You might have read somewhere that turmeric is beneficial to dogs as it is to people. But you never got the full details on how it is done, should you cut it into pieces, grind it into powder form or how should you give turmeric to your dog?
In this article, I will discuss everything you need to know about giving turmeric to your dog.
How To Give Turmeric To Dogs
You can give turmeric to your dog in form of golden paste (which comprises turmeric, ground black pepper, and a healthy oil), or treats. Even though there are turmeric capsules, they are not safe to give to dogs because they contain a lot of turmeric which is only safe for humans.
Turmeric paste is prepared using black pepper that has been powdered, and a good oil is combined to make a paste. For the body to readily absorb turmeric pepper and oil are added.
Follow the procedure below to prepare;
½ cup turmeric powder
1 cup water
1 ½ teaspoon ground pepper
½ cup coconut or olive oil
Turmeric powder and water should be mixed in a pot over low heat and carefully stirred for 7 to 10 minutes to make a paste. Add the oil and peppercorns and stir gently. Before administering the paste to your dog, let it cool. Keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Be cautious when giving your dog turmeric as it stains everything it comes into contact with.
You can bake homemade treats and mix them with turmeric.
Make a simple Gravy
This is a less appealing method of feeding turmeric, but it could be useful if you have a limited supply on hand or don’t have access to a stove to make a large batch of golden paste. You might also only need to prepare enough for a few meals at a time if you don’t have adequate refrigeration for a large amount.
One teaspoon of turmeric powder should be placed in a heat-safe cup. Boiling water should be added until the cup is three-quarters full. Add about a teaspoon of any healthy oil and 1/8 tsp. freshly cracked pepper. This will yield more than enough “gravy” for one day, or around one-half cup.
Mix some of the mixtures as gravy into your dog’s bowl and give it time to absorb.
How Much Turmeric Can I Give My Dog?
The recommended amount is 1/8–1/4 teaspoon of turmeric paste per 10 pounds of body weight per day (the recipe is below). Give your dog a dose that is lower than what is advised, then gradually increase it until you reach the maximum dose. Feed the paste at first only once per day, then after each meal.
Check for adverse consequences in your dog. If he has any negative effects, you should temporarily cease feeding the paste and then restart at a lower dose. Make sure you are giving your dog the right dosage by working with a holistic vet.
Not all dogs should take turmeric. The following medical disorders in dogs shouldn’t be treated with turmeric:
- Kidney disease
- Iron deficiency
- Taking blood-thinner medications
Other medicines and dietary supplements may interact with turmeric. Before giving your dog turmeric, discuss the drugs and nutrients it is currently on with a holistic vet.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric For Dogs?
Promote Joint Health
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory qualities can aid aged dogs or dogs with mobility problems by reducing joint pain. In one randomized, controlled research on dogs with osteoarthritis, pain indicators were reduced in those dogs fed a diet high in curcuminoids.
Many common treatments for canine joint health center on regenerating collagen using glucosamine and chondroitin supplements or all-natural collagen sources like bone broth or treats for dogs that are rich in collagen. Turmeric may improve these treatments by focusing on a different aspect of joint pain, chronic inflammation.
Skin Allergies And Persistent Lick Granulomas
Lick granulomas are an inflammatory skin disease caused by frequent licking. Due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric paste applied on dogs may be able to reduce itching, provided that it does not stimulate the dog to lick the affected area more frequently.
Support the Immune System
Turmeric’s strong antioxidant capabilities can improve your dog’s general health.
In one study, canines in one group consumed a meal enriched with curcumin while canines in the control group consumed no curcumin at all. The dogs who consumed curcumin had higher antioxidant activity and better red and white blood cell count after 42 days. Our pets’ immune systems depend on these blood cells to help them fight off infections.
The curcuminoids in turmeric have the power to stop tumor growth and eradicate cancer cells, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Aging dogs could benefit from taking a turmeric supplement because they are more prone to cancer.
Promote Digestive Health Numerous studies have suggested turmeric as a complementary treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In one human trial, patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBD) received supplements containing turmeric and fennel. Regardless of the symptoms they were experiencing, the patients reported an improvement in their symptoms after two months.
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