Turmeric benefits your dog in many different ways:
- It can decrease inflammation (can help with itchy skin issues)
- It’s a powerful antioxidant
- It helps thin the blood (lowering the risk of blood clots)
- Protects the liver from toxins
PLUS there is a range of other benefits when feeding turmeric for dogs – we suggest you read Why Turmeric for Animals if you’re curious to learn more.
It’s up to you HOW you choose to feed turmeric to your dog. Essentially you need to make sure you are adding the 3 Basic Ingredients to help with the absorption and allow your pet to gain some turmeric benefits.
PLEASE NOTE: Commercial turmeric capsules/pills (that have high levels of curcumin- 95%) are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals
Below are 5 Ways to Feed Turmeric for Dogs with Method One being the No.1 way for maximum absorption and benefits….
Method One – create Golden Paste
Create some Golden Paste (Click HERE for the recipe) and add it to your dog’s diet as often as possible. Smaller doses work best.
Cooking the turmeric into a paste does take it up a notch in effectiveness, but it is not a critical issue if it does not suit you.
Some dogs will lick the paste off a spoon but others like it in a soup or gravy with their feed. Some need the paste syringed into their mouths. All are different and the Turmeric User Group (TUG) on Facebook will have the answer to your dilemma if you have a turmeric diva!
Method Two – make a simple Gravy
Put a teaspoon (or smaller) of turmeric powder in a cup, add boiled hot water to the ingredients until the cup is 1/3 full and then let it cool for a few minutes. Add a dash of freshly cracked pepper and a dessertspoon of Olive Oil (or any other recommended oil).
Add the mix as a gravy to your dog’s food bowl and let it soak in. Watch as they gobble it down and get turmeric stains on their whiskers :).
Method Three – just add the Ingredients
Mix the dry powder with a recommended oil (non-inflammatory) and ground black pepper and add it to their regular feed.
- Start with 1/4 of a teaspoon of turmeric powder and build up (if needed) to an approximate maximum of 2 heaped tablespoons over a few weeks.
- Add OIL – best using one of these three – Coconut, Olive, or Linseed. Start with about 2-5 mls of oil.
- Add 3-4 grinds of pepper from a pepper grinder.
Method Four – Use a Commercial Mix or Capsules
We have a range of trusted suppliers around the globe here >> Where to buy Turmeric << that offer good quality turmeric products that Doug English is happy to endorse. The businesses listed on this page pay a small admin fee that helps cover the costs of running the website and provides funding towards Doug English’s research into Turmeric for Animals.
PLEASE NOTE: We do note recommend commercial turmeric capsules/pills (that have high levels of curcumin- 95%) – you can read more about the capsules we recommend here >> Golden Paste vs. Turmeric Pills.
Method Five – Bake Treats
Bake some dog treats and feed it to your dog. We have a great selection of Dog Recipes on the TUG Facebook Group and we will be adding them to this website as our Turmeric Life community builds.
NOTE: BAKED TREATS are not as effective as the cooked paste, or the uncooked mix of turmeric, oil and pepper. The prolonged baking time at high heat diminishes the curcumin and piperine.
Start small and build up the dose over a two to three week period. Gradually increase your animal’s dosage with incremental doses over a weekly period (ie. every 5-7 days).
Little and often through the day is preferable to one large dose daily (if you can’t manage this DO NOT be deterred – just add it to a single daily feed)
Guide lines are just that, it is trial and error to find the right dose for each individual.
When you observe actual pain relief and improvement of movement OR in some cases, a reduction of tumour size, use this as your daily maintenance dose.
Note: Animals can go through a body detox when adding turmeric to their diet for the first time and if there are any signs of loose stools or stomach upset then you may wish to reduce the dose to 1/8 teaspoon or so, and remain at a lower dose for a longer period.