Even though turmeric paste has not been proven to heal or prevent tumors in dogs, several studies suggest that it may stop tumor growth and prevent cancer. You can feed your dog turmeric paste by mixing it with their regular food.
Does your dog have tumors? Are you looking for natural, safe remedies to treat these lumps? Although there’s no cure for cancer in dogs (as there is no cure for cancers in humans), some alternative treatments can work to shrink the tumors, reduce inflammation, and even prevent their spread to other areas of the body.
One of the most effective holistic tumor treatments that has shown promise is turmeric paste, specifically in dogs with melanoma skin cancer, osteosarcoma bone cancer, and lymphoma.
NOTE: Before feeding your dog turmeric (in whichever form), consult your veterinarian. Turmeric may cause health issues in certain dogs with underlying health conditions. Also, ask your vet how much turmeric is safe to give to your dog.
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What is Turmeric Paste For Dogs?
Turmeric has been used in alternative medicine for thousands of years, but recently it’s become more mainstream. There are several recipes for natural dog treatments using turmeric or its main compound, curcumin.
Turmeric contains properties that are:
In addition to these benefits, turmeric paste:
- Helps to fight bacterial infections
- Acts as a natural detox for your dog
- Is good for your dog’s heart and liver
- Can help reduce blood clots (turmeric has natural blood-thinning properties)
- Is good for your dog’s digestion and intestinal health
- Can help relieve allergy symptoms
- Helps with pain relief
Although it has several healing properties, you should always consult a veterinarian before feeding your dog turmeric paste in case they have underlying conditions that will worsen if turmeric is given.
If your dog is about to undergo surgery, you should not give them turmeric, as it acts as a blood thinner.
How to Use Turmeric Paste on Dog Tumors
Several studies have shown that turmeric helps stop the growth of tumors in dogs and can prevent cancers.
Whether you buy turmeric paste or make your own (see recipe below), you must feed it to them in the right proportions, as overdoing it can be harmful.
The easiest way to feed your dog turmeric paste is to mix it with regular food. If you bought pre-made turmeric paste for dogs, follow the directions on how much to give to your dog daily.
General guidelines for feeding your dog turmeric paste daily:
- Small dogs: 1/4 teaspoon
- Medium dogs: 1/2 teaspoon
- Large dogs: 3/4 teaspoon
- Giant dogs: 1 teaspoon
Eventually, you can work up to feeding them 15-20mg per pound of body weight. Before giving your dog turmeric paste to help with their tumors, consult your vet and ask how much and how often you should feed it to them.
Note that turmeric is not a proven cure for cancer, nor is it guaranteed to prevent tumors in dogs.
If you notice a lump on your dog that could be a tumor, take it to the vet immediately for a proper diagnosis. Your best option may be to treat cancer with medications or to have it surgically removed. Veterinarians DO NOT recommend turmeric paste as the only treatment for dog tumors.
Is Turmeric Paste Safe for Dogs?
Turmeric paste is safe for dogs, but some dogs may have sensitivities towards it. When you first feed it to your dog, watch for any issues it may cause, such as stomach pains, constipation, or diarrhea.
Keep a close eye on your dog’s stool to see if it’s wreaking havoc on your dog’s digestive system before continuing to feed them the turmeric paste.
In addition, turmeric paste may not be safe for some dogs with other underlying conditions. If your dog has any of the following ailments, you should not feed them turmeric paste:
Kidney stones (turmeric can encourage the growth of kidney stones)
Diabetes (turmeric can affect your dog’s blood sugar levels)
If your dog is taking prescription medications, consult with your vet before giving them turmeric paste, as it can alter the effectiveness of the medications.
Also, if your dog is about to go into surgery, you need to cease giving them turmeric paste leading up to the procedure, as turmeric can act as a blood thinner, causing complications with surgeries.
Important: Do not give your dog turmeric paste made for humans. There may be other ingredients added that are safe for humans but unsafe for dogs. Make your own turmeric paste so you can be in control of the ingredients, or buy turmeric paste made specifically for canines.
Recipe for Turmeric Paste for Dogs
If you want to make your own turmeric paste for your dog, the recipe is relatively simple. The following recipe will keep for two weeks only, so be sure to mark the date you made it on the container.
- 1/2 cup turmeric powder (use organic powder if possible)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of ghee or MCT oil (a better alternative to coconut oil)
NOTE: The ground pepper isn’t for taste—it helps the body absorb the turmeric. On its own, turmeric is not absorbed well by the body, so making the paste makes it more effective.
1. Mix the turmeric and 1 cup of water in a small pot/pan and place on the stove.
2. Stir the mixture on low to medium heat until it forms a thick paste (about 7-10 minutes).
3. Add more water if the paste becomes too thick (add only a bit at a time).
4. If the mixture becomes too runny, add more turmeric while it’s still on the heat and continue stirring for a few minutes.
5. Add oil and pepper to the mixture and stir until it’s fully combined.
6. Take the mixture off the heat and allow it to cool.
7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
8. Mix the golden paste in with your dog’s regular meals (be sure you’re giving them the correct amount and not overdoing it).
Alternatives to Turmeric When Treating Dog Tumors
If you’re looking for other holistic alternatives to turmeric paste to help with dog tumors, other options include cannabis oil and hemp seed oil.
Research shows that cannabis oil can treat and prevent cancer, with one study showing the success of THC in killing brain cancer cells.
CBD has also been successful in killing cancer cells, stopping the growth of cancer cells, and stopping the spread of cancer cells via blood vessels.
Although there have been limited studies on the successfulness of cannabis oil on dogs specifically, studies on mice and humans show promise for its use in our canine friends.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is very similar to cannabis oil. The major difference is that hemp seed oil contains minimal THC (about 1% compared to 5-20% found in cannabis). Hemp seed oil has been shown to slow the growth of tumors in different types of cancers, including lung and brain.
In addition to potentially helping your dog’s tumor, hemp seed oil can also help with inflammation and support your dog’s immune system.
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