You may have heard about turmeric, the super spice with powerful properties, but you may not be aware of the many health benefits of turmeric for dogs. Turmeric is a spice that is native to southern Asia where it has been used for thousands of years. Initially used as a dye, only later it was discovered that this spice had powerful medicinal properties capable of curing many ailments. The benefits of turmeric are many, so much so that more and more dog owners are starting to use it and many veterinarians are even starting to recommend its use.
Benefits of Turmeric
Among the variety of health benefits of turmeric for dogs are an improved immune system, reduced oxidative damage and healthy digestion. Due to its potent anti inflammatory properties, turmeric is used often used as a natural anti inflammatory for dogs suffering from stiffness and arthritis, explains veterinarian Dr. Loretta.
In dogs suffering from cancer, the curcumin in turmeric has also been showing beneficial effects. According to veterinarian Dr. Dressler, curcumin is a supplement that he has been using for his cancer patients and he has witnessed shrinkage of many cancerous and non-cancerous lumps.
On top of that, turmeric is also appreciated for its ability to thin the blood, reducing the risks of blood clots, and it also aids in protecting the liver from toxins. As seen, the benefits of turmeric are several, making it a healthy and appealing addition for dogs.
As always, if you are interested in using turmeric or any other supplements, it's best to consult with your vet. Turmeric may interfere with certain medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and if your dog needs to have surgery, you will need to stop giving it a few days prior considering turmeric's ability to slow down clotting times.
Products with Turmeric
In a previous post we shared our recipe for golden paste for dogs, but preparing it takes time and it can be quite a messy ordeal. Turmeric can stain your hands and work area and it's not one of the easiest products to clean away considering its history as being used as a dye to color textiles.
You may also find yourself continually making batches considering its short "shelf life" in your fridge. In addition, perhaps, based on your dog's health condition, you may want to add other healthy ingredients and you may not feel comfortable creating certain concoctions for scratch.
[adinserter block="4"] If you are considering using a commercial turmeric preparation crafted for humans under the form of pills or capsules, think again. Most of these formulations have excessively high levels of curcumin and are therefore not recommended for animals.
Fortunately though, nowadays there are products with turmeric purposely made for animals and these can be quite a gem for your dog. Today, we discovered a new line of products that contain turmeric and other beneficial supplements that we're particularly excited about!
Introducing Nature's Pure Edge
Nature's Pure Edge is a company that we feel the need to talk about primarily because we like their principle: strengthening the body from the inside out so that there are less reasons to see the vet.
Traditional medicine sees health problems as a matter of just healing one part, when in reality, as it's often forgotten, all body parts are intimately interconnected, so if you want to fix one part, you should go to the root of the problem and fix the body as whole.
Turmeric is one of those key ingredients that supports the body's natural healing processes and it's nice to see a line of products that are built around this potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient. Here are a few products that we have found particularly appealing.
Pet Shampoo with Turmeric
We bathed our dogs with this shampoo and loved, loved, loved the scent! How shall we describe it? The scent was very refreshing and the best part is that it's all a natural concoction. When we looked at the label there were no odd, hard-to-pronounce mysterious ingredients as you see in most shampoos nowadays.
Lemongrass oil, citronella oil, olive oil, cedarwoods oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, turmeric and rosemary extract is all there is!
Remember how we mentioned this company's motto of strengthening the body from the inside out? Well, on top of having a refreshing scent, this shampoo boasts several ingredients that aim to improve the dog's skin and fur.
Where do we start? Firstly, turmeric's non-inflammatory properties help sooth the skin of dogs suffering from irritated, red skin. And secondly, you may already know how good coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil are for the skin. Aloe vera then adds the final touch, with it potent anti-inflammatory and cooling properties which are well known for helping the skin heal.
So this shampoo deserves a big paws up from our dogs. Yay for a great smelling shampoo blessed with amazing healing properties!
Fish oil with Turmeric
We were recently reading Dr. Jean Dodd's Book "Cannine Nutrigenomics The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health" and were quite impressed by the list of functional foods she suggested to help dogs suffering from arthritis. Among them were omega 3 fatty acids from fish and curcumin, which derives from turmeric. Well, how about combining the two? Nature's Pure Edge brings the best of both worlds in is Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats with Omega 3 Complex and Turmeric.
Now, we must confess that we are always a bit "fishy" (pun intended!) about fish oil for dogs. The reason being that fish can come from places that are highly polluted (think overcrowded fish farms!) and depending on the type of fish, it can contain loads of mercury. Well, this product made us feel safe about using it.
The fish is wild caught from the deep waters of the North Atlantic Ocean and the fish from which the oil is extracted encompass sardines, herring, mackerel and anchovies, which according to Livestrong, are part of the few sea creatures with the lowest contents of mercury.
On top of helping achy joints, this product (which, by the way, has been developed to meet human standards), offers additional perks such soothing dry and itchy skin and reducing excessive shedding.
Powerful Hip and Joint with Organic Turmeric
Let's face it: there are many hip and joints products out there, but we particularly like this product because it adds turmeric to its ingredient list. So this product packs quite a punch if you consider that it contains glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM on top of organic turmeric.
Honestly, one ingredient in this product we weren't much familiar with was the organic above sea coral calcium. We had to look this up to learn more. Apparently, coral calcium is obtained from coral reefs and is one of the most bioavailable forms of calcium out there. What this means is that it's readily digested and absorbed by the body.
Now, there appear to be two different types of coral calcium, above sea and undersea. Above sea, is coral calcium derived from coral reef that have been pushed above sea level, protected beneath a layer of soil away from the ocean pollution. This is in contrast with coral taken from below the sea, which is less than pure considering that it contains seafloor debris along with other impurities such as heavy metals. Coral calcium is particularly beneficial to dogs because it contains trace minerals and supports bone growth.
We have been using this product for our dogs by mixing this powder along with the fish oil. Then we mix it into our dog's food as suggested on the label. Our dog's don't mind the taste; actually, they seem to be quite content about it by the way we see them wolf it down!
Owning two senior, large, breed dogs and being big fans of turmeric, we are therefore quite impressed by Nature's Pure Edge line of products and look forward to trying the rest. So we thought to share our experience, in hopes that it could help many others in getting their dogs to heal from the inside out as ultimately Nature intended.