You may have heard of turmeric paste (Golden paste) before but maybe you don’t know what it is used for, or wonder if it is safe to give to your pet, so let me try to explain and start with the beginning.
In Asia Turmeric has been used for thousands of years.
Originally it was used as a dye and later for its medicinal purposes, and traditionally used in curries in India where there are much lower rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases compared to the West
Scientists now say that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, and aids in the healing of inflammation like arthritis.
A host of scientific investigations have looked at the ability of turmeric (curcumin) to fight cancer.
Curcumin kills several types of cancer cells in the laboratory.
In animals, curcumin prevents or slows cancer in the skin, breast, liver, stomach, duodenum and colon.
Curcumin also has anti-angiogenic properties; translation: curcumin seriously slows new blood vessel formation in tumors, causes asphyxiation of tumours and thus preventing their growth and metastases.
Turmeric as a dietary supplement is safe and well tolerated.
The only problem is that Turmeric on its own has a low bio viability
Only about 5% of turmeric is made out of the active compound curcumin and this is the compound what gives turmeric its power
Then on top of that, turmeric root isn’t absorbed properly by the G.I. tract and is quickly cleared from the blood.
If pets or people are given turmeric root, within an hour, there is only a tiny bit that actually makes its way into the blood stream, because the liver is trying to get rid of it. So, while a lot of pet owners may be giving their pets turmeric, they see little to no results.
So how can we give humans/ pets the benefits from using turmeric?
For this we will have to go back to an old Asian recipe that originated in India called turmeric paste (Golden Paste)
It is was and still is made with turmeric, fresh ground black pepper and a healthy fat (coconut or olive oil) which turns turmeric, into a super powerful natural medicine.
Why black pepper?
About 5% of freshly ground black pepper (by weight) consists of a compound called piperine, which enhances the bioavailability of turmeric.
Piperine increases intestinal absorption allowing time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream.
Not only can adding fresh ground pepper make turmeric more bioavailable but piperine in black pepper can trigger TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1) in the body.
This in turn can reduce pain.
Why coconut oil?
When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver. (You can use good clean Cold Pressed Virgin coconut oil)
Turmeric For Pets
- natural detox
- Golden Paste has anti-inflammatory agents
- It fights bacteria
- Has health benefits for the heart and liver
- Can reduce blood clots
- Golden paste promotes digestive health
- Is believes to have cancer-fighting agents
- can help with allergies
- Has been used in the treatment of epilepsy in dogs
- Has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate pain
xJoint aid for those that suffer with arthritic or other joint related (inflammatory) issues.
Turmeric paste is given with or mixed through food.
UTI’s are the result of an invasion of bacteria.
Some pet owners are concerned about antibiotic resistance for themselves as well as their pets and are looking for natural remedies for UTIs.
Turmeric’s abilities to kill bacteria, lower inflammation and reduce pain make it one of several natural options pet owners to consider..
Roughly ¼ teaspoon per every 10lbs, so
- Up to 5kg – ¼ tsp
- 5kg – 10kg = ½ teaspoon
- 10kg 15kg – ¾ teaspoon
- 15kg -20kg – 1teaspoon
- 20kg 25kg -1 ¼ teaspoon
- 25kg-30kg – 1 ½ teaspoon and so forth
- ½ cup of organic turmeric root powder
- 1 cup of clean spring or filtered water (may need more) –
- 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (fresh is always best because of the piperine levels)
- ¼ cup organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
- Mix the turmeric root powder with the 1 cup of water in a pan ( add more water if needed).
- Stir the mixture on medium/low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes, it should form a thick paste. (If your paste looks runny, just add a bit more turmeric and heat it for another couple of minutes.)
- Once turned into a paste, add the fresh ground black pepper and coconut oil, and then stir it up!
Once cool, place the paste in a jar and store it in your fridge.
The paste should last for about 2 weeks.
Add ¼ tsp of paste per 10 lbs of body weight to your pet’s diet.
When you start giving Turmeric paste in your pet’s diet, their urine can get a strong smell, which should pass after a few weeks, alternatively you can add a little bit of Ceylon Cinnamon 1 to 1 1/2 tsp to the mixture.
Apply the turmeric paste on to a gauze pad and apply to tumour
For large tumours wrap it up for 8 to 9 hours.
When un-bandaging in the morning, the tumour can look angry and inflamed, swollen and large.
During the day the tumour shrinks and by evening you will see the results of the shrinking.
For small tumours or small lesions, apply the mixture and rub in 3 to 5 times a day.
Between day 20 and 30 you should notice a reduction in size/ discolouration
After day 30 you should see that the tumour is shrinking, if not disappearing, continue applying the paste into a week after the tumour is gone.
1 tsp Coconut oil,
1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground/powdered Turmeric
1/4 tsp baking soda
a few drops of castor oil.
Mix all well into a paste
mix turmeric powder, coconut oil and Witch Hazel
and applied topically to naturally treat sebaceous cysts.
You can apply turmeric paste topically for minor wounds like cuts and scrapes.
Turmeric has antimicrobial properties so it can help kill bacteria and disinfect a wound.
It’s also good for reducing inflammation.
Turmeric’s active component, curcumin, is a natural analgesic, so applying it topically can help decrease pain too.
Just beware that turmeric’s vibrant colouring will stain your pet’s coat/skin.
As piperine will increase the absorbtion of other substances you may experience a higher absorbency rate when you pet is taking medication as well, so if your pet is on a prescribed medication, please consult your vet
- upset stomach
- gallbladder issues
- bruising and iron deficiency
Though these are not common side effects when taken in the appropriate amounts.
Side effects are more likely to happen when turmeric is taken in excess.
Using turmeric topically can result in yellow staining of clothes, skin and hair so use with caution.
Just like with humans, it’s very important that you speak with your vet before giving your pet turmeric if it has had liver issues or other ongoing health problems, or is taking other medications/supplements to ensure there will be no unwanted interactions.
Turmeric is considered to be a warming spice so if your dog is frequently hot or overheats easily, turmeric may not be an ideal choice.
We as our pets guardians/ care givers need to look after ourselves as much as we look after our pets and as you might have guessed from reading this article, not only is turmeric paste good for our pets but it’s a great supplement for us Humans too
If you have any questions in regards to using turmeric paste for yourself and or your pet, or if you’re simply looking for more information about turmeric you can join the Turmeric User Group on Facebook
Or for information on uses in pets visit Australian veterinarian Doug English his site
The agronomy and economy of turmeric and ginger: The invaluable medicinal spice crops
New choices in natural healing for dogs & cats
US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
National center fo complimentary integrative health https://nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric/ataglance.htm