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Vet Talks: Superherb Turmeric and It’s uses For Pet Health

Posted 2020-11-12


Overall health and vitally of a canine companion is extremely important to all pet parents. There are some wonderful natural herbal supplements that can help achieve this. Turmeric is one of those super herbs. Including Turmeric in your pet’s daily diet will help prevent health disorders in the future and keep your cat or dog healthy for longer. Here’s why.

Many of us have Turmeric sitting in our spice cabinets for use in seasoning, but did you know that in humans and pets, Turmeric also has qualities as an antibacterial agent, anticoagulant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogen, and neuroprotector? In my veterinary practice, I frequently prescribe turmeric with much success for inflammatory processes (arthritis,uveitis, vasculitis) and for pets with diabetic conditions, and pet cancer patients. I also take it daily myself because of its powerful medicinal properties!

Turmeric has been around for around 4000 years. It is derived from the root of the turmeric plant, Curcumin longa. It’s a perennial in the ginger family, native to south Asia. It has a distinct yellow color, and is slightly bitter—but also sweet tasting. It is used primarily for cooking in curries, pickling spices, yellow cakes, ice cream, cake icing, and cereals. The active component of turmeric is Curcumin.

However, you can’t just give regular turmeric powder to your pets. The oral bioavailability of Turmeric can be a problem, meaning that it is not absorbed well into a pet’s body if given by mouth. If black pepper or liposomal substances such as coconut oil or ghee is mixed with turmeric, it is absorbed more rabidly throughout the body. NHV Natural Pet Product’s Turmeric supplement contains black pepper to increase the bioavailability. NHV’s supplement has been used with success to help reduce inflammation, pain, digestive disorders and as a cancer support for pets.

NHV Turmeric Supplement

There are some precautions with turmeric in general. There have been some studies that suggest that turmeric may aggravate existing liver issues such as bile duct obstruction, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before giving it to a pet with liver disease. Since turmeric is a binding agent that is useful in alleviating loose stools and diarrhea, be sure your pet has plenty of fresh water available to prevent potential constipation. Turmeric is also anticoagulant, so I recommend discontinuing it before a surgical procedure. And remember, that beautiful yellow color of powdered turmeric does stain fur, carpet and hands, so be careful when handling!

I LOVE turmeric, it has helped me for years, and all my animals are on it too!

“If you have any questions regarding turmeric and its uses for your pet’s health, please do contact me for a vet consult, or contact your NHV Pet Expert for free advise.

Dr. Hillary Cook is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for fifteen years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats and chickens. When time allows, you can find her in the garden or on the tennis court!

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