Turmeric isn’t just great for people … it’s beneficial for dogs, too! Treat your best friend to all of the healing benefits of turmeric for a healthier, happier pup. Here’s what you need to know about the use of turmeric for dogs.
Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory in dogs just like it does in people. This is great news for dogs with arthritis and joint pain.
Giving a bit of turmeric to your dog on a regular basis may help in the prevention of cancer. For dogs with cancer, turmeric has been found to have cancer-fighting properties and it may help to alleviate pain and inflammation as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.
Turmeric is great for the skin when taken internally and applied externally. For rashes or sores, mix turmeric powder with coconut oil and apply it to the skin.
How much turmeric you should give really depends on your dog’s weight. A good guideline is to give about an eighth of a teaspoon for every ten pounds of body weight. You might want to start with a smaller amount to begin with since it can cause stomach upset in some dogs. Start small and up the dose until you know that your dog tolerates it well.
HOW TO GIVE IT
The simplest way to give turmeric to your dog is to mix a little bit of the powder into their food a few times per week. A lot of people make a paste out of coconut oil, turmeric, and black pepper. Black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric. The basic recipe for turmeric paste for dogs is:
1/2 cup turmeric powder
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2.5 ounces virgin coconut oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and add more water as needed to form a paste.
Here’s a video someone made showing how they make the paste:
Dogs with a tendency for kidney stones shouldn’t take turmeric because it can worsen the condition. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may get digestive upset from turmeric. Always start with a small amount to see how it is tolerated. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on turmeric to make sure it isn’t contraindicated in his or her case.