The Benefits of Turmeric 

Published on February 28, 2024

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic: the amazing benefits of turmeric

Turmeric, the vibrant golden-orange spice, not only enhances the colour and flavour of our food but also offers incredible nutritional benefits. Derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, turmeric, a relative of ginger, has been a staple in various cuisines and traditional medicines.

Is it safe for dogs to consume turmeric?

The key to turmeric's extraordinary advantages lies in its active polyphenol compound, curcumin. This versatile ingredient, beneficial for both humans and pets, exhibits properties that alleviate conditions such as arthritis, liver disease, gastrointestinal problems, and even cancer in dogs and cats


So, Can dogs eat turmeric? In this article, we will explore the medicinal benefits of turmeric and how curcumin can be beneficial for your dog’s health.

Anti-inflammatory properties

The root cause of many common health problems and diseases (arthritis, allergies, cancer, dental issues, gastrointestinal problems) is actually inflammation. While inflammation is a crucial part of a dog’s healthy immune system and response (it releases white blood cells to the tissue in the body to kickstart the healing process), when that inflammation becomes chronic, it begins to cause issues. For example, chronic inflammation within the digestive system can cause diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and nutritional deficiencies.


Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties (curcumin works to reduce the levels of two inflammation-causing enzymes in the body) mean that it’s a fantastic ingredient for combatting many of the issues that inflammation can cause. 

Antioxidant properties

Turmeric is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. Rich in phytonutrients (compounds which plants produce that can provide health benefits), it can help protect the body by inhibiting cell damage and neutralizing free radicals. The antioxidant properties help fight cancerous cells in the body, turmeric is a powerful anti-carcinogenic.

Anticoagulant… antibacterial… antiseptic… the list goes on!

Turmeric’s benefits don’t end there! It aids in reducing blood clotting, supports liver detoxification, and promotes heart health by improving circulation. Additionally, turmeric packs a nutritional punch with beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, fiber, iron, potassium, zinc, and other nutrients beneficial for your furry companion's health.

How Much Turmeric Is Safe To Give My Dog?

When incorporating turmeric into your dog's diet, moderation is key, as high doses of curcumin may lead to gastrointestinal issues. The optimal absorption of curcumin occurs when obtained from turmeric root rather than supplements. Consultation with a veterinarian is crucial before introducing turmeric into your pet's diet, ensuring a safe and tailored approach.


At Smack, we embrace the vibrant and beneficial nature of turmeric, incorporating it into all our recipes. Explore our raw, dehydrated offerings to witness the positive impact Smack can have on your pet's health.