Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. Indian traditional medicine, called Siddah, has recommended turmeric for medicine.
Adding spices to your dogs food is probably something you never even thought about doing. Some people would argue that dogs would not eat these spices in the wild so why would you feed them.
Well that is true. But while I may feed ‘Prey Model Raw’ which is the most biologically appropriate way for them to eat, I do add certain things which have proved health benefits. After all we all want our dogs to be as fit and healthy as possible, right?
Turmeric is something which I have looked into at great detail for my own personal use and have added to my own for many years. However I have only recently started supplementing this into my dogs diet after reading a number of articles and K9 research papers written by various Holistic Vets and University Scientists.
So what does it do for your dog?
WHAT DOESN’T IT DO????
- Detoxifies the body
- Purifies Blood
- Acts as a disinfectant when added to a wound or cut and stimulates recovery
- Stimulates bile production of the liver
- Used to treat ringworm
- Anti-Inflammatory and helps relieve symptoms of arthritis
- Lowers bad cholesterol levels
- Aids Heart and Liver functions
- Reduces chance of stroke
- Anti-Cancer properties
- Aids in the treatment of epilepsy
- Helps relieve allergies
- Helps in preventing the formation of cataracts
- Used in treating depression (Yes, dogs can get depressed too)
- Kills parasites
- Heals stomach ailments, aids in digestive disorders, and reduces gas and bloating
- Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhoea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
- Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
- High in fibre and rich in vitamins and mineral
- Cleans Teeth
How much Turmeric to feed?
The suggested dosage is approximately 15 to 20 mg per pound of body weight in dogs, 150-200mg for cats. A simpler way of looking at it is a 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 10lbs of dog weight. Make sure your pet has access to water to ensure that they don’t get constipated.
You can feed the powder, which is most commonly available, or crushed or fresh root. Sprinkle it right on top of your pet’s food and mix or, if you home cook, you can add it to the recipe. Quality varies and if you are buying turmeric in a local supermarket, it may be grown using nasty pesticides and herbicides. This lowers the potency. If possible, try to get high quality, organic turmeric. Be sure to store it in a tightly sealed container, kept in a cool, dark and dry place.
According to Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM known as the “Dog Cancer Vet” and author of Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s
How I feed Turmeric:
If you have been following my recent posts you will know that my dogs are given natural alternatives to the horrid chemical worm and flee treatment poisons which you are ‘required’ to give your dog by most vets.
After speaking to a fellow raw feeder who also follows this natural approach to worming, we discussed about how we give the Diatomaceous Earth to our dogs.
If you don’t already know what Diatomaceous Earth is please type it into the search bar on the right.
I was fascinated by the way she feeds it and decided that I would give it a go myself and add my own little twist to it, Turmeric.
Every night after their dinner I give each of them an Ice cube full with all their daily anti parasite needs.
- In a big bowl mix in either Goats Yoghurt or Goats Milk (In the UK you can buy these from Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Or if you want the Raw Organic stuff which is better, you need to get it straight from a supplier, I use Landywoods)
- If you are using an ice cube tray of eg. 2 x 14 cube blocks, mix in 28 days worth of DE. I use a heaped teaspoon for each day.
- Add a tablespoon of Spirunila Powder (I will post about this wonderful natural product very soon)
- Add a tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
- Crunch in some black pepper (not only does this have its own health benefits for dogs but it also aids the Turmeric to get the most bang for your buck)
- Mix all together
- Add your dogs daily amount of Garlic, Either fresh or tablet to each cube. I add a tab into each cube. If you don’t already know how much garlic or you would like to know more about its amazing benefits type it into the search bar at the top on the right of my page.
- Then poor all the mixture into the trays and freeze.
- Feed each night with or after your dogs dinner.
As said above Turmeric has wonderful healing properties which are perfect for post-surgery and will help aid and speed up your dogs recovery. However it does thin the blood (which helps reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke) stop feeding as soon as you know that your dog need surgery and resume feeding after. See my post-surgery feeding post by typing it into the search at the top.
So now you know all about Turmeric it’s time to spice up your dogs life and help keep them strong and healthy.