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Is Turmeric Good For Dogs?

Is Turmeric Good For Dogs

Turmeric is a fantastic spice and can significantly impact your pup’s health and lifespan.  There has been a lot of research and studies showing turmeric’s incredible health benefits for dogs and people. 

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice used in India for thousands of years in curry and as a medicinal aid. Turmeric contains a compound called Curcumin which is the main ingredient and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. One study names it “Cure-curmin” as the list of therapeutic uses is so long!

A few benefits include the following:

  • Turmeric is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial 
  • It can help with destroying cancer cells
  • Turmeric is suitable for dogs with arthritis
  • Turmeric helps with gastrointestinal problems 
  • Turmeric can be very effective for pain relief

Why is Turmeric so good for dogs?

Adding Turmeric to your pup’s diet a few times per week may help reduce many diseases. It helps fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease and gastrointestinal disease, among a few.

Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is one of the primary factors of most diseases in the body, and Turmeric is one of the best sources of anti-infammatories nature has to offer. 

Turmeric has been known to work better than ibruprofen, paracetamol or aspirin, plus it does not do any damage to the body. Chronic inflammation can be a silent killer and the start of other diseases such as kidney disease, heart disease, dental disease and cancer.

Turmeric to help with arthritis

Turmeric can help with joint pain, stiffness, and mobility issues your pup may have, so another great reason to add this to your pup’s weekly intake.  Conventional drugs can have a devastating effect on gut health, whereas Turmeric will do the opposite. Nature is pretty clever really!

Turmeric to help fight cancer

Sadly approximately half of our dogs may develop cancer; here at barkinBISTRO, we believe that diet is essential, and if your pup is fed a species-appropriate fresh raw diet, the chances will be dramatically less. Adding Turmeric to your pup’s diet may reduce this further, as it is such a powerful antioxidant, it may help to prevent this hideous disease from even starting.  Research is now showing that Turmeric has been shown to kill cancer cells. Taken from The American Cancer Society, they claim that “Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth and spread. Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of its ability to reduce tumour size and kill cancer cells”.

Turmeric for IBD and Gastrointestinal problems

As mentioned earlier, because turmeric is such an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, it can be very effective in treating IBD, IBS and other gastrointestinal problems and has been known to have positive effects on gut inflammation.

How do I give my dog Turmeric?

The best way to give your pup turmeric is to buy our Golden Paste. Alternatively, you can make your own, and below is a recipe:

Golden Paste recipe for dogs

  • Prep time: 5-10 mins
  • Cook time: 10-12 mins
  • Total time: 20-30 mins.


  • ½ a cup of organic turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tsp of freshly ground organic black pepper
  • ¼ cup of organic MCT oil (better than coconut oil)
  • 1-2 cups of filtered water


  1. Mix the turmeric with half of the water in a pan, saving the remaining water for later if the paste is too thick.
  2. Stir until the mixture thickens on low heat for up to 10 mins.
  3. If the paste feels too thin, add more water until it is a good consistency.
  4. Add the oil and pepper when the paste feels right and stir thoroughly.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool.
  6. When completely cooled, put it into a jar with a lid.
  7. It can then be put into the fridge and will keep for a couple of weeks.

How much Turmeric do I give my dog?

The recommended amount of turmeric to give your dog is approximately ¼ of a teaspoon per 5kg (10lbs) of body weight.  We advise starting slowly and building up to the recommended amount as some dogs may experience diarrhoea or constipation if given too much too quickly.  Take care when making Golden Paste, as it stains everything! As curcumin leaves the body quickly, it may be better to provide small amounts a couple of times per day for maximum benefits.

Are there side effects to giving Turmeric?

Turmeric is safe and very effective.  If you have a “hot dog” (not a sausage in a bun!) who constantly seeks a cool place to be, turmeric may not be the best treatment as it is a “warming” spice. Turmeric can interact with some medications, so if you have any concerns, it would be best to check with your vet before using it.

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