3 Benefits of Turmeric For Dogs

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Turmeric spice is considered to be an “immune booster” in Eastern medicine and contains many active compounds, with the most active being bright yellow curcumin, which contains natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties. 


Helps joint conditions

More than 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old will suffer from arthritis, stiff joints and mobility issues. The curcumin from turmeric  is known to reduce inflammation, discomfort, stiffness, and weakness, so can therefore help ease joint pain in older dogs or dogs with mobility issues. 

Anyone who has had a dog dealing with arthritis knows just how hard it can be to see your dog struggling. Arthritis is caused by inflammation in the joints, so turmeric can be an effective complimentary treatment for chronic inflammation and so give these dogs some relief. A study conducted by Daily, Yang and Park, revealed that when used on joint pains, turmeric performed just as well as ibuprofen when it came to arthritic pain reduction. 

Furthermore, a study published in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology in 2012 found that curcumin could act as a complementary anti-inflammatory support option for osteoarthritis in dogs. 

Aids Digestion 

The curcumin can help your dog break down food by stimulating the production of additional bile in the liver. This aids in the digestion of fats, which are a huge part of a healthy dog's everyday diet. 

Powerful Antioxidant

Turmeric is also considered a powerful antioxidant, which are important to your dog’s diet as they may reduce the risk of many diseases and cancers developing. 

Cancer can form from chronic inflammation and form oxidative damage. With curcumin being both an effective anti-inflammatory supplement, and an antioxidant, it may be able to help prevent precancerous changes from advancing. 

Feeding turmeric to your hound 

Feeding turmeric on it's own isn't much benefit as the body doesn't absorb it that well.  To make the curcuminoids in turmeric more bioavailable and easily absorbed, it needs to be mixed with black pepper. This is because black pepper contains piperine, a phytochemical, that increases the bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2,000%. 

Our Innocent Hound Joint Support Sausages contain turmeric and black pepper so your hound is gaining all the benefits of the natural active ingredients, all disguised in a tasty chicken sausage.


Turmeric can interact with other drugs and supplements so please discuss with a veterinarian about your dog’s current medications and supplements before giving your dog turmeric.

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