Turmeric: Is This Herb Good For Your Pup? Turmeric Explained
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Plants and roots are not only for human beings. Many species of animals – even carnivorous ones like dogs – make use of different herbs in their diet. I know for a fact that my dog eats grass every now and then, and it does her good. There are different thoughts on why dogs eat grass, but the point is that it can be beneficial.
This is my take on the supposed benefits which turmeric has in store for dogs. Some say that this is utter trash – and far be it from me to judge them for it – but I feel you cannot make such an absolute statement, whether positive or negative. To each his own.
What is Turmeric? Where Does it Come From?
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is considered one of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatory substances. It is used for many conditions: from preventing and treating the common cold, to helping the body wipe out potentially deadly infectious diseases.
Turmeric is not some cock-and-bull miracle worker – it is not a standalone do-it-all magic herb – but it does enable your body to be more efficient, and to flush out toxins and negative bacteria from your system. It also helps to reign in free radicals which are roaming in your bloodstream.
Turmeric is an affordable, accessible, and highly potent remedy. It is native to Southeast Asia, and it can be used not only for culinary use in recipes, but also for cosmetic use in various treatments and DIY products for skin and hair.
Turmeric For Dogs Explained
Now, on to our canine friends. How can turmeric potentially help them? As previously mentioned, there are some diseases which can affect dogs and humans alike. Turmeric has been proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and this also holds true to dogs.
When it comes to relieving pain caused by joint-related illnesses like arthritis, for instance, turmeric can be highly beneficial. Again, this doesn’t mean it eliminates the illness. In fact, in the case of joint pains, all you can do is treat the symptoms, prevent further damage, and make the environment as comfortable as possible for your pooch.
Some medication, like Rimadyl, also exists, and it seems to work wonders. Alright then, turmeric has some healthy properties. It helps wounds heal faster, it helps to combat fungal infections and the antioxidants assist the body with functioning properly.
It is a natural and rather healthy ingredient, which means that it can also be provided as a preventive kind of medication, rather than just a reactive one. I am a firm believer in substances which help the body stay healthy, rather than ones which are meant to treat disease. In the case of turmeric, it does both.
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Turmeric For Dog Tumors: DIY Explained
Some have mentioned turmeric and dogs in relation to treatment of tumours, and I want to address this now. This is the place to remind the readers that I am NOT a doctor or a veterinarian, but I have spoken to several regarding this issue over the years. And then there is also my personal experiences with turmeric, myself, and my dogs – albeit not in with specific type of condition, thank goodness.
Like I said earlier, some consider the idea of turmeric for treating dogs to be absolute hogwash. Then again, these are usually the same people who consider turmeric to be nonsense when it comes to humans as well, so I normally choose to ignore them.
I know for a fact that turmeric is great for my personal health, in moderation of course, and I understand that nothing is 100% in this world. We’re both right, in essence.
Here is one popular DIY recipe for enriching your dog’s ordinary food. It has been said to work best when added to a raw diet, rather than a commercial one, but I have added it to both kinds, to dry and wet kinds of food, and have seen no adverse effects.
The amounts may change, so the rule of thumb would always be to start small, and introduce things slowly to your furry companions. Their stomachs are sensitive to certain substances, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Ingredients (organic is best since it is the purest):
½ cup – Turmeric powder
1 cup – Water (preferably mineral or filtered)
1 teaspoon – ground black pepper
¼ cup – coconut oil (preferably cold pressed)
Pour water into small pot, and add the turmeric gradually (it shouldn’t be too watery, though)
Stir the yellow substance, on low heat for about seven or so minutes, until it becomes a paste
Take the pot off the fire
Add coconut oil, and stir well
Add pepper, and stir well
Allow the paste to cool
Store it in a tightly closed jar in the fridge
Good for up to two weeks, at which point you would want to make a fresh batch
Is Turmeric Good For Dogs? Is it Safe For Dogs?
So, after all is said and done – is it good for dogs? I am afraid I cannot answer that question. Was it good for my dogs? Yes, I happen to think it was. True my doggies weren’t too prone to sickness to begin with, but I have no doubt that turmeric helped them stay in shape over the years. There is no reason not to think that, anyway.
And even if we grant the proposition that turmeric is nonsense, what is the worst thing that I did? Provided my dogs with a natural, healthy substance to enrich their diet; saw no adverse effects; and possibly aided them in preventing diseases. All things considered, I feel it was a good thing to do.
Lest we forget, there are many out there who claim that turmeric is a veritable life-saver, who helped their dogs in their quest for combatting dangerous diseases and gaining proper health.
Are Turmeric Capsules Safe For Dogs? What is a Safe Dosage of Turmeric?
Capsules might be safe, but the best thing for your dog would be the actual spice. It is not recommended to provide your dog with a pre-packaged supplement, but rather to go for the real thing from the start. The main reason for avoiding the capsules is due to the fact that capsules could contain different amounts of turmeric, depending on the brand.
It is best when the owner is in full control over what their animal friend is consuming. This is true as a general rule and is also applicable when discussing something like turmeric. It may be natural, sure, but so is cyanide. You know?
As for dosage, again, start small and work up to the recommended amount. (Table chart is taken from Pinterest.com)
Weight: 1 – 10 lbs
Dry Powder: 1/16 – ⅛ tsp
Capsules / Pills: ½
Weight: 10 – 20 lbs
Dry Powder: ⅛ – ¼ tsp
Capsules / Pills: ½ – 1
Weight: 20 – 50 lbs
Dry Powder: ¼ – 1 tsp
Capsules / Pills: 1 – 2
Weight: 50 – 100 lbs
Dry Powder: 1 – 2 tsp
Capsules / Pills: 1 – 2
Weight: 100+ lbs
Dry Powder: 2 tsp
Adult human dose:
This can be given weekly without any problem, but see how your doggy reacts. As always, your vet is the pro. Any questions should be referred to your doggy doctor, and this is especially true if it is a vet who has been seeing your doggy regularly.
I love adding turmeric to a lot of dishes, and in the wintertime, it really saves my bacon. Ironically, I don’t eat bacon, but you get the idea. Along with a relatively healthy lifestyle, and when consumed in moderation, turmeric has displayed some really great properties, and it is a wonderful addition to any diet, human or canine.
Whether you eat meat or are a strict vegan or vegetarian, turmeric has a spot for you and your dog! It is always recommended to have some of this spice in the kitchen, but make sure to keep it organic and keep it fresh.
I add it to rice, couscous, stir fry veggies, and soups of all kinds. And yes, I added it to my dog’s diet as well and I never saw any negative results. I have heard people complain of a scent after their dog consumes turmeric (haven’t noticed this myself) and have heard others state in reply that a bit of cinnamon thrown into the turmeric paste will be able to take care of any smells which may be emanating from your dog’s pores.
Good luck, good health, and remember: if you or your dog begin to turn a light shade of yellow, there is a chance you are overdoing it!