Turmeric is an awesome plant for people and has been proven by science to cure many ailments in the human body and mind. What most people don’t know is that it’s great for pets as well such as dogs and cats. Yes you heard right pets, whom we love and adore.
Curcumin, the principle active component in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that shows promise in the prevention and treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, among many other conditions. And yes, it is scientifically found to be safe for dogs and cats. Veterinarians have often recommended the addition of turmeric to your dog or cat’s diet if they have been diagnosed with cancer. Give your pet up to a quarter of a teaspoon per day for every 10 pounds of your pet’s weight.
Turmeric can also be good for reducing arthritis inflammation and pain in dogs and cats. Studies show that Turmeric is more effective than ibuprofen for joint pain in humans and pets. There are a couple ways to give your pet Turmeric, either by food or mixing some in your pets’ water or even in milk for cats. Giving your pet turmeric on a regular basis won’t harm them at all, in fact the benefits will be great.
Dogs and cats should not be given Tylenol or ibuprofen ever under any circumstances. Though relatively safe for people, ibuprofen can be toxic for pets and has a relatively narrow margin of safety, meaning that it is safe for dogs only within a very narrow dosage range.
Symptoms of ibuprofen poisoning in dogs may include:
- Bloody faeces
- Blood in vomit
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss
- Gastric (stomach) ulcers and perforation
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Decreased or lack of urine
If your dog shows any of the symptoms above go to the vet and get you dog checked out thoroughly. Don’t let your dog suffer or even die because of ibuprofen poisoning. The symptoms in cats are the same as dogs.
Ultimately the cause of poisoning is the ingestion of Advil or other medications containing ibuprofen. However, although most cases of ibuprofen ingestion in dogs is accidental, there are some instances in which pet owners administer ibuprofen-containing medications to their dog believing them to be safe. Don’t risk the health and safety of your pet, use turmeric and have no worries.
How to use Turmeric for pets?
Turmeric does not dissolve in water, but does dissolve in fat. You can mix it easily with wet food and mix into their meals. We recommend using Nature’s Help 100% Organic Turmeric Capsules available at www.turmericaustralia.com.au/shop
Turmeric dosage recommendations based on 40 pounds or 18 Kilos:
Note: You can open the capsules and sprinkle the powder over food. It is also recommended to mix the powder with cold pressed coconut or olive oil (approx 1 tsp to 1 tbsp) and a couple of grinds of black pepper)
1 Capsule (1/4 teaspoon) for 1 week
2 Capsules (1/2 teaspoon) for 2 weeks
3 Capsules (3/4 teaspoon) for 2 weeks
4 Capsules (1 teaspoon) every day
Turmeric can potentially cause constipation so ensure your pet always has plenty of fresh water available at all times.
A few pointers to be aware of.
Dogs in particular can go through a body detox and if you start to see signs of loose stools, then increase the amount of oil in the feed to help absorption in the small intestine rather than passing into the large intestine.
You might wish to step back and reduce the dose by ¼ teaspoon or so, and remain at a lower dose for a longer period, build tolerance more slowly, especially if you do notice any symptoms of diarrhoea or nausea.
For some reason dogs coats can also go through a period of smelling a little like un-neutered tom cat’s pee, but the benefits of improved mobility and pain relief vastly outweigh human fussiness.
This phase does pass, although the initial health condition and whether already prescribed other medications will contribute to the length of time this takes. Often from 2 weeks to 3 months but lessening during this period.
This does not apply to all dogs and odour strength varies with those it happens to.
I have a 4year old American Bulldog that was just diagnosed with cancer. Although, after surgery he is in remission, the cancer cells are very aggressive and 2 vets were only slightly optimistic. He started chemo 2 weeks ago and I’ve been making the Turmeric paste (I add raw honey to the mix, I just eyeball it) and put it on his food. The vets were very concerned about his white blood cell count. I got a call today after the vet drew my dog’s blood Tuesday that he is doing GREAT. She, the vet sounded very optimistic. I’m not one to necessarily believe in miracle cures, but for now, he’s doing great and I’m going to start putting it on my food also. For those that want to know, he weighs 104lbs and I drizzle 2 tablespoons over his food, warmed up slightly in the microwave.
Totally recommend it! We give our dogs 1/2 tsp per day. One of my dogs had a lump on her leg, the vet wanted to operate for $600.
Three weeks on turmeric the lump has gone.
My dog has suffered with pain in his back leg for nearly three years and he was having an injection from the vets once a month. I was told about adding half a cup of organic turmeric, 2cups of water, 70mls of coconut oil, 2tbs of cinnamon and a tsp of cracked pepper, simmer until mixed and then out into the fridge. I have been giving himhalf a tsp night and morning since July last year. I noticed a vast differencein the first three weeks. He now no longer limps and is running and jumpingeverywhere. I would absolutely swear by Turmeric it is fantastic!!!! Hope this is of some help.