Turmeric Dosage for Dogs – The Definitive Guide

Since we published our article on “turmeric for dog arthritis” (read here) we have been flooded with queries on how much turmeric one should give to dogs and how.

So here is a short article on turmeric dosage for dogs.

I have structured this article based on common questions asked regarding turmeric dosage for dogs.

Hope this helps in solving your queries.

Turmeric dosage for dogs?

Here is the dosage as recommended by Karen Rosenfeld.

Karen has been involved with dogs and cats for over 30 years and has developed this table based on her experience. Her own dog pack is comprised of eleven (11) dogs!

Do check out her blog its full of great info on pet care – www.ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.in

Turmeric dosage for dogs

While we have mentioned capsules, we recommend you use good quality powder ONLY and make a golden paste or other things such a dog treats from it.

Also – always start slow and small. Give just 1/3rd of the max quantity or even less to start with. If all goes well for a few days increase the dosage.

If you need a hand in identifying a good brand, here is our list of recommended brands.

1. Does turmeric dosage vary based on disorder?

Well if we go by how humans are advised to take turmeric – it should not.

This makes sense too. As turmeric is not like modern medicine at all.

But yes, one can change the dosage a bit based on the severity of the problem.

For example, if you are giving turmeric to your perfectly health dog, the below mentioned dosage works very well.

It would even work in case of minor issues.

But, for example, if your dog is in severe pain a high dosage for a few days is also fine.

Exactly the same principle is also applicable for humans.

2. Does turmeric dosage vary based on weight?

how much turmeric to give to dogs

The opinion varies on this one. Some say yes, some say no.

We do follow and recommend a weight based turmeric dosage.

You will wonder, then why we do not follow a weight-based dosage for humans, why for dogs then?

This is a good question and here is a logical explanation –

Weight of an adult human does not vary a lot from person to person (unless one is obese or extremely underweight). For example average weight for 5 feet 6 inches adult is 65 kgs while that of 6 feet is 74 kgs. Basically, a 13% difference between the two.

But that is not the case with dogs – an adult Pug weighs much less (13-18 lbs) than adult Great Dane (110-180 lbs). Thus a Great den is 10 times larger!! Similarly, a Poodle (11-17 lbs) will always be much smaller as compared to a German Shepherd Dog (75-95 lbs) which is 7 times larger.

Thus, it may be wrong to give the same dosage of turmeric to an adult pug and adult great den.

That’s why we believe a weight-based dosage for dogs is a better method.

Turmeric Dosage for Dogs – The Definitive Guide

3. Don’t we need black pepper and fats for absorption?

As we know turmeric is poorly absorbed in the human body. The same is the case with dogs too.

Thus, black pepper or fats should be used for dogs too.

One way is to make golden paste (recipe here) and give it directly or add it to their feed.

4. Should I give turmeric dose once or multiple times?

Multiple times a day seems better. It has several benefits:

If you have added turmeric to treats, a small quantity will almost go unnoticed to them and not change the taste.

Secondly, if you are just introducing turmeric to your dog, starting slow will help to gauge their reaction to turmeric and avoid side effects if any.

5. My dog has a sensitive stomach, should I give turmeric?

Yes, you can, just make sure you start slow. Give say 1/5th of the recommended dosage and then go from there.

Also according to Karen use fats instead of black pepper in such cases as black pepper can irritate dog’s digestive system.

My dog hates turmeric what to do?

Forget about dogs, even most humans can’t stand taste of turmeric 🙂

In such cases turmeric can be added to make dog treats of various types – some examples are given here:

Golden paste

Dana Scott, Editor-in-Chief of Dogs Naturally Magazine and owner of Labrador Retrievers also recommends turmeric. She firmly supports use of natural remedies for pets as well as humans.

Add ½ cup of turmeric powder and one cup of water to a pan and stir gently over low flame to form a paste. This can take around 7-10 minutes. Add more water if required. Add 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground pepper and 70 ml coconut or olive oil.

It can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Small doses (based on the table above) of this paste daily will benefit your pet.

Turmeric gravy

Add a teaspoon or less of turmeric powder, a dash of ground pepper and 1-2 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil to a cup.

Add hot boiling water to this till the content is 1/3 of the cup volume. Top your dog food with this gravy once a day (based on his weight)

Turmeric treats

Add turmeric powder to your dog treats while baking them.

Ascertain the dose of turmeric to suit your dog’s weight. Use the table above to find out how much you can add and then give to your dog.

This is a great way especially if your dog does not like the taste of plain turmeric.

In the end..

Turmeric is great for dogs too as it is for humans. Do start turmeric for your dog(s) today!

Do let us know what do you think? Please share your experience with us by commenting below or through an email.

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  1. i have been giving my dog golden paste now for his arthritis for approx 5yrs .it works great before he was on pain killers but all he did was sleep all the time.since being on the gp he is fine jumping on and off chairs going up stairs .running in the garden .i would recommend to try

  2. I use curcumen with peperine capsules myself. Each capsule is 500mg. Your chart for capsules doesn’t mention mg. Is this too much for a 60 lb dog? Are all capsules (different brands) the same?

  3. My dog peaches was very ill and had a uterus infection which caused bloating and she was bleeding a lot. The veterinary gave us 24 hours to decide if we should put her down we decided to find a natural way to help her we gave her three tsp a day with chicken and she began to move around a little better but she was in very bad condition it’s been 2 days since we left the vet, she was running a little the other day, and the bloating has went down. Hopefully she becomes completely healed, waiting on bleeding to completely stop.

    Fresh Turmeric has SO MANY more benefits that ANY processed Turmeric!!!
    I understand that EVERYONE today focuses on making money, but your dogs health and what the best form of Turmeric for your dog should be paramount!!!
    It would be nice is at least one website would focus on the best form of Turmeric for your dog, which is FRESH RAW Turmeric!!!

    1. A dogs digestive tract is too short to digest uncooked veg of any kind and they can’t chew it, so raw turmeric will pass through undigested. Giving little to no benefit. Golden paste made from powdered turmeric has proved to be highly beneficial for thousands of dogs needing a therapeutic effect.
      Lightly cooking and blitzing fresh turmeric root to add to a dogs diet will have health benefits but it’s not as easy to dose precisely and regularly throughout the day as it’s needed for therapeutic effect.

  5. My Boxer has Valley Fever, we live in the desert….Tucson. When she first had a recheck of her ‘tider’ The doctor explained her liver was not reacting very well with the fluconazole. “Well then I’m putting her on turmeric”. He didn’t think that would help. Five years later she is in excellent health even though she will always have the Valley Fever. Liver normal…..

  6. Make ice cubes of turmeric simmered for a long time in water. Add to your dog’s water bowl or put it on his/her food.

  7. You mention that curcumin capsules can be given, but you do not mention how my mg per body weight and how often they can be given each day?? Can you provide that information? Thank You.

  8. Hello:

    For a 15 lbs. Poodle how much golden paste should I give him? 1/8 tsp? Like it says on the table? Thank you.

    1. Hi. Yes 1/8 tsp a day initially should suffice and then you can increase the frequency gradually.

  9. I just bought my husband a supplement that has tumeric root 1000 mg, ginger root extract, holy basil powder, galangal root powder, and bioperine. Is it safe to give to our Border Collie, about 28 lbs., who fell from a leaning tree last summer chasing a squirrel? We have been giving her Metacam but she isn’t getting any better.

    1. My dog also has Cushing’s disease. I give her 1 tsp of curcumin golden paste 2 x day twice every day. It has not affected her Cushing’s, but it has greatly helped with her arthritis. I’m not a veterinarian so I would suggest that you contact your vet, I can only state curcumin has helped my dog with no side effects.

  10. Can you please tell me the dosage you used for your lab? I have a lab in the same situation. She’s on Tramadol, Galavant and Sucralfate. I also give her glucosamine tablets. Thanks!

    1. If we are not wrong Cousequin is a proprietary blend of ingredients that strengthen bone mineral in pets right? If you are aiming to treat joint pain and restore normal joint function, then yes turmeric helps in dog arthritis. Please check this:

      You could consider giving turmeric to your pet and based on the improvements, you could consult the vet about discontinuing his medications.

  11. May I ask, how much raw grounded turmeric can I give to my babies? They weight ranging from 2-7kg. We live in South East Asia, so we can have fresh turmeric & don’t normally use powder. Thank you in advance.

  12. Our lab/terrior mix was diagnosed with end stage intestinal tumor. We started her on turmeric, black pepper and raw honey yesterday. Praying for a miracle.

  13. I made the turmeric paste for my dog used the turmeric organic powder, finely ground pepper and cold pressed virgin coconut oil. I put in refrigerator overnight and will leave it for 2 weeks, he’s a yellow lab about 97 to 109lbs I started him at a teaspoon I just spread the paste in a piece of lunch meat rolled it up and he ate it. I just want to know how long does it take to work on the things I am using it for? Mostly arthritis he had knee surgery at 8 months old and had it twice and he’s only now 2 n a half. Using it for pain. Allergies. I just want to know how many times a week to give to him n how much each day, should I stay at a teaspoon to maybe a half tablespoon and I would like to know how I know if its working?

    1. Hi. You should give him turmeric daily. Start with 1 tsp a day then after a week scale up to twice a day. Gradually increase to 2 tsp 1-2 times a day depending on how it suits him.
      It may take around a month to see some improvement which would evidenced by reduced pain, increase in energy levels, reduced allergy signs, improvement in gait etc. 3 months is a definite time to see clear results but most readers have reported benefits within a month’s time. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi. Mostly capsules contain 500mg-700mg curcumin. We have listed the capsule dosage as available from the source. However we recommend only organic turmeric powder for pets and not supplements.

  14. Several of my human friends have reaped the benefits of turmeric for various ailments, but this will be the first time I have attempted treatment of a canine. Baltar is a large black lab having issues with a multitude of allergies, I was told that an anti inflammatory could bring him some relief. I have read all the literature I could find, I plan on trying him on a trial run of turmeric powder bought from the grocery store. My question is how do I make sure that I am getting a quality turmeric powder that is going to be therapeutic? Baltar is also epileptic and takes phenobarbitol- is it safe to include turmeric in his diet? Please help.

    1. Hi Sarah. Turmeric is proven to help in allergies and seizures as per experimental studies. So you can consider including in your pet’s diet. Start with small doses and increase gradually. And avoid giving it close to the time of giving other medicines; maintain a 3 hour gap at least. Check for organic pure turmeric powder. It should not be a spice mix. You can also check a few organic brands that we have identified in case you plan to but it online:

  15. Can we use fresh turmeric ?I looked around for information about quantity for the receipe and dosage and I did not find anything. Thank you !

  16. I just started taking a turmeric supp myself a week ago & diminished pain that morphine had no effect on! I’ve done a ton of research & understand the quality & specifics around taking turmeric, i.e., you can’t just buy the spice at the grocery store & expect a miracle, as the spice lacks the curcumin… anyway, My mom’s chihuahua is in severe, horrific pain- she carries him outside to do his business & he will frequently be in exact same spot as when she left for work. He’s on a very expensive injection, weekly, that just doesn’t help enough. And in reading this page about the preventative qualities of turmeric, I’d like to start my healthy do on it as well. I would rather not make the golden paste & im sure neither dog will go for it anyway. I was thinking I’d just open my capsules & rub the appropriate amount into cheese or lunch meat to administer, but I can’t find exact mg dosages for dogs, only measurements of golden paste- the one spot I did see capsules listed it said to give 1/2 for a 1-10 lb dog, but my capsules are 750 mg, 95% curcumin. My dog is about 8 lbs, my mom’s about 15-.20. I read on the reviews on amazon when I purchased my turmeric (dr Tobias brand, btw) several ppl were reporting on their dogs’ results since taking. Advice on mg dosage for these 2 amazing little creatures? The chihuahuas arthritis is so bad my mom has spent several days over the last few months thinking that final ride to the vet was finally here, then he’d perk up & act ok for awhile, and we know it’s coming & that it’s cruel to keep him living in such debilitating pain, but every time we think it’s the day he shows us he can take it & smiles (yes, for real!) & plays… if he had abandoned tail wagging, smiling, & excitement altogether we’d probably have to make that decision, but as long as he is happy we just want to control the pain as much as possible, & for what turmeric did for me? I’m convinced it will benefit him!!!! Thank you for your response, & patience!

    1. Hi. We are glad to hear that turmeric benefits you. For pets, we always recommend organic turmeric. It is much safer than supplements for them and has more to offer than just curcumin. We can understand that for your pain which did not respond to morphine, there was a need for high dose turmeric. But for pets, we suggest organic turmeric.
      We recommend consulting a vet about this.

    1. Hi. This depends on the dose of turmeric you are giving your pet. At the recommended dose, 2 weeks to 1 month should be sufficient to observe whether turmeric is helping with the allergies.

  17. I have a bloodhound that has had an infection in her anal gland. It was cleared up one time with antibiotics and has come back. We started to give her turmeric to help with inflammation. She is 109 pounds and needs to lose weight. Would it be ok to give her the Tumeric with the Ciprofloxacin and Clacamoxi?

    1. Hi. We would actually recommend adding Golden paste to your pet’s diet to offset any possible toxicity caused by antibiotics as well as for an anti-microbial action. Start with small doses and increase gradually. Please maintain a 3-4 hour gap between giving Golden Paste and any medication. It should help with the inflammation and infection.

  18. Hi
    Is liquid tumeric okay for my dog? He will not take pills so I am trying the liquid with pepper. I can not do the oil based paste cause my dog has pancreatitis.

    1. Hi. We do not know the safety and efficacy of liquid turmeric for pets. For pets we prefer sticking to organic turmeric powder. You could opt for adding turmeric and pepper in his food or you could make the paste without the oil and mix it in small doses in his food. Please consult a vet regarding liquid turmeric.

  19. Hello! My dog is a 14 y/o maltese. She has a heart condition and she gets lasix and fortekor every day. Could i give her turmeric powder or will it interact with her drugs?

    1. Hi. It’s best if you consult a vet with regards to this since we have not come across any definitive evidence with regards to this.

  20. Hi, I have a 6.5 year old collie cross who has been on glucosamine for 5 months but has just been diagnosed with pancreatitis. She has had more flair ups since taking glucosamine so am contemplating replacing it with turmeric. 2 questions…
    1) Is turmeric ok for dogs with pancreatitis?
    2) Because the flair ups are caused by not being able to digest fats, how can the paste be made without oils? Would it work with just water?

    1. Hi. Turmeric actually benefits in reducing inflammation in pancreatitis in humans. We do not have any definitive evidence that it would do the same in dogs, however due to its anti-inflammatory effect and safety in dog health; it should help in this condition.
      Yes you can make the paste in water and add black pepper only (no fats) since he is unable to digest it. Mixing the paste with food should aid in absorption and digestion. Start with small doses and scale up gradually to avoid any gastric side effects.

  21. Hi. I have a 14 year old labrador who has athritis. The vet prescribed metacam and tramadol. We have to give this with food. The dog has been on the medication for quite a long time, although it has helped in the past, I have now noticed the dog is slowly becoming less mobile. The vet suggested we give the dog yumove tablets these helped, but I’m concerned that prolonged use of metacam can cause internal bleeding. The suggestion of golden paste given with food, but avoid medication. Can you suggest how we address this.
    Regards. David

    1. Hi. If that is the case then we would suggest giving him golden paste at times other than giving any medication. Turmeric greatly benefits in arthritis in dog. Therefore we would suggest giving it to him at some other time even without food, preferably start with small doses and give your dog plenty of water. Curcumin in turmeric interferes in drug metabolism therefore avoid giving it close to the time of medications.
      The reason for giving it with food is to increase palatability, absorption and avoid any possible gastric discomfort. It can be ignored in such a situation; but do start with small doses to avoid gastric discomfort.

      1. Hi we have been giving my old faithful labrador a mix of turmaric and olive oil, for a few weeks. We can now see his back legs are more of a natural posture, he can walk a few hundred yards, but the last 50 yards he has to stop and rest. Which is an improvement on what it was before we started with this magic herb. Yesterday( 6 May) I was ready to take him for a short walk. He was asleep, my wife stroked his nose, he saw his leash. And sprinted to the back door, and was bouncing round like a 2 year old. Slowly but surely he is much happier now. Just one point will turmaric cause doggy body odours.
        Thank you for the advise

        1. Hi. We are glad to hear that turmeric is benefiting your pet. Really good to hear that he is regaining good health! To combat the body odour add a dash of cinnamon powder to the Golden Paste (1 teaspoon to the entire batch).

  22. Hello. I have a two year old podenco and she has an enlarged heart. She is on 1 vetmedin and luminaletas for seizures. She was also on a diuretic but now she’s not. Can I give her golden paste in her food? Would you also recommend anything other dietary supplements for heart health? Thanks, hannah

    1. Hi. You can include golden paste in her food in small quantities initially. Avoid giving it close to the time of other medications. Turmeric benefits heart health and in seizures. It would be best to consult someone who specializes in herbs for pets about other supplements. Hope this helps.

  23. I have a 65 pound Boxer who is almost 11 years old. She is showing signs of stiffness and I was wondering how do I go about starting her on turmeric. I’ve had her on glucosamine/chondroitin/msm for about 3 months now, but there’s no difference. I would really like to give turmeric a try. If you could tell me how to start her on it, I would greatly appreciate it.

  24. I have a 15.5 year old 75lb Lab who suffers from arthritis and more problematic at this point from worsening laryngeal paralysis. He is currently on special diet I/D food after some major GI issues last year (and gradual decrease in food interest), Glycoflex Plus supplement (2 tabs a day), just starting fish oil again. Medicationwise he is on 3- 50mg tablets of Tramadol 3x a day, 1 – 100 mg tablet of Trazadone morning and 2 at night, as well as a 1/2 tab of Meloxicam in the mornings.

    The Meloxicam seems to not be working as well as the laryngeal paralysis worsens, he is ridiculously sensitive to Prednisone so that is off the table. I’m aware that he is going downhill, but he is still very happy (albeit he sleeps a TON) and definitely still checks all the quality of life boxes. I’d like to keep him as comfortable as I can for as long as he would like.

    Do you know if there are any concerns about drug interactions with the turmeric and his current meds? Have you heard any success stories when using it with laryngeal paralysis?

    1. The arthritis is due to knee injuries incurred when he decided he could play as hard as the 4 year old dogs three years ago. One of them hit him hard and blew out the first knee, the other had a mild tear a year later.

    2. Hi. There have not been specific studies that indicate drug interactions between turmeric and the medications you mentioned. However turmeric’s painkiller action is similar to tramadol and meloxicam. Also it has natural antidepressant and neuroprotective property.
      Curcumin in turmeric is found to interact with drug metabolizing enzymes. Therefore when giving him Golden Paste avoid giving it close to the time of giving medications. Start with small doses such that it suits his stomach. And it would be best given with meals.
      We have not come across any success story with turmeric and laryngeal paralysis, but perhaps adding turmeric to his diet may benefit and resolve arthritis.

  25. Hi, you have a lot of great info here. I want to start my 40 lb. Border Collie, as well as my cats on turmeric/curcumin, but I have a few questions that I was hoping you could answer. My dog is approximately 12 years old and in fairly good health despite defeciencies of his mitral and tricuspid valves (he has a Grade 3 heart murmur), as well as early real disease (recent bloodwork showed a slightly elevated SDMA value, but his BUN and creatinine were WNL). He gets 10mg of Benazepril twice a day, and is on the Royal Canin Renal Health prescription diet. He also gets 1200mg fish oil capsules twice a day for it’s cardiac, renal and joint benefits. He does not seem to suffer from arthritis generally speaking, but he does have an old knee injury, likely a ruptured cruciate ligament for which I give him 50mg of Tramadol as needed. I did not want to put him on carprofen due to his age. My question is, can curcumin adversely interact with any of his medications? I am really excited about its potential benefits for each of his medical issues, but of course I don’t want to put him at risk for any adverse interactions or side effects. As for my cats, I cannot find any information on a safe dose for cats. I have one girl who suffered bilateral pelvic fractures and a femoral fracture a few years back. She had an FHO performed one side. She gets around pretty well, but I’m sure she must feel discomfort to some degree. She also gets fish oil with her meals. I also have two tripod cats who’s remaining limbs I am trying to preserve as best I can for obvious reasons, haha. They get fish oil as well. Finally, I have a large male cat, who I believe suffers from anxiety, possibly depression. He was on Prozac for about a year, but I didn’t notice a decrease in his anxious behaviors, so I weaned him off of it. I am a vet tech at an animal shelter, thus the collection of special animals. The doctors I work with are not very familiar with curcumin doses, so I started doing my own research. I would like to see how each of them responds to the curcumin once I can get dosing information, but again, hopefully curcumin does not react poorly with any of their medications or supplements. Thank you!

    1. Curcumin interferes in drug metabolism. Though this has not been proven specifically in relation to animals, it may increase the drug concentration in the blood which could have side effects on long term. So it is best to avoid giving it close to the time of giving any medicines and preferably give it with meals.
      Also it is better to give turmeric powder to pets rather than curcumin.
      For cats start with a dose of 1/8 or 1/4 tsp of Golden Paste a day. Follow for a week and if no gastric discomfort is observed increase the frequency. A good dosage for cats would be 1/2 tsp twice a day.

  26. I just found out my pit has moderate hip displaysia in her right hip an minor in her left.. My vet said phycox is good for her an i just found out about tumeric..She is on Carprofen 75mg once a day. I only give those if I see her in pain..What should I start her on?? Confused in VA..

    1. Hi. You can start your pet on Golden or turmeric paste. This should help relieve pain and inflammation as well as protect bone and joint health. The ideal dose is outline above. Start with a small dose say 1/4 tsp a day and gradually increase over weeks if no side effect is observed. Mix with food and avoid giving it close to the time of giving medicines.

  27. I have an 80# Rottweiler that has severe arthritis in her elbows. I just started her on the golden paste this afternoon. She is also taking Actistatin. I only gave her 1/2 teaspoon. I know I need to start out slow but what is the maximum I can give her? From what I’ve been reading, maybe 2 teaspoons twice a day? I also have a 20# Yorkiepoo that has had ACL surgery and now appears to be limping occasionally on the other leg. I also gave him 1/4 teaspoon. I’m thinking the max for him would be 1/2 teaspoon twice a day?

    1. Hi. The maximum for 80# Rottweiler would be somewhere between 1-1.5 tsp twice a day; we feel 1 tsp twice a day should suffice but do increase gradually. For 20# Yorkiepoo the maximum would be 1/2 tsp twice a day as you suggested.

    2. I have a hundred pound Labrador Retriever that broke his front right leg and it hasn’t healed properly or they think he may have cancer they had him on previcox and the swelling went down but I bought fresh tumeric how do I give him that

  28. I have a 86lb Golden retriever and I was wanting to start her on tumeric but wasn’t sure how much to give her. I have the 500 MG tumeric capsules that I take myself. It is the whole herb tumeric curcumin. Can I use these. My dog has arthritis and it helps me so I wanted to try it on her. Please get back to me.

    1. Hi Margaret. Though we have given the dose of capsules we have also mentioned below that we do not recommend turmeric capsules for animals. Please give him Golden Paste. Start with 1/4 tsp a day for a week and if no side effect is observed increase by 1/4 tsp every week. A dose of 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day mixed with meals will help but increase the dose gradually.

      1. Why are you against turmeric caps. I use a turmeric photo some for myself and it would be easy to give one to my 85# hound. He currently needs to take dreamscape which helps but I prefer an all natural approach.

        1. For pets we feel natural turmeric is much safer than high concentration of curcumin as found in supplements. Also natural ground turmeric has more to offer than curcumin. Same applies to humans as well since there haven’t been concrete studies assessing long term safety of turmeric supplements.

  29. Hi my gorgeous girl Amber has recently been diagnosed with mammary cancer. She is 16 so vet does not advise treatment. I have ordered some golden paste. Do I have to cook this or is that already taken care of? She is 11 kg. How much do I need to give her please? I have ordered just one. How long does this last please?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi. The paste should last or more than 2 weeks, do store it in a refrigerator. A 100g pouch is said to last for 10 days with maximum freshness but you can refrigerate it and use for 2-3 weeks at the most. In case you observe any change in odour, then probably its not fresh and you may need to discard it. Another thing you could do to store it, pour it in molds, freeze it and then store and use these frozen pellets.
      As per the chart mentioned above the ideal dose for her is 1/4-1 tsp of turmeric powder a day. Start with 1/4 tsp a day and if no side effects are observed then increase by 1/4 tsp every week. Do this till you reach a dose of 1 tsp twice a day. Mix it with her food. You don’t need to cook it.

  30. So what are the thoughts of giving golden paste to a young healthy dog? I have given it to my greatdane/rottweiler cross since 6 months old due to growing pains and am a huge advocate of it (and bine broth) now I have a new rottweiler puppy and want to start it for her for good health but can find nothing on giving it to a pup.

    1. Hi. You can give turmeric paste to your pup. Its absolutely safe. Just mix 1/8 – 1/4 tsp of Golden Paste in his food if you see no side effects you can increase to 1/4 tsp twice a day gradually over a week or two. Guess that should suffice. This will help boost his immunity and guard him from infections.

    1. Dietary turmeric does not interfere with any medicine. But vetmedin dilates blood vessel and turmeric also acts in the same fashion. What you could do is give the Golden Paste in small doses and avoid giving it any time near consumption of medicine. This should benefit your dog’s heart health.

  31. Hi my GSD has been diognosed with hip dysplacia. He limps quite a lot. Currently on oral metacam. For the past 3 weeks have added golden paste to his food (twice daily, 2tsp) I have not seen any improvement so far. How long does the paste take to have effect. Thanks.

    1. Hi. 3 weeks and 2 teaspoon is a sufficient dose and time to see effects. There should be at least slight difference in pain. However if the inflammation is too much you might have to wait to see the results. Is the dose appropriate for the weight as mentioned in the article? Have you tried increasing the dose to thrice a day if that suits your pet? Also do check if you are using good quality organic turmeric powder. You might want to read this: https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-for-pets/5-benefits-of-turmeric-in-dog-hip-dysplasia

  32. what about fresh tumeric i have too much growing here and my dog is suffing from some sort of nerve and or spinal injury?

    1. Millie you can prepare turmeric powder from fresh turmeric. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/how-to-make-turmeric-powder-at-home-from-raw-turmeric
      You can even juice fresh turmeric and include it in a drink or consume fresh turmeric directly after cleaning and peeling the roots. Dietary turmeric is beneficial in spinal and nerve injuries as proven in experimental studies for humans; but that does not mean that turmeric’s neuroprotective property is not applicable to dogs. Fresh turmeric taste may be too intense and bitter for dogs so it is best to stick to turmeric powder and Golden Paste for them.

  33. HI there! Great article. I was wondering what you think about Curcumin Powder versus Turmeric. I am using that, along with the black pepper and occasionally coconut oil, and my dogs LOVE it. I have one pup who was recently diagnosed with a torn ACL. I decided to see if conservative treatment would work, limited his activity and continued with the Curcumin and he’s doing great. The limp is completely gone! Thanks.

    1. Glad to hear about your pet’s healing with turmeric. Comparing turmeric powder with curcumin powder, it is advisable to use turmeric powder since it is in the natural form and can be taken in diet. Curcumin powder which must be obtained via supplements is a fairly concentrated version of curcumin which your pet might not need and may increase in bleeding in high risk conditions.

  34. Hi all,

    I am new here and very interested to get my 8 year old Labrador onto this GOLDEN PASTE formula.

    Quick overview of his problems.

    October 2014 and June 2015 he had left and right TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy) to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligaments. (He weighed 42 kg at that time of his first opp) He now weighs 32 kg

    He suffers from arthritis in both knees which in turn is affecting how he walks and causing him to limp.

    My vet has taken X-rays in Feb 2016 and again in May 2016 not much has changed apart from increased signs of arthritis in his knees.

    He is currently on Metacam Oral Suspension once a day measured for 32kg dog.
    2 Tramadol capsules 50mg 3 x a day.
    1 Pardale V Tablet 2 x a day. (Short term for 5 days)

    So! my actual question is can I start giving my dog the Golden Paste Formula while on these medications?

    Thanks in advance

    1. The medications you have listed are types of painkillers. Turmeric acts in the same and based on anecdotal evidence pet owners have successfully tapered use of such medications. You can give Golden Paste to your dog mixed in his feed. Dietary turmeric does not cause drug interactions but avoid giving it close to the time when you give him medications.

  35. I bought theracurmin capsules for my dog. After reading the comments it seems I should be giving him them. Can I use the powder from the capsules to make the paste?

  36. just started both my English Mastiffs on golden paste, 9yr old one has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and given approx. 2mo to live , the other 10 yr old has Valley fever and arthritic. Both are 190 lbs. and I am giving approx. 1 1/2 tbl spoon twice a day . I hope this isn’t to much they seem to tolerate it well.

    1. The dose seems appropriate for their weight. Gastric side effects are common with high doses but since you reported that its being well tolerated that means the dose suits them.

  37. My westie is 6 years old and has heart disease and a collapsing trachea. So he often coughs a lot. He is on medication for that which is he takes Furosemid and benazepril. He also takes homeeopathic medicine for cough and heart. is it ok to gives him turmeric? I have been cooking food for him with turmeric since he was one year old. but off late i am giving 1 tsp of turmeric with honey or sometimes with coconut oil.

    1. It is safe to include turmeric in diet especially since he has been taking it prior. Advisable to give turmeric at small doses with oil for absorption. You can also give golden paste.
      Turmeric in diet would not cause drug interactions but avoid giving it near the same time as giving meds.

  38. I was giving turmeric powder and pepper to my very arthritic Border Collie but was advised to stop now that she is on 1.5 Loxicom as they don’t work together. She is also on vetmedin and furosemide for a slight heart murmur. Does anyone have any negative experience of using turmeric when combined with medication as I would love to try golden paste?

  39. My 10 year old Bouvier des Flandres’ ‘fatty lumps’ turned ugly and one in particular, between her shoulder blades,doubled in size and grew as big as a golf ball and went septic within a very short time.. The vet suspected it to be cancerous and said little could be done other than an operation to take it away. Something that most likely would have to be repeated as it would grow back and other lumps on her body, which were of irregular shape, could follow suit.
    I took her home and decided to put her on Golden Paste, made from Organic Turmeric powder, Organic raw Coconut oil and fresh pepper (I had already done a lot of research previously into Turmeric and its properties). I started with a small teaspoon twice a day, which to my surprise, she rather enjoyed, and she is now on a table spoon twice a day in her food. The lump gets washed clean with water and ACV and once or twice, I have smeared some of the golden paste on the wound and covered it with a bandage.
    She has been on Golden Paste for 4 weeks now, and the lump is has shrunk by about a third. Despite being septic at the start, and it bleeding a lot when she scratches it, the skin and wound looks clean and ‘healthy’. My girl is eating her (raw) food with gusto and has so much more energy.
    Reading your dosage guide, I was wondering if giving her two tablespoons a day would do any harm. She seems to be doing great and I can remember finding the dosage I’m giving, advised on another Turmeric site. Anyway it’s great stuff and even my cats look forward to Turmeric in their food.

    1. Hi Astrid, thanks for such detailed comment and sharing your experience. we can understand your concern regarding the quantity of turmeric. In case the present dosage is working great you need not to change it at all. Why fix something which is not broken. Unlike modern medicine there cannot be any “prescribed” dosage for turmeric and thus everything is based on experience of people who have been using it for their pets etc. But you are getting good results with it already. Please do not change anything.

  40. I buy & use fresh whole tumeric root for myself , and grate about a 1″ root into homemade pumpkin biscuits for my 85lb GSD when I make a batch. What are your thoughts on the pros & cons of using fresh root vs capsules? Thank you

    1. Fresh turmeric is great! it has several things which powder may not have due to that fact its processed before making powder. Capsules of curcumin should be avoided, we do not recommend them. It is important that you include black pepper and fats too in the diet for absoption.

  41. Have two dogs, one is a fifteen year old Cocker Spaniel. They each get 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, a capful of ACV, and a teaspoon of coconut oil in their food. They LOVE it. If you want to see your dog stand up and holler for dinner, add coconut oil to the food.

  42. I make my own dog food, usually chicken hearts or fish with rice and veg, a fellow dog walker mentioned turmeric so I researched the internet and found your site, since then my dogs, a cocker and springer spaniel have both been enjoying turmeric and black pepper along with garlic to help with the fleas and ticks. They are very happy dogs and my springer spaniel now sings for his dinner,he cannot wait.

    1. Thanks Steph! turmeric is indeed great for dogs .. you are some of the blessed ones as your dog loves turmeric (or maybe its your food!). If you are okay to share your recipe(s) with us through email, we would publish it with due credits.

  43. I make golden paste for my doggie, but when it comes time to put it in her food, she didn’t like it… until I diluted the quarter teaspoon of golden paste with olive oil. That makes it mix easier with her food and she will accept it in this manner. Golden paste has made her arthritis stop bothering her.

    1. Hi, this is great. yes, not all pets (like humans) will love its taste. we are soon going to publish some dog treat recipes too. Please dp have a look at them too.

  44. I gave my Boxer 400 mg Turmeric along with her Valley Fever meds. The medicine compromised her liver, wow it really worked, vet was amazed!