*Originally published on April 27, 2020
Here we list 5 proven Curcumin and Turmeric health benefits for dogs and cats. But before we discuss how beneficial curcumin and turmeric are for our pets, let us know more about this amazing ingredient.
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Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice Turmeric and the element that gives its color yellow characteristic, has over 6000 peer-reviewed studies backing its effectiveness. This amazing spice is highly beneficial to humans as it helps in the management of arthritis and anxiety as well as reduces inflammation and soreness of muscles. Moreover, aside from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is also beneficial in terms of fighting depression, lessening joint pains, and improving memory and mood.
In the video below, Dr. Andrew Jones shows you how you can use curcumin to help your pets with arthritis.
Alleviate pain from Arthritis
It is a common belief among dog owners that dogs will experience arthritis only when they get older. However, in fact, by age 1 about 20% of dogs can show signs of arthritis. This can be due to several factors such as extreme running or injury.
Treatment for Allergies
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and can help keep your dog from itching or scratching. Treatment can be given orally or topically depending on the needs of your tail-wagging friend.
Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
Studies show that even limited doses of curcumin can help increase the probability that cancer will not spread of cancer in dogs or assist in chemotherapy in destroying those cancer cells. It can be most effective on the colon, skin cancer, and breast or memory cancer. If you have a dog or a pet that is developing cancer or prone to cancer such as a Golden Retriever, you might want to look at using curcumin as part of your pet’s treatment. But on an important note, it is recommended to do your own research and consult your veterinarian.
Delay effects of Cognitive Dysfunction
Cognitive dysfunction can develop as dogs get older. For this reason, curcumin can be given to your pet in order to defer the inflammation and decline in the function of the brain. The signs to look out for cognitive dysfunction include disorientation, changes in the wake-sleep cycle (more inclined to sleep), and house or bed soiling.
Help Cure Autoimmune Diseases
Even dogs and cats can have autoimmune diseases which arise when the immune system detects foreign invaders and attacks your body as a form of defense. Research performed on dogs has shown that curcumin is a safe and effective way to reduce uveitis, a painful eye inflammation that diminishes vision in dogs.
Proper dosage and treatment should be considered when giving curcumin to your pets in order to ensure the effectiveness of this amazing traditional medicine. Although curcumin is considered relatively safe for dogs and cats, it is important to discuss it with your veterinarian before offering it to your furry animals. It should be noted that too many doses or inappropriate treatment may provide side effects such as constipation, nausea, gallbladder issues, and bruising.
Turmeric is used in various forms as a medicine as it can offer a lot of health benefits for dogs and cats. Turmeric paste is particularly popular with dog owners. It can be easily mixed into the food. You can also find turmeric root more and more often in the shops. You can also add it to your dog’s food by steaming it and cutting it into cubes. However, the curcumin content in the root is so low that the effect is hardly noticeable.
Alternatively, you can find turmeric capsules, especially for dogs in stores. Make sure that the product contains piperine. Piperine is an ingredient of black pepper and improves the absorption of curcumin.
However, it is important to note that under no circumstances should you give your pet turmeric supplements that are made for humans. These products often contain Polysorbate 80. This emulsifier may cause a pseudoallergic shock to your pet.
Educating yourself and learning about the curcumin benefits for dogs can help you decide whether you should give any type of turmeric to your furry friend. Ultimately, you are the one who knows your pet. Do your own research, follow your instincts and do what is in the best interest of your beloved dog or cat.
Important: Always ask your vet before giving anything new to your dog or cat! The purpose of this post is for general information only. It is highly recommended to consult a veterinarian and do your own research.