Pets are part of the family and we are often asked; “Can I give my pet your products?”, well, the answer is YES!
Products we recommend for your pets;
- Organic Turmeric capsules with Black Pepper and Ginger
The capsules are vegetable-based and will help mask the strong aroma of the Turmeric, making them easier to hide in your pet food or treats.
- Pet Probiotic with Turmeric
This product also contains black pepper and coconut powder with a brothy chicken flavour. This is also a vegan-friendly product and great for promoting good gut health in your pet. It can simply be mixed with your pets wet or dry food or made into raw treats (do not heat this product).
- Hemp Seed Oil
A naturally balanced source of Omegas 3, 6 and 9. This can also be mixed in with wet or dry food or made into raw treats (do not heat this product). – Can be purchased HERE
- Organic Turmeric Powder
Perfect for making ‘Golden Paste’ – See recipe HERE.
Turmeric for Pets
Turmeric has shown to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well as aiding in digestion and minor digestive disturbances, promoting general wellbeing and helping the healing process of minor skin irritations. When combined with Black Pepper, Turmeric’s bioavailability has been shown to increase by up to 2000%. BUT…What most people don’t know is that Turmeric is great for our pets as well. That’s right, whether you have a dog, cat, horse, goat, bird, or alpaca, all our furred and feathered family members can also benefit from a daily dose of Turmeric. It is no wonder that veterinarians have been recommending adding Turmeric to your pet’s daily supplement intake.
Turmeric is not water-soluble however it is fat-soluble meaning it can easily be mixed in with wet food. Alternatively, you can make Golden Paste, which is combining the Turmeric with Black Pepper and Coconut oil or Hemp seed oil (remembering though NOT to heat the Hemp seed oil) which can then be added to either wet or dry food, given to your pet straight or mixed with a treat.
General Turmeric dosage recommendations for dogs:
Small – should start with about 1/4 teaspoon per day
Medium – can start with 1/2 teaspoon per day
Large – can start with 3/4 teaspoon per day
This is a rough starting point as there is no real accurate dosage as we are really talking about a food, not medication. You can increase the amount from there, up to about a tablespoon for larger dogs. For larger animals such as horses, we recommend consulting a veterinarian for more accurate dosages or if you are dealing with specific concerns or ailments your pet may have.
Probiotics for Pets
In animals, bacteria are found just about everywhere: on all exposed external and internal surfaces of the body – the ears, nose, the eyes, skin, mouth, throat, and airways – as well as in the intestines, cecum, and colon. Almost 90 percent of an animal’s immune system is in the wall of the intestines. Without a healthy balance of good bacteria within their digestive tract, their immune system cannot function in a healthy fashion. Allergies or intolerances often start in the gut and are the result of an imbalance of bacteria.
Hemp Seed Oil for Pets
Hemp is one of our oldest and most versatile plants, dating back to 4000BC. So, let’s start by answering the million dollar question up front. Is hemp marijuana? No! Hemp is not marijuana. They are related but differ in scientific make-up and how they are cultivated or bred. Hemp contains little to no THC the psychoactive composite responsible for getting you ‘high’.
Nature’s Help Pure 100% Australian Hemp Seed Oil contains a naturally balanced variety of Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which are the building blocks for healthy cell membranes. This group of Omegas are essential fatty acids. Your pet can’t produce naturally and therefore they need to be added to your pets’ daily food intake. A good balance of these essential fatty acids (EFA’s) is critical to your dog’s health because they work synergistically in the body.
Your pet has substances in their bodies called prostaglandins. These are like hormones and they circulate around the body, helping to smooth muscle contractions, control inflammation, regulate the body temperature and other vital functions. The Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), is a building block for prostaglandins and what is Hemp abundant in? Yes, you guessed it…… GLA’s which your Omega 3 are, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, making hemp seed oil an easy decision when looking for the perfectly balanced oil to add to your pets’ diet.
A note of caution
Hemp seed oil is a polyunsaturated fat, which means the oil is unstable. You must not heat Hemp seed oil. If you cook your pets’ food, DO NOT add the oil until the food is cold or give it to your pet separately. Heating Hemp seed oil will cause the oil to become rancid and cause health issues for your pet. This applies to us humans too.
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, you can increase the amount of oil in their food to help absorption in the small intestine rather than passing into the large intestine. If you notice any symptoms of diarrhoea or nausea, lower the dose by ½ for a few days. If symptoms persist, do not continue giving your pet Turmeric and seek advice from your preferred vet.
Veterinarian owner of Casuarina Seaside Vet in NSW,
“I have seen the benefits of turmeric for animals as an anti-inflammatory and for general health and wellbeing first-hand with my beautiful Cocker Spaniel, Goonie. His daily food contains Turmeric, which he loves the taste of, and is seeing him through his senior years. I have also incorporated Puppy Turmeric Lattes for my furred clients at my veterinarian clinic; Casuarina Seaside Vet.” – Dr Andy Pieris (BVSc)
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