Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and contains a mix of phenolics known as curcumin. It is the curcumin in turmeric that makes this herb so medicinally powerful. In addition, turmeric is high in vitamin B6 and minerals (manganese, iron, potassium) and contains a good source of fibre.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The anti-inflammatory effects of this herb are comparable to those of cortisone, and the antioxidant effects are comparable to those of vitamins C and E. Turmeric is therefore a good herb to use on dogs with chronic inflammation, such as skin problems, arthritis and joint pain.
Turmeric has liver supporting and protecting properties. It stimulates the output of bile (by as much as 100%!) and increases its solubility. If your dog has a mild liver problem, use turmeric to help protect his liver from deteriorating further faster.
If your dog suffers with gas, add turmeric to his food and let the herb help decrease gas formation in the GI tract. Turmeric can help to prevent gas formation in the GI tract. In addition, it can improve digestion because it stimulates the secretion of enzymes.
It has also been found that turmeric has the ability to interfere in all steps of cancer formation: initiation, promotion and progression. Simply put, turmeric is able to cause cancer cells to end their life-cycle prematurely. If your dog has unfortunately been diagnosed with cancer, you should definitely add turmeric to his food daily to help fight cancer.
Turmeric also benefits the cardiovascular system. The curcumin in the herb triggers the production of an antioxidant that protects the brain against free radicals. Old dogs can also develop doggie dementia and though no studies on dogs have been found, it does not hurt to add this herb to an old dog’s diet. If you have an old dog, add turmeric to his food to help support his heart and as a general antioxidant to prevent cognitive dysfunction and cancer.
It is best to mix the herb with an oil (e.g. olive oil or coconut oil) and add the herbal oil mix to your dog’s food. When giving your pet turmeric, you should combine it with black pepper. Pepper has a substance called piperine that helps your dog to absorb the turmeric and keep it in the body for longer.
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Dosage depends naturally on the size of your dog, but as a very rough guide, start off with these dosages:
- Small Dogs (10-20 pounds): 1/4 teaspoon daily.
- Medium Dogs (20-50 pounds): 1/2 teaspoon daily.
- Large Dogs (50-100 pounds): 1 teaspoon daily.