How to Get Rid of Worms in a Dog Without Going to the Vet

Symptoms of worms in dogs vary, based on the type of worm and the dog’s general health. A dog’s health depends on the lifestyle and the diet provided by the human primary caregiver.

Yet, no matter how prudent the dog owner is, dog worm infestations are common as they will always go to places and eat things they are not supposed to. In doing so, they expose themselves to numerous types of external and internal parasites.

Symptoms of worms in dogs

Between the two, internal parasites or worms are more difficult to detect. A dedicated dog owner should know the essentials of worm infestation in dogs. In doing so, proper treatment and prevention are sure to follow.


Types of Worms in Dogs

It is often frightening for dog owners to even think that there are worms inside their beloved pets. Yet, worms do find their way into dogs, especially those who frequent the outdoors.

Some of them reside in the tissue and others in the intestines. There are worms that stay alive inside a dog but doesn’t cause harm. Others can often be tolerated when they are in small numbers.

But when their populations explode, therein lies the problem.

Common Worms a Dog can Acquire:

1.) Roundworms

These worms are also known as ascarids. They are white worms that resemble white noodles. Roundworms reside in a dog’s intestines and can grow up to 20 centimeters or eight inches long.


These worms consume the food in the dog’s intestines. As long as there is food for them, they will continue to lay eggs. 

symptoms of worms in dogs
Below are more facts about roundworms that any dog owner should consider:

  • How Does it Spread?.  Once ingested by the dog, roundworms travel via the bloodstream, straight toward the lungs. When they reach the lungs, the body tries to expel them by coughing them out.  When they reach the oral cavity, they are swallowed again. The larval stage of the worm travel through the dog’s liver and brain.
  • Manifestations. Dog owners may never notice their pets having these worms until the worms show up in the dog’s excrement.  Roundworms cause vomiting, bloating, and diarrhea. The dog also tends to be hungry all the time and while voracious at first, would then suddenly stop eating.
  • Level of danger to dogs and humans. Untreated puppies acquire roundworms from their mothers. The roundworms could migrate to the womb or to the teats.  When untreated, the worms could rupture their bowels. Pregnant dogs are usually treated for roundworms.

These intestinal worms are detrimental to children. That is why dogs should never be allowed to defecate in play areas for children, particularly in the sandbox.


Roundworms can stay dormant in a sandbox for years. The moment they enter the child’s body, they migrate to the brain, liver, eyes, or lungs. They become encysted there permanently.

2.) Tapeworm

It is called a tapeworm mainly because of how it looks like. Its structure consists of a series of white segments linked together like pieces of tape.


Tapeworms keep joining together until they reach several feet in length. Then, they drop off strategically to reproduce. Each segment that falls off contains eggs that look like rice grains that wriggle.


They look like pieces of rice in the dog’s stool. Sometimes, they stick to the dog’s anus like tiny clusters of white eggs. 

symptoms of worms in dogs
  • How Does it Spread?. Many varieties of tapeworms exist. Some hitch a ride on fleas, so if the dog is infested with fleas, it is likely that tapeworms are also in the dog’s body.  People can acquire tapeworms if they ingest a flea from a dog. Swallowing a flea is possible, since it is almost invisible. It effortlessly makes its way to a plate or a hand that holds a chip.
  • Level of danger to dogs and humans. Tapeworms are not detrimental to a dog. It is often referred to as a smart endoparasite. However, it is dangerous to people because they can cause liver disease.

3.) HookWorm

This parasitic worm resembles a hookworm, but it has hook-like teeth at its anterior end. The six teeth grab onto the dog’s intestines so that it can suck its blood.


Here are more things about hookworms a dog owner should know:

Symptoms of worms in dogs
  • Level of danger to dogs.  A hookworm changes its attachment point several times a day. Because they consume a lot of blood from the dog’s body, the host experiences iron-deficiency and anemia. 
Hookworms can kill an older dog, but it can kill a puppy more quickly. Puppies become infested through their mother’s milk. Deaths in a young litter of pups might be caused by hookworms. Anemia in puppies can indicate hookworm infestation as well.

4.) Heartworm

These six-inch long worms live in the large blood vessels and in the heart. The following are more details about heartworms:


Symptoms of dogs in worm
  • Mode of transmission. Spread by tree-hole mosquitoes that breed in oak trees, these worms are highly likely to be present in areas where there are oaks. Heartworms are not easily detected. The dog remains asymptomatic until the infestation reaches its advanced stage.

5.) Whipworm

These intestinal parasites can only be diagnosed by vets through diagnostic tests.

symptoms of worms in dogs

Whipworms are small parasites which measure about 2 inches long and tapered at one end, like a whip. They commonly inhabit attach the colons of dogs and feed on dog’s blood. 


You won’t be able to see them, unless your dog passes them in a clump in his stool. Signs of whipworms include diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.


Your dog can pick up whipworms by swallowing the eggs in soil, water or other places that may contain dog feces.


How Do Dogs Get Worms?

It is common for a dog to get worms through ingestion. 
 
The dog ingests an organism that serves as the primary host to the worm (a flea).

This usually happens during grooming another pet or self-grooming. Rodents, birds, or rabbits can transmit eggs as well.

When the tapeworm eggs finally settle in the dog’s small intestine, it starts to develop into a mature tapeworm.

A mature tapeworm is made of numerous segments (proglottids). They can grow up to 28 inches long.

The tapeworm’s segments fall off, settling in the stool. The segments harbor the tapeworm’s eggs. When the dog defecates, the tapeworm’s eggs will be scattered, waiting for a flea to inhabit. The cycle continues.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), proglottids are usually seen crawling on fresh feces or near the anus of dogs.

These tapeworm eggs are then released into the surrounding environment once the segment dries. Sometimes, the dried proglottids can even stick to the dog’s fur.

Symptoms of Worms in Dogs

Common Clues Your Dog Has a Parasite Infection:

Weight Loss
Coughing
Vomiting (worms may be present)
Scruffy Fur or Dull Coat
Intermittent or Frequent Diarrhea (with Mucus or Blood in Feces) 
Excessive Itching or Scooting, particularly near the anus
Bloated Belly
Loss of  Appetite
Malnutrition
Skin Irritations
Swollen Abdomen
Weakness / Lethargic

Some worms are not visible to the naked eyes. In case your dogs  are showing these kinds of symptoms,  get a fecal test analyzed by your vet  to confirm a diagnosis of worms. 


White Worms in a Dog’s Feces

If the dog’s feces have been left for some time and the dog owner finds white worms in it, the dog owner should not conclude right away that the dog has worms.

Those white worms could be maggots from flies that colonized the feces while they were still fresh. Checking the dog’s stool regularly helps identify what the dog’s health needs.

When the dog owner sees white worms in the dog’s fresh feces, it is a sign of a tapeworm infestation.

Kibble-fed dogs are much more susceptible to worms than raw fed dogs because parasites love the starch and sugars in kibble.


How To Prevent Worms in Dogs

  • Avoid feces become infested with worm larvaeClean your dog's living area  to remove feces and other waste materials at least once a week. Doing this will remarkably lower the risk of worm infestations in your pets. Also, wash and sanitize dog's bedding every week to prevent fleas from breeding.
  • Check your dog’s fur, anus, or stool for fleas regularly and seek de-wormer treatment  immediately. Not all worms can be seen by our naked eye, by doing this check up periodically can help prevent a more serious infection and keep your dog healthy.
  • Clean the Dog's AreaTo prevent hookworms, dog's play area or kennel run needs to be cleaned regularly.  Hookworms live in soil and may either get into a dog through the skin on his feet or get ingested by the dog while he is grooming his feet.
  • Dispose any stagnant water outdoor to avoid mosquito breeding. Dogs can easily get heartworms through bites from infected mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes pick up heartworms when they bite an infected dog, coyote or fox,  hence they transmit the heartworms to the next dog  they can bite.
  • Get rid of slugs and snails Snails and slugs can infect your dog with lungworms so its better to keep these pesky  molluscs away from your backyard. They leave slime trails on dog toys which can cause your dogs to get infected once they eat them.

Lungworms are difficult to diagnose, but if your dog has trouble breathing or frequent coughing, or experiences weight loss, have your vet check your dog for lungworms.

How to Get Rid of Worms in a Dog without Going to the Vet 

Dog owners should de-worm their dogs regularly to keep the dog and the surrounding people or animals healthy and safe. 

If left unchecked, the worms can cause terrible suffering or death. Some parasitic worms in canines can even jump from pets to other animals or to people.



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You can take appropriate steps to get rid of worms once you know for sure that your dog is infected, this process is called deworming

Basically, treatments include a lot of chemicals and may contain elements that are hazardous for your pet and can lead to negative side effects.
But instead, you can try the natural route by starting out a healthy diet to help your dogs build strong immune system while keeping them worm-free. And raw meat based diet or whole foods is the best option.

Food as Natural Dewormer for Dogs

Good thing there are some natural ways to get rid of  worms. If you don't feel like feeding harsh, synthetic de-wormers to your pets, here are some of the known organic solutions to get rid of or keep away intestinal parasites:

  • Kefir. This is a fermented food item, non-dairy is best for dogs which can be in the form of raw goat milk or coconut milk. You can make your own or you can purchase these non-dairy kefir products from the local health food shops or grocery stores. 
natural dewormer for dogs
Feeding Directions:
  • Add the kefir to your dog meal or give it as a special treat.
Size of Dog
Dosage
Small 
1 tsp to 1 tbsp a day
Medium
1 to 2 tbsp a day
Large
2 to 3 tablespoons a day

  • Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds. These potent vermifuge have been traditionally used as an anthelmintic (a substance that helps expel intestinal parasites) in both pets and humans.  They contain high levels of amino acid known as "cucurbitin"  that helps paralyze and eliminate the worms. This prevents the worms  from holding on to the intestinal walls hence can be easily expelled from the body during a bowel movement.  
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Feeding Directions (for 2 weeks):
  • Grind the seeds using a coffee grinder or a blender and sprinkle it in your dog’s food. ( Note: only use raw, organic unsalted pumpkin seeds).
  • Give 1/2 teaspoon per 10 pounds of your dog’s weight once a day.
  • Feed the appropriate amount daily to eliminate worms in 2 weeks.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  This raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar is known as a natural food that kills parasites.  This is very popular remedy to eliminate worms because of its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.    It’s natural and safe for your dog to digest.
symptoms of worms in dogs
Feeding Directions:
  • Start by adding 1/4 of a tsp  or 1 tsp of ACV to  your dog food or water once a day.  Doing this will create a more alkaline digestive system which is less attractive to parasites. 
  • Only use raw, organic , unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to see good results. 

  • GARLIC.  Seemed like conventional vets panic when they hear that you're feeding garlic to your dog.  I can vouch that feeding garlic to your dog isn't toxic at all. I fed it to my dogs for about 15 years and they live longer than expected.  In fact feeding your Fido in moderate quantities, garlic can help deworm your dog and human.  It helps remove mucus from your dog’s stomach lining, making it hard for the worms to thrive and attach.  However, like most things that are otherwise good for us, it should be used in MODERATION, all you need is to know how to use it safely.  Besides, garlic is something that has been used as an effective home remedy for centuries by pet owners with no side effects.
garlic for dogs
Feeding Directions:
  • Peel the garlic and chop, mince or grate.  Let it sit for about 10-12 minutes before adding them to your dog food. NoteChopping or mincing garlic will release or activate the compound called "allicin" - a pungent, oily liquid with anti-bacterial properties found in garlic.
  • Allicin degrades quickly, so feed the garlic right away after the "sitting" period to maximize the benefits.
  • Use a level measuring spoon to determine the right amount of garlic according to your dog's weight for  consistency and exact dosing.

How Much Garlic Should You Give to your Dog?

Size of Dog
Dosage Per Day
5 lbs
1/6 tsp 
10 lbs
1/3 tsp 
15 lbs
1/2 tsp 
20 lbs
2/3 tsp 
30 lbs
1 tsp

Refrain from feeding garlic if your dog is  taking these  medications.


Insulin
High Blood Pressure
Chemotherapy meds
Heart Medications
Antacids
Blood Thinners
Blood Thinners
Immune Suppresant

Cautio​n for Puppies and Pregnant/Nursing Dogs

  • Pregnant Dogs -  Be cautious when feeding garlic to your pregnant dogs. It is recommended to consult your vet when administering garlic to them. Moreover,  no garlic for nursing dogs as it can change the taste of their breast milk.
  • Puppies -  Never try feeding garlic if your puppy is under 6 months old. Basically, puppies don't produce new red blood cells while they are young like about 8 week or less.
  • 6 Months to 1 year old Puppies - Take precaution and just feed half of the regular dose.

  • Unsweetened Dried Coconut Flakes/Meat.  Coconut flakes or meat can act as a  vermifuge and is highly effective (about 90%) in expelling tapeworm from the body. Besides, it also has a pleasant smell and taste for your dog to enjoy it with their food.
symptoms of worms in dogs
Feeding Directions:
  • Sprinkle unsweetened dried coconut meat into your dog food. 
  • Repeat 2x a day for 10 days
Size of Dog
Dosage Per Day
Small dog
1 tsp 
Medium dog
2 tsp 
Large dog
1 tbsp

Fruits Or Veggies for Dogs

Fruits or vegetables that are rich in vitamin A are efficient natural remedies that help slow down or eliminate parasitic worms.  

Just follow the proper dosage when feeding your dogs and don't go overboard because they can upset their digestive system especially when you first introduce them into their diet.

symptoms of worms in dogs
Feeding Directions:
  • Start slow to get your dog accustomed with fruits and veggies. Feed them 1/2  a teaspoon of fruits or vegetables for every 10 pounds of body weight daily (at least a week ) until they get used to them.  After that, you can increase the dosage to 1/2 a teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice a day at mealtimes. 
Fruits and vegetables that have high levels of vitamin A include:
Squash
Papaya fruit
Watercress
Cantaloupe
Grated Raw Carrots
Green Veggies (like spinach, kale etc.)
Pumpkin 
Asparagus
Cucumber
Green Peas
Pineapple
Fennel


Chelsea is a qualified veterinarian with background in animal care and training services. She loves dogs and at personal level, understands the powerful, emotional connection that dogs and humans have with each other.

Chelsea Moore / DVM


Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are for informational and educational purposes only.

12 Reasons To Give your Older Dog Turmeric Everyday

What is Turmeric for Dogs?

There are lots of reasons you should give your dog turmeric. Believe it or not, this little spice is making a headway in holistic pet medicine that can essentially make a huge impact in your dog’s health and even the lifespan.

Dog's health has always been a relevant topic to those who have canines as family members. Despite the numerous pet medications available, most dog owners prefer to go organic or natural replacement.

One of the most renowned spices used in improving health is turmeric.

This golden relative of the humble ginger has long been used as medicine since its discovery about 4,000 years ago. To this day, turmeric is a spice for cooking and religious rituals.

Also known as Indian saffron, turmeric has always been beneficial to health. It is no surprise that this golden spice is now used for man’s best friend as well.


What is Curcumin?

Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin. It is an organic compound that offers a wide variety of health benefits to you and your dog.

This herb has antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties and can even fight cancer.

Curcumin is also effective in healing wounds more quickly, and in fighting conditions such as liver disease, arthritis, diabetes  cancer, gastrointestinal issues, Alzheimer and more.

Senior dogs move slower because of the pain and discomfort brought about by arthritis. Curcumin helps reduce their pain because of its anti-inflammatory effects.

Since this compound is also an antioxidant, it also helps retard aging and degeneration in canines. It essentially lengthens the life of canines.

12 Health Benefits of Turmeric

There are numerous studies supporting the health benefits of turmeric. Dogs can benefit from this golden spice, especially if they take it regularly.

  • Helps with Arthritis and Chronic Pain
  • Reduces Blood Clots 
  • Acts as an AntiOxidant and Prevent Cancer
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Helps to Prevent Cataracts
  • Promotes Healthy Joints in Senior Dogs
  • ​​​​Fights Aging by Reducing & Preventing Chronic Inflammation
  • Used as Treatment for Epilepsy
  • Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Keeps the Heart Heathy
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Promotes Healthy Brain Activity in Aging Dogs

Turmeric as a Powerful Antioxidant

Because turmeric is a potent antioxidant, it is beneficial for dogs. This golden spice makes dogs live longer because it slows down their aging process.

Free radicals surround dogs every day. These unpaired electron invaders accumulate in and then damage the dog’s cells. They are by-products of metabolism. 

There are times when the dog’s immune system makes free radicals to battle bacteria and viruses. Free radicals also form when canines are exposed to toxins, chemicals, pollution, pesticides, and processed foods.

When free radicals accumulate in the cells, their electrons make them react to various compounds in a very unstable way. Doing so allows them to catch another electron to initiate their stability. Free radicals take the nearest stable molecule. 

They steal the electron of that molecule to become stable, leaving the molecule to turn into a free radical. The cycle then repeats itself.
This is oxidative stress. It damages proteins, DNA, and cells in the dog’s body, bringing forth diseases such as cancer.

Curcumin in turmeric can treat and even prevent diseases with chronic inflammation.

Turmeric Shows Promise with Cancer Patient

Chronic inflammation can lead to cancer and turmeric is a powerful antioxidant.

Latest studies show evidence that turmeric can benefit both people and animals suffering from joint or muscle inflammation, cancer, and recurring cysts.

Many dogs are diagnosed with such ailments, which often give way to other disorders. Kidney diseases, allergies, and problems with digestion are only some of these ailments.

When dogs develop this ailment, their oncologists usually prescribe traditional cancer medications. These drugs are synthetic and expensive. Turmeric can battle these disorders without side effects.

According to the American Cancer Society, curcumin in turmeric prevents the growth of the cyst and prevents it from metastasizing. It can also kill cancerous cells and shrinks tumors.

Most of the adult dogs today are prone to cancer, so turmeric  being a powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory can help avoid the formation of cancer and protect your dog from inflammation.


Is Turmeric Safe for Dogs?

Lots of people have been using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory and as a delicious spice particularly in Indian and Pakistani dishes. Health-wise, this golden yellow spice relieves chest pains, toothaches, hemorrhaging, and menstrual cramps.

The health benefits of this golden yellow spice have attracted dog owners as well because of their need for organic pet treatments.

On its own, turmeric is not a pleasant thing for dogs to eat. Dog owners can add it to their pet’s food or baked treats to make it easier to consume.

There are also turmeric capsules, which dog owners usually give to finicky dogs. Even if they come with instructions, they should be discussed with the veterinarian first.

This is to make sure they are given based on the right dosages. Starting at a very low dosage is always best. Monitor how the dog tolerates turmeric.

If they take them well, the dog owner could discuss increasing the dosage with the veterinarian.

Yes, turmeric is safe for dogs. Accompanied by black pepper and a healthy oil can help the body absorb the spice herb effectively.  

You can mix turmeric with their food or baked homemade treats.

You can also create a golden paste which can make it easier to administer the spice to your pet.


Golden Paste for Dogs Recipe

For now, you're likely convinced how this wonderful turmeric can help with your pup's health.

So, you decided to incorporate turmeric on your dog's diet but there are some important things you need to know first before giving turmeric to your dogs.

The curcumin which is the active ingredients in turmeric is NOT easily absorbed by the body but don't worry, here's one practical tip below.

1.) Golden Paste Recipe

One good tip is to pair turmeric with ground black pepper and a healthy oil like coconut oil or olive oil to increase absorption.

A phytochemical substance found in black pepper called "piperine" helps boost turmeric's absorption by up to 2000% from the digestive system into the bloodstream.

 Studies confirmed that turmeric’s potency may be as good as fourteen prescription medications.

It is also more advantageous because it does not have any side effects. Taking this golden paste recipe every day can improve nutrient absorption. This paves the way for other health benefits to surface.

Golden Paste Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of organic turmeric powder
  • 1 cup of water (distilled)
  • 1/2 tbsp of ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Ceylon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of organic coconut oil (or bone broth if your pet cannot tolerate coconut oil) 

Directions:

  • 1
    Put the water in the pan and slowly warm it.
  • 2
    Once it's warm, add the turmeric powder and stir  while simmering the mixture to a very low heat.
  • 3
    Stir and let it cook for about 6-7 minutes until the consistency becomes thick.
  • 4
    Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl. 
  • 5
    Then add the coconut oil or (bone broth), ground pepper + cinnamon. Mix it thoroughly.
  • 6
    Pour the finished golden paste into a clean, dry glass jar and store in the fridge. It can last for about a month.


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2.) Turmeric Gravy Recipe

Feeding Instructions:
  • Put 1 tsp of turmeric powder in a cup.
  • Add boiled water to the ingredient until the cup is 1/3 full.
  • Mix and let it cool down a bit then add 16 grinds or black pepper + a dessert spoon of olive oil (or coconut oil).
  • Add the turmeric gravy into your dog's meal, mix it or let it soaked in.
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Turmeric Dosage for Dogs

How much Turmeric for Dogs? The right amount of turmeric usually depends on the pet’s weight. A small breed dog should take less turmeric than a larger dog.

Dosage of Golden Paste for Dogs

I tried feeding this golden paste mixture to my dog for every each meal and I also learned that it leaves their system quickly.    
  • Start by adding 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of golden paste to each meal
  • You can increase the dosage in small amount every 5 days and work up from there to gauge their tolerance.
  • For healthy dogs, stick with the lower dosage of 1/4 – 1/2 tsp per meal, because giving more gives them diarrhea.
  • Ultimately, you want to do 1/4 tsp for every 10 lbs of body weight.  
  • Important:  Start slow and increase the dosage gradually.

Dog's Weight

Golden Paste Dosage 

Small Dogs

start with about 1/4 tsp per day

Medium Dogs

start with 1/2 tsp per day

Large Dogs

start with 3/4 tsp per day

Giant Dogs

start with 1 tsp per day

Note: All dogs are different.  It helps the dog owner identify any adverse effects from ingesting turmeric if you start with the dosage slow and increase it gradually.


A dog can assimilate turmeric up to 3x a day, but the initial dosage should start at once a day. 


Turmeric Supplement Dosage (In Capsule)

If in case you decided to go the turmeric supplement route, make sure to purchase the high-quality ones from reputable sources. 

The market is saturated with fake supplements that contain little to no curcumin, therefore do your own research and read the fine print.

Here is a guide in giving Turmeric Supplement to the family’s loyal companion. This is for capsule or straight turmeric powder.

Dog's Weight

Turmeric Dosage 

1 to 10 lbs.

½  capsule or 1/16 to 1/8 tsp of a powder

10 to 20 lbs.

½ capsule to 1 capsule or 1/8 tsp to ¼ tsp of a powder

20 to 50 lbs

1 to 2 capsules or ¼ tsp. to 1 tsp. powder

50 to 100 lbs.

1 to 2 capsules or 1 to 2 tsp powder

More than 100 lbs.

2 tsp or the equivalent of an adult human dose of capsules

Quick Tip: Adding straight powder to your dog's food is a waste of time without adding the "bioavailability boosters" to help with absorption— it will just pass through the dog’s body without being absorbed.


What You Should Know Before Buying Turmeric

It is recommended to buy high quality organic turmeric at your local health stores or co-op rather than the grocery stores.  

But how can you be sure you are buying something that will give you all the claimed benefits? What should you be looking for?

1.) Dosage - Concentrated Curcumin
Always read the fine print and be watchful that the product contains 95% curcuminoids to ensure high potency​.

Don't be deceived by the low price which generally contains a fraction of curcumin and may be grown in an environment often laden with pesticides and padded with other harmful chemicals.

2.)  Absorption - Adding Black Pepper to the Mix
You may not realize that curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body. So, it is essential to add the ground black pepper to the mixture to maximize its bioavailability (or absorption).

Black pepper contains an active ingredient called piperine that boosts the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%.

3.) Buy Organic 
When buying organic turmeric means there is nothing synthetic, chemical-laden or GMO in its content. Hence, conventionally  grown turmeric is often sprayed with pesticides which could impact the quality of the end product.

How to Give Turmeric to Your Dog

Some dogs do not like the taste of turmeric and it must be disguised.
You can incorporate turmeric in your dog's diet through the following:

1.)  Make a batch of golden paste or turmeric gravy and add it to your dog's meal. Let the golden paste sit for a while before doing so.

Some picky dogs do not like having the paste mixed into their food but others do.

It is ideal to start with small amounts of the paste, gradually increasing it until the dog doesn’t mind it.

2.) Mix it with the bake gluten-free treats with turmeric powder.

My Dog Smells Like a "Cat-Pee" After Taking Turmeric

I'm not sure how did it happen, but I noticed that after days of adding turmeric to my dog's meal, my Fido starts to smell like a "cat-pee" around his face. 

But there's a simple remedy I've found,  just add Cinnamon (Ceylon) to the golden paste mixture (together with the ground black pepper of course) as per recipe above, and the smell will just fade away.


Side Effects of Turmeric for Dogs

Generally, turmeric is regarded as  an all natural alternative remedy and perfectly safe but there are few potential side effects that you need to be aware of.

  • A common symptom when trying to feed too much turmeric/curcumin too quickly is nausea.  As a precaution,  always  start slow and work up the dosage gradually.
  • Turmeric is a natural blood thinner making it a powerful agent for reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke. Dogs on blood-thinning medications may not be candidates for using turmeric. Consult with your holistic vet before adding turmeric to your dog's diet.
  • Make sure they have lots of water because Turmeric is a binding agent which can lead to constipation.  A little yogurt can also be administered to balance out the digestive flora.

BottomLine:

"Food is a Medicine" - the famous term coined by Hippocrates, who is the father of Western medicine. He believed that eating whole food is the basis for good health. 

"Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food."  ~Hippocrates

Dogs are indispensable when it comes to loyalty and love, therefore we should look out for their safety and health.

As pet owners, complete awareness of the warning signs is significant since our furry friends aren't able to tell us exactly what is wrong at a given time.

Walking an extra mile for man’s best friend is something loving dog parents always do not just a simple trip to the vet. Acquiring and preparing turmeric for dogs is definitely an expression of great love.

Turmeric is a golden warming spice that could improve any dog’s health in a significant way. It can make an impact, especially if the dog is approaching old age.

Chelsea is a qualified veterinarian with background in animal care and training services. She loves dogs and at personal level, understands the powerful, emotional connection that dogs and humans have with each other.

Chelsea Moore  //  DVM


 Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are for informational and educational purposes only.