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Can I Feed Turmeric to My Dog?

May 9, 2020
• Updated 3 months ago
• 2 min read
Ingredient: 
Turmeric
Category: 
Supplementary
Nutrients: 
Curcumin - An active ingredient in turmeric that has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anti-cancer properties
Paw Grade:

Superfood!

By: Pawmeal Team

Turmeric is an Indian spice and a very good special food because it essentially contains an active ingredient called curcumin. And this curcumin can do quite a lot of things, without having side-effects unlike many other medications.

The active ingredient - curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anti-cancer properties. It can help fight against many diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues and more.

Here's the top functions of turmeric:

1. Turmeric is anti-Inflammatory

Besides being able to control inflammation, turmeric can also prevent them, especially the bad ones like chronic inflammation.

2. Turmeric is anti-cancer

Turmeric is proven in studies to be able to prevent cancer, as it can kill cancer cells and prevent them from growing. Currently, around half of adult dogs will get cancer at some point in their lives. By feeding turmeric, you are actually reducing the chances of your dog getting cancer. How good is that?

3. Turmeric helps relieves arthritis suffering

A group of Thai researchers have found turmeric to be a better reliever of joint stiffness and pain than the other common arthritis medication - ibuprofen. Ibuprofen also has side effects on gastrointestinal systems, something which turmeric does not have a side effect on!

4. Turmeric can help treat gastrointestinal issues

Japanese researchers have studied and found that turmeric's main ingredient - curcumin, is helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders.

5. Can replace steroids and without any side effects

Many dogs are on steroids as a treatment to withstand joint pain and allergies. The problem is steroids have side effects on dogs. Turmeric, on the other hand, perform just as well as steroids, but without any side effects. This becomes a great remedy to fight arthritis and allergies. A study published in Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology explains the effectiveness of curcumin in replacing steroids but without the side effects.

Turmeric should be given in small amounts, and mix them well with food. A lot of dogs may not like it if you just feed turmeric alone or in big amounts with food. But if you stir and mix well, it should be fine.

Here's a general guide on including turmeric-
Small dogs: about 1/4 teaspoon per day
Medium dogs: around 1/2 teaspoon per day
Large dogs: around 3/4 teaspoon per day
Giant dogs: around 1 teaspoon per day


Pawmeal Team
We love our pets (Skippy and Rara) and want to share our experiences and stories with you. Together, we took a pet nutrition specialist course to understand our pets' diets better. We also make fresh, gently cooked food that can let your pet become healthier, happier and live longer. Our cooked food helps keep picky dogs excited and interested longer than other foods.

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