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Is turmeric good for dogs?

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Is turmeric good for dogs?   

You may know turmeric as “the golden spice” — often unmissable in grocery stores due to its vibrant yellow colour. And lately, it feels like turmeric can be added to anything — from curries to juices to lattes… and now dog food?! Say what now?

Yep, as it turns out, turmeric can be good for dogs. Its main ingredient, curcumin, has been found to have an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effect in pups. From promoting joint, skin and fur health to helping to prolong their life span — there are so many reasons why paw parents are choosing to spice up their dog’s diet with turmeric.

So, settle in (with little Archie on your lap) as we unleash three key reasons why turmeric may be a great addition to your dog’s diet. 

Why is turmeric good for dogs?    

  1.   Turmeric for osteoarthritis and pain relief

While we feel blessed with every year we get to spend with our furry friends, aging is inevitable. You may notice that as the years go on, your doggo may move a little slower, walk a little stiffer, or take a little longer to get up from their bed.

Osteoarthritis is common in senior dogs, particularly in larger breeds, and can unfortunately be quite painful. Of course, there are medications available to help ease the pain of arthritis, but if you’re looking for a natural at-home remedy, turmeric may do the trick.

One of the active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help to support joint health and pain relief in senior dogs. In fact, in one randomised study on dogs with osteoarthritis, indicators of pain were lower in those that were fed a diet rich in curcuminoids. What’s more, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may do more than relieve pain and discomfort from stiff joints. Supplementing your dog’s diet with turmeric may also improve their mobility, giving your furry friend more freedom in their golden years..

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  1.           Turmeric for Inflammation

Let’s speak a little more about inflammation.

Chronic hidden inflammation can be a silent killer in both animals and humans — it’s the root of many diseases including cancers, kidney disease, dental disease and digestive issues. So, while the curcumin within turmeric works to soothe any inflammation from arthritis and joint deterioration within dogs, it can also help to prevent other diseases that may be brought on as a result of inflammation.

A 2004 study found that curcumin may outperform ibuprofen, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs in people with arthritis. While this study was conducted on humans, it’s probable the effects will be similar for our furry friends.

  1.             Turmeric is full of antioxidants

Turmeric isn’t coined the “golden-spice” purely for its yellow colour. It’s also really, really, really, really good for you.

It’s so chock full of antioxidants that it’s achieved superfood status and is regarded as one of the healthiest spices in the world. When we talk about antioxidants, we’re talking about molecules within the body that fight nasty compounds called “free radicals”, which can cause harm if their levels are too high. While your body has its own antioxidant defences to keep free radicals in check, it needs a little bit of extra help to keep the nasties away. And that’s where turmeric comes in.

Although most studies into the antioxidant effects of turmeric have been on humans, a few studies have shown that it may help in dogs as well. Perhaps the best thing about antioxidants is they’re thought to help slow down the aging and degeneration process of humans and animals, promoting a longer lifespan. It’s been said that the antioxidant curcumin is so powerful, it may help to prevent cancers and even slow their spread. At the very least, the antioxidants within turmeric can help to contribute to better skin and coat for your pup, while helping to minimise allergies and other reactions. 

Are there any side effects of turmeric for dogs?   

By now, you can see that turmeric is pretty incredible stuff. While it’s widely considered safe for dogs, it may interfere with some medications, and can sometimes cause stomach upset or constipation in some canines. So, as with anything, there may be side effects to turmeric consumption for some pooches and it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian prior to changing up your dog’s diet. 

Where can I buy turmeric for dogs?   

At Dog’s Defence, we’re a team of mushroom farmers dedicated to providing nutritious dog supplements that turn tail wags into full body wiggles. Our powders and extracts are made using a range of medicinal mushrooms, as well as other nutrient-dense foods like sweet potato, kale, blueberries, and of course – turmeric.

Our anti-inflammatory and joint health blends harness the power of turmeric.