Turmeric for Dogs: How To Safely Use It

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turmericRegular use of turmeric in the diet is common place in many parts of the world.

There are a number of natural herbs, spices and plants for dogs that are often considered outside the realm of “normal,” but offer serious benefits that work just as well for our 4 legged friends as they do for people.

For instance, dogs who suffer with joint inflammation or memory issues may benefit when turmeric aka  indian saffron is regularly added to the diet.  It provides powerful nutrients  for dogs and owners.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family that is native to tropical South Asia. Called Curcuma longa, turmeric is gathered for its roots – much in the same way ginger is gathered. These root stalks, called “rhizomes,” are generally boiled and dried. After that, they are ground into powder. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, housing all of its beneficial properties.

Interestingly, turmeric was first used as a dye. It was also adapted as a part of Hindu medicine, largely because of its phytochemicals. Some research has indicated that the phytochemicals in turmeric have reduced the severity of lung injuries in mice, while other studies have revealed it to have anti-fungal properties.

In South Asian culture, turmeric is invaluable. It is used for its antiseptic properties and is used on cuts, scrapes and burns. It is also used as a dietary supplement and has been known to help with stomach problems.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for dogs?

There are a number of recorded benefits of turmeric for dogs, but any new treatment of any kind should be discussed with your dog’s holistic veterinarian. Always err on the side of caution before embarking on any new treatment paths.

Pain: because all dog breeds are subject to arthritis, turmeric can play an important role due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In dogs that have a little extra weight, turmeric can help with the painful inflammation that comes when arthritis takes hold.  It tops the list for natural remedies for treating dogs with arthritis.  However, I’m a firm believer in greens and the benefits they have of the body as a whole (including pain control), so I also recommend adding greens to the diet.

Blood Clots: Curcumin is also a blood thinner, which makes it an essential component when it comes to reducing the risk of blood clots and ridding the body of excess cholesterol.  Although cholesterol doesn’t effect dogs like it does people, clots can lead to a number of problems for dogs, like strokes and heart attacks and turmeric becomes very helpful indeed.

Irritable Bowel Disease: Curcumin also stimulates bile production in the liver, which aids in digesting food properly because it helps break down dietary fats. Active dogs require diets that have at least 20 percent fat, so a little turmeric can go a long way with respect to aiding in overall digestion. Dogs that are pregnant, nursing or underweight require more fat in the diet, which means that, you guessed it, more turmeric could help.

Cancer: There are some reports emerging, albeit somewhat tentatively, that turmeric could play a role in fighting cancer. Animal and test tube studies have revealed the herb’s capability to play a role in preventative medicine as an antioxidant. It has also been proven to shut down the blood vessels that feed cancer cells in some cases, although more research is certainly needed on the subject.

Dementia:  In India where turmeric is used regularly among many; the number of people suffering from dementia and similar memory related diseases is considered very low.

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 What’s the downside?

As with almost anything, there are some downsides to using turmeric.

  • It’s a binding agent, for one thing, which means that it can lead to constipation in some dogs. Because of this possibility, dogs should use plenty of water along with turmeric. Yogurt can also be administered to balance out the digestive flora.
  • Dogs that are prone to kidney stones should not be given turmeric since it increases urinary oxalate levels.
  • Also, some dogs are sensitive to turmeric and develop stomach upset.  If this happens, it’s possible that you’re giving too much or that your dog is simply sensitive to the  herb when added directly to their food.
  • Studies in people conclude that turmeric can have a negative effect if taking drugs for acid indigestion such as Tagamet, etc.  So, I’d recommend avoid feeding turmeric and acid reducers at the same time (hopefully you’re not feeding acid reducers regularly anyway).
  • They also indicate that it can have an effect on those taking prescription drugs for diabetes or if taking aspirin.  So, same applies here; I would avoid giving turmeric and diabetic drugs together, and if you’re giving your dog aspirin, I also wouldn’t give the two together.  Give one or the other.

Overall, however, most case studies have revealed many positive effects with dogs taking turmeric.  Nonetheless, better safe than sorry.

What’s the Dosage Amount?

Depending on the dog, the dosage for health benefits is usually around one eighth to one quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight.  I always recommend starting slow and working up to the recommended dosage.  Especially if you’re including other supplements.

Comments

  1. Susan S says

    I have an 11 year old Golden Retriever and she is currently taking Medicaments for her arthritis. We were told by the woman who sells us our raw diet that tumeric would be really good for Holly. We are willing to try this as Medicaments is very expensive. If tumeric is just as effective or better, then I would start her on tumeric. Holly weighs about 70lbs. How much would she need to take on a daily basis? Please tell me using teaspoon or tablespoon measurement only if possible. Thank you.

    • admin says

      You should use an organic Turmeric like the one I mention in the article and dosage for Turmeric powder can fluctuate. While the norm seems to be as follows; these same recommended daily dosages have been doubled:
      1/4 tsp small dogs
      1/2 tsp medium dogs
      1 tsp large dogs

      Turmeric is one of many natural inflammatories. It’s like anything else though; it works for some dogs and others it doesn’t. If it doesn’t try other alternatives. Be sure to check out all of our pages on dog pain and dog arthritis.

      A natural product that gets excellent reviews is called Lubrysyn and it’s used for both dogs and horses. You can read the reviews on Amazon.

      Hope this helps

      Janie

      • nikki says

        can you give a dog turmeric essential oil instead of the powder. I know the oils are much more potent than powder so what would the ratio of oil vs. powder be? I thought i could use coconut oil as the carrier and to help absorption. any thoughts? is this a good or bad idea?

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Nikki:

          You’re right that the essential oils are more potent and with that said, you have to be very careful. Honestly, I don’t know the ratio of oil vs powder, but I do recommend talking with an aromatherapist and not just trying this on your own. Dogs respond very well to the turmeric powder by the way. What exactly is going on with your dog?

          Janie

  2. Bev says

    Hi,

    I tried adding Turmeric to my dog’s food and it upset his stomach. What about turmeric added to dog biscuits? I recently purchased a natural homemade pkg of dog biscuits and turmeric was one of its ingredients. I also tried Wagatha’s senior biscuits because they add turmeric as well. And if I wanted to bake biscuits how much should I add? Thanks so much!! Great site!!!!!!!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Bev:
      First, “thanks so much” for your compliment regarding my site. I’m glad you like it. Yes, turmeric can cause stomach upset for some dogs and people too, so it’s best to stop feeding it when that happens. Regarding how much to include in dog biscuit recipes; I’m going to say roughly 2 teaspoons to 3-3/4 cups of flour.

      Hope that helps.

      Janie 😮

      • Bev says

        Janie thanks so much!
        Cubbie has a eyelid wart and when I started giving him either the homemade biscuits or wagatha’s the wart started to shrink, I forgot where I read the article, I think I googled natural remedy for dog eye warts and turmeric came up. Keep on doing what you do, I so love your articles :)

        • janie knetzer says

          Awe, thanks so much Bev. I really appreciate that.

          Glad to hear that the turmeric was shrinking the wart on the eyelid. I don’t think I heard of that before. Great to know!

      • Sandra says

        Hi Janie, and Bev,
        My little girl, Quila (short for that strong Mexican drink) loves her dinner. She has never liked dog biscuits of any kind. I put less than 1/8 tsp in her food. As far as pepper corns are concerned. It amounts to very few “grains” of the pepper. Not even close to the amount of tumeric.
        I also make my own kefir which is plan to incorporate in her dinner. It will actually be some of the kefir grains. Lots of wonderful probiotics for her little tummy, even though she has not had any tummy problems. I believe she is more active so it must be holding arthritis in check. She will be 9 on Aug. 9 2013
        Sandra

  3. Sandra says

    Hi there, I began giving tumeric to my chihuahua quite awhile ago. I think about a year. She has a tumor between her 2 front upper teeth. The tumor quit growing. Then a few months ago I read that black pepper makes it work better. I have a pepper mill I had on hand that comes full of pepper corns. I started giving about 1/2 twist to her food with the tumeric. Her tumor is almost gone now. It didn’t start shrinking until I added the pepper. I also add a little diatomaceous earth to keep her worm free.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hey Sandra:
      Wow! Thanks for sharing; that’s wonderful about the tumor in her mouth shrinking like that. I love stories like this. What a great job; keep up the good work!

      Janie 😮

    • Jim says

      @ Sandra..

      I’ve been reading up on Turmeric, and you’re right the body will absorb the Turmeric better when you blend it with Black pepper. It’s highly recommended that it is blended with black pepper, so the body will absorb it.

      • Bev says

        That is very interesting Jim, maybe I will add a “pinch” to Cubbie’s food because he already eats biscuits w/ turmeric.

  4. Bev says

    Very interesting Sandra, i would try pepper corns too but my lab’s stomach is very sensitive. I just ordered a 3lb box of Wagatha’s senior biscuits which has turmeric baked in.

      • Bev says

        Oh I first tried the biscuits several months ago and ran out, but the wart on his eye was shrinking and so when I ran out and could not buy them until now, naturally the wart started to grow again.

  5. Jacob says

    My dog has an enlarged heart which is causing fluid build up in the heart and lungs, and I think because of the pot belly he has got because of the condition, he is having trouble walking on his left leg. He had a fall when he was a pup, but the vet has never been able to find out what is wrong. He seems to think it’s arthritis and he was reluctant to give him pain killers probably because of his condition.

    I have some turmeric powder I bought in the spice section at a supermarket, but it’s passed the use by date. I’ve heard most spices don’t actually go off, but they just lose potency. Would it still be okay to give him some?

    I just want to ease his pain in any way possible.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Jacob:

      Thanks for writing in. Before you do anything, I suggest that you take action for his heart first through natural methods. Please see my article here that shares specific instructions and product recommendations with a high success rate for treating dogs with fluid in the heart.

      With regards to the turmeric powder, it’s not going to hurt him, however, unfortunately, it’s probably not going to help much either UNLESS you get fresh and you use it correctly. You definitely need something stronger. They’ve come a long way with treating pain naturally. There are two additional products that I would like to see you add to his daily diet that will help with pain and quality of life. This one is a liquid that includes hyaluronic acid which helps tremendously with pain.

      The other is called Cell Advance 880 which is antioxidant formula that will help significantly with your old boy’s immune system and fighting off his different health issues. I’ve recommended this product to many and the results are always very good.

      So, while turmeric is good for fighting pain and inflammation, you definitely need additional supplements to help with his condition(s). I hope this information helps Jacob.

      Janie

    • Maria says

      My 14 year old shihtzu also has enlarged heart, I started to give her turmeric about 4 mos ago, and she is doing so well, she now sleep through the night, she also had fluid in her lungs because of her enlarge heart, and she stop coughing , she cough only when when she wants to eat. And she also was very stiff and barely could walk, now she walks faster and even made little jumps when my husband comes home. Turmeric saved my dog life, she will be around for a least another 5 years.

      • janie knetzer says

        Hi Maria!

        Thank you so much for sharing this very uplifting story about your little Shi Tzu and how Turmeric made such a difference in the quality of her life. Good job!!!!

        Janie

      • chloe says

        Hello Maria, could you share with me your turmeric recipes? I have a 1 year old Pomeranian which suffer form heart enlargement. Vet said is not curable but i really wanted to try out this turmeric remedy. I hope it does miracle.

  6. says

    Hi Janie,

    Loved the article and will explore your site after I send this. :)

    I have a MinPin that though she’s considered “geriatric” in age (19) she does not look (except for 1 cataract) nor act like it (challenges the other 6 dogs in our house and NEVER backs down). She’s been diagnosed with bladder cancer. I do not want to do invasive procedures or chemo and stress her out, plus be away from us for any length of time.

    Anyway, I read a lot about tumeric and how it may help cancer, plus of course all the other health benefits it provides.

    I got my box from Vitacost today with the tumeric. It’s from Frontier Natural Product Co-op and is certified organic.
    Plus I got gelatin capsules to try to administer it that way, if I need to.

    Candy (we didn’t name -her she was an owner surrender to us, when she kept running away and ending up at our house over 6 blocks away) in just under 10 lbs. (9.6) and I know that’s 1/4 tsp.

    But how many times a day should I give it (seeing she already has cancer) and HOW should I give it to her. While she’s always been a good eater, I’m afraid of just adding it to her food, since she doesn’t get a lot anyway- maybe 1/2 to 3/4 cup 2 times a day.

    Do you have any suggestions? Should I try to mix it in her food? Should I try filling the plain gelatin capsule and giving it to her inside her favorite liver sausage, since she already take a milk thistle capsule every morning that way?
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank-you so much.
    Sincerely,
    Lita M. Flood

    P.S. Sorry for rambling. :)

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Lita:

      Thank you so much; I’m really glad that you liked the article. Doctor Dressler says that dosages for dogs are taken from human dosages and he recommends that for a large dog, you would use two grams twice daily. Based on that, I would use 1/8 tsp. or a little less twice daily for a 10 pound dog.

      I recently read that the Chinese herb Yunnan Baiyao can be very helpful for dogs with kidney and bladder cancer. Here’s an excellent page from a gentleman who treated his own dog who had bladder cancer and recovered completely. He shares the diet and herbs that he used.

      I hope this helps. Happy New Year and we’ll keep our fingers and paws crossed for your little, old girl.

      Janie

    • Louise says

      We have a Minpin who is going on 13yrs and I give her 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric. I have made all her food for years since that dog food was killing dogs. I’ve done a lot of research and actually mix the Turmeric in with pure pumpkin as her veggie dish and she loves it. She doesn’t chew on her knuckles like she used to because of arthritis. She has some liver disease but her vet said it may be Cushings disease too, they’re not sure and we need to make a decision whether we want to let her go through all that testing.
      I myself had pain and inflammation in my hips and started on Tumeric and have no pain now. I swear by turmeric!

  7. Kris says

    My 14 yr old border collie had a splenic tumor that ruptured & was removed. The pathology came back as Hemangosarcoma..no surprise.
    I have been told to give turmeric & have read all the great things about it. I have found the dose for powder tumeric but I bought the whole organic root thinking that would be a better choice.
    How much do I give as a whole root?
    Thank you for your help!!
    Kris littleson

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Kris:
      Powder form is certainly easier to work with, but you can use whole organic root. Some recommend that the best way to feed it to your dog would be to mix it with lecithin and water and create a slurry substance. The reason for this is that they say Turmeric doesn’t dissolve well in water and has bioavailability issues, and doesn’t easily enter the blood stream when taken orally. You can buy lecithin on line. I’ve never made it, but from what I read, the slurry will be sticky, so you have to add some water so you can work with it. Four parts water to one part lecithin-turmeric mixture is recommended.

      However, I’m not completely confident that I agree with mixing a natural herb (which has been used for centuries without creating a slurry) into lecithin which is usually soy.

      I suggest that you crush the fresh root and use this as a guide. One teaspoon of powder form is equal to roughly 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of fresh. Approximately 2″ of fresh turmeric root will give you one tablespoon of fresh spice once grated. Do not feed on an empty stomach.

      I hope this helps. Good luck with your old friend. FEED A GOOD DIET RICH IN QUALITY PROTEIN (MEATS) AND ADD SOME VEGGIES PLEASE SUCH AS STEAMED KALE AND SPINACH!!!! NO KIBBLE…..

      Janie

    • Stacy says

      Janie – My dog Hooch was just diagnosed with Hemangosarcoma and I am just devastated. He is my first dog (and my best friend) and I have no experience dealing with a dog with cancer. We found Hooch’s tumor during a routine checkup and I had it removed 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I had a mass he had on his shoulder during the same surgery that ended up being a Mast Cell Tumor. So I am dealing with 2 different types of cancer. They say the Hemangosarcoma is the one to me most concerned about so I am curious how Candy responded to the turmeric? Any advice you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!

      • janie knetzer says

        Hi Stacy:
        I’m sorry about Hooch. I’ve been there before and I feel your pain. Honestly, I don’t know much about Frankincense, so I can’t give you any advice on that. I would definitely recommend including Turmeric daily. It’s a powerful herb. No matter what the illness, it’s all about eliminating the inflammation in the body. There’s a few products that I’m going to recommend for you: the first one is a medicinal mushroom blend which is excellent for any type of cancer. Only Natural Pet makes a good one and be sure to read the reviews.

        The second one is mega vitamin for dogs. Don’t under estimate this please. Nuvet makes an excellent product, and again, read more for yourself here.

        You must also include lots of good food Stacy. You can also use a food such as The Honest Kitchen and incorporate eggs, chicken, beef and very important, steamed kale.

        We’ll keep our fingers and paws crossed for Hooch. :)

        Janie

  8. Katie says

    About a month ago my 15 year old dog started wheezing and the vet thinks she has laryngeal paralysis and/or asthma. She was on an antibiotic and prednisone for a couple weeks and was back to her old self after a week. Once we lowered the prednisone to every other day she started wheezing again and was back at the vet. (Its bad, the only way she can breathe is with her nose sticking straight out) The vet put her back on the prednisone every day and wants to keep her on it forever since its working. I’m really not comfortable with that since Copper is extremely healthy for being almost 16 and I know how bad long term prednisone use can be. (She still plays and runs like a puppy).

    I started researching natural alternatives to NSAID since I don’t like the side effect that can come from those either. The 3 things I found recommended were tumeric, quercetin and bromelain. I started giving her the prednisone every other day to wean her off of it and on the days she doesn’t get that I give her quercetin with bromelain. She also gets Sam-E and milk thistle (she has high liver enzymes/unknown cause), fish oil, vitamin E and a B complex every day. So far she hasn’t started wheezing again and she has almost completely stopped limping from her arthritis.

    After all of that my question is this: From everything I’ve read it says not to give the quercetin for longer than 3 months and I was wondering does that apply to tumeric also? I know that in people its recommended to switch up/stop taking herbs for a time and assume that applies to dogs also. I was planning on trying tumeric after the 3 months of quercetin/bromelain but if she could be on tumeric for longer than I’d rather do that.

    Sorry it was a bit long. I adopted Copper when she was 12 so I’ve only had a few years with her and would like to keep her healthy.

    Thanks,
    Katie :)

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Katie:

      First, let me start by saying a big “thank you” for adopting your old girl, when she was already old. God bless.

      I do not recommend keeping your old girl on prednisone the rest of her life. I would NEVER do this for my own animals and I don’t recommend it for anyone else’s either. I barely recommend the use of steroids, unless the situation is critical and the length of time on the steroid is minimal.

      I love the herbs that you’re using Katie. Good job! From what I understand, there aren’t any long term side effects for the herb. Once you start feeding turmeric, if you’re concerned, you can always stop for a week and restart again. I hope this helps. What a very helpful comment you shared Katie.

      I plan on sharing more in my newsletter about the benefits of turmeric and your comment will definitely be shared. Thanks again.

      Janie

  9. linda says

    Will the tumeric work to shrink a growth in a mammary gland?

    My sweetie, Natalie, a 10 yr old lab/rottie mix developed a growth about 3 months ago. It is growing slowing but it is growing (about 1″ dia now). Now there is a 1/4″ growth on the mammary gland across from the first – these are near her chest.

    She eats a raw diet, no vaccines or chemicals, receives canine powdered garlic and tumeric in her food daily at the levels mentioned here but it is not shrinking.

    Any one had any experience with this? Additional treatments that worked? My finances are very limited right now and my holistic vet charges $250 for checkup. Live in metro-Atlanta – open to a different holistic vet who may charge less.

    • janie knetzer says

      As far as I know turmeric is safe and doesn’t effect heart meds. However, it should not be given with NSAIDS such as aspirin or any drugs that slow blood clotting.

  10. Liz says

    @ Katie,
    I have had a similar experience with my dog. She was wheezing and having trouble breathing. The doctor also thought it was laryngeal paralysis or asthma. Because the treatment for them is significantly different we had a scope done to determine the cause. Thank God we did because it was laryngeal paralysis and emergency surgery was needed. I am all for a natural approach but only after life threatening situations are ruled out. Please make sure your vet rules out laryngeal paralysis through a scope. Best of luck.

    • Katie says

      She did mention doing a scope but after we got her wheezing under control, and Copper hasn’t actually been wheezing both times we’ve been to the vet, it hasn’t been mentioned again. I will definitely ask her when she has her follow up appointment though. Thanks!

  11. Carolyn says

    Loved the article. We have a 20 month old 100 lb Bernese Mountain Dog that has been diagnosed with allergies (dust, trees, grass, chicken & beef). He is on oral immunotherapy which I am not convinced is doing a lot but we were told it would take at least a year to notice a big difference. Someone told me that turmeric can also help with his allergies. I have tried sprinkling on his food and he will eat it. However he gets a terrible turmeric moustache. I take a Curcumin capsule every day that has 133.3 mg of optimized Curcumin. Could I give him a capsule instead of the powder?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Carolyn:

      I’m sure a capsule would work just fine! Just make sure you’re feeding the necessary dosage.

      Thanks for writing in. I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

      Janie

  12. Julie K. says

    Just found this website. Very informative. I had just starred using turmeric for my dogs a few months ago. I adopted a mastiff and she was starting to limp and have a hard time getting up and down. The vet has her on Carprofen, she was taking it 2 x a day…now we are on once a day, I believe it is due to the turmeric. She is about 8 years old. Can I feed her turmeric and yuca root tea together. I am making my first batch of yuca root tea for them. My Lab/shepherd mix has some kind of allergies that the vet can’t seem to get under control, she gets bald spots and itches herself like crazy, I am hoping the yuca tea will help, as the turmeric does not seem to (it is not touted as help for allergies, I know).

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Julie:

      The first thing is to make sure that the food you are feeding is up to par. If its not, then no herbs or supplements will matter. I suggest that you also take a look at the comments over on my article on Arnica, where a dog lover said that it was helping her older dog’s arthritis. Here’s a link to the article. I don’t see a problem using turmeric and yucca in the same meal. If your dog shows signs of discomfort, back off. Again, with regards to your dog’s allergies, look at the food and include a good multivitamin daily (I use these for my own dogs and they crush pretty easily if necessary) as well as organic coconut oil daily!

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

    • Katie says

      Hi Julie,
      You might want to look into quercetin with bromelain for allergies. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and bromelain is an anti inflammatory. I’ve read a few articles where people have used it for their dog’s allergies and had success. I’ve been using it for my dog’s wheezing and its definitely helped.

      Katie

      • Julie says

        Thank you!! I found where I can buy it and found that to calculate how much to give her you multiply her weight by 8 for the proper mgs doseage – going out today to pick it up. I am so hoping this gives my baby girl some relief.

  13. Gina says

    Hi I have a 155lb Dogue de Bordeaux. He has allergies and is on kangaroo kibble . His breed is prowl to Cancer and also arthritis , hip displaysia and so I heard Tumeric was a good supplement to help with these ailments. He is a finicky water too. I would like to know if I should give it to him, where to get it and brand, how much and what is the best way to disguise it so he will take it?

  14. Cindi says

    I have a 15 year old Tennessee walker mare that had COPD so bad and nothing was working, I read they were giving turmeric to race horses and thought why not, we do try to do everything as natural as possible. It has been months now and she can run like the wind. She gets a heaping tablespoon morning and night in her feed. She always has a orange nose now instead of white, funny. Awesome stuff! God said for us to use the herbs of the earth, not chemicals!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Cindi:
      I love it! Thanks for sharing that excellent story about your mare. I couldn’t agree with you more about using the herbs of the earth and not chemicals! I’m getting a visual of a mare with an orange nose. Cute!

      Janie

  15. mary says

    My 10 yr old chihawa has a large fatty tumor on his back. It goes down his leg and it has pushed rectum to side. He goes to the bathroom from the side. The dr is not sure if she can remove it, Prob down in his nerves. He has to get a ct scan to see if they are able to do surgery. If they can due surgery then they want togive him radiation so it doesn’t come back. I don’t want him to have radiation, Tumor is benign. Is there anything that will dissolve it?

    Mary

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Mary:
      Take a look at the reviews for this product from NuVet and read the comments. There are several owners that discuss how after starting the product, the tumors are almost completely gone.

      I hope this helps. If you do purchase it; I would love to know the results down the road, so that your story can help other doggy parents like yourself.

      Janie

  16. Cindi says

    SO some places say one has to add pepper and coconut oil to make sure the turmeric works, or make a paste and give that to them. I know I had just been doing in plain in my mares feed and it worked awesome.
    Ideas? Thoughts?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Cindi:

      Although I absolutely LOVE coconut oil for dogs and feel that every dog can benefit from this exceptional oil, I have to admit that I’ve never heard of mixing it with pepper. Personally, I think plain is fine, but again, coconut oil has many, many benefits.

      Janie

      • Amy says

        re: ” I have to admit that I’ve never heard of mixing it with pepper.”
        Studies in humans have shown that mixing fresh ground pepper with the turmeric increases the bio-availability of the curcumin. Here is an article explaining this. If you click through to any of the ‘videos-of-day’, then you can click the ‘sources cited’ link to view the studies if you are interested.
        http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/02/05/why-pepper-boosts-turmeric-blood-levels/

        You can find other information on turmeric there as well.

        Note: I just discovered this site. I have an 11 year old Great Dane. I’m happy to find a site that might be a great resource for us as he gets older. He is terribly afraid of the vets. And so finding non-traditional/home remedies for problems is going to be my top priority going forward. I honestly don’t think he could take another operation.

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Amy:

          Thanks for sharing the information regarding adding pepper to turmeric. It will be helpful for someone; I’m sure. I wanted to share the following page with you regarding your dog’s anxiety about seeing the vet. Maybe one of the treatment ideas will help. Here it is.

          Take care,
          Janie

  17. Patty says

    My dog was just diagnosed with liver cancer and has a large tumor. Went to the store to buy milk thistle and the staff told me about tumeric and how it may stop the growth of the tumor. Do you have any experience with this? I bought a capsule form and gave her one this morning.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Patty:

      Awe, I’m so sorry about your dog’s diagnosis. Curcumin which is the antioxidant found in Turmeric continues to show excellent results in lab studies with regards to fighting cancer. Personally, I don’t have any experience with it, but, I would certainly use it as a whole food combined with a good, healthy diet and other supplements for a dog with cancer.

      One very important supplement that I would recommend (and have used for my own dog with cancer) is the antioxidant “glutathione” which is often used for people with cancer to help with the removal and detoxification process of free radicals and carcinogens.

      The product that I used in the past was 3 times the cost of the one I’m recommending to you. It also helps with with muscle and weight loss (combined with a good diet) which happens with cancer. My Lulu had colon cancer and liver disease and this product worked amazingly well with her road to recovery. She did however have surgery to remove the tumor, or she would have died. Here’s a link to the product that I recommend which is Non-GMO and free of chemicals, hormones and any other diseased ingredients which is vital when using any supplements for dogs with cancer.

      I wish you and your dog the best and I hope your fur baby recovers fully.

      Janie

  18. carol says

    Hi, my 8 year old shepherd has arthritis in back legs started giving her a product called “pain away” joint pain relief it has glucosamine, boswellie extract and devils claw root. My vet told me she needs to be on carprofen I am not happy with carprofen due to the horrible side effects. I gave her half the dose but was hoping you could give me some other suggestions to use can I use turmeric with carprofen? I really want to get her off this drug

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Carol:
      Turmeric is safe to use with Carprofen. Dosage is 1/4 teaspoon for every ten pounds. Please be sure to read the entire article which includes the downside of using turmeric for your dog. Although it’s a prescription; have you tried using Tramadol for your old girl. I used it for a long time for one of my older dogs years ago.

      An excellent natural product that I highly recommend is called Lubrisyn which we’ve used. You can read the reviews here and they are good. I would definitely try the Turmeric combined with the Lubrisyn. If they don’t work alone, ask your Dr. to prescribe Tramadol and give her that as well.

      Best of luck.
      Janie

  19. Abby's Mom says

    We have Abby who is a 13yr old lab and we found out about 3 years ago she is a diabetic. We just we able to lower her insulin to 26cc 2x’s a day. Do you think Turmeric would benefit her? I asked the vet and I’m waiting for his email back now.
    Thank you…

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Abby’s Mom:
      I’m sorry to hear of Abby’s condition. I don’t have proof that Turmeric can help Abby’s diabetes problem, but I would certainly try it. Here’s an article discussing its benefits on people with diabetes. I’m not sure if you’re interested or not, but I have an article on my older site for dogs with insulin level problems. In that article, I share an all natural treatment that is guaranteed for diabetic dogs. That is if you would prefer to give up the prescription insulin.

      Here’s a link to the article. I hope this helps.

      Janie

  20. Smuddles says

    Hi:
    Try this, it will have benefits and you start the dosage low and build UP to more if required. If you get tummy upsets, use lower dose for longer then slowly work up to more.
    Humans as well as dogs can use this paste with food.alone it tastes gross, but the benefits are amazing.

    Best to order turmeric powder online as powder sold at supermarket won’t have the correct Cucumin content in it which is the active ingredient in Turmeric with all the good stuff.
    Here’s a link for the one that Janie recommends which is organic.

    1/2 cup organic turmeric powder (125 mls)
    2 cups water (500 mls)
    1/2 cup water extra, if needed (125 mls)
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    70 ml Virgin Organic Coconut oil

    Place turmeric and water in pan, stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 – 10 minutes and you may need to add additional water along the way.

    Add the pepper and oil at the end of cooking. Stir vigorously to incorporate the oil and allow to cool. Store in sterilized glass jar and refrigerate. (To sterilize jar – place clean glass jar, without lid, on cold oven shelf, turn oven on to medium and heat for 10 minutes. Turn off and pop lid in, leave with jar to cool.)

    Should keep for up to four weeks, refrigerated – best used within two. If your mix is looking too watery, add a little more turmeric and continue cooking a few more minutes. Don’t worry too much that it does not look perfect; as long as it is cooked and has the oil and pepper, it will work. If the oil marbles in the jar, it just means it was not stirred enough at the end or the mix is a bit watery, but it will not affect the performance.

    NOTE: Start on low dose and do not give more than 1/4 teaspoon twice to three times a day with food. If given too much at first, it will cause the runs.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Smuddles:

      Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe. I’ve never heard of this one before. It’s nice that it makes a large batch and lasts a fairly long time as well.

      Thank you again!!

      Janie

  21. Kristine says

    I have a 4 year old Catahoula leopard who has had ACL surgery on her back leg. I recently took her back to the vet for swelling and limping. Thank goodness no surgery, but she needs to be on a constant antiflammatory or arthritis. The meds the doctor prescribes are just way too much for just a little amount. I was looking into using a more natural alternative. She weighs about 80lbs and I would like to know of any homemade treats with turmic I could give her. Plus I have an 8yr old beagle/rat terror I would like to give to also that is 40lbs. What is a good treat recipe for both dogs. Thank you

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Kristine:
      Please see the comment from Smuddles, this recipe may help. I’m not really aware of any dog treat recipes that contain turmeric, since I usually just add the powder to their food. However, if you must include it in a treat, I would just experiment with a basic treat recipe and add the turmeric to it. But, I think the product will be more effective if you just add it to their food. It MUST be a good form of turmeric like this one.

      Another option that I highly recommend that I’m going to be sharing an article in my newsletter soon is about this product and it’s many uses for tears, sprains, etc. It’s natural and effective. I actually take it myself for another health issue. It helps by improving microcirculation to connective tissue.

      Again, see the recipe in the comment from Smuddles which I though will be a big help in addition to the supplement I recommended.

      Janie

  22. Cindi says

    DO you know of any ideas what to do for a trachea issue? He just coughs at night. He has not worn a collar for years, only a harness that does not put any pressure on his chest. Walks runs 2 miles every day and never a issue, only at night, strange. He now has been getting 1/2 teaspoon divided in half 2 times a day of turmeric for a couple of months but that has not helped. Ideas? Since the turmeric has cured other things in the pets I was hoping it would help that.
    Thanks
    Cindi

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Cindi:
      Typically a night cough indicates a heart problem. Here’s my article which includes excellent supplements as well. There’s a link to a product over on Only Natural Pet that may be very helpful to your boy.

      Cindi, you should also be giving COQ10 daily. I would give it in addition to the above supplement that I recommended. Only Natural Pet also offers several natural brands of COQ10 for dogs.

      I hope this helps.
      Janie

  23. Cindi says

    We were told a few years ago it was a trachea problem, he has a strong heart. He runs 2 miles almost everyday plus so much more and never out of breath or coughs. He is the energizer bunny still at age 10, none stop till afternoon for a while then go go at night again till bed at 8. Coughs when pressure on throat or sometimes laying down and will cough once or twice during the night and thats it. He is on the raw diet.

  24. janie knetzer says

    Hi Cindi:
    I had a doberman who was extremely active and you never would have though that she had a heart issue, but she did, even though she never coughed and she ran like crazy.

    My point is, the COQ10 isn’t going to hurt and it just may help; you never know. If it’s a trachea problem, you can try slippery elm to help coat the throat.

    Holistic care practitioners recommended dosage mixed with food:
    One quarter capsule twice a day for small dogs
    One half capsule twice a day for medium dogs
    One full capsule twice a day for large dogs

    Or, if using powder and I recommend this organic brand (I use myself):

    Dosage mixed with food:
    One quarter teaspoon of powder per ten pounds of body weight.

    Hope this helps.

    Janie

  25. Jay says

    My two year old yorkie has been dealing with yeast for about a year now. We have only recently discovered this as we thought it was just allergies. However we have changed his diet, used sliver, bathed him etc… He’s ripped the hair out of his legs and has quite a few hot spots.

    does anyone know if turmeric can help him fight this yeast problem??

  26. jim says

    My akita is on prednisone now for 7 months, i try weaning her down, but going into the third week of 5 ml. she starts to cough again, she has inflamation in her bronchial tube. should i give tumeric with the prednisone? to try to prevent the inflamation? thank you

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Jim:
      I’m just curious what has caused the inflammation in the bronchial tube? Does she have asthma or another respiratory issue?

      Personally, I would take her off the prednisone and start her on a natural herb. This formula from Only Natural Pet delivers excellent results according to the reviews Jim. I have asthma and bronchial issues myself, and I never rely on steroids for my condition. For one, they cause more problems down the road; and dogs typically respond very well to natural herbs when used correctly. I hope this helps.

      If you decide to try the formula I recommended, you can also include turmeric in her daily diet which will also be beneficial for her overall health.

      Janie

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Joanne:
      When I home cook for a dog, I typically make add a little steamed kale or spinach in with the meal. However, my schedule doesn’t permit to home cook like I used to, so I opt for a good source of concentrated greens in a powder form that includes both organic land greens, as well as the highly nutritious greens from the sea, such as chlorella and spirilina which are excellent for every aspect of your dog’s health. The greens are important for providing a daily dose of chlorophyll for your dog.

      I currently use Vitamineral Green which is a raw, vegan and gluten free formula for both me and my dogs. I give my 100 pound lab a 1/2 tsp daily and my 40lb girl 1/4 tsp daily. They eat very good food and also take a multi vitamin formula daily. When I purchased it, I found the best price on Amazon Joanne; but I also have Amazon Prime, so the shipping is free. You can read the reviews on it here if you want.

      Hope I answered your question.

      Janie

  27. Samantha says

    Hi there,

    First of all I love your site and it makes me happy to think so many people love their pets! I also feel there may be a chance for helping my fur baby.

    My happy and healthy 9 1/2yo Tui girl had a limp for the last few months – it has broken my heart to be diagnosed to be a primary bone tumour in her shoulder…there are also very small spots in her lungs showing in the x-ray. They say I cant do anything, could amputate (no way!) which probably wouldn’t help.

    Im excited at the thought of fresh tumeric given with pepper? She weighs 26kg and she has been on a raw food diet and also having glucosamine for the last couple of years.

    The vet has prescribed her painkiller/anti-inflammatories (one at night) and codeine (I’m giving her 1 tablet twice a day). They also have said I can give her half a human (500g) paracetamol as required. I don’t want to give her anything that would not go with these aids to control what must be so painful.

    Do you have any thoughts? I’m desperate to help her!

    Thanks in advance :)
    Sam

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Sam:

      I would definitely use the Turmeric, but I want to share a link with you for a product made by Nuvet. The testimonials are great. I plan on trying it for my lab for a lump she has on her thigh. Here’s the link.

      I’m sorry about your girl. I’ve been where you are before and I know how scary it is. Look at the link, it can’t hurt. It’s a vitamin and I’m a firm believer in the benefits of good food and supplements. I’ve seen the proof many times.

      Keep me posted Sam.

      Janie

      • Samantha says

        Hi Janie,

        Thank you so much. I got all excited about the NuVet Plus but unfortunately they will not ship to little old New Zealand. The bonus for us is that Fiji is relatively close by so I have found some fresh turmeric root from there and can start on that.

        I’ve been busy researching and am going to try Artemisinin (and give it with cal/mag, Vit A, C and D) and eventually Artemix – from sweet wormwood – if I can get that into the country! I will let you know how I get on. I can only but try and feel that I am geared for it by all the research :)

        Keep up the good work,
        Samantha

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Samantha:

          Do you know anyone in the states that can purchase it for you and then ship it to you? Thank you for your kind words Sam; I appreciate it. You too keep up the good work. :)

          Janie

  28. Eva says

    Hello,
    I have come across your website when researching natural remedies for my 11 year old german shepherd who has just been diagnosed with histiocytic sarcoma on his front leg. Following a variety sf tests, biopsies and what not, I was advised to have my dog’s paw amputated with the realization that the disease might still show up later inother places (even though it doesnt appear to have spread so far). On advice from my breeder (whom I trust), I decided against the amputation but want to do what I can natutally to try to slow the cancer down. My questions to you:

    1. How much turmeric powder should I give my 75 pound boy?
    2. Is it just regular turmeric powder I’d buy in a store? Or do I get turmeric from a health store or pharmacy etc?
    3. Do I mix it with black pepper as I read above? How much and exactly what type of black pepper would be best?
    4. What else can I do to help save my dog?

    I am devastaed and I thank you in advance for your advice.

    Eva

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Eva:
      I’m sorry that you and your beloved dog are going through so much right now. I’ll try to help.

      I recommend that you purchase a form of turmeric (curcumin) that already includes Bioperine (pepper extract) so that you don’t have to be bothered with figuring this out, and quite honestly, I’m not sure on the exact ratio. I personally us Pure Encapsulations products and they offer a Curcumin with Bioperine on Amazon here. It’s a little pricey, but, I’m a person of convenience, especially during trying times such as this. As far as dosage goes; since your baby is a large dog, I would give 3 a day, divided through out the day between meals as they recommend.

      The second product that I recommend is another pretty pricey supplement, but works well with tumors from what I understand, but I can’t honestly say that I’ve tried it. The reviews on their own site regarding tumors are very good. You can read them and make a decision for yourself. It’s a very good company and they offer a 60 day money back guarantee Eva. It’s a mega multi vitamin-mineral supplement which is definitely needed. Here’s a link for you to check out the product yourself.

      NO VACCINATIONS and NO CHEMICAL FLEA AND TICK TREATMENTS.

      Lastly, feed lots of good foods Eva. Include good proteins such as eggs, meat (not overcooked, but slightly pink inside for beef), steamed spinach. No garbage or dry foods. The Honest Kitchen is an excellent brand. No rawhides or supermarket foods and treats. Feed the highest quality food and treats. If he starts to waste, I recommend including a pure whey product like this one – don’t give garbage whey products either! Please.

      Hopefully this helps.
      Janie

  29. Brenda says

    My boxer has lymphoma and tumours on his kidneys. He is having chemo and steroids. I am giving him gastric support to try and protect his stomach from chemo. He was very sick last time he had chemo and had to be hospitalised for three days on a drip. I then put gastric support on with pro fibre, Canikure paste, symbiotic and Zantac which has hopefully made a difference. Would turmeric work with Zantac? He is now so delicate I can’t risk anything going wrong. Not a lot of point asking the vet because he will not know anything about turmeric. Any advice given gratefully received please. X

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Brenda:
      According to the University of Maryland, turmeric may interfere with drugs meant to reduce stomach acid such as Zantac. One or the other is recommended Brenda. This page may be of help to you Brenda.

      So very sorry for your boxer’s problems.

      Janie

  30. Erin says

    I love this site and your excellent recommendations!!! My 7lb Yorkie is currently on Prednisone due to compacted discs in her back. She was unable to stand or walk a few days ago. Broke my heart. I hate that she’s on steroids but it was our only option. Can I give her Turmeric while on the steroids and/or what would you recommend once she finishes this round? Thank you!!!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Erin:
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you like the site. You can definitely give Turmeric while on steroids. But, more importantly is to build her immune system since the steroids are going to have a very negative effect on that. I would feed a good probiotic and double the normal dose for fifteen days.

      I also recommend that you give your little girl Dr. Christopher’s Bone and Tissue for her disk problem. I take this myself. You can read the reviews here Erin. Since she’s only 7 pounds, one a day should work. It may take a little time before you see the results, but keep giving it to her to help repair any bone and tissue issues in her spine.

      You’re welcome and I hope this helps.
      Janie

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Erin:
          You’re welcome and I hope all goes well and that your little Yorkie mends perfectly.

          Janie

  31. Stacy says

    I need help! My dog, Hooch, was just dignosed with both Hemangosarcoma (tumor removed 3 weeks ago with no evidence of spread to internal organs) and mast cell tumor (also reomved 3 weeks ago that has already grown back with in an inch of the old tumor). I know there is no cure for the Hemangosarcoma and the Mast Cell tumor is acting aggressively. I want to extend Hooch’s life as long as possible to where he is feeling good and is happy. I will take any recommendations….. I have heard good this about both Tumeric and the essential oil Frankincense. How do I go about using Frankincense on the Mast Cell Tumor? Does anyone have any more recommendations? Any and all commented would be greatly appreicated. Thank you for you time!

  32. Rachel says

    My dog has been diagnosed with chronic hepitistis. My vet has placed her on prednisone daily to reduce liver inflammation. She also has arthritis in her hips. She is 11yrs old. I feed her home cooked food. I was wondering if it is ok to give her tumeric with the steroids. My vet said he doesn’t know about the herb but they don’t usually give anti inflammatory with the steroids. Is it ok if I give her tumeric and was concidering ginger as well. I got tumeric from the grocery store. It that the correct way to admin?

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Rachel:
      Tumeric is fine when the dog is on steroids. From what I understand, turmeric should not be given in combination with drugs that reduce stomach acid (pepcid, tagamet, etc.) Or, any drugs for diabetes or blood thinning drugs. You can read more about interactions here. So, if you’re not giving those types of drugs and I seriously doubt that you are, then it’s fine to feed turmeric.

      I recommend that you purchase an organic form of turmeric Rachel and not just the spice you find in the supermarket. You want a “whole” form of turmeric that is organic like the one from Starwest Botanicals that I recommend in the article. You can also get capsules from them.

      You MUST give your old girl a good probiotic since your vet placed her on prednisone. While prednisone works to heal one thing, it harms the immune system in a big way. Older dogs need a strong immune system to fight back. Steroids are a double edge sword. I also highly recommend that you include a good multi-vitamin. There’s a product called complete which includes probiotics and all the necessary vitamins and minerals and omega’s needed daily.

      The other product that I recommend you include from their line is called Choline and it cleanses the liver. I highly recommend you do both Rachel and you can still include the turmeric daily as well. In addition, for hip pain and arthritis, this product is excellent and it’s very reasonable too. It’s for people, but safe for your dog. I don’t know your dog’s weight so, I can’t tell you how much to include should you purchase it. Here’s a link.

      I hope you find this information helpful. P.S. AVOID CHEMICAL FLEA AND TICK TREATMENTS AND VACCINATIONS. I can recommend an all natural flea and tick spray that I’ve used for years. Don’t be pushed into vaccinations. Tell your vet your dog is old and you want a waiver due to his health.

      Janie

      • Donna Work says

        My 3-yr-old lab mix has hip dysplasia. Just today, she had a steroid injection as her condition has worsened quite a bit in the last year, and Remidyl does not help her. I’ve been told of a turmeric mixture I can give her, but wonder if it is okay for her to have something with turmeric while on this steroid (Depo Medrol), given IM?

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Donna:

          Turmeric is fine to give her while on a steroid, which I never recommend by the way. They are a double edge sword. Steroids are a temporary fix only. She is a young dog; don’t get stuck on that revolving door of using steroids her entire life.

          Change her diet to a healthy, whole food. Add coconut oil daily. Include a good multi-vitamin daily and start her on Dr. Christopher’s Bone and Tissue formula to help with her hip issues. Include a good omega 3 fatty acid such as krill oil.

          Hope this helps.

          Janie

  33. cheryl says

    I picked up turmeric today to try for my 70 pound French mastiff. She is 9 years old and solid. Thing is these are 500 mg capsules. How much do I give her? 500 mg seems very high.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Cheryl:
      The typical dosage for turmeric in milligrams is 10-20 milligrams per pound of body weight. So, if he’s 70 pounds, that’s 1400mg a day.

      Janie

  34. Jane Panos says

    I’ve found your website while researching Prednisone. My 13/14 year old dog (he’s adopted so not sure of exact age) has lymphoma & has been taking 25mg prednisone for a month (ie since diagnosis). I don’t like the side effects, he is clearly unhappy and out of balance. I have also been giving him 1tsp turmeric paste daily which I make myself. Can I just stop the Prednisone or do I have to wean him off them? If the latter is it better to give a tablet every other day, or half a tablet daily? I know I can’t save him but I do want his last weeks or months to be as natural for him as possible. Thank you so much. I’m so glad there are sites like yours to turn to.

      • Jane Panos says

        He has lymphoma, I guess about Stage III. He had a very swollen throat which stopped him barking, but the swelling has gone since he started Prednisone. We both had a sleepless night last night because of his panting and very pongy flatulence!!!

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Jane:
          I’m so sorry to hear about your old boy and the rough night you had last night. No, you shouldn’t just stop prednisone. They tell you to taper off slowly. Here’s a guide for you.

          I don’t know what you’re feeding your old boy, but the cancer diet is CRITICAL. I’m also sharing this article with you. This gentleman shares an excellent article including a diet for treating cancer along with supplements. PLEASE READ IT in its entirety and consider it the diet and the supplements. All can be purchased online Jane. Here’s the article.

          Janie

          • Jane Panos says

            We are now on Day 61 since the lymphoma diagnosis. My dog has Prednisone every other day, and has a dose of my homemade Golden Paste every day. He sleeps a lot, has stop shedding fur (I used to moan at how bad his shedding was, but how I wish he was healthily shedding all over the house again!!), but he still has a healthy appetite and likes to roll on the grass outside and chase the guinea pigs around. He’s lumpy all over, but seems not to be in any discomfort. All I wish for him now is a peaceful passing when the time comes, preferably with no medical intervention. Thanks again for your wonderful site, and my heartfelt good wishes to everyone who, like me, love their pets so much.

          • janie knetzer says

            Hi Jane:

            I’m so sorry for the delay in responding; I’ve been on vacation. Your comment brought tears to my eyes. I know where you’re at with regards to your old timer and I feel your pain. Thank you so much for your very kind words and for letting us know how things are going.

            I’ll be thinking of you.

            Janie

  35. Natalie says

    Hi there, my dog has atopic dermatitis and l am really hoping that the golden paste will work on him? I have started giving it to him this week, how long does it typically take before you can see results? Thank you, desperate to help my poor dog!

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Natalie:

      Every dog is different, so I can’t really say how long before you see results. However, you might want to also consider adding a Quercetin/Bromelain supplement which is very good for allergies, both environmental and food. In order to get the correct dosage for your dog, do the following: take your dog’s weight and multiply by 1000 milligrams. Here’s an example for you using a 50 pound dog: 50lb x 1000mg = 50,000 divided by 125 = 400mg. So the 50 pound dog would get 400mg daily. Reply

  36. Cindi says

    I saw a post on essential oils and now I can’t find it! I have been using essential oils for over 15 years, I have not heard of turmeric essential oil. I would be very careful the company that makes it. Many companies buy up the rejects and add more filers to them and sell them as natural. SO be very careful it is organic and where it come from and how it was made. Essential oils are wonderful and work fast but really need to know what you are doing. And maybe that person does, just passing this on.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Cindi:

      Thanks for sharing. I agree with you that essential oils are great, but, as you mentioned, you HAVE to know what you are doing when working with them. I don’t recommend winging it when it comes to essential oils.

      Janie

  37. Kathy says

    I have a boxer/pit mix about 5-7 months old. Her age is estimated by her teeth. I found her on my way home in the middle of the night playing in water puddles in the road. I scooped her up thinking she belonged to someone and just slipped out (no collar). When I went door to door searching for her home, I was told she was dumped there. No one claimed her during her hold period, of course. So, she stayed put with us. She’s the most well behave, friendly dog I’ve ever met. I’ve been giving her 1/4 teaspoon diatomaceous earth once a day to help keep her parasite free. We give it to our other dog and cat with no problem. Her poop the past couple of days has been grey. I quit giving it to her for a few days now but her poop is still grey. Will turmeric help this issue, or can you recommend anything else. Thank you.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Kathy:
      Grey stool is typically an indicator that the dog has a blockage in the bile duct or inflammation of the gallbladder which could be caused by a bacterial infection. It could also indicate the gallbladder was traumatized (hit by a car) and is leaking bile into the body.

      You need to first find out what is causing the grey stool and turmeric can’t help with obstructions, etc. I think you need to take her to a vet and have them take a look for an obstruction and rule it out. If they give you antibiotics, be sure to place her on a good probiotic at the same time.

      Janie

      • Kathy says

        Hi Janie,

        Thank you for your response.
        The day after I wrote to you, her stool was back to looking normal (and still is). I took her in yesterday to get her rabies shot (required for license), and a check up. The vet said to keep an eye on her stool but she seemed healthy. We both think maybe it was the (food grade) diatomaceous earth. I’m going to cut the amount in half and give every other day when I start her back on it and see how she does with that. I did notice she seemed to struggle a bit when going when it was grey. It can constipate if given too much and your body’s not use to it. We all take it internally as well. I thought the turmeric may help with the process of her liver to keep it strong/healthy while this was going on.
        Again, thank you.
        Best wishes,
        Kathy

        • janie knetzer says

          Hi Kathy:
          Thanks so much for letting me know. I’m glad to hear that it’s nothing too serious. I imagine there’s an adjustment period for diatomaceous earth (like anything else).

          Take care Kathy!
          Janie

  38. Helena Livingston says

    Hello Janie,
    Thanks for your beautiful and helpful work! So many very helpful comments as well! I’d like to share my history too. Recently I adopted 2 little Pomeranians and the male Roy came to me with very bad gum infection. I started a week ago brushing his teeth with coconut oil mixed with some turmeric. He loves it, mostly because of the coconut oil I assume, but it made a big difference in his healthy, not just the gums receded from inflammation, he is chewing his food again and his loose tooth is firm again and now he is happy and jumping like a puppy!
    Helena

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Helena:
      Thank you so much for your kind words; you have no idea how much I appreciate it. :)

      Another BIG thank you for sharing how the turmeric and coconut oil worked on Roy’s teeth and gum issues. That is great. I think I’ll share this in the newsletter for others looking for help.

      That’s actually incredible!

      Janie

      • Helena Livingston says

        Janie,
        I’m so glad my experience can help others. I had been using coconut oil on my own teeth and decided to research the use on dogs…sure enough it is good for them too, so to add turmeric was just to boost the affects…it was like a miracle! in 3 days he presented to be much healthier!

  39. Debbie Reid says

    Janie I have a 8 1/2 yr old black lab/German sheperd mix named Riot that in the past 6 months has developed a large lump on right shoulder. it has grown rapidly, so i took him to the vet for a check. They did extraction of lump for testing but came back undiagnosable. the lump was softer and some fluid in it 6 weeks ago, but this past week monday took him back to the vet and the lump is almost rock hard, no fluid at all, so they want to do a biopsy and radiation to shrink it but they have no idea what it is. i am reluctant to have them cut my baby open not knowing what they are cutting into and why. He has issues with his ears always being inflamed, and his eyes are watering and red all the time but they said it was seasonal allergies and put him on prednisone that did not agree with him. He is a totally amazing boy and did not like the affects of the prednisone. So i have just found your site, im going out to get tumeric and coconut oil and trying it on him. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to let me know. i prefer to go natural then chemical on my baby. Thank you in advance for your time,

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Debbie:

      I’m editing this message since I first wrote it yesterday. Please let me know that you read it with regards to “Stasis Breaker”. You’re welcome and I’m so sorry to hear about your boy Riot. I’ll share some other options that I hope will help.

      I recommended Stasis Breaker to a reader in South Africa whose dog has a tumor. She wasn’t able to get it from the U.S., but, she went to an herbalist who works with Chinese Meds who put together another solution for her based on the same or similar ingredients. She just got back to me last night. Here is what she said:

      “I got “Expel Stasis” from China Herb.co.za (the ingredient is XUE FU ZHU YU TANG) and she has been on it for about a week now. The lump seems to be breaking up into smaller lumps and one of them is softer, but has not shrunk yet. I would say it is working, though it can take up to 2 months to really see a difference. Its early days but it does look positive. I also had her on a homeopathic remedy called Baryta Carb. (for fatty lumps on the neck).”

      I definitely recommend that you look into this herb Debbie. Here’s a link. I talked with Dr. Silver this morning and he can ship to you.

      There’s a few things that I would recommend outside of diet since I’m not sure what you’re feeding. You MUST include a strong immune supplement. I would definitely place him on Transfer Factor which is an immune supplement. I would do this immediately. TF includes collostrum which is something found in mothers milk. Read the testimonials Debbie. There are many relating to dogs and many with cancer.

      I would also include a mushroom blend which can also work wonders.

      The above should also help with his allergies providing you focus on his food as well. I would focus a great deal of your attention on his diet (if he’s on kibble, you have to dump it).

      Also, I would stay completely away from vaccinations at this point and stick with natural flea and tick and heart worm treatments?

      If you want some ideas for diet which is critical, let me know.

      Janie

  40. Claire Dehnert says

    Hello Janie, Wonderful site and great information!
    I have 3 rescue boxers (9, 8 and 5) and a rescue westie (12)…they are the lights of my life! I have been feeding a raw diet to my pups for the last 6 months, previously a homecooked diet since last December when my girl Phoebe who is 9 and weighs 46#, had 2 lumps, one on rear thigh and the other on the opposite side on her rib cage area, removed that were MCT grade 2. These lumps were about the size of a pencil eraser and the scars were about 4″ long! Recently another popped up on her front shoulder and neck area that ruptured and increased in size to about a ping pong ball. I was told by my vet it may be impossible to get clean margins due to the location and the fact it was so “angry”. Phoebe has been on 1 benedryl and tagamet twice a day (increased to 1.5 – 3 times a day) since noticing these lumps last year. She also was getting 1/2 tsp of the Golden Paste (turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper) twice a day. I just noticed that giving turmeric to a dog getting tagamet may pose some issues. What would those issues be…and why do you mention that a dog should not be on tagamet long term?

    Since I am opting to not have the surgery unless the vet can get clean margins, what do you think would be the best supplements to add to her raw meals (1/3 c raw meat, 1/3 cottage cheese, 1/3 c ground brocolli, 1 tsp Coconut oil, 1/2 tsp Golden Paste, 1/2 tsp Mush, 1/2 tsp DE, 2 fish oil capsules, 2 milk thistle, 1 Acai, 1 Ester-C, 1 B12 and the aforementioned 1.5 benedryl & tagamet) Any of these ingredients can be added/removed if you have other suggestions.

    I have been to so many sites and get such conflicting information…it really is mind boggling! She had been getting a garlic and apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixture as a flea preventative and also in lieu of Heart Worm meds…been doing for over 12 years and never have had any fleas/ticks or mosquito bites. At any rate, one site said not to give any vinegar or any fermented food. Should I have stopped giving her ACV?

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

    • janie knetzer says

      Hi Claire:
      I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you and “thank you” for your kind words regarding my site. I would also like to say “thank you” from one rescue dog person to another. :)

      Can I ask why your dog is on Tagamet and Benedryl? I need a little more informationas to what is going on with Phoebe, so that I can better guide you. I will send you an email just so that you can respond to the email and give me more detail please.

      Janie

      • Claire Dehnert says

        Hi Janie, thank you for getting back to me. Here is the protocol I follow, until a dogs comes down with cancer, which Phoebe did. Then she would be on the benedryl and tagamet forever. http://www.bavariasboxers.com/cancer.htm I know Vera and have spoken to her about Phoebe, and previously about my rescue boxer boy Goofy who had brain cancer to which he succumbed to 5 years ago.

        *Phoebe’s stool is great.
        *Phoebe was diagnosed with 2 Grade II Mast Cell Tumors last December.
        *She is fine emotionally. Last December I had an Animal Communicator talk to her. This is how I found out that the small lumps she had needed to be removed.
        *No arthritis, but she did have a blown CCL which I had treated with acupuncture and water therapy…she shows no issues with it now.
        *Phoebe’s diet is: (1/3 c raw (or semi cooked) meat, 1/3 cottage cheese, 1/3 c ground broccoli, 1 tsp Coconut oil, 1/2 tsp Golden Paste, 1/2 tsp Mush, 1/2 tsp DE, 2 fish oil capsules, 2 milk thistle,
        1 Acai, 1 Ester-C, 1 B12 and the aforementioned 1.5 benedryl & tagamet) I stopped the tagamet last night after reading your posts, but she does get the rest of the supplements added.
        *My pups have had homecooked or a grain free kibble until last December when I switched them to raw. I just recently started simmering Phoebe’s raw meat because I was told that a raw may not be ideal.
        *I have used a concoction I made of Apple Cider Vinegar, granulated garlic, and water for flea and tick prevention.
        *I only vaccinate for rabies because of the law, and titer for others. Phoebe’s last rabies was January 2014.

        I hope I have answered your questions. Let me know if you need anything additional.

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