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2012/06/22

Turmeric for Dogs

Turmeric isn’t just a spice anymore. For thousands of years it has been used as a medicinal herb for humans. It can still be used for humans, but in this age of rediscovery of herbal remedies, turmeric is one of those being applied to our daily lives and the lives of our four legged friends. Sometimes this can be the equivalent of a hot Epsom salt bath for yourself. 
Where Does Turmeric Come From?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants. It is said to originate in South Asia in areas with a lot of rainfall and with temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Does Turmeric Help?
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin has been purported to help reduce inflammation and with leukotriene inhibition. Leukotriene’s are the body’s action when a joint is inflamed, basically leukotrienes are what makes the joint hurt. Remember pain is what tells your mind to get something checked out (or in this case get something checked out on your dog).
How to Give Turmeric to Your Dog
It is a simple process to give turmeric to your dog. Since most dogs will eat anything, sprinkle the turmeric on Fido’s food before they eat it and it will be taken in. To sweeten the pot for your dog, give them a steak or a piece of bacon.
Supplement Turmeric
For your older dog, you may want to consider giving them supplements to help the daily turmeric sprinklings you put in their food. Fido could always use some hip and joint supplements. Try to find supplements that contain Glucosamine (just like you would for yourself). Keep in mind, a lot of dog physiology is similar to human physiology, so many things that will work for you will work for your dog, however, always check with your vet before giving your dog any sort of supplement.
Exercise and Turmeric
So you’ve gotten the turmeric regimen as well as the supplement, now you’ve got to keep Fido active to keep his body producing the proper chemicals. Exercise is the best way to do that. With your dog being older you probably want to stay away from long walks, but a good swim will keep Fido’s “wheels” from squeaking too much.
Discussion: Have you ever used Turmeric for your dog(s)? How did it work?
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