Turmeric For Pets
Many people are already aware of how useful this essential spice is for humans. But now many pet owners are beginning to understand that turmeric can be a wonderful supplement for their furry friends!
But first, a little background.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family. Turmeric is a staple in curry and is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes, imparting a mustard-like, earthy aroma and pungent, slightly bitter flavor to foods.
It’s native to southeast Asia and most production of turmeric in the world comes from India. Britain had plans for Belize to be the “spice capital of the west”. Due to lack of infrastructure and a variety of other reasons, those plans were disregarded. Over time, the Belizean jungle grew over the turmeric fields leaving wild turmeric growing throughout the Belizean jungle. Belizean turmeric has some of the highest curcumin levels found in turmeric due to not over farming the plant.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is a curcuminoid that is found in turmeric. From the Nation Institute of Health, “Curcumin aids in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and performance in active people.”
In short, curcumin is what makes turmeric useful.
Can Your Pets Eat Turmeric?
Yes! It is perfectly safe for your pets to eat turmeric. Our TURMERIC PASTE makes it easy to give the spice to your pet.
The propitiatory blend includes capsasin and hand processed Belizean Coconut oil which increases the bio-availability of turmeric. The paste also makes mixing with dry or soft pet food fast and EASY.
There’s no reason to buy expensive supplements for your pets. The easiest, cheapest, and healthiest way to utilize turmeric for your pets is by using turmeric paste.
How To Prepare Turmeric For Your Pets
Your dog or cat may not be used to eating spices. For this reason, you’re going to want to start slow and work your way up. Start off by putting a small amount on their favorite treat. This will get them used to the foreign taste. Do this every day for a week.
After the first week, mix in half of a serving to their food daily. Serving size below. After another week, mix in a full serving from there on out. A common symptom when trying to feed too much turmeric too quickly is nausea. This is something that you should monitor. If this happens, reduce the serving size.
Recommended daily serving: Pets 10 - 20lbs 1/4 tsp daily. Pets over 20lbs 1/2 tsp daily
Each 8 oz Bottle of Maya Mountain Turmeric Paste contains approx 48 tsp. For your small pet, that’s 192 servings–just 25 cents a day!
Turmeric’s top 5 Benefits for your pets
#1 – Turmeric Is Anti-Inflammatory
Many different diseases, disorders, and health problems such as digestive issues, kidney disease, cancer, and allergies are all caused by chronic inflammation. A study held in 2004 showed turmeric is even more effective than some of the best anti-inflammatory prescription drugs given to our pets.
You may be thinking inflammation is only a problem for pets with joint disease. Chronic, hidden inflammation is a silent killer. It’s the root of nearly all disease. Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease, it’s all caused by inflammation.
A 2014 study found that the curcumin found in turmeric (its active ingredient) outperformed ibuprofen in pets with arthritis. Inflammation is the key driver of most disease in the body and turmeric is one of the best natural anti-inflammatory available. Keep this in mind as we look at the next few reasons to give your pet turmeric.
#2 – Turmeric For Dogs With Cancer
For pets suffering from cancer, turmeric can be a revolutionary alternative to costly drugs. The National Cancer Institute recently revealed that the active ingredient curcumin prevents the development of cancerous growth and stops it from spreading. It can also reduce tumors and can kill cancer cells.
A recent UK study showed that curcumin could stop precancerous growths from becoming cancer, so turmeric can actually help prevent cancer. Amazingly, turmeric may also treat cancer. Nearly 1/3 of the studies done on turmeric are cancer research and the results are very promising.
It’s been shown to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. The American Cancer Society claims “Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread”. Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.
#3 – Turmeric Can Replace Steroids
Many pets are on steroids for allergies and joint pain, but some studies show curcumin is just as effective as steroids. The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids. A study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology shows that combing curcumin with a steroid reduced the side effects of this dangerous medication.
#4 - Pain Relief
Cats and dogs can’t tell us when they’re in pain and we won’t notice a change in their behavior unless it’s severe. It’s a safe assumption to make to say that an aging animal is in paid due to joint inflammation. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties is a great natural way to help your pet stave off the negative effects of aging.
#5 - Helps Intestine and Bowels Stay Healthy
Many pet families have found that their loved one has bowel issues. Turmeric can aid in many digestive and bowel problems that animals may struggle with. Things like (IBS) Irritable Bowel Syndrome are caused by inflammation that can lead to extreme discomfort along with other health problems. Turmeric has those natural anti-inflammatory properties that we have talked about that can make a world of difference for your pet.
A common symptom when trying to feed too much turmeric too quickly is nausea. Start slow and work up.
Dogs that are prone to kidney stones should not be given turmeric since it increases urinary oxalate levels.
Overall, most case studies have revealed many positive effects with pets taking turmeric.
As with all supplements, consult your veterinarian before adding turmeric to your pet’s diet, especially if he or she suffers from a chronic illness.