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Curry and Your Best Friend: Is Turmeric Good For Dogs?

Most of us know about turmeric as it relates to curry and other Indian-flavored foods. But does turmeric have benefits for dogs too? 

Turmeric has become a popular ingredient and pet supplement for good reason. But, as is the case with any dog supplement, you have to make sure it is a bioavailable form of turmeric at the right concentrations. 

I don’t know a single person who is cooking curry for their dog every night, but if there was another way to give your dog the benefits of this ancient spice, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity? 

Curcumin vs. Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural solution that comes from the root of a plant called Curcuma longa. Turmeric is made up of a group of chemical substances called curcuminoids and curcumin is the most abundant curcuminoid which elicits the most health promoting benefits, which is why you hear about curcumin so often. 

When we’re talking about pet supplements, you want to be adding turmeric in the form of curcumin for dogs because this is the workhorse portion of turmeric. 

What does turmeric do for dogs?

There are thousands of studies that show the health benefits of turmeric for dogs (as curcumin). It is thought to be a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that even beats aspirin and ibuprofen in effectiveness! (1).  Curcumin is also thought to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. 

Studies suggest that curcumin can help with a variety of different conditions, ranging from cancer to gastrointestinal disease to osteoarthritis and joint pain. To keep it basic, curcumin has incredible anti-inflammatory properties that work through a variety of avenues in the body. And we know that inflammation is at the root of virtually EVERY disease. 

Curcumin’s antioxidant properties also contribute to a healthy aging process and who doesn’t want to see their dog jumping for joy in their senior years?

Is turmeric safe for dogs? 

YES! Just like our friend Boswellia, turmeric is completely safe. Not only has it proven more effective than some conventional medications, but it is far safer than steroid drugs for treating chronic inflammation in dogs. 

Rocket Animal Health prides itself on choosing safe active ingredients that actually work so your dog can live a limitless life free of negative side effects. 

Turmeric Dosage for Dogs

We’ve talked about this before, but as always, the concentration of ingredients, even those that are natural, really matters. 

Curcumin is typically not well absorbed by animals. Rocket Animal Health set out to solve that problem by using a source of curcumin that is complexed with the same components that make up cell membranes. This means that this form of curcumin makes it into your dog’s cells without a hitch, so the dog supplements you spend money on actually work! 

The other really cool thing about turmeric is that it works synergistically with CBD and Boswellia. What a coincidence! Both of those ingredients are also present in Canine Cush...

In other words, Canine Cush is formulated in such a way that each ingredient can work at maximum effectiveness with zero nasty side effects. There’s no better option when it comes to giving your dog the best life possible. 

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