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Turmeric Home Remedies for Dogs in Pain
Turmeric for Dogs
Turmeric spice is also a medicine and it’s becoming very popular as a cure for cancers. Turmeric cultivation is done mostly in India (and Asia), who is the world’s largest seller, grower and user of turmeric. The name is from Latin, meaning “earth-merit.”
There have been myriads of studies done on turmeric, and it’s found to be a good pain reliever to dogs. No turmeric side effects to worry about, even if a large dose is given. The dose for dog pain is 1/8 to ¼ tsp. for every ten pounds of dog weight.
What is turmeric? A member of the ginger family, turmeric is grown chiefly in Asia and India and cultivation goes back thousands of years. The root is the main part used, however tea can be made from the leaves. The bioactive compound in turmeric is called curcumin (nothing about cumin relates here) and it’s what relieves the dog’s pain. Because of this, it’s a great medicine to add to the dog’s food if it suffers from arthritis and other painful maladies.
An animal that’s had a skin injury can be helped by turmeric’s antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. A Portland, Oregon vet advises, “To treat something on the skin, simply mix honey with the turmeric to form a paste and apply it to the abrasion.” Having researched the information for this article, that exact advice for turmeric uses can be found over and over again in many places around the world. Many swear by the home remedy, especially since it’s been studied rigorously by doctors and scientists over the last half-century.
Other industries benefit from curcumin in ground turmeric; it’s an important ingredient in some dyes, cosmetics and medicines for cancer, diabetes, blood thinning and pain.
Medicinal Uses of Turmeric
It’s been well documented that laboratory studies on animals suggest that uses of turmeric (curcumin) have very significant anti-cancer properties. It’s making huge strides in cancer cures because it inhibits growth of tumors, shrinks existing ones and prevents new tumors from developing carcinogenic cancer.
Turmeric healing or curcumin’s medical talents, which are widely reported, have effects on:
- Blocking inflammation
- Kills infectious bacteria and microbes
- It improves the function and health of the heart
- It’s antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging.
- It cures stomach ailments
- It cures swimmer’s ear
- It kills sinus infections
- It kills parasites
- It prevents cataracts
- It shows great promise as a treatment for multiple sclerosis
- It heals damage from long-term diabetes and wounds caused by diabetes
Turmeric benefits and side effects: The only real affect it gives when large doses are taken is an elevated body temperature. Not to say there’s a fever, just an elevated temperature. In rare instances, people with sensitive skin may break out with a rash.
Everyone, even dog owners, should speak to someone knowledgeable about medicinal uses of turmeric before hand.