As dogs age, they develop health problems and ailments (just like us). The most common conditions that affect senior pups are arthritis, gastrointestinal issues, cancers, and heart problems. Turmeric for dogs is not only a natural way to treat some of these the painful conditions, it can actually prevent them from forming and increase your dog’s lifespan.
As a spice, turmeric is used in many delicious recipes (did you know it gives curry its yellow color?), but it does more than add zing to your chicken dinner. For hundreds of years, it’s also been used for for its natural medicinal. Packed with health benefits, the plant-based spice is especially effective at reducing inflammation and joint stiffness, increasing digestive health, and even warding off some cancers.
In the Whole Dog Journal, Todd Czarnecki, a DVM and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, claims that turmeric can have all sorts of healing powers for dogs, too. This is especially true for dogs who suffer from canine arthritis. Curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, is a natural anti-inflammatory and is proven just as effective at easing arthritis pain as medications like aspirin. Studies have also shown curcumin’s ability to stop the growth of tumors and actually kill cancer cells. (Always check with your vet for advice on treating your pup with supplements).
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Why we like it:
- Bacon flavored!
- Easy to chew
- Helps pups feel energetic
You won’t have to wrap this bacon-flavored turmeric chew in peanut butter for your dog to gobble it down. Not only does it taste like a treat, it contains a blend of organic ingredients like turmeric, curcumin, BioPerine, and coconut oil to help with your pups joints and digestive tract, while also providing and extra does of immunity and cognitive support.
Promising review: “My dog suffers from a birth defect in her back right hip and knee joints. Before taking this supplement she was NOT using her leg at all. After 4 days she was walking on it, and after a week she was running! I don’t usually like to go out of my way to write a review but this stuff is wonderful!”
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Why we like it:
- Contains no flours, yeasts or animal by-products
- Features quercetin to help reduce alleviate allergy symptoms
- All natural ingredients
If your pup suffers from allergies in addition to joint inflammation, this is the turmeric treat for her. The soft chews contain quercetin, a plant compound that naturally blocks histamines and effectively treats allergy symptoms like sneezing and itching. Made with natural ingredients like apple and sweet potato, your pup will love the taste and finally get some relief from her pain.
Promising review: “We have a golden retriever who has severe hip problems. We started her on these bars and within a few weeks there was a noticeable difference. She was laying around not moving much, to walking a lot. The more she moved, the stronger she got, and she is now amazing. You would think nothing was wrong with her. The vet is amazed as well. Hope they work as well for your fur baby as they do for ours.”
Why we like it:
- Contains Omega-3s like fish oil and flaxseed
- Flavored with pumpkin and coconut
- Spirulina for anti-inflammatory powers
This turmeric chew tastes so good, it’s like a dessert for your dog (pups love coconut!). In addition to containing a healthy dose of turmeric for joint health, these treats are packed with omega-3s to help boost your dog’s mobility and relieve her pain. If you have an older gal, this preservative-free chew will make her feel like a puppy again.
Promising review: “My 15-year-old shepherd/lab mix was having considerable difficulty with her hips due to arthritis. Since using these chews, she is moving faster, bounding (!), and much more playful. She seems to love the taste, and they are obviously helping.”