Turmeric is a staple in India households and many of us generously give it to our dogs too. But how good is turmeric for dogs? Let’s find out!
Why Should You Use Turmeric For Dogs?
There are many reasons to give them small amounts of turmeric every day in their meals. Here are some of those reasons:
1. It has Anti-Inflammation Properties
Dogs can get inflammation from external injuries or health problems like diabetes. Inflammation that lasts for months often leads to many other ailments. Turmeric is great for inflammations. If you give them turmeric in small quantities, you can prevent inflammation as well.
2. Anti-Bacterial, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral
Those who religiously use turmeric don’t just stick to ingesting it. Sometimes when your dog is injured or bruised and there are no vets around to help you, you can make a turmeric paste and add it on the would. It works well with small cuts and bruises on their paws. Turmeric has antiseptic properties and it helps the open wound close up.
Disclaimer: Turmeric should not be considered as an alternative to veterinary care. If your pet is critical, you must take them to the vet as soon as you can.
3. Reduces Pain
It also reduces pain caused during inflammation and natural pain remedies are always better than pain meds.
4. It Is Anti Cancerous
The Latin name for turmeric is ‘Curcuma Longa’. This is because turmeric has large amounts of curcumin. Curcumin is a curcuminoid which is believed to fight cancer. Many holistic doctors give curcumin tablets to cancer patients and turmeric has been included in many studies for alternative treatments to cancer. Turmeric has always sailed well!
In fact, turmeric can even fight off pre-cancerous cells before they turn to malignant tumours. There is nothing wrong in giving your dog small amounts of turmeric as a precautionary measure to cancer.
5. Works As An Antioxidant
Antioxidants are products that slow down ageing. Dogs have a shorter lifespan and there is nothing wrong with adding turmeric to make them feel youthful even during their senior years.
6. Promotes Digestion
Turmeric promotes digestion, absorption and prevents diarrhoea. We can speak from personal experience for this one.
Our dog is currently 4 and she has had small amounts of turmeric since the day she came to us. In these 4 years, she has had diarrhoea only once (that too because we kept her in a hostel where the handlers gave her a whole piece of bread and all kinds of food she isn’t supposed to eat).
If you add small amounts of turmeric to their diet you might as well say goodbye to a host of digestive problems.
How To Give Them Turmeric
There are two kinds of turmeric sold in the market – the fresh turmeric (that looks like orange ginger) and the dried powdered version.
Both types are good and can be used to your liking. The fresh kind is not always readily available and since it is higher in moisture, many prefer to use the powdered version.
If you plan on using the powdered version, make sure to check if it is completely organic and does not have any artificial colours or additives.
Turmeric is better absorbed when given with moist food. Dry turmeric absorbs a lot of moisture so adding a little water in their diet would in fact be good. You won’t have to add extra water if you give them fresh turmeric. In order to make it easier to absorb we would suggest that you cook it.
Preparing Turmeric For Dogs
If you give your dog home-cooked meals once a day, you can add a bit of turmeric in the choice of meal.
Things to Keep in Mind
The best thing about turmeric is that it is not known to have any side effects. However, there are a few things you must keep in mind when you give your dog turmeric.
Firstly, turmeric is known to stain so be careful when you handle it. Always mix it with a spoon and avoid giving it to them directly as it may stain their fur.
Small quantities of turmeric should not harm any dog but there have been studies suggesting that turmeric is not good for dogs with overheating problems and dogs with a clotting problem.
Since all good things must come to an end there are some limitations to turmeric as well. You should feed:
- Small to medium dogs – 500mg in a day
- Big and Giant dogs – 1g a day
Curcumin tends to leave the system very quickly so your pet will benefit if they have small amounts of turmeric 2-3 times a day or, in every meal instead of having it all at once.
Do you give your dog turmeric? Let us know the experience in the comment section below. We always love to hear your thoughts.