I added Turmeric to my Dog Salve for Hot Spots because
1) It is said to help many skin conditions
2) According to several sources, Turmeric seems safe for dogs to ingest (which is important with any salve you put on your pets, no matter how unpalatable yopu try to make the salve.)
The University of Maryland Medical Center writes about Turmeric that: Test tube and animal studies suggest turmeric may kill bacteria and viruses. (see article on Turmeric there)
According to the site “Can I Give My Dog…?”, Turmeric is one spice that is not only safe for dogs but considered good for them.
The site, Healthy Dog Club writes:
Turmeric’s healing … medical talents, which are widely reported, have effects on:
- Blocking inflammation
- Kills infectious bacteria and microbes
- It improves the function and health of the heart
- It’s antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory
- It cures stomach ailments
- It cures ear infections
- It kills sinus infections
- It kills parasites
- It prevents cataracts
- It heals damage from long-term diabetes and wounds caused by diabetes
The site “An Oregon Cottage” writes of their dog Samson being helped by Tumeric’s anit-inflammatory properties:
…we started him on 1/4 tsp. mixed in with his food in the mornings (we also add water to his dry food – that’s been really great in getting him extra water and slowing down his eating). He eats this mixture with no problems.
This is going to seem like an exaggeration, but literally within a few days he was NOT holding his leg up anymore. And within a few weeks we could detect no problems when he walked (we never saw problems when he ran). Tumeric was the only thing that helped right away (we had tried glucosamine earlier) so it’s become a regular part of his diet.