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Can Dogs Take Turmeric

Turmeric for Dogs

Over the last few years Turmeric is gaining popularity as the newest wonder herb. You might know Turmeric from its use as a spice in curry and yellow mustard but it is steeped in ancient Middle Eastern culture and Southeast Asian food, society and medicinal history.

“Turmeric has been used on the human side for years and many healing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been attributed to it,” 

                                                                                                                                                                    RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, 

“however, it hasn’t been studied as extensively in pets.”

As the studies move forward into treating dogs with turmeric. We know that it is safe in small doses. Turmeric is currently used in dog foods and snacks, however, there are no health benefits in these cases. The spice is used as a flavoring and a coloring.


Turmeric therapeutic properties are attributed to it’s curcumindos compounds. Turmeric has 3 main curcuminoids. Curcumin makes up roughly 80% of Turmeric and is thought to be the “active” part of the plant. That being said, like many other alternative medications, It is more beneficial to take the whole herb than the curcumin alone. It’s widely believed that there is synergy to taking the whole herb over just compounds that have been extracted.


With all the studies being done on Turmeric we will surely come across more health benefits for humans and pets. But what we know is that our Normans Nibbles treats have naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties. Many dogs have hip, joint or muscle pain as they age. Our treats are designed specifically with this in mind.


Again, as we study the herb more we will learn more about it. However, Turmeric is widely regarded as a safe for humans and dogs to consume. We recommend discussing this with your veterinarian especially if your pet is taking other medications or has had a recent surgery.


Make sure your dog gets the full benefit

Normans Nibbles treats are designed to give your pet 2 a day. Once in the morning and once at night. This will insure that your furry friend will receive the correct amount of our ingredients. Developed for you dog to love the flavor, the animal will surely love his daily treats. That being said, Curcumin has a low bio availability. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body and is metabolized rather quickly. What we want is the compounds to be absorbed and to stay in the body as long as possible. 2 methods to do this have been studied and are recommended to increase bio availability.


  1. Ingesting a fatty substance at the same time as curcumin.
    1. We really like coconut oil
  2. Eating it with a compound found naturally in black pepper – piperine.


What to look for when choosing turmeric for dogs.

Just like any industry. When something gains popularity at a quick rate, you will always want to make a quick buck by selling low quality products. But, we know it’s beneficial so here are some things to look out for.

  1. Make sure you are buying from a reputable company. If you are not sure, give them a call and ask your questions to customer service.
  2. Turmeric/ Curcumin must one of medicinal quality; culinary turmeric is produced for taste not the quality of the curcuminoid compounds.
  3. A proper company will have lab tests of the products available for you. Lab tests like macroscopy, microscopy, DNA & HPTLC can identify the ingredients as well as the strength of them.
  4. Make sure there are standardized quantities of the curcuminoids (the active part of the root).
  5. Check that it’s sustainable and grown using responsible practices.
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