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Can you give your dog curcumin?

September 24, 2014 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, a bright yellow seasoning used both as a dye and to make curries in Asian cooking. But it has been used for centuries as a powerful natural medicine and it is one of the fastest growing supplement categories today.

Thousands of clinical studies show curcumin’s ability to fight bacteria and viruses, it’s a potent anti-inflammatory, and emerging research shows tremendous promise for curcumin’s ability to fight depression – even beat cancer, and other inflammatory diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin’s antioxidant properties promote healthy aging, improves heart health, eases arthritis pain and combats dangerous free radicals (the rogue molecules that damage your health).

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But curcumin is not only for the 2-legged folks. According to Mission Animal Hospital, an integrative veterinary clinic in San Luis Obispo, curcumin is just as useful in dogs for fighting cancer, beating arthritis, inflammation and more.

They suggest beginning dosage of 5 mg per lb once a day.  As long as you don’t see side effects, gradually increase their dose to 50 mg per lb given orally, once a day.

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