Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

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We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.


What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being ground into the orange-yellow powder that is used as a spice.


Common names for Turmeric

There aren’t many non-scientific names other than turmeric and cucurma. In dog food, you will only see turmeric.


Why is Turmeric in Dog Food?

Turmeric is added to dog food because of its numerous health benefits (see below). It is also a flavor enhancer that can improve palatability. Many of the plants benefits are derived from the compound called curcumin, which is found in the roots and bulbs.

Is Turmeric Commonly Used in Dog Food?

Turmeric is in about 4% of all dog foods. It is used mostly in dry foods, of all the foods with turmeric as an ingredient, 96% of these were dry and only 4% were wet/canned.


Common Benefits or Risks of Turmeric

Turmeric is a source of manganese, iron and vitamin B-6.

The curumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can anti-oxidant which some research has shown can provide many benefits to the body including:

  • Supports a healthy digestive system
  • Promotes healthy skin and eyes
  • Supports the immune system
  • Promotes joint health
  • Encourages healthy liver function
  • Maintains healthy blood sugar levels within normal range


There are some studies that also suggest that turmeric can decrease the risk of and onset of some forms of cancer.


Turmeric does act as a binding agent, so proper hydration is important to reduce the likelihood that your dog experience bouts of constipation.


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

slimdoggy smileyTurmeric is safe ingredient with a plethora of health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it well suited for older dogs especially, as a way to moderate osteoarthritis symptoms. Turmeric gets the SlimDoggy Happy Face.


Miscellaneous facts about Turmeric

Turmeric is considered holy in India and has been used extensively in various Hindu ceremonies for many centuries.


Sources and further reading


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  1. Thank you for the information; I actually just bought Laika some Glucosamine supplements because unfortunately she has the early signs of arthritis. Tumeric is one of the ingredients and I had a hard time finding good information.
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  2. I add ground turmeric to Sydney and Rodrigo’s food mainly for pain relief (canine arthritis). I’ve started looking into adding it to the puppies food for the other health benefits.
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  3. There also seems to be some benefit with Tumeric and Alzheimer’s!

  4. I like this! I will add this to Harley’s regimen from time to time, for flavor and benefits. Great post Slim
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  5. Cool! Thanks for the info about Turmeric! Really liking your ABC’s of ingredients!
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  6. great information! It’s also a wonderful plant. We bought one once and all people looked on our window. Sadly then my mom killed this beautiful plant with her black thumbs. But its really worth to have a turmeric plant :o)
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  7. More great information on what’s in our dog’s food. Turmeric…I never knew. ☺
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  8. So interesting. I wonder if it would be beneficial to add to the fluffies’ food?
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  9. Thinking Katie may need some Indian dog food…or maybe just add some Turmeric to what she already gets.
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  10. Holy dog, I learn so darn much here every time I come that i think my head hurts! hahaha!
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  11. We were just looking into Tumeric because it is in our glucosamine supplements and in the Zukes treats that we LOVE to eat!
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  12. Is it possible to give Turmeric without the dog food? Like as a supplement? I’m thinking for Delilah’s liver inflammation. Do you know how I’d go about figuring out what to give her?
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  13. It seems like I’ve been seeing turmeric more lately, in treats maybe? I’m glad to know more about it, and it sounds like it might be good for Luke especially.
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  14. I’ve read good things about tumeric in relation to fighting cancer. We take a tumeric supplement, and had some on our dinner tonight. Will have to start adding some to Rita’s as well.
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  15. I have seen turmeric as an ingredient in treats as well lately.
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  16. Those are a lot of great benefits.
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  17. Great info! We’ve been sprinkling on our dog’s food after reading up on it! Sharing 🙂
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  18. Great info & confirmation of what I came across online a few weeks ago. I was looking for a natural supplement to help get our girl Missy through cancer treatment. So glad I read that you sprinkle it on top of your pups’ food. I will try the same!
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