Have you been hearing a lot about turmeric for dogs lately?
Word on the street is that it has health benefits that supersede those of expensive pharmaceutical drugs for dogs.
Rumor has it turmeric has healing properties that could aid in extending your dogs life AND improve their quality of life!
Have you tried it? Have you been curious?
We were at Frank and Jellys!!
Did you know that thousands of studies have been conducted and completed and the results are unanimous? Turmeric is one of the super-food healers of our generation!
So, what makes Turmeric so powerful?
It’s actually a small component of turmeric powder that contains all the active and beneficial healing properties. The compound is called Curcumin and this is the amazing ingredient that acts as:
- An anti-inflammatory
- An antioxidant
- A blood thinner (when needed)
- An antiviral agent
- An antibacterial agent
- An anti-fungal agent
- A wound healer
- An anticancer activist of sorts
Turmeric is truly a super-food!
Did you know that turmeric can help in fighting diseases and conditions such as:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Dental disease
- Digestive disease
- Gastrointestinal issues
Have you looked at adding it to your dog’s daily diet yet? Now might be a good time to start!
With these amazing attributes of Turmeric, it’s no wonder turmeric has exploded in the doggy market! Natural remedies to the rescue!
But the question is:
Does the quality of the turmeric you use matter?
And the answer is yes. Yes it does.
In our research we have found that depending on where you buy your turmeric from, you could be buying a lesser quality powder and one that isn’t as potent as it could be!
A lot of supermarket bought turmeric powders are unfortunately tampered with and have undesirables in them such as:
- Saw dust
- Rice flour
- Chalk powder
- Heavy metals
- Synthetic colour dyes (to make the powder more yellow)
What’s the point of investing in this super powder if it’s just going to be filled with unnecessary fillers?
These fillers and undesirables play a part in lessening the potency and power of the Curcumin compound found in turmeric. What can be 6.5% potency in pure, organic turmeric powder will show up as only 3.5% in supermarket bought turmeric.
You may feel like you’re saving money by buying the cheaper option, but you’re actually doing your dog a disservice and diminishing the beneficial properties of the supper powder!
Here are 2 quick ways to tell if you have high quality turmeric in your cupboard:
- Assess the colour. If it’s bright yellow – it’s a sign that you’ve bought turmeric powder that has been tampered with or adulterated. A pure turmeric is deep yellow in colour, almost with a hint of burnt orange to it.
- The water test. Pour a glass of warm water and then put a teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. Do not mix or stir it, just place it on top and come back to it in 20 minutes. If the water has gone all dark and cloudy – your turmeric is filled with the undesirable. If sediment from the powder has dropped to the bottom of the class and you can see through the water quite easily, then you have yourself a higher quality powder!
So please keep in mind that quality DOES matter when purchasing natural supplements and remedies.
OK, so how do I give my dog this magic powder?
Good question! While turmeric has super amazing benefits and qualities, it is fat soluble which means it won’t dissolve in water. So in order for your dog to absorb the nutrients you need to mix it with an oil such as olive oil, linseed oil or the old favourite – coconut oil.
You can create a turmeric paste and add it to your dogs food or water. Click HERE for a recipe option.
If you prefer not to have your kitchen and hands stained yellow, you can buy turmeric products specifically for dogs – just make sure they are using high quality and organic turmeric powder!
How much Turmeric should I give my dog?
Turmeric is a powerful supplement so you only ever need to give your dog a small amount. A general rule is starting with ¼ teaspoon for a smaller dog all the way up to a full teaspoon for the GIANT dog breeds. Slowly work your way up to a full teaspoon for smaller dogs and a full tablespoon for the giant dogs.
Too much turmeric can cause your dog nausea so keep the pace slow. Turmeric is also digested really quickly so it helps to split the daily dosage and feed it a few times a day (maybe with breakfast and dinner) as to maximise the results.
Are there possible side effects of Turmeric?
As with everything, yes there are. And when it comes to treating symptoms and conditions etc, always consult your vet first!
Here are some things to look out for:
- If your dog overheats a lot, the warming elements of this powder may not help them in regulating their body temperature
- Turmeric can interfere with some medications so always check with your vet first
- Turmeric is a binding agent which means it can cause your dog to have constipation, so make sure they have plenty of water available
- Turmeric can sometime cause symptoms such as an upset stomach, dizziness, gallbladder issues, bruising and iron deficiency.
So, with trying or adding anything new to your dog’s diet, make sure you start with smaller amounts and keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t having any unusual symptoms.
Have you tried turmeric with your dog? What results have you found? We’d love to hear from you! Information shared is a potential life spared. Leave a comment or email us at [email protected].
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.
Did you enjoy reading this post? Help us spread the word by sharing with a friend who might enjoy it.