NOTE: Commercial turmeric capsules/pills containing high doses of curcumin, are NOT RECOMMENDED for use with animals
For many years, veterinarian Dr. Doug English,
has been recommending turmeric for animals to help control inflammation and pain in itchy skin conditions like allergies, atopy, arthritis, infections, age degeneration and various cancers (click HERE for Doug English’s research
As a result, turmeric benefits have been seen in ALL animals: dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, crocodiles, reptiles, chickens, ducks, cage birds, cats, alpacas, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant, pain relieving, anti-viral and anti-bacterial spice that can be fed successfully to animals as well as humans
How to Feed Turmeric to your Animals
CATS and little crittersUse guide for Dogs, start small on 1/4 teaspoon of Golden Paste 2 - 3 times a day.
Can even start with 1/8 teaspoon (or just a dot) mixed in with some strong smelling food such as sardines. Some resort to watering a dose down and syringing into the mouth. Or you can try wiping a dose on the paw (cats).
RUMINANTS SMALL/LARGE SIZEStart 1/4 tsp – 1 tsp of turmeric powder and 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black peppercorns once a day.
Cats can be fussy!! For a guide to quantities, see above.
Others prefer to feed the paste use a syringe or pipette for their cats.
Another popular way is to put a bit of paste on your cat and let your cat "groom" it in.
RUMINANTS (Goats, Sheep, Cows etc.)
Ruminants include goats, sheep, cattle, camels, deer, alpacas etc.
Because of their many stomachs and ability to gain benefit from food by digesting more than once, it is wise to start in very small incremental doses.
One feed a day is sufficient for ruminants, about a teaspoon of turmeric powder
Mix with regular feed and dampen to adhere. These animals do NOT need much oil because organisms in the rumen make their own short-chain fatty acids to absorb curcumin and ruminants use turmeric very efficiently.
Ginger is also good to feed ruminants and while small quantities of ginger are effective I have seen a kg of ginger rhizomes fed daily.
OTHER SMALL ANIMALS (Rats, Birds, Lizards, Guinea Pigs, Snakes, etc.)
Similarly for birds and small animals, a pipette is often the easiest solution.
1 teaspoon = 5 mls
1 dessert spoon = 10 mls
1 tablespoon = 20 mls (4 teaspoons) Australia
1 tablespoon = 15 mls (3 teaspoons) U.K, Canada, U.S.A