Golden Paste Recipe for Dogs and Cats

My golden paste recipe is simple to make, and offers many health benefits without the dangerous side effects of conventional drugs, such as Prednisone, and Metacam (meloxicam). 
Golden paste is an effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-carcinogenic – it is also rich in antioxidants. 
For more information about golden paste (turmeric) health benefits, go to this article.

Golden Paste Recipe for Dogs and Cats

You'll Need:
  • Turmeric powder – organic
    • You can choose to substitute fresh turmeric root for powder.
      • Use 1” of fresh finely chopped (pureed) turmeric root for every 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Black pepper – organic, fresh ground.
  • Filtered tap or spring water.
  • Saucepan – i.e. glass or stainless steel, NOT aluminum, NOT Teflon coated.
  • Coconut oil – organic, cold pressed, unrefined.
    • Can be incorporated into the recipe or given at correct daily dosage, along with the Golden Paste at meal time or treat time (see further below).
  • Optional ingredients
Add the following ingredients to your saucepan:
  • ¼ cup turmeric powder (or fresh root as per above).
  • 1 teaspoon up to 1.5 tsp fresh-ground black pepper.
  • Optional ingredients –
    • 1 tbs other 1safe, appropriate herb or spice.
  • Mix these ingredients thoroughly but gently – powders become airborne if not gently stirred! And please note turmeric contains a strong natural dye (curcumin) that can stain clothes, carpet, counter tops etc.
Then add: 
  • 1 ¼ cup filtered or spring water.
  • Note – if you want to incorporate coconut oil directly into the golden paste, reduce the amount of water by ¼ cup, and add ¼ cup coconut oil.
    • Personally I prefer to make the recipe with water, and add the coconut oil in the correct dosage per each dog or cat at his/her meals. 
    • By doing so I can ensure the daily intake of coconut oil matches the individual animal’s weight requirements. 
    • Daily dosage for coconut oil, cautions, and instructions on introducing coconut oil to your dogs and cats diet is provided here
    • For dogs and cats that cannot have coconut oil (due to a contradiction or ‘dislike’) another appropriate-to-your-animal, high quality fat can be used.
  • Mix the powdered herbs/spices and liquid gently, making sure to completely blend the herbs/spices with the water to yield a smooth thick paste.
  • You can add a little more water if you need to do so.
  • Place the sauce pan on the stove top, on low heat setting for 7 minutes, stir occasionally.
  • Remove from heat after 7 minutes.
  • Don’t worry if you have left the golden paste on for slightly longer.
  • Allow the Golden Paste to cool.
How to Store the  Golden Paste: 
  • Transfer the cooled Golden Paste to a glass container/jar.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • You can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as required to suit your situation.
How to Use Golden Paste
When introducing any new item to your dog or cats diet do so gradually. Start at a very low dose and increase slowly. Golden paste can be used short-term or long-term to suit your animals’ situation.

Daily Dosage General Guidelines
Minimum dose
1/16 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight, 1x per day.
Standard dose
1/8 tsp, per 10 lbs of body weight, 1x to 2x per day.
Maximum dose
Varies per animal and condition being treated.

How to Add Golden Paste to Your Dog and Cat’s Diet

How to Introduce Golden Paste to Your Dog or Cat's Diet
Introduce golden paste to your dog or cat by adding a small amount to a meal or treat. 

Examples of homemade treat recipes:
Daily Use Tips
Golden paste can be served with food at meal time or with treats as noted above.
Or serve golden paste with a little pure raw unpasteurized honey, yogurt, cheese, coconut oil, ghee, or fresh food such as meat, fruit or veg. 

If you are using for preventative maintenance of a healthy animal - use a low daily dosage.
If you are treating an active, or chronic ailment, the dosage can be adjusted up from the standard daily dosage to the individual animal’s tolerance level.

Cautions, Contradictions, Drug Interactions

Golden Paste is not for every dog and cat.

For a list of cautions, contradictions and drug interactions:
1‘Safe’ is used as a relative term, meaning safe for most dogs and cats. As with all ingested substances (foods, herbs, etc.) before you introduce a new item to your animal’s diet, make sure you thoroughly research relevant drug, food, health condition interactions, contradictions, cautions and side effects. 
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