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.
And the best part? It’s totally safe for dogs.
There are many reasons to add turmeric to your dog's diet. 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. Curcumin has antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
In fact, because of its incredible healing potential, curcumin earned the nickname, "cure-cumin" in one study at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
What is Turmeric Good For?
The health benefits of turmeric are very impressive. Let's take a look!
Turmeric Supports Body's Natural Anti-Inflammatory Response in Dogs
Turmeric supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory response, but what exactly does that mean?
When you think about inflammation, you may consider it to be associated with conditions like joint issues and swelling alone. However, inflammation is at the core of a number of health problems.
Not all inflammation is bad. It's simply the natural response to bacteria, trauma, and toxins in your dog’s body. If your dog is exposed to harmful bacteria or experiences something traumatic, blood flow to the affected area would increase, and an army of white blood cells would be automatically sent to the site of injury or infection. It is this substantial increase in white blood cells to a specific area that is characteristic of inflammation. The initial stages of inflammation, or the acute phase, is also characterized by increased heat, redness, swelling, pain, and loss of function.
However, problems arise when inflammation persists for weeks, months, or even years. However, there is good news! Studies have shown that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) supports the body's natural inflammatory response.
Turmeric also has powerful antioxidant properties. By fighting free radicals, antioxidants have the ability to slow aging and degeneration.
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 and prevent potentially irreversible cell damage.
Turmeric for Discomfort
Turmeric's is also make it great for relief from discomfort. Inflammation typically involves swelling and can make your beloved dog very uncomfortable. Turmeric helps to significantly reduce this discomfort.
When your dog ages, your dog’s mobility will naturally decline as well. Adding turmeric to your dog’s diet is a safe, effective way to support their joints and put some pep in their step.
Turmeric Supports Heart Health
Another great feature of turmeric is that it promotes heart health. That's right! Turmeric is able to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol) and reduce the potential for blood clots.
Turmeric Supports Gut Health
Turmeric has a positive impact on gut health as well. Inflammation of the gut can result in a wide variety of issues, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
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 the body's natural anti inflammatory response.
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 remedy for occasional discomfort or joint stiffness in dogs.
Like turmeric, CBD has the ability to support healthy bones and joints. Not to mention, it’s totally safe for dogs. This is why we decided to blend these two incredible supplements together. Double the joint support for you 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. While most dogs do not experience any side effects with turmeric, it's always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to Fido.
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
Because turmeric is all natural, it is generally regarded as very safe. However, there are a few potential side effects that we want you to be aware of.
First, turmeric is a blood thinner, making it a powerful agent to reduce issues such as blood clots. However, if your dog is already on another blood thinner, this could present some problems.
Additionally, turmeric is a binding agent, making it a great remedy for dogs with diarrhea. However, if your dog is dehydrated, it could pose other issues and lead to constipation.
Other Ways To Use Turmeric for Dogs
By now, you're likely convinced that turmeric has the potential to do wonders for your dog! While we highly recommend Honest Paws Relief Bites as an easy way to give your dog their daily dose of turmeric, there are some other ways you can incorporate in their diet. With that said, they do require a bit of time and attention...
Unfortunately, sprinkling the spice on top of the food won't really do the trick. Turmeric isn't easily absorbed by the body, but don’t worry! Combining turmeric with a healthy oil, such as Honest Paws CBD-infused Coconut Oil, will significantly increase its ability to be absorbed.
Check out these great ways to ensure your fur baby is reaping all the health benefits that turmeric has to offer!
You may have heard of golden paste. It's easy to make and will provide all the benefits of turmeric that Fido deserves!
1/2 cup - turmeric powder (*make sure the turmeric powder is organic and is loaded with curcumin!)
1 – 1 1/2 cups - filtered water
1 1/2 teaspoons - freshly ground black pepper (*we recommend using a coffee grinder or magic bullet)
1/4 cup - organic, cold pressed coconut oil (we recommend Honest Paws Coconut Oil for the highest quality and extra benefits)
Mix the turmeric and the filtered water in a pan
Begin with 1 cup of water and add more if needed
Stir the liquid combination on low/medium heat until it forms a thick paste (approximately 7–10 minutes)
If the paste is watery, simply add more turmeric powder
Next, add the pepper and coconut oil to the paste and stir in very well
Allow the paste to cool. The mixture can be put in a jar (one with a lid), and should be kept in the refrigerator for no more than 2 weeks
Pet parents can add the golden paste directly into their dog's meals. Here's the recommended guideline for dosages:
Small dogs - start with about 1/4 teaspoon per day
Medium dogs - start with 1/2 teaspoon per day
Large dogs - start with 3/4 teaspoon per day
Giant dogs - start with 1 teaspoon per day
Again, we always recommend starting off slowly, there's no need to rush the process.
Next up: turmeric gravy by Dr. Doug English!
Place 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder into a cup
Next, add boiled water to the cup until it is approximately 1/3 full
Then, add approximately 16 grinds of black pepper and a dessert spoonful of olive oil
Add the gravy mixture to your dog's food and let it soak in
Finally, turmeric oil!
First, start off with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and place it in a cup
Next, add oil - We recommend coconut oil or olive oil (approximately 2–5 ml)
Then, add 6–8 grinds of ground black pepper
Mix the oil concoction together and add on top of your dog's food
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 that are totally safe for dogs. And when combined into one tasty treat? That’s a recipe for success!
Turmeric for Dogs FAQ’s
*This article has been edited and updated for publication by Petal Smart, DVM.