You want what's best for your four-legged family members. Which is why the trend towards holistic, preventative health is growing!
What if we told you that a little spice that may very well be in your kitchen cabinet, could make a world of difference for your dog? Well... it's true. Turmeric for dogs is making important headway in the world of holistic health and we're happy to be the ones to share this groundbreaking information for pet parents everywhere!
What is Turmeric for Dogs?
Let's start with the basics.
Turmeric is a spice that is yellow-orange in color. It gives curry its deep, earthy flavor and is commonly used in Indian and Thai dishes. Whether or not you realized it at the time, you’ve likely had turmeric before. As a matter of fact, you probably have some in your kitchen cabinet right now, as you’re reading this.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. It’s a root that is native to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Although turmeric root has been widely used in holistic health for hundreds of years in humans, its benefits for our furry friends have only recently been getting the recognition it deserves.
There are many reasons to add turmeric to your dog's health regime. From supporting joint health to relieving discomfort. Turmeric is an extremely important little spice that may just make a world of difference for your dog.
What is Curcumin
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It is found in the roots and bulbs of the Curcuma longa plant. We've learned quite a bit about this primary active ingredient from the 6,000+ published studies on turmeric. In particular, Curcumin has antioxidant properties.
What is Turmeric Good For?
The health benefits of turmeric are very impressive. Let's take a look!
Turmeric Helps Maintain A Normal Inflammatory Response in Dogs
Studies have shown that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) supports a healthy inflammatory response in the body.
As such, it may help relieve inflammation associated with normal daily exercise and activity
Turmeric also has powerful antioxidant properties. By fighting free radicals, antioxidants have the ability to support healthy aging
While free radicals exist and are naturally formed in the body, they can also develop on exposure to pesticides, processed dog food, chemicals, pollution, radiation, and toxins. Turmeric works to fight off these free radicals.
Turmeric for Discomfort
Turmeric is also great for relief from occasional discomfort associated with normal aging.
As your dog ages, your dog’s mobility will naturally decline as well. Adding turmeric to your dog’s health regime is an effective way to support normal joint health.
Turmeric Supports Heart Health
Another great feature of turmeric is that it promotes heart health, which is great news for your furry friend!
Turmeric Supports Gut Health
Turmeric has a positive impact on gut health as well.
Where to Buy Turmeric?
While the health benefits of turmeric are vast, the majority of pet owners are interested in turmeric for its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response in the body.
Which is why Honest Paws is thrilled to offer Relief CBD Turmeric Bites. With organic turmeric and organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD, these tasty bites are the perfect go-to for occasional discomfort or joint stiffness in dogs.
Like turmeric, CBD has the ability to support healthy bones and joints. This is why we decided to blend these two incredible supplements together. Double the joint support for your pup!
In addition to using top-notch, organic ingredients, Honest Paws is also non-GMO, soy-free, and lab-tested. We offer Certificates of Analysis so you can ensure that you are giving your pup the best of the best!
Not to mention, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Just give us a call and we will refund your order for the full value!
We don't have to tell you that no two dogs are exactly alike. For this reason, it is always important to keep a close eye on Fido when introducing a new supplement.
In order to make things easy, Honest Paws created an easy-to-use system based on veterinary recommendations regarding recommended amounts of CBD and turmeric for dogs.
Relief CBD Bites for Dogs:
Under 25 lbs: 1 Bite Daily
26 - 50 lbs: 2 Bites Daily
Over 50 lbs: 3 Bites Daily
Turmeric Side Effects
Even though turmeric is all natural, there are a few potential side effects that we want you to be aware of.
First, turmeric is a blood thinner. If your dog is already on another blood thinner, this could present some problems.
Additionally, turmeric is a binding agent. If your dog is dehydrated, it could pose other issues and lead to constipation.
Mobility vs. Relief CBD: Which One Should I Choose?
You probably already know that Honest Paws carries CBD products across four distinct lines: Calm, Mobility, Relief, and Wellness. There are instances when a dog’s unique situation may fall within the space of two different Honest Paws lines.
For example, a dog who’s experiencing joint stiffness from normal aging could benefit from our Mobility CBD, but a concerned pet parent might just as easily lean toward our Relief CBD to help with occasional discomfort.
What is the best thing to do in this situation? How do you decide which CBD line to opt for when both could support your dog’s health in their own unique ways?
Before we answer this question, let’s take a closer look at our Mobility and Relief lines.
There is definite overlap between Honest Paws Mobility and Honest Paws Relief. However, they were developed for two very different reasons.
The Honest Paws Mobility line, as the name suggests, supports your pet’s mobility. More specifically, it enhances your pet’s joint health so that they can move about more freely. This line is great for aging pets that are having a harder time getting around.
The Honest Paws Relief line, on the other hand, is more focused on relieving discomfort. For instance, if your pet recently had surgery or is perhaps recovering from an injury and cannot seem to get comfortable, this is a great option. The Relief line works by supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself so that your pet can stay healthy, happy, and comfortable!
Hopefully, this clarification is helpful in deciding which line is better suited for your dog’s current needs.
However, if you still find yourself pulled between both the Mobility and Relief lines, we recommend this simple solution: purchasing one product for each condition and using them together.
To help with your dog’s discomfort: you might opt for our Relief Bites. As previously mentioned, they contain organic turmeric, which can help maintain a normal inflammatory response in dogs.
To support your dog’s mobility: you might opt for our Mobility Soft Chews, which contain glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and Boswellia Serrata powder. With the help of these key ingredients, these chews support the healthy function of your dog’s joints and connective tissue while relieving occasional joint stiffness.
You would simply half the dose from each line when giving your dog their daily CBD.
For instance, a medium-sized dog that weighs between 25-50lbs should receive 10mg of CBD a day. Since each bite/chew contains 5mg of CBD, you can simply give your dog one Relief Bite and one Mobility Soft Chew each day to meet their daily requirement.
The great thing about this approach is that your dog can reap the benefits of various all-natural ingredients all working synergistically to support his health.
In this case, using the example of a medium-sized dog again, you would give your pup one bite or chew and then a quarter to half a dropper (0.25 - 0.50 mL) of your chosen oil.
Again, you’ll simply half the dose from each line to support your dog’s needs.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, your dog's health is incredibly important. Since Fido isn't able to tell you exactly what is wrong at any given time, you must be keenly aware of the warning signs and act appropriately when necessary.
If you notice that your dog is less inclined to jump on the couch or perhaps they are avoiding your daily walks, discomfort or joint stiffness could be the culprit.
Luckily, supplements such as turmeric and CBD are two powerful and effective options. And when combined into one tasty item? That’s a recipe for success!
Turmeric for Dogs FAQ’
*This article has been edited and updated for publication by Petal Smart, DVM.