Why I Feed my Dog Turmeric
For the first 3 years of my dog’s life, summer was unbearable. Scooter suffered from a nasty skin complaint that made him scratch and rub his belly red raw during those hot, sultry tropical months. At times he’d lay and chew at his paws, because they too got inflamed and red raw between the toes.
And every summer we’d try the same things – pull out certain plants in the garden, wash him with Malesab shampoo, rub oatmeal conditioner on his tummy, buy specially recommended topical creams from the vets, keep him off the grass (!!) – and every summer there was no real solution.
Thankfully I had a heap of girlfriends that owned horses and they suggested making changes to my dog’s diet and feeding him turmeric. They had experienced successes with their own horses skin complaints (Queensland Itch) thanks to a local Veterinarian named Doug English who was actively promoting turmeric for animals.
With the majority of Scooter’s feed being dried biscuit based I decided to research this further. The biscuits I had been using were mainly grain and wheat based, not great apparently for a dog with sensitive skin.
First, I swapped over to a wheat/gluten free dog biscuit that was high in Omega 3’s, Fish-based and had extra probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes etc etc. which seemed to make a world of difference. Second I added a teaspoon of Turmeric powder to my dog’s dinner bowl each day.
I can’t say the positive results of Scooter’s change of diet happened overnight but it certainly became apparent over the following weeks and months. Gradually the inflamed areas around his stomach and neck area calmed down and he stopped constantly rubbing his tummy on our lawn.
As I learnt more about turmeric and got to meet Doug English in person I discovered better ways to feed turmeric for dogs. I went from sprinkling turmeric powder over his biscuits, to making up a turmeric gravy paste each night for my dog, and then finally began making up batches of turmeric golden paste to keep in the fridge.
It was then that I realised my dog was very healthy and summer was no longer an issue for us. He may get a bit pink around the tummy region during the hot months BUT nothing to the degree we had during his younger years.
Now the whole family (fur and non-fur babies) are taking golden paste morning and night and I can happily report that all of us seem fairly resistant to those nasty bugs that drag most people down on a regular basis.
I feed Scooter a heaped teaspoon of turmeric golden paste on his dinner every night now. In the morning I coat a small handful of raw meat (or something similar) with a teaspoon of Turmericle Powder and place the meat into a Kong.
Turmericle is a blend of turmeric, powdered coconut oil, black pepper and Resveratrol and the combination of these ingredients help my dog absorb the natural turmeric benefits (without me having to create the special mix). You can find suppliers of Turmericle on our Trusted Supplier List.
I prefer using the Turmericle powder with the Kong as it’s not as messy as dealing with the golden paste. I love Turmericle powder for its convenience – its also great for premixing into his dog biscuits when I need other people to feed him.
Even the chooks are getting it in their feed. I add the premixed Turmericle powder to their feed and their eggs seem to have got bigger and yellower – and I’m sure it’s not my imagination!
Ultimately, the improvement in my dog’s health and the popularity of my blogpost on Turmeric for Dogs spurred me on to help create this Turmeric Life website.
I only hope that others will enjoy turmeric benefits in their life, as well as their pets.
(Images & Story by Kate Richards)
Do you FEED Turmeric to your dog? What’s your favourite way of adding turmeric for dogs?