Many holistic veterinarians and veterinary nutritionists recommend a concoction called “Golden Paste’ for animals with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The paste consists of turmeric, coconut oil, pepper and cinnamon. Turmeric is most commonly used for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in a compound called curcumin, which is found to be more effective than common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
As such, it reduces the risk for inflammatory diseases, helps manage arthritis, and provides general pain relief to both cats and dogs. The curcumin in golden paste also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help treat diseases of the mouth and support animals with oral cancers. Taking this regularly will also help keep your pet’s teeth clean, gums healthy, and freshen breath. Apart from antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties, the curcumin in golden paste has been proven to offer positive cardiovascular support.
Animal studies have shown that regular consumption of turmeric helps protect the heart from serious conditions like an enlarged heart or even heart failure.
You can purchase pre-made golden paste, or make your own. You will want to be very careful with the turmeric because it stains.
GOLDEN PASTE RECIPE
• 1/2 cup Turmeric Powder
• 1 cup Filtered Water
• 2 tsp. Black Pepper
• 1/3 cup Coconut Oil and one teaspoon cinnamon
- In a non-metal pot, combine turmeric powder and filtered water.
• Place the pot over medium heat and stir constantly until it begins to boil.
• Lower heat to simmer the mixture until it forms a thick paste.
• Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
• Once cooled, add the pepper and coconut oil or MCT oil.
• Stir until thoroughly combined.
• Place in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.
The recommendation is to add a small amount into your pet’s food and pour in some kefir or water. The flavor is mild, so animals typically don’t mind the taste.
Cats and small dogs can start off with 1/4 teaspoon per day while larger animals can start with as much as 1 teaspoon per day. Observe their response over the next few days and increase your dosage as you see fit, not to exceed a tablespoon per day.
In general, most animals experience the positive effects of turmeric within a few days to a few weeks of starting a regimen. However, some may need to take turmeric for several months or longer to see the full benefits.