Turmeric for your pooch!
Turmeric / Pasupu / Haldi /Manjal is a spice that belongs to the ginger family. It is most commonly known for its deep orange colour and is used for cooking, herbal medicine and dyes.
Ok, we cook with it. But why is it good for my pooch? Here’s why turmeric is God sent!
Anti- this AND ANTI that:
Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available. This helps in reducing the symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis [both humans and pets! ]
The active ingredient in turmeric is circumin. Circumin is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which cause the painful inflammation and damage to joints affected by arthritis. So pooches suffering from aches and pains associated with arthritis and aging in general can give a great lick of relief.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, so it’s also useful for disinfecting and treating skin injuries. When using turmeric on skin, it is recommended to make a paste with turmeric and honey and then apply the paste to the wounds. Cherry thinks it’s a tasty treat and licks it off the moment I turn my back on her!
Like us, our pets are susceptible to blood clots and excess cholesterol too. Enter turmeric!
Turmeric has been found to lower LDL levels which support both heart and liver health. Also turmeric acts a blood thinner thereby reducing the risk of clots which can lead to strokes!
Caution: If your pet is already on blood thinners check with your vet for appropriate turmeric dosage.
Anti- Cancer Properties:
With a golden retriever at home, I am always worried about cancer. This piece of information about turmeric made me sit up and take notice.
In a study at UCLA, some doctors found that curcumin seemed to block the cancer promoting enzyme that stimulates the growth of head and neck cancer.
Wait, there’s more….
Studies show that curcumin can inhibit tumor growth and may even shrink existing tumours. This incredible spice has the amazing ability to shut down blood vessels that feed tumors. Why bother with gold? Let’s all just grow turmeric!
Antioxidant properties of turmeric are also helpful in reducing the negative side effects of chemotherapy.
To sum up: turmeric might not be a one stop shop for cancer treatment but certainly can’t be ignored!
How do you feed your pet turmeric?
Simply put, the suggested dosage is 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 5 Kgs of dog weight per day.
I use ¼ a teaspoon with every meal!
You can feed the turmeric powder, which is most commonly available, or crushed fresh root. Sprinkle it right on top of your pet’s food and mix!
Turmeric is a binding agent, so make sure your pooch has lots of water to ensure that they don’t get constipated.
With all the adulteration that goes on around us, I prefer to buy Organic turmeric! Why risk lowering the potency of this incredible herb, right?
Caution: If your pet has a pre-existing condition, is currently on medication, has a planned surgery, or is pregnant, it’s advisable to talk to your vet before giving him/her turmeric.
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