1. Oral health
Try this at home: Wet your pup’s toothbrush, sprinkle a little turmeric powder on top, and brush away. The natural abrasiveness helps polish teeth; the anti-inflammatory properties help soothe gums. Just keep a wet rag handy to wipe off any bright yellow fur residue, or your best furry friend will look like a screaming neon sign.
2. Heart health
Just like humans, our pets are susceptible to blood clots and a harmful overabundance of cholesterol. But according to several studies published in the journal Atherosclerosis, turmeric is thought to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. It’s also a known blood thinner, which can help minimize the possibility of clots that contribute to heart attacks and strokes. However, because of these blood thinning properties, it’s important to be careful with dosing (see below).
3. Liver function
A pup’s natural environment can be pretty toxic. Consider the additives often used in commercial treats and kibble; monthly application of various flea/tick preventives; and routine vaccination schedules. The liver helps neutralize these harmful toxins and plays a crucial role in digestion — which includes metabolizing vitamins and synthesizing bile so that fats are efficiently broken down. Curcumin is thought to help stimulate healthy bile production.
4. Inflammation reduction
Studies like those mentioned above continue to confirm turmeric’s status as one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories around. Since inflammation can be a sinister precursor to multiple health issues, controlling it is vital to your pet’s well-being. Unlike long-term use with certain pharmaceuticals, turmeric’s reported side effects are comparatively minimal when given in appropriate doses (again, see below).
5. Topical healing
Turmeric is a healing antidote for scrapes, scratches, and wounds. Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also a natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent — i.e., a potent one-two-three punch. Consider creating a one-to-one mixture of turmeric powder and natural aloe vera gel before applying. Some pets (including mine) find the taste of this topical combo fairly yucky, which discourages constant licking.
6. Cancer support
Research appears to suggest that regular turmeric consumption may help to inhibit formation of certain types of cancer. Anticancer Research, an international journal of cancer research and treatment, recounts multiple studies indicating that the primary polyphenol in turmeric may not only inhibit cancer cell formation; but may actually have the ability to selectively target malignant stem cells in certain cases. This is certainly NOT to suggest that turmeric should replace existing treatment protocols. However, it does show promise as a supportive treatment component.
As always, it’s important to check with your vet before trying out any new supplement. My own vet generally recommends feeding 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon daily for every 10 pounds of dog weight — simply sprinkle it onto food. However, recognize that factors like age and pre-existing health conditions may impact this recommended dosage. Have you tried turmeric with your own lucky puppy? Share your insights below!
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