NOTE: Commercial turmeric capsules/pills containing high doses of curcumin, are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals

For many years, Veterinarian Doug English has been recommending Turmeric for animals to help control inflammation and pain in itchy skin conditions like allergy, atopy, arthritis, infections, age degeneration and various cancers (Click HERE for Doug English’s Notes on Turmeric For Animals).

As a result turmeric benefits have been seen in ALL animals: dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, crocodiles, reptiles, chickens, ducks, cage birds, cats, alpacas, guinea pigs, rabbits etc.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant, pain relieving, anti-viral and anti-bacterial spice that can be fed successfully to animals as well as humans.

PLEASE NOTE: There are 3 Basic Ingredients you need to unlock the healing power of turmeric and we suggest you CLICK ON THIS LINK before continuing.

How to Feed Turmeric to your Animals

  • CATS and Little Critteres …. use Quantity Guide for Dogs, start 1/4 tsp 2-3 times a day.
    Perhaps start with 1/8 teaspoon (or just a dot) mixed in with some strong smelling food such as sardines. Some resort to watering a dose down and syringing into the mouth. Or you can try wiping a dose on the paw (cats).

Start 1/4 tsp – 1 tsp of turmeric powder and 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black peppercorns once a day.

  • Buy a Commercial Mix (containing the 3 Basic Ingredients) and add it to your animal’s food.


Cats can be fussy!!! For a guide to quantities see above.
Others prefer to feed the paste use a syringe or pipette for their cats.
Another popular way is to put a bit of paste on your cat and let your cat ‘groom’ it in.

RUMINANTS (Goats, Sheep, Cows etc.)

Ruminants include goats, sheep, cattle, camels, deer, alpacas etc.  – Because of their many stomachs and ability to gain benefit from food by digesting more than once, it is wise to start in very small incremental doses.

One feed a day is sufficient for ruminants

Mix with regular feed and dampen to adhere. These animals do NOT need much oil because organisms in the rumen make their own short chain fatty acids to absorb curcumin and ruminants use turmeric very efficiently.

Ginger is also good to feed ruminants and while small quantities of ginger are effective I have seen a kg of ginger rhizomes fed daily.



Similarly for birds and small animals a pipette is often the easiest solution.

1 teaspoon = 5 mls

1 dessertspoon = 10 mls

1 tablespoon = 20 mls (4 teaspoons) Australia

1 tablespoon = 15 mls (3 teaspoons)  UK, Canada, USA …


CHECKLIST - If your not getting any results from adding Turmeric

Have you remembered the oil and the pepper? (Read 3 Basic Ingredients)

Are you sure of the turmeric’s quality? (Check Turmeric FAQs)

How often are you feeding it?

Have you increased the dosage, remembering also to increase the oil and pepper?

Back track and see if you can figure out why it is not working.

If you have increased the dose and offered several doses at regular intervals through the day, if you have tried using as powder mixed into food and also tried making a paste to add to feeds by boiling turmeric powder in water, if it is still not having effect then SWITCH brands.