Turmeric powder 薑黃粉 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tumeric is another one of the ingredients I put in my homemade doggie smoothie and it has many benefits for humans and our canine family members… Tumeric is a natural pain reliever and in Eastern medicine has been used for blood purifying, detoxing, disinfecting wounds, treat diarrhea and eradicate ringworm. Here in the Western world, turmeric is being researched as one of the most powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which cause the painful inflammation and damage to joints, so can be a great additive for your dogs overall health and especially if suffering from arthritis.
Combine turmeric with honey and with the fact that both turmeric and honey are natural antiseptics and antibacterial agents, and you’ve got a powerful salve that’s useful for disinfecting and treating skin. But,watch out as your dog might think it is a treat!
There is lots of promising benefits to preventing cancer too!!
Other uses include
- Helps relieve allergies
- Helps in preventing the formation of cataracts
- Used in treating depression
- Kills parasites
- Heals stomach ailments, aids in digestive disorders, and reduces gas and bloating
- Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
- Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
- High in fiber and rich in vitamins and mineral
How much to feed? 1/8 – 1/4 tps1 per 10lbs of weight..You can put it over the top of their food, but make sure they have plenty of water or you can make a slurry or in my case I add it into their smoothie!!!
When I posted my homemade dog food supplement video I mentioned I would be telling you about the benefits of the ingredients that I incorporate into my doggie smoothie.. Well here is the first – COCONUT OIL…It has many benefits for dogs including helping with thyroid problems, weight, fighting allergies, fighting infections, improving coat, managing or preventing diabetes, fighting skin cancer, improving doggie breath and odor, relieving arthritis and sooo many more.. Many of the same reasons that humans should take coconut oil daily. In addition, coconut oil can also be used as a topical treatment used to disinfect scrapes and cuts. It also promotes wound healing and improves overall skin and hair condition. I use it on my senior’s dry nose and it is much improved!
You need to pay attention to the quality of the coconut oil.. (I use virgin, organic) and start with 1/4 tsp for small dogs and 1 tsp for big dogs and increase to the appropriate amount. Mine are 60lb and 74lbs and get around 2 tbsp. a day.. Most recommendations propose 1/4 tsp per 10lbs of weight.
If you have a three minutes, see why Dr Becker recommends coconut oil for dogs…
While some people say that a raw meat and bone diet is enough, I am more apt to go with it is a great start but there are still other needs that need to be met and also other foods that can enhance your pet.. In this video I will show you a “treat” that I make for my dogs and foster dogs that is given on a daily basis… Over the next several days, I will tell you why I have chosen each element of this doggie smoothie (it is really only a smoothie when first prepared as it partially solidifies in the fridge, which makes it really easy to scoop out and serve) I can tell you that it is early summer in the South and I have not had to use a flea preventative since I started serving it last year, no more urinary tract infections, nice coats and I hope overall better health (which only time wil tell) Bonus is that they love it!! This “recipe” is based on 50 lb dog with no allergies to any ingredients used, as with any supplement please discuss with your vet and do your homework before starting…Bon appetit!!!
Dangers of Genetically Modified Ingredients!
Yet another reason to feed raw… you know exactly what is going into your dog’s food! Check out this link to learn more about how scary GMO’s are with kidney and liver damage not to mention that most all pet food has corn or soy that is genetically modified and not good for you or your dog!
Today was FISH DAY!! Once a week we feed our dogs raw fish.. We live on the coast so it is inexpensive and fresh.. From what all I have studied, saltwater fish is preferred over freshwater fish and you never want to feed raw salmon or trout as they can have a parasite that can be fatal to dogs. You can feed them cooked but will want to take out the bones once cooked and then the benefit of raw is gone also.. If you don’t have access to whole fresh fish, then sardines canned in water and without salt are great! And if it is cost prohibitive to feed an entire meal of it adding a can or two a week to your regular feeding regimen is a great addition of fish oils and calcium to their diets..Your dogs will thank you! The following video is me feeding raw fish, it is kinda yucky!
RMB or Raw Meaty Bones are an important part of your dog’s diet.. However, when you first start feeding them it can be scary. I mean weren’t we told not to give dogs chicken bones? And what about a whole fish? That is crazy! Well, the answer is yes if cooked as the bones can splinter, but fed raw is fantastic as long as size appropriate for your dog and it is great for exercising the jaws, cleaning teeth and providing required calcium.. RMB’s are different than recreational bones such as cow femur bones (soup bones) and other “weight bearing” bones, in the fact that Raw Meaty Bones are meant to be consumed and recreational bones are just there to chew on for a short period of time and to get the marrow out of and then they should be taken back up. Some people don’t like recreational bones in the fact that they can break or crack teeth but I have not had a problem with them..
Still scared? I can tell you the first time I gave my dogs a chicken quarter I couldn’t watch, I was right near them, but couldn’t watch..But, we’ve never had an issue with a dog choking and they absolutely love it! Also, if you have a gulper, don’t be surprised if it comes back up, it’s natures way of slowing them down into eating more managable pieces.