Turmeric and Curcumin - Good for Your Dog’s & Cat's Health
One of the reasons golden paste is so popular amongst dog/cat owners, is due to its anti-inflammatory effects and its incredible health benefits. Nobody likes to give their pup anti-inflammatory drugs, and turmeric can eliminate that as it has active agents that target inflammation, pain, and skin irritations.
Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs
1. Natural detox
3. Natural antibacterial
4. Promotes heart and liver health
5. Reduces blood clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks by thinning the blood
6. Promotes digestive health
7. Acts as an antioxidant and it’s believed to be able to prevent cancer
8. Offers allergy relief
9. Helps to prevent cataracts
10. Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy
11. Natural pain relief
12. Natural treatment for diarrhea
Dosage of Turmeric Paste for Dogs
I've read different dosages on several sites. Many people advise to start with small amounts and build up because it can cause loose stool if you feed too much to your dog/cat. Turmeric paste leaves a dog's & cat's system quickly, so it should be fed with each meal (more than once a day). I started my dogs off with 1/4 teaspoon in each meal and worked up from there to gauge their tolerance. Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 teaspoon for every 5 kg of body weight.
* Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of golden paste to each meal
* Every 5-7 days, increase the dosage a small amount
* Once you notice pain relief, increased mobility, or a decrease in tumor size (yeah, I read this could happen and I'm blown away) – you've found your maintenance dosage
* For our healthy dogs/cats, I stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per meal, because more gives them diarrhea
* If your dog or cat is pregnant there is a chance that turmeric might stimulate the uterus.
* Turmeric might slow blood clotting so stop using turmeric two weeks before surgery.
Drugs that Slow Blood Clotting (blood thinning medications)
* If your dog/cat is on an anticoagulant / anti-platelet drugs use caution as turmeric may strengthen the effects of blood thinning medications thereby increasing the risk of bleeding.
* For example warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin and other blood-thinning medications;
* If adding turmeric to the diet you may have to make some adjustments to medications.
One Last Tip
It is not recommended that you give them human golden paste, as a lot of the recipes involve ingredients that are harmful to dogs/cats or might cause them to react badly.
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