Even though turmeric is a natural ingredient, there are some side effects that would be wise for dog owners to take notice. For example, turmeric is a blood thinner and could cause some bleeding issues if used in excess. This is mainly because they contain potent agents to decrease heart attack and stroke for your dog. However, their blood-thinning side effect is not as potent as an aspirin.
Turmeric is known as a “warming” spice, so if your dog is always hot and searches for cool floors to lie on, then don’t give him turmeric.
Turmeric does interact with certain medications, including diabetic and anti-inflammatory drugs. And it possibly interferes with some chemotherapy treatments. Therefore check with your vet before giving it to your dog.
Mostly turmeric is helpful, but it’s always best to check. Turmeric is also contraindicated for patients with gallstones or bile tract obstruction.
If your dog is dehydrated, turmeric can cause severe constipation—which can be very annoying for Fido. There are other side effects, such as gallbladder contraction, decrease blood sugar, increased bruising, and decrease iron absorption, all of which can be detrimental for your dog’s health. If you witness any abnormal symptoms, it’s best to consult your vet to see if it was caused by turmeric or by other underlying conditions.
Turmeric Is A Powerful Antioxidant
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, and antioxidants are known for increasing life span, slowing down aging and degeneration.
It is a well known scientific fact that oxidative stress builds up in your dog over time, just like rust. And this causes damage to the cells, DNA, and proteins in your dog’s body.
In 2015 a study talked about the process of oxidative stress activates inflammatory pathways and thus leads to chronic diseases, such as cancer. The research proposes that “curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases.” Arguing a compelling reason to add turmeric into your dog’s diet.