Turmeric has a lot of great benefits for human health that we may be familiar with. But did you know that it can be very good for dogs too?
Implementing turmeric in your dog’s diet is a great way to naturally boost your furry friend’s health. Turmeric is very good for dogs, and the benefits are impressive. Supplementing your dog’s diet with this incredible spice can be a game-changer for your dog’s health and happiness.
Top 5 Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs
- Turmeric protects your dog from inflammation and cancer: Research studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric can kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing
- Turmeric helps with dog arthritis: According to one study, turmeric had the same results as ibuprofen on human osteoarthritis patients. It would make sense that some of the same benefits would be present in dogs
- Turmeric for wounds: Because of its antimicrobial effects, turmeric can ‘clean’ the wound and kill the potential bacteria
- Turmeric for reducing pain: Curcumin acts as a natural analgesic, and that’s why it reduces the pain. Ensure you have it at home most of the time, especially if your dog has some chronic illness
- Turmeric for UTI (Urinary Tract Infections): Because of turmeric’s abilities to reduce the inflammation and the pain, combined with the ability to kill the bacteria and act like bacteriostatic, it is an ideal natural remedy for treating UTI
Turmeric Recipes for Dogs
You can give your dog turmeric as a supplement, but you can also make turmeric dog treats or a turmeric paste.
1. Turmeric Golden Paste
For this turmeric-based paste for your dogs, you will need:
- ½ cup of turmeric powder
- 1 cup of water
- ⅓ cup of coconut oil
- 2-3 tsp cracked black pepper
Boil the water with turmeric for around 8 to 10 minutes until it turns into a paste. After it cools down, add the pepper and the oil.
2. Turmeric Gravy Recipes for Dogs
If you only have a small amount of turmeric, then this recipe is perfect for you! The method is the same as with the golden paste, but only with smaller amounts. You can add this mixture in some of your dog’s food or treats!
- 1 tsp (or even less) turmeric powder
- 1/8 pepper
- 1 tsp coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
Don’t forget to talk to your veterinarian before you give turmeric to your dog as too much turmeric can have side effects such as; nausea, upset stomach, and iron deficiency. Although side effects are not common, be sure you are keeping everything under control!
Turmeric is given to many other animals too. If you use turmeric for another species of animal, please tell us in the comments section below.