Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Turmeric and Curcumin - Good for Your Dog’s and Cat's Health

Turmeric and curcumin for your dog and cat's health

Turmeric and Curcumin can provide many health benefits for your dog and cat

In this article:
1. Turmeric and Curcumin - a Brief Overview
2. Health Benefits of Turmeric
3. Health Benefits of Curcumin
4. The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric
5. Adding Turmeric or Curcumin to Your Dog's, Cat's Daily Diet
6. Choosing an Appropriate Product - what type of turmeric to use
7. Homemade Turmeric Powder Recipe
8. How to Store Turmeric and Curcumin 
9. Cautions and Drug Interactions 
10. Additional Information on Herbs and Spices For Your Dog, Cat
11. General Guide to Daily Intake of Herbs and Spices

1. Turmeric, Curcumin - a Brief Overview

Turmeric, a spice is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa (also known as Indian Saffron), a perennial plant of the ginger family. The exact genesis of the plant is not known as the plant’s original origins are lost in the history of ancient trade; however it is likely that the plant originated in South East Asia or South Asia. 

The Curcuma longa’s root system includes oblong tubers - similar to those of the ginger plant. The tubers are boiled or steamed, dried, and then ground. The resulting powder has a pungent slightly bitter flavor.   

Although dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans - a dog’s noise has a minimum of 300 million olfactory sensors to our paltry 3 million, the dog’s sense of taste is less than ours (a dog averages 1700 taste buds whereas a human has 9000 taste buds). This means that the slightly bitter taste of turmeric is not off-putting for the majority of dogs.

The scent of turmeric is reminiscent of oranges and ginger. Once it is dried and ground into a powder the scent is slightly bitter and medicinal.

Turmeric is a deep, warm yellow-orange color. The rich color of turmeric comes from a naturally occurring pigment in the Curcuma longa tuber – the pigment is called Curcumin. Curry gets its color from curcumin and some of its flavor from turmeric. Turmeric is a mainstay of India dishes and is also used as a substitute for saffron. 

This revered spice has been used as a dye, flavoring and medicine since 600 BC. Turmeric is a very important spice in India – its use dates back 4000 years to the Vedic culture. India is the main source of the world’s supply of Turmeric, China and Indonesia also grow and produce the spice.

2. Health Benefits of Turmeric

Health benefits of curcumin for dogs and cats

Curcumin is thought to be the principal pharmacological agent in turmeric. As an ancient medication turmeric was used in traditional Asian medicine as a blood purifier, liver ailment mediator, for the healing of skin diseases and sores and wounds and as a stomach tonic. In Thailand turmeric was used as an astringent, anti-diarrheal agent, appetite stimulant, as a carminative, to treat dizziness, gonorrhoea, peptic ulcers and as a topical treatment to stop bleeding, treat insect bites, treat teeth and gums, eradicate ringworm and heal wounds.

Today, turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is favored for its potentially beneficial use in treating and/or reducing symptoms linked to an extensive range of health conditions due to its excellent qualities as an:
  • Analgesic (pain fighting)
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-tumor agent (anti-carcinogen)
  • Neuroprotective
Turmeric has been shown to be effective in preventing and/or treating:
  • Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
  • Allergic respiratory disorders - Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties relieves aches and pains associated with arthritis (see additional information under curcumin below)
  • Beneficial for trauma from accidents as it helps lower serum levels which would otherwise cause massive inflammation leading to the shutdown of the heart and other organs
  • Brain Health
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries – heart disease) by lowering bad LDL cholesterol
  • Bacterial infections – the volatile oil is an external broad spectrum antibiotic which acts to prevent bacterial infection in wounds
  • Blood purifier – beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders
  • Cancer inhibitor
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Chemotherapy – reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy
  • Detoxification – turmeric is a  natural liver detox aid
  • Disinfectant for wounds and burns (antiseptic and antibacterial)
  • Digestive disorders
  • Turmeric induces the flow of bile which acts to breakdown fat
  • Protects against injuries caused by some medications
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Helps prevent gas/bloating
  • Inflammation (turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality has been compared to topical hydrocortisone)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD
  • Memory disorders
  • Neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Skin disorders
  • Strengthens ligaments
Additional Health Benefits of Turmeric
  • High in fiber
  • Rich in vitamins (high in vitamin B6 and potassium) and minerals (high in iron and manganese)
  • Excellent for metabolism health and a natural weight-loss aid
  • Turmeric is even more powerful as a cancer inhibitor when teamed up with cauliflower.
  • This dog-food recipe includes both turmeric and cauliflower.

3. Health Benefits of Curcumin

  • Anti-oxidant (anti-aging)
  • Anti-Angiogenic (tumor preventing)
  • Anti-Carcinogenic
  • Anti-Diabetic
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Apoptotic (preventing cell death i.e. from radiation)
  • Anti-Metastatic (inhibits the over-growth of cells)
  • Cardiovascular Protection
  • Lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol
  • Detox
  • Imunomodulatory (immune system enhancing)
  • Neuro-Protective (protects the Central Nervous System – CNS)

Anti-Inflammatory - curcumin has been shown in numerous studies, to be comparable to the potent conventional medicines hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone as well as over-the counter anti-inflammatory agents. But unlike these conventional mendicants curcumin does not have toxic side-effects.

Cancer Inhibitor - due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Curcumin is effective in protecting colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to healthy cell DNA – of particular importance as cell growth in the colon is particularly rapid. Curcumin also helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells thereby stopping the spread of cancer throughout the body. Curcumin enhances liver function – the liver is a primary toxin filter for the body, so enhancing its function supports health in many ways. Curcumin is also considered to inhibit the growth of the protein that is thought to be instrumental in triggering tumor formation. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit transcription factors (the ‘master switch’ that regulates genes required for tumor formulation).

Lower Bad Cholesterol and support Heart Health – Curcumin is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in live cells. This active agent of turmeric directs cells to increase the production of messenger proteins that in turn direct the creation of receptors for LDL (Bad) cholesterol. An increase of LDL-receptors enables the liver to clear more LDL from the body.

Preventing Toxic Loading and Liver Damage – The liver plays a key role in detoxifying the body. Dogs and cats are exposed to ever increasing amounts of toxins in their diet (i.e. as found in many commercially produced dog foods and treats, dental care products – dental chews and toothpaste) and their environment (i.e. household cleaners, road salt, grass, shampoo etc.) the incidence of liver damage and liver failure is exponentially increasing. Turmeric boosts liver detox.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - clinical studies have proven that curcumin provides highly powerful antioxidant effects as its ability to neutralize free radicals is substantial. Free radicals cause the painful inflammation and eventual damage to joints.

Defense Against Neurological Diseases of Old-Age – curcumin activates gene codes for the production of antioxidant proteins. This action enhances protection against some neurological diseases brought on by old age - i.e. canine dementia.

Weight and Metabolism Management –If your dog is overweight you might want to try adding either turmeric or curcumin to his/her daily research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that curcumin helps to speed up metabolism. 

4. The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric

Many commercial dog food manufacturers are now putting turmeric in their dog kibble. But don’t be fooled by advertising. The inclusion of turmeric in commercially prepared dog kibble is not an indication that the kibble is good for your dog. 
Dry highly processed food products(dog kibble, dry food, biscuits, canned food, wet food) are not species appropriate. Adding turmeric does NOT change the FACT that highly processed food products destroys a dog and cat's long-term health.
The quantity and quality of the turmeric included in the food may be insufficient to have any positive effect on your dog’s health and worse, the turmeric may be of poor quality (i.e. grown with pesticides). 
It's also important to understand that turmeric is NOT appropriate for all dogs and cats. More on that further below.

5. How to Add Turmeric, Curcumin To Your Dog and Cat's Diet 

Turmeric can be mixed directly into your dog or cat's food:
  • You'll also need to add a little fresh ground organic black pepper at a ratio of 1 tsp per 1/4 cup of turmeric powder.  The black pepper is required to enable the bio-availability of turmeric's active properties.
  •  To further increase the efficacy of turmeric, make Golden Paste.
Food and Treat Recipes with Turmeric:

6. What Type of Turmeric (or Curcumin) is Best…

You can use powder (most commonly available), crushed or fresh root. I use the powder form (ground turmeric). The quality of turmeric varies vastly. 
Turmeric sold in many grocery stores and bulk food stores is mass produced, grown with pesticides, herbicides, and can be contaminated with lead and other heavy metals
For safety and maximum benefit purchase turmeric from a reputable supplier of high-quality organic turmeric.

7. Homemade Turmeric Powder Recipe

You'll Need
  1. Fresh turmeric rhizomes
  2. Non-teflon coated baking sheet
  3. Non toxic parchment paper
  4. Cutting board
  5. Knife or large vegetable peeler (i.e. potato peeler)
  6. Glass bottle with air-tight lid.
  1. Wash the fresh rhizomes.
  2. Don't boil, bake or otherwise heat the fresh turmeric rhizomes. 
  3. Use a kitchen knife to cut the fresh rhizomes into very thin slices, the thinner the better, i.e. 1/16 inch thick slices. You can choose to use a large vegetable peeler to thinly slice the fresh rhizome.Line the backing sheet with non-toxic parchment paper.
  4. Place the thinly sliced rhizomes on the lined baking sheet.
  5. Make sure the rhizome slices are not touching each other.
  6. Place the baking sheet in a well ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
  7. Allow the sheet of sliced rhizomes to air dry.
  8. When the rhizomes easily snap in half when a little pressure is applied, the rhizomes are ready to grind to a powder.
  9. Grind the rhizomes in a herb grinder.
To Store The Turmeric Powder
  1. Put the ground turmeric powder in a glass container with an air-tight lid.
  2. Keep the jar in a cool, dark cupboard.


8. How To Store Turmeric or Curcumin

  • Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Turmeric and curcumin powder should be stored in a tightly sealed, container and kept in a cool, dark, dry location.
  • You can use the fresh rhizomes to make your own turmeric powder, see below.

9. Cautions, Drug Interactions, Contradictions

Turmeric and Curcumin are Natural Dyes
  • Turmeric and curcumin contain strong pigments that can stain clothing, carpets, and upholstery.
  • Be careful when working with turmeric and curumin. If you drop this spice, the deep yellow-gold color (pigment) will stain the surface it falls on.
Pregnant Dogs and Cats
  • If your dog or cat is pregnant there is a chance that turmeric might stimulate the uterus.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting so stop using turmeric two weeks before surgery.

Drugs that Slow Blood Clotting (blood thinning medications)
  • If your dog or cat is on an anticoagulant / anti-platelet drugs use caution as turmeric may strengthen the effects of blood thinning medications thereby increasing the risk of bleeding. 
  • For example warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin and other blood-thinning medications;
  • If adding turmeric to the diet you may have to make some adjustments to medications.

Drugs that Lower Blood Pressure
  • For example drugs to treat diabetes;
  • Turmeric may increase the effect of blood pressure lowering drugs thereby increasing the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar);
  • If adding turmeric to the diet you may have to make some adjustments to medications
Drugs that Reduce Stomach Acid. 
  • Turmeric is a natural treatment for increasing stomach acid and related conditions such as  Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • Turmeric may interfere with the effects of drugs that reduce stomach acid
  • If adding turmeric to the diet you may have to make some adjustments to medications
Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Steroidal Drugs
Turmeric Sensitivity
Some dogs and cats are hypersensitive to turmeric and curcumin.
If, after starting use of turmeric your animal's breath, urine, or fur develops an odorous smell (i.e. pungent smell like cat urine), your animal has a sensitivity to turmeric.  
If any of the above symptoms occur, turmeric is NOT suitable for your animal.  Stop giving your animal turmeric.
Turmeric is also warming and drying, which is beneficial to some individuals, but contradicted for others. 
Intolerance can also result in other side effects such as constipation and other gastrointestinal disturbances including diarrhea, nausea, reflux, stomach pain, and vomiting.

A Warming, Drying Herb
 Intolerance can also result in other side effects such as constipation and other gastrointestinal disturbances including diarrhea, nausea, reflux, stomach pain, and vomiting
Turmeric is rich in tannin. Tannin has potent astringent properties which that provide a drying effect and warming effect of this spice on the body 
If your dog or cat has a health condition, or body type that requires cooling, rather than heating and drying, don't give your animal turmeric 
Signs that this spice does not suit your animal's constitution:
  • Excessive, unusual thirst after starting turmeric
  • Excessive, unusual heating such as panting and seeking out cool places to lie down. 
If these symptom occur,  discontinue use of turmeric in your animal's diet.


10. Additional Information on Herbs, Spices for Dogs Cats

You can read this article for:
  • A list of Herbs and Spices that Are Good for Dogs
    • Benefits and Uses of many Herbs and Spices for Dogs
    • List of Herbs and Spices that Are Not Good for Dogs
    • When Should Herbs & Spices Not be Introduced to Your Dog’s Diet

11. General Guideline for Daily Intake of Turmeric

Click on the dosing chart below to zoom in.

Turmeric Dosage for Dogs and Cats  

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  1. I've been told to not bother sprinkling turmeric powder onto my dogs' food as it is not readily absorbed into the bloodstream: you have to mix it with liquid soy lecithin and administer it with a syringe in-between meals - also important for bioavailablity. Would you have any research/data you could share you have based your suggestion on - I would so dearly love to simply add the powder onto their food but have been told it is a waste of time and money but most importantly it won't have the desires effects on the dog's health (based on Dr Demien Dressler vet who wrote cancer survival guide). Thanks

    1. I don't agree with the doctor - for heavens sake Turmeric has been used for centuries in its powdered form for its medicinal and beneficial attributes. In addition I would certainly not mix it with any soy product or derivative that is produced in North America where:
      1) All mass-production soy crops are produced using GM seed and;
      2) Then processed via the North American mass-processing process.

      As noted in my article 'How to Choose a Good Dog Kibble
      'Soybeans (and corn) in the USA and Canada are almost all grown from Genetically Modified (GM) seeds - the long term affect of ingesting GM food is not known. Further to this, large factory farms use a method to process soy that leaves it very high in photoestrogens. Photoestrogens have been proven to interfere with reproduction and thyroid function. Factory farming processing methods for soy also result in a product that is very high in phytates. Phytates prevent mineral absorption as well as substances that prevent the normal function of enzymes required to digest protein. And one last thumbs down for large factory farm produced soy - it has one of the highest concentrations of pesticides found in North American crops. Traditional methods of processing soy by fermentation (as employed in Japan and China) greatly reduces photoestrogens, and phytates, thus making consumption of the resulting soy, safe and nutritional.

      It has been my experience with my dogs (my current pack is comprised of 10 dogs of many different sizes that adding turmeric powder to their diet on a daily basis is beneficial.

      Centuries of beneficial use of the powder has been well documented. 'Scientific' studies are very often skewed or evidenced via a narrow perspective. Was his study such a one? And would you know how to discern if it was? Its up to you to make up your mind. I have seen veterinarians and scientists make many mistakes. And quite frankly suggesting you mix a beneficial substance with a carcinogenic one (soy lecithin) is very questionable in my mind.

    2. I tend to agree with you regarding the use of turmeric for centuries without all this fuss about bioavailablitiy! And the dangers of GM soy are very real. There are a few other recommendations Dressler makes that I already ignore due to my research, this will be another ;) Thank you for your time and effort providing such a comprehensive response.

    3. You are welcome ❀α΅”α΄₯α΅”❀

    4. I sprinkle turmeric on my food and I know it gets absorbed because my arthritis pain goes away. It returns on the days I forget to add turmeric to my food. Usually I just sprinkle some into my sandwich, so it's not even being cooked. I just started giving it to my dog this week, as I noticed she's looking a little stiff when she gets up.

    5. Hi Karen, I was wondering if I could add coconut oil three times a week to my Orijen dog food. Also was wondering if it was okay to add apple cider vinegar once a day to food and I also like to use garlic sometimes. What are your thoughts on adding these things to the Orijen dog food. I know Orijen already has lots of great ingredients, but I like those three additions. Do you think it is too much with the Orijen.
      Thank you. You are a blessing to us animals lovers.\
      from Rosemary in Ontario Canada

    6. Coconut oil, ACV and garlic should be added DAILY as opposed to several times per week - but make sure you follow the correct dosages for each. Orijin is a better dry dog food, but is by no means nutritionally complete on its own - there is no dry dog food that is. To make a more complete diet, and to protect your dog's renal, eliminatory system, immune system there are other additional items that should be added to the meal daily. Cheers, K

    7. My friend's dog started episodes of epilepsy approx. 8 months ago. She started giving her dog turmeric 3 times per/day mixed with a little bit of olive oil and the results have been incredible!!!!! In the past, the dog wouldn't be able to go for walks, eat much, play etc. Today, she joins us in walks along with my dogs, plays, eats well and is doing fantastic. I have seen the wonders of turmeric and give it to my dogs as well. Long term it prevents cataracts, treats depression,kills parasites, helps in digestive disorders, reduces bloating, acts as a binding agent for diarrhea, aids in weight management...truly is a wonder spice!! USE IT DAILY!!

  2. If my dog is on a prescription Nsaid for her arthritis can I add Turmeric in the hopes of weaning her off the Nsaids or is it dangerous to be on both at once? I tried asking 2 different vets and neither knew anything other than to say the Nsaid was better, and that herbs tended to be useless.

    1. The majority of Veterinarians know very little to nothing about nutrition and alternate methods of treating health issues - a good holistic Veterinarian knows better. Vets who know only western type medicine are very dismissive of natural interventions, and often ignorant of the many deleterious side-effects of the chemical-based prescriptions that they give to their client's dogs. Nsiad is one such substance...

      NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), it’s generic name is ‘carprofen’, ‘Rimydal’ is Pfizer’s version of carprofen…

      As an example of the serious issues with NSAID - Pfizer acknowledges a problem with their drug Rimydal:
      - Loss of appetite, wobbling, vomiting, seizures, and severe liver malfunction.
      - Reports say the drug company has contacted pet owners (who told their stories on the Internet) and has offered to pay medical and diagnostic expenses for dogs that Rimadyl may have harmed.

      Yes you can use turmeric while your dog is on NSAID...and I would advise you to add many other natural anti-inflammations to your dog's diet...

      - Turmeric
      - Fresh Garlic,
      - Fresh Lemon,
      - Omega 3 Fatty Acids
      - How to choose A Good Dog Kibble
      - Grain-Free Home Made Dog Food
      - Fresh Food for Your Dog (add fresh or frozen blueberries and sweet red cherries to your dog's daily diet - high in natural pain-kiling properties)
      - Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

      All of the items noted above are very important in providing relief from arthritis - search my blog for articles on these items and if you want a diet regime tailored just for your dog you can contact me and engage my consulting service to create a diet regime for your dog to target relief of his arthritis.

    2. my personal experience, I used to take as much as 1000 mg a day of NSAID naproxen for osteoarthritis. I started adding turmeric and now I can get away with one 200mg tablet every other day so long as I keep up with the turmeric. The turmeric alone isnt quite as effective but i think the two together are synergistic. It could work the same for dogs too. that way they would not need near as much of the NSAID.

    3. Those type of Vets are useless, greedy people who are threatened by what they don't know and are too close minded to learn.
      My 14 and 1/2 yr old Golden has 5 lipomas, two which were growing in size and interfering with walking. After just two weeks of 500mg curcumin 95, we noticed the lipomas or fatty tumors were shrinking and he seemed to regain his energy. A little over a month now and the lipomas are at leasr 50 percent smaller. It is truly smazing. Believe it.

    4. what dosage were you giving per day?? i have a 15-20lb pom/chi with a large fatty lump. i have 650mg capsules.

  3. I have found this very interesting indeed, thank you.

    Can you tell me what the equivalent to one teaspoon is when using fresh turmeric please?

    Many thanks.

    1. The powder from is more concentrated, so if you are using fresh minced vs. powdered

      1 tbs fresh minced/chopped as a substitute for every 1 tsp powdered

      Cheers, Karen ❀α΅”α΄₯α΅”❀

  4. Turmeric removed a cauliflower-like growth from our dog. We added 1/2 tsp to his twice a day meals. I think there was enough fat in his kibble to make the turmeric effective. After a week or two, the growth began to get scabby and gross. Really disgusting - it would crumble off and bleed. We kept with it, as it was obviously getting smaller. (Started out about 3/4 inch wide and 1 inch tall). After 4 months, it is completely gone. Still no fur there, but growth and all irritation is gone. It did nothing for the sebaceous cyst on the top of his head, but totally took out the other lump.

  5. I thot garlic was bad for dogs?

    1. No - that is a false rumor that ill informed people created out of pure lack of knowledge - read here

  6. Agree. Most HIGH quality dog foods have garlic in them and holistic vets advocate its use. Just in moderation- as with everything else!

  7. I wonder if the bioavailability push is from companies that sell capsules? After all, there is no money to be made from selling the spice. Someone already tried to patent turmeric, believe it or not. I read a disturbing report that magnesium stearate, which is used in virtually every capsule, is toxic over time, and inhibits the absorption of nutrients. If this is true, then perhaps the bioavailability is negated by the mag stearate. I checked the turmeric formula I have been taking and sure enough, magnesium stearate! So my vote is for the plain old organic spice in its original form that God and nature intended. By the way, Dr. Dressler also sells Apocaps, which contain turmeric and guess what else? Yup...magnesium stearate. My advice, buyer beware and do your homework ....but it seems when food is messed with by humans, it loses its healthy properties. Sadly, it's usually in the name of profit.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Magnesium Stearate can be found in about 95% of supplements available in the market.

      Magnesium Stearate is a lubricant that acts as a 'slipping agent'. It is created by adding a magnesium ion to stearic acid. Magnesium Stearate is added to pills and capsules to:
      1) Keep the pills/capsules from sticking to each other;
      2) From sticking to the machinery, which in turn...
      3) Means that they processing plant can run the processing/production machinery at a higher speed...
      4) Which means that they can increase production while requiring less inspection on the production line to ensure uninterrupted processing.
      5) Culminating in better profit margins.

      Magnesium Stearate may be good for company profit but it is seriously bad for yours and your dog's health and here is why...

      1) Stearic Acid is most commonly comprised of hydrogentated cottonseed or palm oil. Of all commercial oils, cotton seed has the highest content of pesticide residue.
      2) The cottonseed oil as part of the Magnesium Sterate formulation is used to coat the supplement – which means it is coating the nutrients in the supplement.
      3) As a coating agent the cottonseed oil slows down/delays the absorption of the nutrients in the intestines.
      4) The other problem with cottonseed oil is that it often comes from Genetically Engineered seed crops – long-term studies on the health effects of ingesting GE is not known.
      5) In large amounts magnesium stearte damages the skin and liver…remember that most dogs are smaller than adult humans it would take less magnesium stearate to damage a dog.

      6) Magnesium Stearate - as noted above contains stearic acid. Stearic acid suppresses T cells. Why does that matter? T-cells (T lymphocytes) are part of the lymphocytes group of white blood cells. Lymphocytes play a key function in cell-mediated immunity T Cells are killer cells, and are very important to good immune system function. Stearic acid causes the collapse of the cell membrane in these very important T cells. Collapse occurs when the T-cells are exposed over time to damaging doses of the acid. Collapse of the cell membrane leads to the destruction of cell function.

      In my opinion the above provides plenty of reason to steer clear of magnesium stearate.

      The pharmaceutical companies are incredibly unethical as is the pet industry in all its facets…you can see more examples of that here…

      Doggie Prozac

      Heart Worm Preventatives

      Fish Meal (included in many Dog Kibble formulas)

      This is the tip of the iceberg.

      It seems we two Karens are in complete agreement. Man'kind' has truly screwed up the food and health'care' supply chain.

      Cheers, Karen

  8. My 10 year old dog loves steamed broccoli...I read I need to limit it to 10% of her diet to avoid you agree?

    1. Hi Ryan,

      Yes limit broccoli to 10%. On a daily basis that much broccoli is enough anyway. You can also augment with brussel sprouts and cauliflower - they do not have the same limitation on it that broccoli does. The steamed veggies are very good for your dog. For a full list of fruits and veggies and other whole fresh or cooked foods that are good for your dog read this

      My dogs eat cooked veggies on a daily basis in their homemade dog food

      They also eat fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis.

      I would recommend that you read this too

      Cheers, Karen

  9. We just started adding ground turmeric to our 15 year old black lab's wet food yesterday. She weights about 78 pounds. How much would you recommend giving her?

    Results from her needle biopsy for an inflamed infection on her front toe came back inconclusive, so we want to try natural solutions. Antibiotics for 3 weeks did nothing, and we're not about to do a full biopsy on her at her age. She's limping pretty badly, but other than that, happy and eating well.

    Also, is there something topical you would recommend applying right on the area affected? It's sort of a round cyst like inflammation around her inside left front paw. We're just looking for solutions until we can get in to see a holistic vet next weekend.

    1. Give her at least 1 heaping tsp of turmeric/day.

      Boost her immune system further by adding to her daily diet:

      2-3 tbsp plain natural yogurt (no sweeteners, etc - plain!);

      Garlic - see article for prep and dosage

      Lemon - see article for prep and dosage

      You can soak her foot in warm water with Epsom salts and chamomile tea mixed together or warm water and iodine as per this article

      Cheers, K

    2. Thanks Karen, is Betadine ok to use for iodine? And is iodine safe for her to lick after, or should we put the 'cone of shame' on her after? Lol.

    3. Yes you can use betadine, it is a type of iodine. After soaking her paw you can follow-up with a rinse in a cooled solution of green tea and camomile - which will be antiseptic, soothing and will remove the betadine.

  10. Fabulous article Karen! You are a wealth of knowledge. Cheers from Buckeye, AZ.

  11. Great article!! As an Indian, growing up my grandmother always had herbal remedies for any ailments us kids had, turmeric being a superhero. Whether its colds, infections or even wounds, turmeric does come on top and for dogs too.
    Recently my GSP who is allergic to certain plants had an 'episode', had wounds that were being attacked by flies. The allergy was cured by vet medicine but he was being attacked by flies. So we mixed turmeric with oil and applied to the broken skin and we have been giving him milk boiled with turmeric (once a day) to combat infections from within. He seems a lot painfree now and the flies have left him alone!!
    Kudos to you for bringing these herbs into limelight!!

    1. To Ritzy .. i don't think giving a dog milk is healthy, some dogs can suffer from lactose intolerance.

    2. The key word is 'some'. While SOME dogs do have a food sensitivity to dairy MANY dairy products are actually very BENEFICIAL for MANY dogs. For example...
      Hard Cheese such as cheddar, swiss or mozeralla;
      Cottage Cheese;
      Kefir - which is fermented milk and has been feed to dogs for centuries.

      If obtained from pasture feed animals the benefits of these dairy products increases exponentially as the offer an excellent source of vital minerals and vitamins, Omegga-3 fatty acids.

      In fact MY 10 Dogs eat dairy on a daily basis - yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese and hard cheese. Good for bones, teeth, and as noted above.

      SO while a relatively small number of dogs are lactose intolerant - many dogs will derive great benefit from the inclusion of dairy in their diet, read to understand, before making unconditional statements as the one you made above - as it is by sating without perspective that misinformation is spread...and in the end it is dogs that suffer. Loving dog owners are feed much misinformation by conventional practitioning Veterinarians, by the commercial Pet Food Industry and by those individuals who make statements in isolation, such as the one you made above dear Anonymous. Ritzy's comment come from the ancient tradition of feeding dogs real food. Prior to the 1950's dogs had twice the lifespan that they have today because they ate real food, as opposed to what most dogs eat today Allergies and food sensitivities only became widely prevalent in people and companion animals upon the advent of processed foods which contain a stunning amount of toxins, carcinogens and extremely poor nutrition. I do not say this to insult you, but instead to share real knowledge with you...

      Read on below for the health of your dog...
      Fresh Whole Food for Your Dog’s Health

      Foods Rich in Probiotics - Beneficial for Your Dog

      Vitamins, Minerals & Foods that Support Oral Health in Dogs

    3. Another perfect example of this kind of misinformation is evidenced by the rumours about garlic being bad for dogs. Garlic is another food items that has been given to dogs for centuries. It only took a few people to be misinformed and the incorrect rumour spread like wildfire. The truth of the matter is that when feed in correct daily amounts Garlic is very good for dogs.

  12. As for the person up above who said their doctor said Turmeric should be mixed with soy?? that's a BIG NO!! I've been reading Turmeric should be mixed with Black Pepper.(bioperine)

    “Pepper multiplies the body’s absorption of turmeric by two thousand.” Go google it.... I'm still researching the ratio. so far the first % I've found is 3% of black pepper, to what ever amount of turmeric you're going to use

    1. I too would not mix turmeric with soy - especially the soy commonly available in North America - most soy grown in NA is GMO.

      While pepper may be beneficial to humans it is not good for dogs -
      So if you are thinking of giving your dog turmeric with pepper - I recommend you skip the pepper and just use the turmeric.

  13. Yeah dumb dumb me, I give my guy fish oil with his raw diet, I could blend it with that since it's a fatty oil?

    1. DO you mean blend turmeric with fish oil? If so, yes you can certainly do that. You could also blend some natural peanut butter with the turmeric and drop that into his food bowl - whichever works best for you :>)

    2. I give my dogs fresh ground ginger in their meal once a day along with turmeric. I am not big on per-prepared supplements - I prefer the real thing :>)

    3. ive heard that almost all peanuts are GMO,is this true?

    4. No Maxine peanuts are not being mass produced as a GMO crop at this time. They have done some trails but to date GMO peanuts are not approved for use and hopefully they will never be.

  14. Hi

    i have a 4 yr old yorkie/chihuahua who is about 1 - 1 1/2 lbs overweight. she has no medical issues but for the life of me i can't get her to lose the extra weight. the only dry dog food she will eat readily is royal canin yorksire terrier or royal canin chihuahua. i feed her 3/8 cup divided into 3 - 1/8 cup servings/day and gets 4 - 20 min walks/day. She weighs currently 10.5 lbs i think she should be around 9 - 9.5lbs. Her metabolism has slowed down as she has been getting older. my question is would
    turmeric help and if so would i put it on her food at every meal or once a day


    1. Hi Sharron,

      Couple of issues here...
      1) the food she is eating gets most of its volume from grains...which are:
      - quickly converted by the body into sugar;
      - which in turn spikes insulin levels;
      - Which in-turn spikes omega 6 fatty acid levels;
      - which in turn greatly diminishes her already low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids energy that converts to fat and had little nutritive value. She gains weight. In addition the corn and grains used are carcinogenic and toxic and are not part of a dog's natural diet. Triple trouble.

      One of the foods has corn as the first ingredient! The other has corn as the third ingredient!

      And by the way the what Royal Canine states about the food being 'Balanced' is a complete misrepresentation of the truth.

      My Chihuahua 'Carmen' is 8 lbs. He eats 1/8 cup of my homemade food 2 x a day, plus cottage cheese, fish, flax oil, flax seed, etc. plus he gets a bowl of fruits and vegetables with yogurt as a third meal.

      The food you are feeding your Chi x Yorkie is the problem!

      You need to change the kibble, intro some real food and yes add turmeric as well.

      Please read the following articles to understand why the Royal Canine is the root cause of the problem and for a guide as to what other foods to feed her...

      Corn and Soy are Very Bad for Your Dog’s (Cat’s) Short and Long Term Health

      Is Your Dog's Dry Food (Dog Kibble) Full of Toxins and Carcinogens - Do You Really Know What to Look For?

      How to Choose a Good Kibble for Your Dog

      Species Appropriate Diet for Dogs - Get the Grains Out of Your Dog's Diet – For Your Dog's Health

      Home Made, DIY Dog Food Recipes - Grain Free or Wholesome Grain, For the Health of Your Dog

      Fatty Acids for Dogs - Omega 3, Omega 6, Health Benefits, Best Sources, Dosage

      Fresh Whole Food for Your Dog’s Health

    2. Hi Karen, I was wondering if you know anything about the raw food called Pets4Life. I have been feeding my two maltese shitzu mix this food. Plus I also feed them Orijen and Acana dry for one meal. What are your thoughts.
      Thanks so much for this sight your a wealth of information that is greatly appreciated.

    3. Pets4Life is nice product. Orijin is a better product than Acana although they are both made by the same manufacturer (Champion Pet Foods).

    4. Thank you sooooo much Karen. Love your site. You are such a blessing to us.
      From Rosemary, in Ontario Canada

  15. Last August, our 12 year old Lhasa developed a severe eye infection which was quite painful. The vet recommended either removal of the eye, which we could not afford, or that we "end her suffering" - he said she was in more pain than she let on. They sent us home with a weeks' worth of pain meds to think it over.

    We made the appointment for a week out ( it was a terrible time to lose a dog, I had one daughter leaving for her honeymoon and two leaving for college that week).

    For some reason, I started sprinkling curcumin on her food since I knew of its pain and anti inflammatory qualities. I gave her a full capsule each morning. On the day of the appointment, she was so chipper I said to my husband "This does not look like a dog who is in her last days".

    Then I realized she hadn't had pain meds in several days. We cancelled the appointment, and continue the daily dose of curcumin. She can't see out of that one eye, but otherwise, she acts nearly like a puppy.

    1. So glad you did not listen to the veterinarian :>) Great instinct on your part! The vet would have been better off recommending that you attempt to add things to her diet to boost her immune system so that her body could have a better chance of fighting off the your instinct, its good!

  16. Last week my beloved GSD cross became paralysed, were mot sure from what yet, but suspect FCE. He's responding well to physio. I was thinking of giving him tumeric, but heard that it thins the blood. He's on metacam from the vets which also thins the blood, i know you've said above that its ok to give tumeric with rimadyl, just checking the same applies to metacam.

    Having read the comments about magnesium sterate, im also a little concerned about his vitamin c supplement, which had been working well (alongside vit e and coQ10). Is it ok to feed magnesium sterate short term or should i stop this?

    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Jenny,

      So glad he is responding well to physio, that is a very good sign.

      1) No, don;t put him on turmeric while he is on Metacam, as both do have blood thinning effects.

      2) It would be better if you could find a supplement without Magnesium Sterate (MS), but if you cannot and the one you are using is the only supplement that he is on that does contain MS than don't worry about it.

      3) What you could do to help him further is if you do have him on a dry dog food - he would derive much more nutritional value from having home cooked food if you have the time to make it. What you want to do is try to give his body access to the most nutrition possible to help speed healing. You could use this recipe (just leave the turmeric out)

      Hope he continues to progress well - me three German Shepherds send there love to him. Paw hugs, Karen

    2. Thanks Karen, home prepared meals is something id really like to do, although he has a terrible reaction everytime I try to feed him raw, even chicken breast. He has no bowel control at the moment so im cautious about introducing new foods as any runny tummy will be particularly messy.

      For the moment im supplementing his orijen with cooked chicken or white fish, and sweetpotato and it seems to be working well for us :)

    3. Your approach is wise in the current absence of bowel control.

      For those who want to feed their dog raw meat the change in diet from processed dry food to raw meat must be accomplished in a specific manner to avoid diarrhea. The transition must be done slowly and the raw meat cannot be mixed with dry kibble as the GI tract digests dry processed food very differently from raw meat:>)

      The raw must first be introduced in a small amount as a treat,. Then if the dog manages that with out GI disturbance you replace one dry food meal a day with the raw food.

      I don't do raw meat for my dogs, choosing instead to give them meat that has been cooked at a low temperature (to avoid the formation of carcinogens)as part of that recipe (link above) that includes sweet potatoes, cooked veggies, lentils, etc. They do get fresh whole foods, just not cooked meat :)

      I am sure your boy appreciates to chicken, fish and sweet potato! Cheers, K

  17. What is your opinion on Orijen dog food? That is what I currently feed my dog, I researched it for about a week before I made my decision to switch my dog Juno to the orijen. Also do you have an article on how to significantly reduce inflammation? My dog has intervertebral disc disease and my question would be if I could mix your suggestions for the natural anti-inflammatories together? It was also suggested by the vet that she be on high doses of omegas and I read your article on them do you have any brands that you like? Otiomega by Usana is what I personally take but I am not sure if it would be appropriate for my dog, I am unsure.

    1. Of all the dry dog food available in North America Orijen and its sister product Acana; Evo and Performatrin (grain-free products) are the dry dog foods that I usually recommend.

      You can most certainly mix natural anti-inflammatory foods together

      Yes, with intervertebral disc disease a higher daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids are very important.
      You can buy a good human-grade wild salmon oil, krill oil, flax oil (organic). You will usually end-up paying more for an Omega-3 oil packaged for pets - not becasue it is better but because the retailer is taking advantage of a 'niche' market. If you do want to purchase a pet version I would suggest you go on line and get the Krill Oil sold by Dr. Mercola - it is very good quality.

      My dogs get a combination of Omega-3 sourced fats mixed into their food on a daily basis...i.e.
      Ground flax seed;
      Flax oil, (or wild salmon oil, or krill oil);
      A piece of real fatty fish (i.e. mackerel);
      Cod liver oil.

      If you purchase free-range organic meat, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, eggs - free-range is naturally high in Omega-3, you can choose to add these as well to his diet.

    2. Thanks so much for answering my question. I have ordered the krill oil for myself and my dog. Do you have an article on reducing inflammation? if so could you pop a link up to it for me? I have added nutritional yeast, coconut oil, turmeric, apple cider vinegar and kefir to her diet as of yesterday and am noticing a slight improvement in her limp already. I had a lot of success with giving her Inflaguard by Douglas Laboratories, it reduced her limping significantly, but the person that I got it from discontinued it. I need to reduce her inflammation by a lot and I don't want to giver her the medication that the vet suggested. We are doing chiropractic and acupuncture and I am happy so far with the alternative healing efforts that my vet provides and how understanding she is of how I want to treat things naturally, but I do want results as I fear this disease will shorten her life and make her an unhappy inactive dog. (before the limp we were out and about having fun for about 4 hours a day, we have been reduced to 45 min on leash walk, she is sad and so am I) thanks again.

    3. You can go to my index page or search my blog to read my articles on coconut oil, turmeric, kefir and apple cider vinegar if you haven;t already read them.

      I would suggest that you also add fresh or frozen chopped blueberries, raspberries, sweet red cherries (naturally rich in anti-inflammatory properties).

      Also add finely dark greens such as kale and dandelion once a day - you can drizzle with oil and mix with the berries and kefir or yogurt.

      To that you can add a little fresh finely minced ginger 1/8 to 1 tsp a day.

    4. In addition -
      Read this article on overcoming depression and grief for dogs

      Also look at my other articles on communication.

  18. I came across your site while looking for a something natural for my dog. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and the gave me no hope. As a matter of fact when my husband went to visit him they wanted to euthanize him then and there. Being that he is my dog he said no and I went and picked him up later that day.
    Anyway, he has been home almost two weeks, and although he seems to have slowed down a bit, he does not seem to be suffering in any way. He is eating normally and doing all the doggie things he always did.
    I started him on powered turmeric but he refused to eat his food or treats if he thought it was in in. I got pills from the health food store but I am not sure the correct dose. It is turmeric extract (root) 95%curcuminoids. And turmeric (root) 50mg. Any help would be extremely appreciated.

    1. Yes those pill are fine. Also do the following...

      I recommend that you get him on this grain free homemade food NOW (just leave the turmeric out of the recipe) This will help his body fight the cancer

      Get him on organic apple cider vinegar NOW - it will help to quickly readjust his PH level reducing acidification

      Add cod liver oil to his diet once a day - a tbs or 2-3 gel capsules (human grade) pierce the capsule and squeeze over his food.

      Add plain all natural yogurt or kefir and/or fresh sauerkraut to his daily diet

      Add 2-3 tbs of fresh cottage cheese to his food daily in addition to what is in the homemade food

      Get him on 15 mg of CoQ10 per 10lbs of body weight 3 x daily

      Add fresh lemon to his diet

      Mix Rooibos Tea into his food

      Add berries (fresh mashed or frozen-thawed) to his diet 1/2 cup/day

  19. You're the best! Thank you for the quick reply. My dogs are currently on Natural balance dog food and they make a grain free. I am making the shopping list now. I know not to expect miracles but I have to try whatever I can. He was rescued on his last day at the shelter and I promised him he would be my forever dog. I have no idea how old he is but as long as he is not suffering I will keep trying.

    God bless.

  20. Any suggestions for a cat with asthma; the use of turmeric. I did not fancy the meds the vet recommended when I researched them, too many side effects. Also have another rescue cat that is allergic to flea saliva and has scabs all over her body, was trying organic apple cider turmeric, saw the mention of coconut oil???any suggestions?

    1. For the cat with asthma:
      #1 Boost his immune system by making sure he is on a grain-free, carcinogenic and toxic-free diet - read my articles on dog food and what should be avoided as these are the same things that should be avoided in cat food. He needs to be on an noninflammatory diet - grains are inflammatory.

      #2 if you are going to continue feeding him dry cat food, supplement his diet daily with 'real food' (i.e a piece of fatty fish daily, a tbs of cottage cheese, a piece of chicken or chicken liver)

      #3 Add one of these infusions to his food

      Flea Issue
      #1 Anti-inflammatory diet - Grain-free diet, real food, add omega-3 fatty acids.

      #2 Get rid of the fleas - go to the index page of my site and read the articles on DIY flea repellents

      #3 To treat scabs

      Option - Boil a calendula tea bag - open the boiled tea bag, remove the tea, mix with a little coconut oil and spread onto sore spots.

      Option - cooled camomile or cooled rooibos tea bags pressed to irritated spots

      Option - Apply Colloidal silver gel

      Option - Apply Manuka honey

  21. Hi there my American Bulldog who just turned 2 was recently diagnosed with GME. The prognosis is not good however she has been slowly getting better. What would you recommend I add to her diet.

    Currently she is on Prednosone, pronine, and procarbaine. I also giver her fish oil, Triple Flex, and Cranberry supplements. Most recently 2 days ago I started her on Apple cider Vinager (braggs).

    I really want my fur baby to return to herself. She just turned 2 yesterday.


    1. Hi Christina,

      Make sure that there are NO grains in her dog food - no corn, no soy, no rice, no wheat etc. Grain is an inflammatory. As well the grain used in pet food is often contaminated with aflatoxins, and other toxins - read here for an example

      You need to keep her immune system strong - and reduce her exposure to ingested it would be a very good idea to get her completely off of commercial dog food. If you want to make her food - which would be much better for her you can use this grain-free recipe

      If instead you decide to keep her on commercial dog food go with a brand such as Evo, Orijin or Acana.

      Do not over inoculate her! Inoculations suppress the immune system and as, well contain toxins. Most inoculations are good for 5 or more years. If you are not in a high incident zone for heartworm do not put her on chemcial-based preventatives - they are toxic and highly carcnogenic, which will of course tax her organs and immune system

      Add probiotics - I suggest the real thing (i.e. plain all natural yogurt) as opposed to more supplements

      You can see if she will eat her food with a little rooibos tea mixed into it - my dogs all do

      Also raw unpasturized local honey (dosage provided here

      Cook chicken liver in olive oil on a low heat and give a little piece as a treat on top of her food daily.

      If she likes fruit you can give her fresh or frozen thawed berries (mashed/chopped) as a treat once a day...

      Coconut oil would be good for her as well

      Cheers, K

    2. Wow, Thanks for the advise. I will start trying these things.

      What are your thoughts on Giving her a dose of the Apple Cider Vinegar?

    3. ACV is a yes - dosage is provided here

  22. I recently got my dog some krill oil, because she has been diagnosed with intervertebral disk disease (in her neck). How would I be able to tell if she was allergic? I am doing everything I can to help her good diet, supplements and now I am getting the krill oil as well as glucosamine. I gave her the krill oil for a few days and I am not sure if it caused her to get worse or if it was something else but she was in a lot of pain this past weekend. Also do you recommend a brand of glucosamine? I got Dr. Mercolas Krill Oil. I am doing laser Chiropractic and electrode acupuncture and I am not seeing a difference, she seems to be getting worse. any advice you could give me would he so helpful! thank you!

    1. Allergies - go to my index page and read my articles on 1) allergies and 2)nutrition.

      Krill Oil would not cause her to have more pain. If she was sensitive to it she would have diarrhea.

      Get her off of commercial dog food! You can read all of my articles on dog food if you want to know why. No grains in any food - read my comments on that in my response to the person commenting just above your comment.

      Get her on homemade dog food - use the grain-free recipe

      Get her on:

      15 mg of CoQ10 per 10lbs of body weight 3 x daily

      Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (read my article)

      Add a 1/2 tsp of fresh ground ginger root to her food once a day.

      Follow the advice I gave in the comment just above yours regarding feeding berries (use cherries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries), coconut oil, chicken liver and probiotics.

      Purchase a good human-grade supplement that includes all three of the following combined into one supplement glucosamine (500 mg), chondrotin (400 mg), MSN (400 mg)

  23. Hello, my 7 year old pug was diagnosed with a nasal tumor a little less than a month ago. The vet gave him 2-6 months and send me home with some Prednisone. My wife found a product online called Life Gold that is supposed to help as well, but that's really all we have changed.

    He's still eating and playing, but has slowed down a little bit over the last few days. He gets an occasional bloody nose, but not as bad as it once was and he has had two seizures (that I know of). He's face is swelling more and more each day and his breathing is getting worse.

    I've been reading trying to come up with a plan to at least make him more conformable. From what I understand I need to completely get him off of his current dog food and change his diet completely. Also, I need to start giving him Turmeric... Is there anything else that I can do to help him? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Do the following...

      Turmeric yes - mix it with coconut oil and add it to his food twice a day - just split the recommended dose between his two meals. The coconut oil will increase the bio-availability of the turmeric.

      I recommend that you get him on this grain free homemade food NOW (just leave the turmeric out of the recipe) This will help his body fight the cancer

      Get him on organic apple cider vinegar NOW - it will help to quickly readjust his PH level reducing acidification

      Add cod liver oil to his diet once a day - a tbs or 2-3 gel capsules (human grade) pierce the capsule and squeeze over his food.

      Add plain all natural yogurt or kefir and/or fresh sauerkraut to his daily diet (read these two articles!)

      Add 2-3 tbs of fresh cottage cheese to his food daily in addition to what is in the homemade food

      Get him on 15 mg of CoQ10 per 10lbs of body weight 3 x daily

      Add fresh lemon to his diet

      Mix Rooibos Tea into his food

      Add berries (fresh mashed or frozen-thawed) to his diet 1/4 cup/day

      Add chicken stock to his food - 1/4 cup as per the chicken stock recipe in this article (don't serve it frozen, just serve it in its liquid form

      Cheers, K

    2. And local raw unpasterized honey - dosage as in this article

    3. Hello,
      I have a BichonX male dog who is 10 years old, he has had Infundibular Keratinizing acanthomas or benign hair follicle tumors. In the past they were surgically removed but the recovery was hard on him. I have had some success in killing off some of these tumors using colloidal silver topically. What can I do diet wise to give him a better fighting chance with these as they are continuing to be problematic. please advise also on how to deal with pain issues.


  24. Hi there, I have recently started using turmeric to treat a cyst/lypoma on a 13 year old dog. Since then it has really started to weep. The lump is not so hard or so big now. I guess I should continue to use the turmeric?

    1. Yes continue to treat it - also make sure you read this article

      Cheers, K

    2. Hello my little dog has got Infundibular keratinizing acanthoma or benign hair follicle tumors and they are getting worse. have had some success with colloidial silver in the removal and die off of some of them. In the past he had them removed surgically, but this was hard on him. What can I do diet wise to help get rid of this problem, also has pain issues. please help with some suggestions he has used Metacam but he is ten now and I am afraid it may do more harm than good.



  25. Hello, my great dane was diagnosed with bladder cancer 4 months ago. We tried Peroxicam and he had a bad reaction to it, so the oncologist suggested we try metacam. The tumor has grown, and the cancer has actually spread. His utlrasound yesterday confirmed this :( The vet mentioned previcox in place of the metacam and I am very leary of that drug. I was nervous with the metacam, but my dog had used it before and did not have any bad side effects. If I decide to give the previcox, is curcumin ok to include in his diet? I noticed that you recommended against it while using the metacam due to it thinning the blood. An info would be greatly appreciated. Also he is aprx 150 pounds, not sure how much I would even use! I'm leaning towards a tablet vs adding to his food... he can be very finicky with what I put in his food. Thank you!

    1. There are so many carcinogenic ingredients in many commercially made dog foods that cause bladder cancer.

      Previcox ( an anti-inflammatory with many nasty side effects.

      Do you currently have him on a grain free diet? If you do not you need to ASAP. Grains are inflammatory. I would recommend you make hos dog food - no more commercial dog food! You can use the grain-free recipe provided in this article

      Dogs that have been fed a diet of dry dog food end-up with acidified blood - their natural PH balance is out. Cancer loves an acidic environment. Add organic acv to his food once a day - read here

      Give him yogurt for probiotics - read here

      Boost his Omega-3 fatty acids - omega 3 is an anti-inflammatory

      Give him raw unpasteurized honey - manuka honey or local honey - dosage as per this article

      See if he will accept some rooibos tea mixed into his food

      Spike his Vitamin C intake - you can use fresh lemon as per this article or kelp as per this article

      Add coconut oil to his food once a day

      Add 15 mg of CoQ10 per 10lbs of body weight 3 x daily.

      If he will eat blueberries (strawberries, sweet red cherries) mixed into his food - mash them and add 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen thawed)twice a day. These berries are anti-inflammatory.

      Buy some fresh ginger root - through it in a food processor to finely mince it and then add 1/4 tsp to his food twice a day.

      Add fresh minced papaya to his food - papaya is an anti inflammatory and has other important attributes - you can read about it in this article, triple the dosage to 3 tbs for each meal...

      :>) Karen

  26. My dog is on Prednisone for back inflammation that is causing some loss of feeling in his hind legs. I have not been able to lower his dose from 10 mg a day without seeing bad results. Can I give Turmeric along with the Prednisone? Would that help me cut the Pred in half at least? Is there any way the Turmeric could take over totally for the Prednisone?

    1. I would suggest you do the following;

      - feed him this grain-free recipe, it is an anti-inflammatory recipe

      - add organic apple cider vinegar to his diet read the article for dosage

      - boost his omega-3 fatty acid intake - add cod liver, wild Atlantic, salmon or krill oil to his daily diet - you can just buy human grade gel capsules - pierce with a needle and squeeze the oil out on to his food

      - boost his vitamin C intake

      - add additional turmeric and coconut oil to his food once a day 1/2 tsp turmeric with dosage of coconut oil as per this article

      - add fresh minced papaya to his diet - read about papaya here

      - add raw unpasturized honey to his food once a day dosage as per this article

      - blueberries, strawberries, cherries are high in natural anti-inflammatories. Add some fresh or frozen chopped or mashed to his diet once a day - 1/8 cup for small dogs, 1/4 cup of medium dog, 1/2 cup for large dog

    2. Did your Vet say what is causing the inflamation? I only ask because it sounds like what my girl has? She was Diagnosed with GME? She started on 80 mg's of pred and is now down to 40. I am using alot of the advise I was given from this site along with seeing a holistic vet weekly and physical therapy twice a week.

    3. Prednisone is a steroid which has some very serious side effects. Not something you want to have your dog on for any extended period of time if it can be avoided :>)

      For a dog with GME the protocol I provided above, plus...

      Do not over inoculate! Inoculations suppress the immune system and as, well contain toxins. Most inoculations are good for at least 5 or more years. If you are not in a high incident zone for heartworm do not put her on chemcial-based preventatives - they are toxic and highly carcnogenic, which will of course tax the organs and immune system

      Cheers, K

    4. And for your dog with GME you can try Magnesium oil - rub a little on his/her tummy once a day :>)

  27. Wish I found you sooner. Discovered you on a search for Curcumin.
    I have been making home made dog food for years but use bulgar going to switch to your grain-free recipe today!
    August 2012 my healthy 8 yr old male Cocker Spaniel had his right toe amputated to remove a growth. Pathology report Mast Cell Grade II with a high up number. 4 weeks later after no change following Clavamax for swollen right pre-scapular lymph and cytology showed only 1 mast cell, it was surgically removed. Once extracted visual evaluation was abnormal. Baytril (infection) and Tramadol (pain) and Benedryl/Diphenhydramine HCI 25 mg (antihistamine). Lab reports Metastatic Mast Cell Grade II almost a III with Lymph node Metastasis with comments that without treatment prognosis is 4 months or less. Referred to Animal Cancer specialist and end of September started chemotherapy IV injections of Vinblastine and oral Prednisone. Doctor told me if we're lucky could have 12-18 months. He was tolerating treatment well with blood work in normal range and minor side effects. Was to have 8 treatments but by treatment 7 (early December) he was out of remission and cytology confirming cancer in another right pre-scapular lymph. Chemo treatment changed to Masitinib with Predisone and Benedryl. In less than 2 weeks could not even feel lymph and in remission. Doing well with labs and exams until mid May 2013. Has lost 5 pounds with noticeable muscle loss, fur loss, diarrhea, rapid breathing and a heart murmur. Removed from Masitinib for two weeks with meds for diarrhea. End of May lymph is 1.5 cm, back on Masitinib at lower dose, added Onco Support (dietary supplement), and add another meal to feed 3 xs/day. Has been back for labs & exam Mid June and Mid July with Masitinib dose increased, lymph continues to grow and weight dropping. August lymph measures 3.5cm x 4 cm and new chemo med CCNU and Predisone. In this past week lymph has grown from egg size to small orange size.
    Harley does not know he's sick. He's happy, loves to play, is cheerful and has a great appetite. It's hard for me to think he's nearing the end with probably 2-3 months left. I plan on changing his diet to your grain-free and giving him Curcumin organic powder 1 tsp 2 xs/day. What do you think?

  28. Hi Carrie,

    Yes use the grain free recipe and also add more turmeric 1 tsp 2x day.

    Add 15 mg of CoQ10 per 10lbs of body weight 3 x daily and...

    Also if you have the time and resources add the other food items that I had recommended for the dog in the comment just above yours.

    Wishing you and your Cocker the best, Karen

    1. Thank you for your quick response.
      Carrie & Harley

  29. Re turmeric absorption, I have read that freshly ground black pepper will do it.

    1. True, however pepper can irritate a dog's stomach and GI tract so pepper is not the best additive to increase bio-availability of turmeric for dogs. Adding the turmeric along with coconut oil to a dog's diet is a much preferable means of increasing bio-availability safely :>)

  30. I just got the news that my dog (only 4) has an anal sac tumor. I'm devastated beyond words. Too little too late, maybe, but they are going to remove it. It was found kinda early, I guess, but it still sounds scary. Is the turmeric still a good choice as my dog fights through this? It's a 65 pound dog. How much do you suggest to add to food for her weight? Do you buy the Turmeric from the health store and then open a capsule to use this? Thanks.

  31. Hi Jason,

    There is a series of things that you should add to her diet to make sure her body has the best opportunity to fight this and avoid re-occurance...

    First if you are currently feeding her commercial dog food - dry and/or wet very strongly recommend you get her off of it ASAP. Please go to my index page scroll down the page until you see the section ' PART 3 – DIET & NUTRITION, 3.1 – ‘Dog Food’, 3.1.1 DOG KIBBLE and start reading the articles. You will see why I am advising you to get her off of dog kibble ASAP.

    To properly support her immune system, boost it and the balance of her bodily health as well I recommend that you make her the grain-free home made food recipe in this article

    The recipe includes garlic and turmeric - both of these herbs are very good to help support her bodies fight against cancer but starting 2 weeks prior to her operation exclude both turmeric and garlic from her diet as they are both blood thinners. You can resume including both in her diet a week post operation. In addition to the turmeric in the recipe you should add an additional 1/2 tsp to each meal - purchase organic turmeric only either at a natural health store or on-line, use the lose powder form in combination of organic coconut oil - coconut oil dosage/ benefits here

    Wishing your girl the best - Karen

    -If you have him on commercial dog food, I recomend getting him off of it and making him this homemade grain-free anti-inflammatory food

    - Finely chop or mash frozen semi-thawed blueberries I - 1/3 cup mixed into her food once a day or you csn split it between her two daily meals (anti-carcinogenic, high in natural pain killers, and high antioxidants, etc.

    - Raw, unpasterized honey, give her 1 tbs of raw honey a day mixed in with her food;

    - If she would eat several tbs worth of finely minced dandelion mixed in with her food that would be beneficial too..

    Dogs that have cancer as well as dogs that have always eaten a diet of dry dog kibble have an unbalanced body PH level - their blood is acidified - cancer loves an acidic environment. I would advise you to add unpasturized organic apple cider vinegar to her food once a day - please see this article to understand benefits and dosage

    You need to add additional OMega-3 fatty acids to her daily diet - 1 gel capsule of cod liver oil or wild Alaskan Salmon Oil or Krill Oil mixed into her food once a day you can read more about that here

    You must bring up her vitamin C intake - you can use fresh lemon - dosage as per this article or use Vitamin C powder (you will see that mentioned in the homemade food recipe)I prefer using fresh lemon...

    Rooibos Tea for Dogs - Immune System Health, Cancer Inhibitor, Allergy Mediator Dog's Health - my dogs get this mixed into their food at every meal

    Add fresh papaya to each of her daily meals - information in this article

    She needs Probiotics added to her diet - I would suggest yogurt added to each meal - benefits, dosage in this article

  32. I think I need a cat whisperer. I have two cats. I had three but one passed almost two years ago from IBD. It was truly awful. I struggled constantly with trying to find the right diet for him and nothing seemed to work. His condition worsened and finally he passed of a pancreatic obstruction. Now I have another kitty who is suffering from the same thing. Her symptoms are different, but she was diagnosed with high liver enzymes and the vet thinks she has IBD. I was feeding her raw food but she didn't seem to absorb it very well, so I switched to rabbit, which she barely tolerates. She seems to be loosing weight and she is irritable and going under the bed a lot. What do you suggest? I am at a loss, and I don't want to see her suffer or me suffer for that matter.

    1. I find it very odd that both your cats have this same condition.

      - I would get them off of chemical-based flea tick preventatives if possible;
      - I would make sure not to use any chemical based household cleaners
      - Is the raw food organic? If not he could have issues with pesticide residue present in the food, also with growth hormones and steroids present in the raw meat;
      - Give him distilled water in their water bowls - not tap or well water;
      - no more annual inoculations!

      - Try feeding him ORGANIC cooked ground turkey mixed with ORGANIC cooked sweet potato or pumpkin, mixed with 1/8 tsp of sage and chamomile; and little finely chopped dandelion;
      - Add a truly good probiotic to his daily food

      You can read my articles on probiotics.

  33. If turmeric helps to detoxify liver and induces bile flow to breakdown fat, then why do you say ti not give it to dogs with gallbladder issues? My Border Collie has mild liver disease and gallbladder sludge. He also has a fatty tumor and now an injured back leg. I would really like to include turmeric in his food. Any thoughts as to why I could or could not do so safely? Thank you

    1. As long as he does not have gall bladder stones turmeric will be good for him.

      I don't know what type of food you are currently feeding him but if it is commercially made dry dog food I would advice you to get him off of it. Too many toxins and carcinogens which are burdening his system - which is why he has fatty tumors.

      Have you read this article

      I would recommend that you get him on this grain-free homemade food

      Make sure you are supplementing his diet with Omega 3 fatty acids...

      And I would recommend adding coconut oil to his diet

      As well fresh papaya

      And Finely minced dandelion greens

      You should also consider adding 1 to 2 tsps of organic raw unpasterized honey to his daily diet.

  34. My cat recently grew back her tumor on the same spot where the last one was, which was removed last February. I am naturally scared of having it surgically removed again because of the side effects. After reading your blog, I've been giving her less than 1/2 tsp. of supermarket available powdered turmeric mixed with some canned sardines a day. (I usually give her cat food) The only changed I noticed was the shape, it appeared to be wider but maybe smaller in depth. I was thinking about shifting to the actual turmeric root for better results. How can you suggest in the intake of it and so that she'll eat it? Thank you. :)

  35. Hi Alyson,

    If the tumor is growing at the site where she would usually get her annual inoculations - stop having her innoculated.

    If she is an indoor cat she does not require annual inoculations anyway - the majority of allopathic veterinarians over-inoculate. Inoculations contain toxins. Inoculations are good for at least 5 years if not more. Inoculations suppress the immune system. If your cat has an active tumor she cannot afford to have her immune system suppressed.

    If she is on chemical based flea, tick preventatives get her off of them right away - they are carcinogenic and immune system suppressing.

    If she is on commercially made processed dry or wet food you need to take a thorough look at the ingredients and eliminate all products that contain any of the ingredients I warn about in my articles on dry and wet processed food.

    You can find articles on all of the above subjects by going to the index page of my blogsite.

    As to Turmeric - you must use organic and it should be mixed into a meal with coconut oil (see my article on coconut oil for dosage). If what you are buying in the supermarket is not organic stop using it.

    I would suggest that you make her home made food - or purchase a good wet cat food to add to her dry food - you then mix the turmeric and coconut oil into the wet food.

    If you want to make homemade food you can use my grain free homemade food recipe for dogs - leave the garlic out, use the higher quantity of protein and you will have to add taurine. Add minimum – 100 mg (one hundred milligrams ) of Taurine for every 1 kg (one kilogram) or 2.2 pounds of cat food up to a maximum of 300 mg (three hundred milligrams ) of Taurine for every 1 kg (one kilogram) or 2.2 pounds of cat food.

  36. My Scottish Terrier is 3. He has always had problems with loose stool. I was wondering if turmeric would help his intestinal health. He weighs 19 lb.. How much can I give him? I just started taking turmeric myself for arthritis in my hip.

    1. Yes you could certainly give your little fellow turmeric. As he is experiencing chronic bouts of diarrhea it is possible that he has colitis or irritable bowl disease (IBD), has he been tested for either of these diseases?

      Make sure that you are not feeding him dog food that contains insoluble fibers such as corn, whole wheat, cellulose or powdered cellulose, brewers rice, etc.

      His diet should consist of low fat meats such as chicken breast, low fat all natural plain yogurt (if he is not lactose intolerant), potatoes, cooked vegetables, omega-3 fatty acid in the form of Norwegian cod liver oil. You could use my homemade food recipe and alter it a little by reducing the amount of legumes by 50% and adding additional potato in its stead. For veggies avoid the cruciforms (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts) and use carrots, squash, pumpkin instead.

      Cheers, Karen

      When he does have a bout of diarrhea follow the feeding instructions provided in this article

      Cheers, Karen

  37. Hi I was looking online for help for my new stray cat.She has an eye infection.I also have a daughter with autism and would like to let everyone know we have been using curcumin(enhansa) for her and the results are AMAZING.Theres a special made,high high potency one out there its by Lee Silsby and its called enhansa.Ive been giving just a pinch to the kitty and so far so good.I know first hand the amazing abilities curcumin can have on ones health.I cant wait to see what it can do for my pets.The website for the high potency curcumin is

    1. My cats get turneric with their food twice a day :>) I had a look at the product you are using it looks to be a good one. I checked out a selection of the other products on the site you mentioned and unlike the curcumin - many of the products had slipping agents, toxins. allergens and fillers. So while the curcumin looks good I would advise caution in purchasing other products from the site.

  38. Hi Karen! Thank you so much for offering alternatives to traditional medicines! Wondering if you have some advice for me. I have an 11 year old Boxer who is 58 lbs. He recently had a tumor removed (from his front elbow) that turned out to be cancerous, spindle cell carcinoma to be exact. Three months later it has returned. My choices are radiation, amputation or nothing. I can't imagine putting an 11 year old boxer through radiation or amputation, so I'm looking for an alternative. Not necessarily a cure, but something hopefully that will keep the tumor size down & slow the cancer from spreading. He also has immune mediated poly-arthritis and is on Prednisone and Azapriothine to suppress his immune system. He's still really active, plays in the park, fetches, swims, plays with his little sisters and is really oblivious he is 11 with cancer. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks you!

    1. Hi Josette, got your email - will reply to it...

  39. Hi Karen,

    First, thanks for all the informations you share on your page, it's a great ressource!

    I'd like to have your advice for my 11 years old boxer. He's raw fed (without grains) since ever, weaned on raw. He eats a large variety of meats, and home made veggies, with kefir. No vaccination or monthly preventives either.

    I've notice a few weeks ago a growth on his troat, and it's getting bigger, and from my research, it's exactly where thyroid glands are... I'll go to the vet this week to have a diagnosis, but if it's cancer like I'm afraid of, I won't go with any invasive procedures.

    I am willing to try curcumin, I've red that it's better in combination with black pepper, but can't find how much to give? I already give coconut oil.

    Any other suggestions to supplement his diet? Thank you so much!


    1. You should be looking at the source of the meats that you feed him. If the meat is not organic, but instead sourced from large factory farm operations (CAFO) the meat itself can be a real source of thyroid disputers and carcinogens. The animals are feed GMO corn, they are pumped full of antibiotics, steroids and in the US - growth hormones. So despite efforts to feed a species appropriate diet - the source of the main component of his diet - the meat, can create disease. What is forgotten is that the farm animals are feed species inappropriate foods (i.e. and injected with toxins. So the dog is exposed to the very things that you may have been trying to avoid.

      Dont ΓΉse turmeric combined with black pepper for dogs.`Purchase organic turmeric - add it to your dog`s food at feed it at meal time complete with coconut oil and fresh minced papaya (for digestive enzymes or purchase a papaya or bromelain digestive supplement with NO fillers, no slipping agents).

    2. Finally... it's thyroid cancer. Good news though is that except for his thyroid, blood work is perfect, as is good shape! :)

      He gets a lot of meat from hunting, cannot be more natural, and most of his veggies are organic.

      Thanks for your advice!

  40. My 30 lbs.9 year old Beagle mix was just diagnosed with bladder and lung cancer. I'm looking at palliative care and am meeting with Ohio State University's oncology department Nov 25, 2013. I've changed her to a grain free diet and included many of the recommended supplements. I truly appreciate reading the various posts and hope to make her as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

    1. I have some other information that can help you make your your girl more comfortable...

      Read my article on Natural Alternatives to Steroids and NSAIDs - you will find many beneficial immune system boosting anti-inflammatory and pain killing herbs and food supplements Resist putting her on steroids - read why here

      You might find this article helpful to you in understanding how to mitigate stress for both yourself and her - in particular the portions on diet and communication

      Wishing both of you the best, Karen

      Did you see this recipe for immune system boosting grain-free homemade cooked food

  41. I'm trying to find information about giving turmeric for epilepsy- mostly to counteract the effects of the phenobarbital on the liver. I take turmeric myself to detox my liver and was hoping to do the same for my pups. My 70lb dog has epilepsy- he was on homemade food until he started getting very ill. Fast forward, he went on a strict allergy-free diet and I discovered he has a few food intolerances. This was fairly recent so I haven't gone back to homemade yet. He gets flax seed, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar with Taste of the Wild. He gets the apple cider vinegar mainly for acid reflux (and I read somewhere not to give turmeric if there is acid reflux? but I have acid reflux and take turmeric every day..) And the coconut oil for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I'm wondering about turmeric and epilepsy while on phenobarbital. And for my other pup- she loves her acorns, which are poisonous.. so that has been a struggle.. would the turmeric help get that out of her system faster? Thanks in advance!

    1. I would not put a dog with acid reflux and epilepsy on Taste of The Wild...
      #1 it contains canola oil which is high in pesticide residue - a toxin and carcinogen
      #2 it is made by the Diamond Food Processing plant - they have a lot of food recalls
      #3 You are paying for a number of ingredients that have ZERO benefit as they are non-viable - dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product,dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract

      If you want to go back to homemade - which by the way would be 100% better for him here is a grain-free nutritionally complete recipe - most homemade food IS NOT nutritionally complete and people make the mistake of insisting on including grains

      Acid Reflux
      Turmeric is fine for dogs with acid reflux in fact...
      Mix the following together and add to each meal…
      - 1/2 tsp of organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar;
      - 1/8 tsp of turmeric;
      - 1/8 tsp of fresh minced ginger or ginger powder;
      - ¼ tsp of marshmallow root powder or slippery elm bark powder (both herbs contain mucilage which helps to coat the esophagus and stomach lining creating a protective barrier against inflammation due to stomach acid.

      Lemon helps to prevent poisoning as does a healthy immune system, healthy organ function - which you will not achieve on the dog food that you currently have them on.

  42. my 6 year old shit zhu has been suffering from what I believe its kidney or liver problems, he scratches and gets skin reactions. Vets for the past 4 year keep saying its food or allergies and with all the meds n treatments nothing has worked for him.. I really like to try this turmeric diet as `i was told it helps with liver or kidney ..
    Your feed back would be appreciated,

  43. Scratching and skin reactions are normally due to allergies - and this is the issue that you are dealing with - the problem is your veterinarians keep throwing drugs at him (antibiotics, steroids - i.e. prednisone) that can and do cause additional health problems and do not remedy the root cause.

    His diet needs to be reviewed properly and yes you can add turmeric to his diet BUT he needs other items eliminated and added to his diet to remedy the situation. He also required proper topical treatment until the condition is put under control.

    I suggest you read my articles on allergies. If you would like assistance getting this treated and remedies I would be glad to consult with you and provide you with full instruction

  44. What about using Tumeric with Deramax (1/2 a 75 mg pill per day) and Yunnan Baiyao Capsules? My dog has an inoperable nasal tumor. We've chosen not to do radiation or chemo.

    1. NO!

      I advise you to get your dog off of Deramaxx right away . It is a crippling drug. By putting her on it you not only hasten her decline but will kill her. There are many safe, effective natural anti-inflammatory / analgesics that also contribute to overall health and fight cancer. There are also nutraceuticals that work to fight cancer. These do not have adverse or deathly side effects.

      If you see any of these side effects from Deramaxx get her off of it immediately as they are just a precursor to more serious damage -

      • Change in bowl movements (diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
      • Change in behavior (decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure, or aggression)
      • Jaundice (yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes)
      • Increase water consumption or urination changes (frequency, color, or smell)
      • Seizure
      • Skin irritation (redness, scabs, or scratching)
      • Stomach pain
      • Stomach ulcers
      • Unexpected weight loss

  45. Hi Karen,

    I've been following a lot of your tips for my schnoodle Louie's acid reflux.. feeding him 3-4 times a day, giving him Norwegian cod liver oil, giving him probiotics and digestive enzymes. He's been doing so much better in just 2 weeks! He hasn't vomited first thing in the morning since changing his diet :-) My question is, if Louie is 18 lbs do I give him 1/8 of a teaspoon at one of his meals or do I spread it out throughout the day?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the generous help! :-)
    Rachel & Louie

    1. Hi Rachel - for Louie you can up the dosage as he is dealing with a health issue. While there are some herbs and spices that have critical over-dose levels, turmeric is not one of them. Until his symptoms completely subside give Louie turmeric with every meal - 1/16 tsp or a little more is fine. Eventually you can just add the turmeric to two meals a day at which time you could do 1/8 tsp with each of those two meals.

  46. Hi Karen, this has been really helpful. I was wondering if you had suggestions in regards to how to add the turmeric to Louie's food. I've been adding/mixing it with his meals.. when he's done and lifts his head, his white beard is all yellow! :-) Do you have any recommendations in preventing a "blonde" beard?

    1. Mix the turmeric first with coconut oil (or all natural peanut butter) and then add to his food :>)

  47. Good day, Karen!

    I'm just now coming across all of your wonderful information. Thank you so much for all the time you put into sharing all of this with us.

    Quick question: Can turmeric be taken daily everyday without a break?

  48. Dear Karen,
    My dog is a pomranian spitz is 8 years old and weighs 7.3 kgs...he is suffering from heart enlargement and is currently on lacilactone, chymoral forte and enalapril maleate tablet presicribed by his cardiologist..Vet said he may also collapse...Please tell me if his heart enlargement can be cured from turmeric and what should be the amount? and what should his diet be like?
    I need your immediate help and shall be grateful for your instant reply.

    1. Turmeric alone will not be effective. I would be pleased to put together a diet-nutrition-supplement plan to support your Pom's heart and overall health. Doing so would require about two hours of my time.

  49. I have a 3 1/2 yr old Shitzhu who has several sebaceus sists, one very large and dark. The vet squeezed it several months ago but it is back again. I have been giving him the tumeric in plain yogurt past 5 wks now but doesn't seem to be helping any. Can tumeric help with these sists or can you recommend something that will and also, he is very prone to ear infections. I find now that I give him drops every day to try and keep it at bay. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. for this you would require

  50. I've been told by several that the human capsules (90-95% curcumin) cause liver failure/damage in dogs. My bullmastiff x is on these tablets now for a week (after being on several different sourced turmeric powders for months) and he isn't arthritis at all now. He is 100% again. I'm wanting to dilute a tablet into a jar of coconut oil (turmeric is oil soluble) and add piperine (helps with metabolism of curcumin). Have you heard of cases of dogs suffering from liver or organ damage from being on the tablets? As so far after being on 3 tablespoons a day of turmeric powder his limp was reduced but still noticeable.

    1. Many human-made for and pet made-for supplements are garbage due to the substandard quality of the active ingredients and the toxic fillers and slipping agents. Provided you are using a quality human made-for product turmeric / curcumin will not cause liver failure / damage to dogs.

  51. I just started my dog on turmeric. I use 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of cold pressed organic olive oil and 3 grinds of whole pepper. I was told unless it has pepper in it then it will not work. Also...just got an 8 week old puppy and was wondering how much I could put in her food and if I switch to coconut oil --cold pressed ---if that would be better?

    1. Mix the turmeric with coconut oil as directed in the article above - no pepper required. And definitely don't give the puppy pepper.

  52. I've been feeding my 5 year old Lab with Eukanuba veterinary diet Dermatosis (dry food). Ingredients are potatoes and fish. Is this good for her? I mix grated turmeric fresh root 1 tbsp on her meal. She also loves eating bananas, apples, papaya and mango.Your response would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. It is terrible food and it is cancer-causing. Read my article on ethoxyquin - the fish meal Eukanuba uses contains ethoxyquin

      The fish is also likely sourced from farmed fish - high in toxins, antibiotics, pesticides, fungus - carcinogenic. This article discusses the issues with farmed fish-based food products

      Veterinarian prescribed 'food' is some of the worst 'food' produced by the pet food industry

      The product you are using contains primarily carbohydrates - not appropriate for any dog let alone a dog with a compromised immune system. Potatoes and chemically preserved fish is not the way to treat Dermatosis.

  53. Can I give my cat an alcohol based turmeric tincture or should it be glycerin based? One to three drops a day?

    He has a growth in his abdomen that the vet will neither confirm nor deny as malignant. He has lost a lot of weight. I am giving him probiotics and he seems to be feeling better. He is hungry, but a very fussy eater and will not eat food that he suspects might have something added to it.

    1. No alcohol-based tinctures or tonics. Glycerin-based or a good quality oil base such as olive, sweet almond, coconut oil.

  54. I have a 10.5 year old yellow lab who is covered in lipomas. We had five surgically removed back in November and it took over a month for his incisions to close, as the doctor cut both incisions on the webbing of skin where the back legs meet the torso. They are all back and more have surfaced. I have asked my vet several times for homeopathic remedies and he tells me to try out what I find online! I asked him last week what he advised about enzyme therapy like cellulase, lipase, etc. He said, try it. Do you believe that the turmeric therapy would have any effect on a dog so massively covered by the fat tumors? I have no faith in my vets nutritional education. Thank you for your advice!

    1. Dealing with this type of condition requires a TRULY holistic strategic approach.The root cause must be identified and eliminated and a new diet and health regimen designed. Adding one or two items (especially ineffective items) will not treat or stop the lipomas. Cellulase, lipase will not cure the condition. When I do a holistic Diet Nutrition Health Plan for a client I address the root cause, eliminate all of the triggers that can possibly be eliminated and then I custom build a holistic diet nutrition health plan to address immediate and long-term health.

  55. I have a 6 yr old boston terrier recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and tachyarrhythmia. He was prescribed 3 meds pimobendan, benazepril hcl and sotalol hcl as well as on over the counter supplement called taurine. I was told these meds do not cure but help with his condition and he might be able to live longer while on them. Doing some research someone posted giving their dog cucumin and that it reduced their dogs heart a great deal, so looking into that I found your site as this seemed like something to try tho I've seen you mention not to give this if the dog is currently on blood thinner which I beleive one of his meds is. My question is.. Would I have more luck trying natural remedies instead of the prescription he was given? Would that produce better results?

    1. All of the drugs that your dog has been placed on were originally designed/intended for emergency use and come with adverse side effects - but like most of these drugs conventional practitioners have migrated these drugs to daily use. The only beneficial item was the Taurine, but if you choose one that contains toxic and carcinogenic fillers it degrades its usefulness.

      Yes a truly natural approach would be better but only if designed properly and inclusively - which is what my Diet Nutrition Wellness Plan service does.

  56. Hello, first let me thank you for all your wonderful research and advice I'm finding it invaluable as we recently found out that our 10 yr old female Berner has lymphoma. I know that 10 years is better than average for larger breeds but this was such a sudden surprise, I have been frantically searching for advice and recipes to fight this with all we have. I can't put her through chemo, our Vet basically wrote the rx for Prednisone and said take her home to die. I just can't do that to her. She is not an "old" dog. She has been our joy from day one and would like to keep her as happy, comfortable and full of life as possible, until that fateful day comes. Any info/ advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    1. For a dog with cancer you would require one of my custom designed Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Plans - Plan 4 or 5 depending on exact circumstances - i.e. if your dog has other health issues

  57. Hi Karen, I've been giving my dog turmeric in her food but I haven't really noticed a change with her arthritis. She is around 20 lbs so I have been feeding her 1/4 tsp of the powder (I have made sure to get organic turmeric). Should I increase her dose of turmeric? I don't know whether that would too much for her. I've heard of other people giving quite large doses but I'm not sure whether they are right as they are not herbalists and don't really have any herb knowledge. She is already eating a raw diet and on glucosamine supplements. I appreciate any advice you can give. Thanks.

    1. I wish it was as simple as that.

      There are several issues that you must understand...

      #1 Turmeric like most natural herbs and nutraceuticals are meant to be used in combination with other naturals to adjunct each other.

      #2 The majority of supplements are junk. When I do Diet Nutrition Wellness plans I typically have to replace 95% to 100% of the supplements people have placed their dog on. So, while you would hope :) and assume that the glucosamine you have your dog on is a) safe and b) effective it may not be

      #3 For a dog with advanced arthritis you need to do a lot more than add two items. And the items used must be properly selected to avoid the pit falls as noted in the paragraph above.

      #4 Even though you are doing the right thing by having your dog on raw food - depending on what that raw diet is comprised of, there can be listed and hidden ingredients which are inflammatory, and are contributing to the arthritis.

  58. I posted a question, but it doesn't seem to appear here. I am wondering what daily dose in milligrams I should give curcumin to my older dog and cat. Both between 12 and 14 pounds.

    1. Mary dosage IS provided in section 10.0 of the article above

  59. It is safe for dogs to eat several foods daily that thin blood? I feed my beagle garlic and want to add fish oil since he won't eat fish from CO River; he loved the fish from the Potomac River. My pups eat raw meat and bones, organs, etc.

    Thank you,

    1. Yes it is safe provided that there is no conflicting health condition. My dogs are on multiple items daily that naturally thin the blood - i.e. garlic, fish oil, hemp seed oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, etc.

    2. Thank you and I find your site very helpful, so my beagles get the best of nutrition.

  60. Hi Karen

    Your page is great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    My cat has a tumour on his foot, lymphoma cancer. I am wanting to treat it with tumeric in the hope that it will reduce the tumour. Do you have any advice about a recipe, dosage and what sort of tumeric to use? How to give it to my cat? I currently have powdered tumeric, but it's not organic. Thanks for any advice given it will be much appreciated.


    1. Claire, for a cat with cancer I recommend an approach that is truly holistic. Not an allopathic approach that uses one or two natural items - i.e. turmeric. If you want to support your cat's fight against Lymphoma you must look at remedy in its entirety = truly holistically. Immediate environment = (diet, health regimen, living space) must be thoroughly scrutinized, toxins and carcinogens, listed and hidden – must be addressed and a diet, nutrition, health regimen established strategically composed of health promoting items that adjunct each other to fight the condition and support long-term overall health. A single 'natural', 'holistic' substance in isolation of the approach described above cannot on its own meet the expectation you desire accomplished. A combination of conventional and alternate is also possible but must also be approached with that same holistic understanding of how to adjunct each other, and avoid adversity, or neutral benefit. For cats with cancer the only ethical recommendation that I can make is This may not be the answer you ‘wanted’ it is, however an honest answer, and the answer you need.

  61. Hi, Karen, thanks for your reply. It is much appreciated. Claire.

  62. My beagles, Jovi and Ellie, and I thank you very much for this site! I feed my dogs raw meats, bones, and organs mostly. They have been getting all kinds of extra benefits from foods that you recommend. Today, I added the turmeric. As I was reading up on turmeric, I found it can be used to make a yogurt and honey cake icing orange, as oppose to using artificial coloring. I am getting ready to make my first dog/human birthday cake using coconut flour. I keep my dogs from eating all gluten, grains, corn, soy. I am terrified of my dogs getting cancer, tumors, etc. from processed dog foods! Any dog and people recipes that I run across that say to use Canola oil, I use coconut oil works! That just goes to show how much I learn from your site! You are a true Angel who cares about our pup's health as much as some of us pup parents do. Thank you from my pack!

  63. Hi, one of my Spanish mastiffs has got EPI and I feed him fresh pigs pancreas to his grain free kibble.. I have only recently heard about adding curcuma to his diet and have started adding it at 1/2 a teaspoon to his dinner.. I always add coconut oil anyway. wondered if it would help him with seasonal allergies too ( seems to be scratching himself and biting now the grass and weeds have grown after all the rain. wondered if it would benefit him with the EPI ( exocrine pancreatic insufficiency ). thanks :)

    1. A dog with EPI should not be on dry dog food - even 'good' quality dry dog food. Dry dog food taxes the digestive, renal and eliminatory system, contains multiple hidden toxins, cannot support the immune system and endocrine system. Yes you can add turmeric, it will not cause harm, but like any truly natural substance is meant to be used in combination with other foods, herbs and nutraceuticals that work together to create a health supporting diet. In the absence of this, turmeric's healing effect is seriously hampered as is any other single natural substance.

  64. Hello, Karen. I just discovered your site :o) searching for alternatives for flea prevention so I can put the love of my life into puppy daycare twice a week while I'm working. I refuse to use flea treatments! My 75# female Lab has been on Solid Gold, First Mate, and now Orajen all of her 7 years. She had TPLO surgery from multiple little tears that blew at the age of 3 so she has been on Dasuquin w/MSM for 3+ years now. I also cook for her (gr. turkey, carrots, yams, lots of kale) in a crockpot to caputure nutrients. Then when it is done, I add a hefty Tbls of turmeric and a good amout of olive oil (tho, now I think I'll chg to coconut) and feed 1+ cup with half her dry dose for one meal every other day. My question is whether I should be feeding raw garlic daily, along with turmeric daily instead since the Tblsp+ I add to her fresh food might not be enough. Your thoughts? Thank you!!

    1. It would be advisable to give her both raw garlic and turmeric with coconut oil daily. You can also keep putting the turmeric in the batch of food.

  65. My 12 1/2 yr. old female black lab has had skin problems most of her life. She can no longer take steroids due to steroid induced pancreatitis (long story). We've been taking her to a Naturopath who is administering Chinese Herbal Medicine for 4 months & no improvement....just $$$$$$$. We have been thru food trials, various topicals, baths, drugs (ketoconazole = bad), you name it. Itchy muzzle, chews her anus & female parts, chews her paws, itchy armpits, ear problems. The whole 9 yards. Do you think turmeric could help along with topical treatments? She's on a raw diet now for 2 yrs., & loves life...very active & bright. Noticed on Mercola website that they insist store bought turmeric has various problems & of course they sell the best. Would you recommend buying the turmeric at a health food store rather than the grocery? Thx. - Jessie's mom.

    1. Here is a quick summary of what is going wrong with her treatment...I work with a lot of dogs who have been thru the same...
      1) Prednisone - very health deteriorating, should be banned
      2) Check to see if the Chinese herbals being used are USDA certified organic, and if they are free of fillers and toxic slipping agents. Have had a lot of clients that went to Natropaths before coming to me - the Naturopaths were using crap herbals.
      2) Feeding raw won't clear a health issue if the raw ingredients contain listed and hidden allergens and toxins - which many raw foods (just like dry and canned) do contain
      3) 95% of off-the shelf 'natural' topicals contain multiple allergens, toxins and carcinogens. The percentage is higher for veterinarian prescribed
      4) Some of Mercola's items are clean, good quality, some of his products contain fillers and inappropriate slipping agents
      5) Purchase organic turmeric at health food store - don;t expect miracles though :( Like paddling upriver with a tiny broken paddle becasue the real triggers for her condition are not being addressed, and she needs to have a truly health supporting diet (food, herbs, nutraceuticals, alternative meds that are clean and designed to adjunct each other properly + truly natural topicals.
      If you really want to solve your girl's issue

  66. Hi Karen So glad I've found your site. We have a beloved chocolate Labrador who has just turned 5 last December. (2014)
    In September/October last year(2014), he started to have seizures which we have been told are idiopathic epilepsy. I started giving him Manuka honey at first sign of trembling limbs and lip smacking and 9times out of 10 stopped a full on siezure occurring. Blood tests have revealed everything in normal limits. Has been on a good quality raw meat n vet diet since 3months of age. He refused all types of puppy/dog food and in desperation I found raw! Think he was sent to me to educate me and improve his and his kind's well being. I used to supplement the raw food diet with human grade cod liver oil capsules and garlic or odourless garlic capsules. Have since found out about the soya capsules but was also informed that cod liver oil not as good for dogs as humans and to switch to salmon oil? Also told garlic was very toxic to dogs over a build up of time and so I stopped giving both these supplements to both my dogs. There are so many conflicting websites saying garlic good garlic bad. My raw food provider advised to drop off all supplements for the time being to see how Angus' fits went. This January after having only one small, contained with honey fit ( each lasting between only 1 and 3minutes) a month, he suddenly had four lasting between 5and 20 minutes. My husband wondered whether we could help by spreading his food out to four meals a day instead of just twice. This helped to begin with but then the four recently mentioned fits. Back to vets, more bloods taken and again normal. Our vet isn't an holistic one but understands that we want to go the no drug route. He has referred us to a neurologist for further investigations. I cannot accept 'stick them on drugs without finding source' method. I want to know what has brought these on to our wonderful friend. On trying to do my own research and to find healthy natural treatment and help have discovered coconut oil and turmeric. Have bought both in online from organic sources but am unsure of the dosages I should be offering to both dogs (we have a Dalmatian as well). Also have been offering natural yogurt and some fruit but not the ones you suggest here. How do I introduce them safely? I give a heaped teaspoon of manuka honey every night but is that enough and does it have to be manuka? Finally, I live in the U.K. Ive never heard of the milk you say to use, Kifra is it? Any ideas where I could find a trustworthy source of it please? Am now going to read your further links on coconut oil for further advise. Yours is a wonderful website. Thank you. Helene.

  67. Just stumbled across this website looking for natural and holistic approaches for my 10 year old Pitbull. She has a good size lipoma on her left shoulder, biopsy shows no cancer cells however the vet wants to remove it at the tune of $1K. Everything that I am reading says it most likely will come back after the removal. Doesn't seem to be bothering her it's just in an awkward place. Plan on supplementing with all the things you suggest but would like your take on a food called Easy Raw made by Only Natural Pet. I want to thank you for this great website. Such a wealth of information!!


    1. Hi Shea - lipomas can be reduced and in many cases resolved when they are addressed TRULY holistically. However 95% of veterinarians lack the knowledge to make that happen, and quite frankly they make a lot of money doing surgical removals. Lipomas DO grow back if the root cause is NOT addressed, and eliminates (which does NOT require surgery). Surgery does not address root cause. When I do holistic diet nutrition wellness plans fro my clients' dogs with lipomas I address root cause. Recommended reading for you

  68. Hi, I' m searching for a natural way to treat my cat's anal problems, I suspect his glands are swollen. It has been a bumpy ride these last few weeks, it began with him having a severe reaction to anti flea spot on treatment and he couldn't eat properly, so I gave him fresh chicken stock and colostrum. He probably is lactose intolerant, so I stopped the colostrum and now I give him a herbal tincture which includes :Pau d'arco, Echinacea purpurea, Eupatorium cannabinum, Plantago major, trace elements , Glycerine, Justica adhodata, Lachesis, Kalium bichromicum, Ethanol 35% v/v.. He seems to be getting better and eating better but he had a terrible diarrhea (only once) and now seems to struggle to empty himself, would curcumin help to unswell his anal glands? Thank you.
    P.S.: sorry if I misspelled words, English isn't my native tongue.

    1. To address this a consultation is recommended.

  69. Hi Karen, Came across your site researching natural remedies for dogs.....and turmeric is something I'm VERY interested in implementing my dogs diets. For time and space, I'll spare all the gory details, but recent events have me on fire again with my 4 dogs. Where I previously lived, I had a vet, western trained, but very pro holistic my new location, the multiple vets are neither knowledgeable, nor supportive of holistic approaches. I have engaged my previous vet to take this on at a distance, but want to have some bit of knowledge when I approach my ideas with him. Soo, with that, my question focuses on one dog in particular. He has severe allergies and diabetes, which has been well controlled with the home cooked diet he is on. (This base is tilapia (yes I know, I'm researching other fish sources for protein), and brown rice, with supplements (all veggie vitamin supplement, vitamin-c and bone meal), and they get the dose of coconut oil.......this was modified from a recipe in Dr Pitcairn's book, tailoring it more to my dog based on his allergies -- beef and chicken are absolute no-no's). Ok, now, turmeric and diabetes....and I apologize if I missed this somewhere on your page. I keep reading there are conflicts/issues with turmeric and insulin, but can't find much information beyond that (or haven't to date). Do you, by chance, have more information on those potential issues and any additional suggestions recommendations? He is 9 years old, and unfortunately has the early onset of cataracts......I'm not ok with just setting back and letting this develop and really want to go on the full on offensive, but without having many knowledgeable sources, this can be quite overwhelming to pilot alone. :-) -Amanda

    1. You are wasting your $ on veterinarians who are continuing to make your dog's allergies and diabetic condition worse. And the diet you have put your dog on is contributing to the situation. I recommend that you have me fully address the situation via this service Anything short of that and you will continue to waste your money, time and your dog will continue to suffer.

  70. My 9 yr old female beagle has suddenly been sleeping more, did blood work which was normal, but ultrasound showed enlarged spleen with no visible tumors. Hate to put her through surgery, was wondering if adding turmeric would help her immune system. She had pancreatitis last year so is on low fat diet.

    1. I do a lot of diets for dogs with pancreatitis. Veterinarian prescribed dog 'food' for dogs with pancreatitis are inflammatory, and health destroying. Her diet needs to be properly addressed - adding turmeric is not going to fix the problem.

  71. My 12 Year old Sheltie has cancer in and has been on Prednisone 10 months now. I feed him my own homemade dog food but he has had the acquired the Diarrhea for the past month I believe it is from the Prednisone is there any thing I can change to help get him back to normal as he lost 2 pounds and his diet now is turkey or chicken, brown rice, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes turmeric/pepper and ginger
    any suggestions?

    1. I do a lot of holistic diet nutrition wellness plans for dogs with cancer - the plans are designed to reduce and remove the need for prednisone. That is the course of action I recommend.

  72. I have a Labrador that was a rescue so not exactly sure of age. Somewhere between 8-10 is my guess. Newly diagnosed with Cushing's disease (pituitary tumor). Please advise use of tumeric. Or any other ideas to help him

    1. Hello Paula - I do custom designed holistic diet nutrition wellness plans for dogs with Cushing's - that would be my recommended course of action for your boy

  73. Hi I have a 17 year old cat with diabetes and a anal gland issue she was on steroid tablets for anal gland but now on insulin for her diabetes she can't have steroids. Would turmeric help as she's started to scratch area again and don't know what to do.

    1. I can assist you via my consultation services.

  74. My dog has ibd and I've been hesitant to get him on presidone since I know the side effects can't be bad so I was thinking of adding turmeric to his food but I'm now afraid it will irritate his stomach more? I'm concerned could make things worse. No holistic vet for me to see since she's booked till the end of the month.. Feeling hopeless right now.

    1. I do custom holistic diet nutrition wellness plans for dogs with IBD - that is my recommended course of action for you. Prednisone - NOT recommended.

  75. Hi Karen,
    I have been reading through your blog for days now and am amazed and happy about all the info you provide here. I very much appreciate every information you give us dog owners here.
    My dog is a toy breed and has 5 pounds. He started limping a couple of days ago but has not been putting weight on it for quite some time. But only when he stands still. Otherwise he is very active and doesn't mind running or walking around. He mostly limps for a few seconds after getting up when he rested for a while.
    I have been at the vet and was told it's the patella that luxates, not severely and it's common with small breeds.
    She gave me previcox. I shall give him 1/4 of a pill for a couple of days.
    I don't feel comfortable at all giving it to him when reading about many negative experiences from other dog owners and wanted to start with turmeric/curcumin instead as I read it helps inflammation.
    I also have thought of giving him green lipped mussel and read about devils claw?? Do you have any experience with that?
    What do you think about surgery in general on such small breeds? Is this reasonable?
    Thanks for your input...

    1. A properly designed supportive diet and health regimen should be put in place so surgery can be avoided.


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1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

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Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


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"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

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Karen Rosenfeld
Holistic Diet Nutrition Wellness Practitioner – Dogs and Cats
Holistic Behaviorist - Dogs
Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer