Can I Give My Dog Turmeric?

Can I Give My Dog Turmeric?Let’s address the mysterious spice called turmeric as it apples to dogs. Feeding your best buddy some curry, that’s laced with this ingredient, is questionable. However, there may be ways that owners can utilize this spice in a medicinal way.

One thing is for sure, turmeric has a distinctive taste and you’ll usually know if a food contains it. Normally, feeding canines such spices isn’t a good idea but there are exceptions. Due to the many health benefits, it makes sense to incorporate small amounts into your dog’s diet.

Lots of research shows that turmeric, when used as a supplement, helps to prevent cancer and reduces inflammation from arthritis. The latter is particularly applicable to dogs. In fact, some vets recommend its consumption as a way to stay healthy and improve longevity. Let’s dig deeper into this subject!

Can I Give My Dog Some Turmeric? Answer: Yes, it’s even recommended

This is one spice that can actually benefit both humans and their dogs.

Health supplements are not a guarantee but turmeric has a long history as a highly beneficial spice. The amount you can give to your best buddy depends on their weight and tolerance of it. So it’s important to carefully and gradually introduce turmeric instead of simply throwing down a bowl of spicy curry.

There’s an excellent all-natural joint supplement that contains turmeric which comes in the form of chewable treats.

Technique and Dosage

You can provide your dog with turmeric by adding a tiny amount to their regular food. Just mix it in, gradually increasing the rations over time as they get used to it. Whenever you introduce something new to a dog, especially something like turmeric, it’s important to avoid disrupting their digestive system.

A quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric is sufficient for daily use, assuming there are no side effects. Increase the portion by a 1/4 teaspoon each day. Eventually, you can administer 1/4 of a teaspoon for each 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight.

Alternatively, you could pick up a quality grain-free dog treat with turmeric, rosemary and sage.

Turmeric’s Preventative Properties

Turmeric, which comes from the ginger family, is a viable option for pets. It’s a super spice with antioxidant properties which means it can help with arthritis. Other studies show that it can help to ward off cancer and other diseases. Even if your dog hasn’t been diagnosed with such a serious condition, you can still give them turmeric as a preventative measure.

So there are lots of promising health benefits associated with turmeric consumption. There’s no reason why your dog cannot also partake assuming their digestive system agrees. You won’t know until you introduce it to them.

What About Indian Foods

So it may be a good idea to give your dog limited amounts of turmeric spice. However, it’s best not to give your pooch Indian foods like curry or other spicy dishes even if they contain turmeric. Instead, keep your dog’s diet as simple as possible.

The canine digestive system can only handle so much. Providing meals that are out of the ordinary is often a recipe for a messy disaster. So turmeric, while potentially useful, should be strictly regulated with a conservative approach.

Regarding Other Spices

For simplicity’s sake, avoid feeding your dog’s other spices because they won’t provide the benefits that turmeric can. A good example is nutmeg, it’s a pretty bad idea. Keeping your dog’s diet as simple as possible is a good strategy which is why many owners won’t consider this particular spice. Turmeric, often misspelled tumeric, does have powerful medicinal uses though!

Conclusion on Turmeric

Yes, dogs can consume turmeric. Just don’t go overboard. Start out with a small amount to prevent an upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea. Gradually increase your dog’s portions over time. Also, consider a quality supplement to best utilize this spice for its potential health benefits. Curry and other Eastern dishes, even if they contain turmeric, aren’t appropriate for dogs. Although rare, it could be that turmeric may induce allergic reactions.

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Deborah January, 2016

My dog Max has recently been diagnosed with severe arthritis of the spine. The vet said she has never seen arthritis so severe. She wants to put him on Rimadyl. Presently he is on Tramadol and Gabapentin. Any suggestions, besides turmeric, for helping Max would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Mandy December, 2015

My dog has stage 3 mammary cancer. The vet said she will remove it if the swelling around it went down. Would castor oil and turmeric help if I gave to her? She a 10 year old Pitbull.


Joanne December, 2015

Mandy, you should try Fucoidan for your dog. Humans take the same substance for its anti-cancer and tumor reducing effects. It is 100% organic and natural and will not hurt your dog.


Wendy December, 2015

My 35 kilogram dog has a large tumor in his rectum. If it is malignant, I will not be trying chemo because he is eating well and feeling no pain. Instead I would like to try herbs and diet. Can you advise me of a diet that may help his immune system?


Tracy September, 2015

My Cane Corso has been taking an all-natural joint supplement with organic turmeric and it has changed her life. It decreased her inflammation, got her to like taking walks and she is visibly in much less pain! The product is here and contains glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. There are no additives and it’s grain-free.


Hannah September, 2015

I have been reading up about turmeric and its benefits. However, I read that you should not give it to a dog susceptible to kidney stones. My dog has had bladder stones in the past. Should I not give him turmeric?


Virginia September, 2015

My 20-pound 18 year old Dachshund has diarrhea probably from eating a new dog food which is grain-free. Can I sprinkle turmeric on his food or give him part of a capsule daily?


Andrea July, 2015

When my dog had surgery for malignant mast cell skin tumors, I added turmeric to her meals. I started with a small amount and increased it gradually. Suzie, a 10 year old Pug, needed surgery again 8 months later for more malignant tumors in a different area. While she was recuperating, I discovered more tumors developing just a week after the surgery.

I increased the turmeric slightly and also added coconut oil and molasses to her diet. I am rubbing castor oil, turmeric with black pepper and apricot kernel oil into the new tumors and have starting feeding her 1 apricot kernel a day. But I notice more and more lumps developing under her skin every day. Most are the size of small peas, but 3 are the size of lima beans.

Can this be an allergic reaction? They seem to be popping up to fast to be cancer. She eats a grain-free kibble from Merrick and Stella and Chewy Duck Duck freeze-dried dinner patties well moistened with water.


Karen July, 2015

My 70 pound Weimaraner is 6 years old and has cancer of the bladder. It’s an aggressive form and the vet says she has only 6 months. Please help me with a proper turmeric dose or good recipe. Thank you in advance.


Karen August, 2015

Come to my Facebook group which is all about a natural raw diet. If your pet is not on raw, I will still help you. I have professionals and cancer researchers as members of my group and together we can help. When you do get there, please post your story and I will respond.


Jeannie July, 2015

I have some liquid herbal Turmeric extract and I am starting with 2 drops. My dog weighs 62 pounds and is part Bernese Mountain Dog, part Australian Shepherd. He has shaking rear legs when standing still and I’m certain this is arthritis. He is 10-12 years of age and loves to walk and fetch his favorite ball. I am determined to help his pain and manage his arthritis to give him the greatest quality of life.


Michelle July, 2015

Are we talking turmeric from the grocery store or capsules that you get at a drug store? I have seen both. Thanks for info!


Francine June, 2015

I’ve been taking turmeric for myself and decided to research giving it to my 16 year old Pug who has arthritis in his legs. These comments have been very helpful.


Valerie June, 2015

Our dog has had frequent UTIs in the past and is now on special dry food diet. Signs of spinal or hip arthritis are beginning to show up based on x-rays and observed activity. Turmeric was suggested and I will discuss it with a vet but anyone have any experience?


Ramaiah May, 2015

If Indian curries and other foods are not good for dogs then why aren’t all those street dogs, feeding on whatever left-overs they can find in the garbage, dead by now?


Sharon April, 2015

I’m searching around for dosage and info on Turmeric for my 12 year old dog. He has IBS, severe arthritis and 4 herniated disks. He weighs 20 pounds. What dosage do you use, and if I put it over his food do I need pepper also? Just black pepper? I’m concerned and feeling confused. Thank you!


John April, 2015

1/4 teaspoon. I use it for my 12 pound Pomeranian. I mix a chopped up nickel size, fresh
ginger since they work well together.


Danielle March, 2015

Tumeric works wonders. I have a 14 year old Jack Russell who gets super itchy in the summer. We give her this for anti-inflammatory reasons as well as alkaline water. She has drank that with us for about 6 years. You’d never guess she was 14. Also, my Perro de Presa Canario puppy drinks the alkaline water and can’t get enough! It’s very beneficial for humans but also pets.


Marisella March, 2015

I have a 16 year old Lhasa Apso and a 13 year old Pug. I’ve been giving them organic turmeric powder for sometime now. I add a teaspoon of turmeric to boiled rice. I make it with carrots and zucchini as basic veggies and add one other vegetable per preparation such as kale, celery (be sure to skin them), Brussels sprouts or Swiss chard. My Lhasa has arthritis which has decreased considerably. He also suffers from tremors due to a nervous issue, that too has disappeared.

The ratio I use is 2 cups of organic white rice to 4 cups of water with 2 big carrots and 2 big zucchini. Also, 2 kale leaves, 2 Brussels sprouts, 2 Swiss chard, 2 branches celery without leaves. I mix the rice, carrots, zucchini and 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Then, add the first 2 cups of boiling water to the basic boiled rice and cook over low heat. When it starts boiling, add the second 2 cups of boiling water with your choice of veggie for that batch of boiled rice. I add 2 tablespoons of organic prepared meat with essential oils. Everything is strictly organic.


Barb March, 2015

My dog gets turmeric every day, mixed with her food and a pinch of ground black pepper. It’s known that piperine, an important chemical in black pepper, significantly enhances bioavailability of turmeric.


Marsha March, 2015

Barb, your comment was what I was looking for. I use turmeric for myself daily and know about the necessity of using it with black pepper. I was worried about whether it would be safe to give my 15 year old Chihuahua some turmeric and if so, whether or not to add the pepper. She has a serious case of congestive heart failure, and water is constantly building up in her. She often has to have injections of Lasix to eliminate it. Even though she’s on 4 pharmaceutical drugs twice a day, fluid still builds up. I’m hoping that the turmeric helps. Thanks again.


Rita February, 2015

My Shih-Tzus have small cysts. Fluffy has one on back and one above the eye. JoJo has only one on his back. But, Fluffy also has either a growth or tumor on her chest that has enlarged. I use essential oils such as clove oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil which are all good for the skin. Since I have been using these on the cysts, they have gotten smaller and have changed in color. The vet wants to remove them, but we are concerned they will come again somewhere else. I also know that fish oil helps a dog’s coat.


Dawn February, 2015

I have my 13 year old Lab on turmeric. It’s working great for arthritis and neurological issues. It does, however, give him very stinky breath but I’ve heard that it doesn’t do that for all dogs. Ceylon cinnamon helps. Anyway, if interested, Turmeric User Group (TUG) on Facebook is a wonderful resource for Turmeric.


Maribeth February, 2015

My sister’s dog had a cancerous tumor on his face. She gave him apricot seeds and within a week it was gone. She crushed them in a coffee grinder and put it in his food. I have a Mini Poodle and I give him one a day for prevention. He just chews it though. It does give them really bad breath.


Mark October, 2014

My Alaskan Malamute has bone cancer. Can she take turmeric along with her Tramadol?


Cheryl January, 2015

Hi Mark. Most herbs are fine to give along side prescribed drugs. You can contact a herbalist who would probably recommend Comfrey. As long as she does not have a sensitivity to the herb, she should tolerate them very well. You might consider researching herbal aspirin to help her if she is in any discomfort.


Apryl October, 2014

My dog has stage 2 and 3 mast cell tumors. We are trying a holistic approach as chemo isn’t an option. We are adding vitamin C, probiotics and NK-9 into her newly adapted raw food diet. Would turmeric also be a good addition?


Pedro October, 2014

Have a look at Artemisinin. There are several research studies that show it produces results towards fighting cancer.


Victoria October, 2014

Hi Apryl. I am sorry to hear about your dog. I know how you feel as my dog has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma. I am researching holistic approaches as well. Here is what I found on Artemisinin:


Lissa December, 2014

Research baking soda in water. I give my dogs this. It is suppose to rid the cancer because they can’t live in this body state.


Victoria December, 2014

I read that baking soda is toxic to dogs.


Nadia January, 2016

Be careful with baking soda. The kind you buy in store is full of metal. You need to find the one that has no metals.


Jerry February, 2016

Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) will do nothing for your dog other than increase his sodium level and give him bloat. It will also interfere with digestion as that is an acid environment and baking soda is very alkaline. Also, baking soda has less metals in it than your drinking water.


Cristina September, 2014

I have a 12 year old Lhasa-Poo who in 2006 had L6 disc surgery and has had recurrences of back pain. Right now he is experiencing severe back pain; the vet put him on Tramadol 25 mg – 2 or 3 a day and Gabapentin 50mg – once daily. He was on Metacam but discontinued as his pain has not decreased. He will be starting Prednisone. I’ve been reading up on turmeric for him. I would appreciate thoughts or suggestions on supplements for him.


Julia October, 2014

I had taken steroid injections for several years for back problems. As a result, I ended up with Addison’s disease, secondary. This is a non-functioning adrenal gland. After this happens, a person or a dog is steroid dependent for life. This happens in dogs as well as people. I would be very careful of long-term usage of steroids for dogs. It could result in a real problem for your precious canine friend.


Dorothy December, 2014

The Budwig Diet was originally designed for cancer treatment but many patients discovered that their back pain and joint problems were relieved after using this diet. It’s worth a try. Please see my comments for can dogs eat cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. This treatment is now quite popular in Hong Kong. He has written a book about many successful cases. My dog also recovered well from his Cirrhosis and liver cancer after trying it for 2 months.


Sarah August, 2014

Hello, I have just been told that my 57kg Boerboel has kidney disease. Are there any herbs spices or foods that I can give to help him?


Annie Lou August, 2014

My dog has been diagnosed with early stage of bone cancer. Can turmeric benefit her?


Nina September, 2014

Turmeric is a wonder herb. Also try Peppermint. Give your pet home-cooked food. It’s not difficult to prepare.


Anne January, 2014

I am going to try turmeric for my arthritic dog. I am currently treating her Cushings with melatonin and flaxseed lignans which are controlling her symptoms quite well. I use turmeric daily so she might as well.


Michelle July, 2015

Hi Anne. My dog has Cushings as well but I have not heard of using melatonin or flaxseed lignans. Any info you have would be appreciated!


Jan January, 2016

Hi Michelle. I have a 100 pound Golden Retriever, 13 years old. I have him on Lignans, Melatonin and also Cushex. These are herbal. The Cushex got his accidents and panting under control. The Lignans got his weakness in the hind quarters under control. He’s doing much better.


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