Turmeric (Curcuma) is becoming very well known among dog owners who wish to help give their dogs a long and healthy life. But in the East, the benefits of turmeric have been known for a very long time.. and not just for dogs, but for us too !
There are many reports coming out that say turmeric may help in the fight against cancer. Curcumin can inhibit tumour growth and even shrink existing tumours.
Antioxidant properties are also helpful in reducing the negative side effects of chemotherapy.
This not to say that turmeric is the only thing that you should take to prevent cancer, control or treat cancer, but it is certainly exciting about it’s anti cancer properties.
Curcuma gives the bright orange colour, and acts as a spice, but it is also a pain reliever. It is great for pets that suffer from illnesses which cause pain.
This is good news for our older dogs that may suffer from arthritis and aging in general.
The anti-inflammatory properties, combined with the fact that turmeric is a natural antiseptic means it’s also useful for disinfecting and treating skin injuries. If you mix turmeric with honey you can apply it to wounds because honey has high antibacterial properties.
But be warned; it could taste very nice to your dog !
Turmeric boosts the liver’s ability to metabolize fat and remove waste from the body. Our pets are susceptible to toxins in the environment and in their food, especially commercially produced dried food and treats.
As with any pre-existing condition, if your pet already suffers from liver disease, you should consult your vet before treating with turmeric as some studies indicate that turmeric may aggravate existing problems.
• 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.
• Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
• Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
• High in fiber and rich in vitamins and mineral
A simple way of feeding it is an 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 5kg of dog weight. Make sure your pet has lots of water to ensure that they don’t get constipated.
If your dog has already a health problem or is already on medication, has surgery planned or is pregnant, talk to your vet before feeding it.