Do I Give My Dog Turmeric?
The benefits of turmeric are exciting, but your pup may not necessarily love the taste of raw turmeric. One of the best ways to get your pet to eat turmeric is to incorporate it into her food, or to use it in conjunction with other supplements.
If your pet is not a picky eater, they might like homemade yellow paste mixed in their food, which is made by combining turmeric, pepper, coconut oil, and water. Simply combine one cup of water with one-half a cup of turmeric on the stove. Heat the combination for about 7 to 10 minutes until is resembles a paste. If it is watery, you can add more turmeric. After it has formed a paste, add a tablespoon of pepper and one-half a cup of coconut oil (optional), and stir it well. Let it cool and make sure to store it in the fridge for no more than two weeks.
Another option is to find holistic, all-natural products with turmeric to treat your pets. For example, turmeric combined with CBD oil can pack a serious punch in treating joint damage and pain, and the complimentary ingredients in both will work to boost the result. Typically, when the turmeric is part of CBD oil or is an essential oil, it is flavorless, making it more palatable for your pet. Oil tinctures can also be mixed into your pets food so that the most finicky dogs won’t mind.
Can Dogs Overdose on Turmeric? Are there any side-effects?
You should always check with your holistic vet before adding a supplement into your pet’s diet. While turmeric is safe for most dogs, it is a warming spice, meaning that it can cause your pet to warm up. If you have a dog that is always cold, that is great news. But, if your dog is constantly overheating, you may need to let your vet know so that they can help you decide if turmeric is the best option.
You should also use caution with turmeric if your dog has kidney stones or diabetes. Your dog may also become constipated when you first begin using turmeric, because it acts as a binding agent. You should start your pet on turmeric slowly so that you can gauge their body’s reaction.
All pets are different, and all pets have different reactions and reaction times to new treatments. Make sure to watch your pet closely for the first week or so of using any new supplement, including turmeric.
Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years. She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and spa, and the founder of CBD Dog Health. Angela is an expert in medical cannabis and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief for pets of all kinds. She has three dogs, and 4-10 at anytime that she is fostering, or boarding, visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more or www.facebook.com/fireflakefarm to find out more about Fire Flake Farm.