Turmeric Can Keep Your Pet Healthy Too
It's often prescribed in combination with other natural herbs. In fact, commercial formulas are available that contain turmeric. For example, some vets use AP-Mag™, a multi-herb formula for skin lesions. (xii.30)
What Diseases is Turmeric Traditionally Used for in Pets?
Traditional Ayurvedic veterinarians and herbalists recommend turmeric to prevent or treat many diseases. These are the same conditions turmeric compounds help in humans (links provided): (xii.30-32)
- Providing symptom relief for bone and muscle conditions.
- Cancer treatment.
- Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy.
- Treating inflammatory skin sores.
- Maintaining healthy skin and hair.
- Promoting a healthy liver
- Pain relief.
- Helping treat traumatic injury.
How Is Turmeric Used with Other Herbs?
Turmeric is often combined with other herbs and even conventional treatments (e.g., chemotherapy drugs) to treat multiple symptoms or diseases at the same time. For example, turmeric might be given in equal amounts with burdock, ginseng, and astragalus to treat an older, overweight dog with liver cancer and arthritis. (xii.30)
Turmeric's antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and circulatory supportive properties would be used to help treat the inflammation in arthritis. These properties would also inhibit inflammatory factors and reduce free radical damage caused by the cancer, helping the liver function better. All the herbs would work together to boost the immune system and help stop cancer growth and spread. (xii.30)
Evidence of Benefit in Animals
Modern research supports many of the Ayurvedic and herbal veterinarian uses of turmeric. For example, turmeric and curcumin have been shown to be comparable to the NSAID phenylbutazone and other effective drugs that prevent tumors forming in response to carcinogens. (xii.30)
Results of studies conducted on specific conditions indicate turmeric and curcumin could help prevent or treat a number of them, including: (xii.30)
- Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Constipation and poor digestion
- Diabetes (especially curcumin) and associated weight gain
- Eye infections (both internally and externally)
- Fungal infections (external application)
- Laminitis (as an anti-inflammatory support for other treatments)
- Skin abscesses and wounds (topical application)
- Snake bites (as an adjunct to conventional antivenoms)
- Stomach ulcers
- Ticks (used externally)
Recommended Dosages in Animals
Turmeric can be used in whole dried herb form or in a supplemental form containing just the curcuminoids from turmeric. Experts advise caution using turmeric in pregnancy because it may cause uterine contractions. Generally, powdered turmeric contains 0.6% curcumin. (xii.30)
|Dogs||½-1 teaspoon twice daily||5-10 mg/kg body weight
(i.e., 45-90 mg for a 20 pound dog)
|2.5-5 mg/kg body weight
We recommend that a trained professional always be consulted first and encourage you to discuss the use of turmeric (or any herb or supplement) before treating a sick or injured pet. Herbs can be powerful medicines that may interfere with other drugs or be contraindicated with your pet's specific conditions.
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