It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! It’s time for more sage wisdom from The BarkChef Team on superfoods to add to your pup’s kibble that help bolster their diet. Today we’re talking turmeric – it’s turmeric topping Tuesday (try saying that ten times fast).
What’s so great about turmeric? We’re glad you asked. Humans have been reaping the benefits of turmeric as a medicinal aid since time immemorial. This golden colored wonder spice has serious health advantages as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with reports of anti-cancer properties. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, turmeric has no toxic effect on the body. Plus, it has a tangy zest that makes it a flavorful addition to almost any Indian-style dish. Turmeric isn’t just useful for we humans; it also gives our four-legged friends a wellness boost that might make them top dog at the pupper park.
This miracle herb has a laundry list of recorded ways it can improve your woofer’s quality of life, from alleviating pain to helping reduce the risk of dementia. When turmeric becomes a regular part of a dog’s diet, it can ease joint inflammation and help with memory loss. Additionally, turmeric spurs bile production in the liver, helping your dog digest food easily by breaking down fats and promoting good overall digestion. As a holistic treatment for illness, one of turmeric’s greatest strengths is its lack of side effects for your beloved beagle or cherished chow chow.
One consideration to make before giving Buddy turmeric is that this herb is a “warming spice,” meaning it increases body temperature. If your doggo is constantly seeking out cool floors to lay on, turmeric may warm him up more than he’d like. It’s also important to note the curcumin in turmeric can be hard for Sparky to digest when given by itself. Try combining turmeric with a healthy oil like coconut oil to help increase absorption. Black pepper is also an effective absorber of the herb. We do not recommend giving your pup turmeric pills or capsules, as these are about 95% curcumin, making them difficult for your dog to digest as a result.
If you’re ready to start implementing turmeric in your dog’s diet, you can try this easy recipe from Turmeric Life:
- ¼ quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 2 – 5 milliliters of coconut oil
- 6 – 8 grinds of black pepper from your table grinder
- Add to your dog’s regular feed! (Perhaps a BarkChef special?)
With turmeric’s plethora of benefits for humans and dogs alike, it probably wouldn’t hurt to sprinkle some of on your own food while you’re preparing the spice for Sparky. As with making any new addition to your dog’s diet, we advise you consult with your veterinarian beforehand.