The Benefits Of Turmeric For Pets
We have commonly heard about the major benefits of using Turmeric in the health of a human, but little did we know that turmeric for pets is also very beneficial. Pet owners find that turmeric for pets helps their pets with infections, tumors, cysts, arthritis, wounds, and hotspots. It’s wonderful healing properties make it pretty famous as a use besides cooking. A daily dose of turmeric can also help your pets from an itchy skin or allergy. Let’s find out how turmeric is beneficial for your pets.
Turmeric For Dogs
Dogs are just like humans, vulnerable to high cholesterols and high blood pressures and turmeric can be used as a solution to deal with such problems in support of general heart health. Turmeric for dogs is also used to thin blood that helps in reducing the chances of a blood clot which is dangerous that can lead to stroke and heart attack. This yellow spice has lots of healing properties and is also famous for anti-cancer qualities and detoxification benefits. Other benefits of turmeric that are linked with dogs as pets are;
- Prevents against the formation of cataracts
- Kills parasites and other pests
- Helps with weight loss and fat metabolism
- Rich in minerals, fiber and vitamins
- May help treat epilepsy
- May help treating diarrhea by adding substance to stools
- Natural pain relief
- Promotes heart and liver health
- Natural antibacterial
- Promotes digestive health
- Acts as an antioxidant
How to Use Turmeric For Dogs
It is easy to mix turmeric for dogs with your pet’s food in order to give them its intake. It is usually given twice a day. Following are the instructions that give you approximate amounts of intakes and quantities you should give to your pets. Start with the smaller amount and increase if needed.
Pet Weight Turmeric Dose
81 – 160lbs 1/2 – 1 tea spoon
41 – 80lbs 1/4 – 1/2 tea spoon
21 – 40lbs 1/8 – 1/4 tea spoon
11 – 20lbs 1/16 – 1/8 tea spoon
5 – 10lbs pinch 1/16 tea spoon
When you begin adding the turmeric paste for your dog’s meal, start from less and slow, because it can cause loose stools in some dogs as every dog is different.
If your dog has some wound, bleeding or is fighting infection, turmeric can be used externally. If there are wet wounds on your dog, the dry turmeric powder can be used and sprinkled into the clean wound twice a day. It can also be mixed with olive oil or Coconut Oil to make a paste. The paste then can be applied to the skin and then be covered with a bandage if needed.
Now we are not saying that turmeric is the only thing you should use to prevent from any disease but it can be used for the above stated problems as it has various healing properties for pets and pet’s owners themselves.
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Turmeric For Cats
Early studies showed that not enough of the curcumin’s healing properties are able to get into the bloodstream. When this was realized, the focus of research became how to make it available to the body for use. This is true for humans and pets although as humans our bodies can withstand much more than cats. They discovered that fats and black pepper extract (piperine) increases the bioavailability of turmeric or curcumin into the bloodstream, however, adding fats to your cats diet is not a good idea.
There are now 4 basic types of curcumin supplements that can be used to increase bioavailability when consumed.
- Those combined with BioPerine (a very small amount of black pepper extract);
- those combined with a fat (phosphatidylcholine), trademarked Meriva;
- those combined other essential oils in the spice, trademarked BCM 95;
- those processed a certain way, trademarked Longvida.
After trials, it was concluded that Longvida adds the most curcumin into the bloodstream.
A number of holistic vets recommend coconut oil for our pets based on the health benefits of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Yet the use of coconut oil in cats remains a controversial topic as there are conflicting studies of its safety in cats when ingested. Coconut oil, a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) is metabolized differently than other fats.
What is not known is if this is related to why studies of cats fed MCTs show conflicting outcomes: some say it’s safe, in others cats developed fatty liver. MCTs are absorbed directly into the portal system without requiring bile salts to emulsify the lipids; this means they can provide a source of energy in animals requiring a low fat diet. On the other hand, MCTs / coconut oil provide very little in the way of essential fatty acids. This is to say, coconut oil adds calories without needed nutritional benefit, and unabsorbed MCTs cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, so coconut oil would be contraindicated in animals with fat maldigestion/ malabsorption. (Could it be the unabsorbed lipids contribute to the development of fatty liver?)
Bottom line? The fact of the matter is that coconut oil has been associated with liver problems in cats, and this is one of the reasons there is a camp of holistic vets that do not recommend its use in cats. – See more at: http://www.foodfurlife.com/turmeric–the-golden-paste—unsafe-for-cats.html
There are no safety studies for the use of turmeric OR curcumin OR black pepper extract in cats. (And the studies of the safety of coconut oil in cats is conflicting).
- Black pepper extract is known to impact metabolism of many medicines (both decreasing or increasing metabolism, which can either lower a medicine to ineffective levels or push absorption past toxicity levels). If using the golden paste, please time administration of medications and feeding of the paste with this in mind.
- Black pepper may well be toxic to cats over time given it contains both terpenes and essential oils (3% essential oils), which are known to be toxic to cats, especially when directly ingested (over time, causing damage to the kidneys).
Turmeric dosage for Cats
A tablespoon of turmeric (which weighs approx 6.8 grams), would contain approximately 136mg of curcumin. The daily recommended dose of standardized curcumin for a cat ranges from about 10mg to 20mg per pound of cat. This daily dose should be split into at least two doses given AM and PM to maximize and maintain circulating levels in the bloodstream. This means a 10-pound cat would take between 100mg and 200mg daily. – See more at: http://www.foodfurlife.com/turmeric–the-golden-paste—unsafe-for-cats.html
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You would be best to talk to your vet about what’s best for your cat as there are pet products available using Turmeric or curcumin as indicated above, the recommended type for your cat is Merviva or Longvida. Whatever you decide to choose please read instructions and consult with your vet.
Fats slow down the metabolism of turmeric and put more curcumin into the bloodstream so using an omega 3 oil at the same time would be a good idea. You can buy animal-based omega 3 oils, such as fish oil, salmon oil, krill oil. Adding any of these omega 3 oils in conjunction with curcumin is likely to increase the bioavailability of curcumin into the bloodstream and thus increase its beneficial effects.
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