We have two dogs here at our homestead, Old Farm Dog is 15 years old and Miss Harley Quinn is 8 months old, and both are loved dearly!
When we brought Miss Harley home at 8 weeks, we knew because of her breed, Old English Mastiff -Pitbull mix, she would benefit being fed a full raw diet (that’s for a different blog) and we wanted to raise her as naturally as we could. With all my research on raw feeding I stumbled upon quite a few articles in regards to the benefits of providing our furry friends turmeric paste.
I knew of the benefits it provides in human consumption, but hadn’t realized how much it actually contributes to good health for canines. Turmeric is a root which contains curcumin, and it is used throughout Asia in cooking and for its healing properties (curcumin is a natural pain reliever and an anti-inflammatory).
Let me give you a quick summary of some of the benefits in feeding it to your dogs: turmeric is great for their heart, helps to detoxify the liver, contains anti-cancer properties~it is said it can help prevent and can even be used to treat cancer, an anti-oxident, reduces inflammation, kills parasites, great for treating diarrhea, high in vitamins & minerals, helps to relieve allergies, and the list goes on!
Making turmeric paste is extremely easy, and as you can see, the benefits are to great to not consider providing it for your pet. Both Old Farm Dog and Miss Harley receive turmeric paste daily, and I won’t lie….they do not like the taste of it, but I have gotten quite crafty in how to get them to eat it!
We make enough to last us 2 weeks, and to make it easier on us we make them in these silicone mini ice cube trays (affiliated) which measure out to 1/4 of a teaspoon per cube. I grab as many cubes I need per dog, and I don’t have to worry about scooping anything out; it’s about convenience for me!
We also have the 1/4 teaspoon heart shape molds (affiliated) as well!
The process is extremely simple, and with 4 ingredients how can you mess up? Well, you really can’t!
Start with 1/2 cup organic turmeric (organic contains much more curcumin) and 1 cup of water. You may need more water if your paste is to thick.
Stir on low heat for 10 minutes. If the mixture is to watery, add a bit more turmeric. If the mixture is to thick, add a bit more water.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper. Use organic whole black peppercorn, and grind finely; we use our nutri-bullet to do the job.
It is important to add the freshly ground black pepper. Not only does the black pepper have beneficial qualities for overall health (helps with gum care, it can help to eliminate internal parasites, and actually helps to absorb many vitamins & minerals), it helps in allowing the curcumin to absorb into their system, and creating the paste without it would not be as beneficial.
Lastly, add 1/4 cup of organic cold press virgin coconut oil.
Continue to stir on medium low heat until the coconut oil is completely dissolved, and all ingredients are completely mixed together.
You will notice that the paste will take on the consistency of pumpkin pie filling, because of the coconut oil it will be much softer than when you first started, but it should not be runny.
At this point you can begin filling your trays ~ I am going to warn you, the turmeric will turn your hands and whatever it touches yellow…ask me how I know this!
Make sure to pack the trays tightly to prevent any possible air bubbles. Scrape off any excess adding it to the next tray.
Once both trays are filled place them into the freezer to completely cool.
A 1/4 of a teaspoon (one cube) for every 10 pounds can be fed to your fur baby daily. Earlier I stated that our dogs do not enjoy the flavor of turmeric, so I have become very creative in getting them to consume it. I have hidden cubes in their Greek yogurt, kefir, or coconut oil.
The cubes can also be crushed and mixed with a raw egg, coconut oil, or any probiotic you are serving.
However you can get your pup to eat it will be a win-win for you both! Serving turmeric paste can lead to constipation, so make sure there is always water on hand to prevent this issue. If your pup should become constipated a few tablespoons of organic pumpkin puree will help to get their bowels moving.