I recently had a new delivery of natural treats for the dogs. It included dehydrated porky snouts, puffed porky snouts and dehydrated rabbit ears with the fur still on.
When Hank was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, he was put on to Metacam (an anti-inflammatory). This is helping Hank as he has been a lot happier and far more active since he started taking it. However, long term use does have side effects including potential liver and kidney damage. This is something we want to avoid. At 6 months old, Hank is far too young to be on Metacam for any length on time. I’ve discussed this with a number of people and a natural alternative has been suggested in the form of Turmeric paste. The hope is that we can at least reduce the Metacam dosage but preferably get rid of it completely.
Making Turmeric Paste
A friend of ours gave me a recipe for Turmeric paste (also known as golden paste) – thanks Emma! I purchased the various ingredients and made my first batch last week.
The recipe requires:
- Half a cup of organic turmeric powder
- One cup of filtered water
- Quarter of a cup of organic coconut oil
- One and a half teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper.
- Mix the turmeric powder and the water in a pan. Stir the mixture on medium/low heat for 7-10 minutes.
- Once the mixture has thickened, add in the coconut oil and black pepper. Stir thoroughly.
- Remove from heat and either put the paste in a jar to go in the fridge once cool or put into moulds to go in the freezer.
- Once the turmeric paste has frozen, remove it from the moulds. Keep it in the freezer, ready for use.
- Note: When removing the frozen paste from moulds make sure you wear gloves. Otherwise you will end up with stained hands!
The Dogs’ Opinion
I have been giving the turmeric paste to both Hank and Molly for the last week. I started off by giving them the small gummie bear shaped pieces in their food. No problem at all with Molly, she will pretty much just wolf down anything that’s in her bowl. Hank has been a little more fussy but on the whole he has eaten them pretty well. We have only had to open his mouth and physically make him take them on one occasion. I have found that it helps if I cover the turmeric shapes with fish oil and more recently bone broth, as it makes the turmeric more palatable.
I have slowly increased Hank’s dosage over the course of the week. I have also started reducing the amount of Metacam he is having. As of this morning he is down from a 35kg dose to a 20kg dose. I will give it a couple of days at this level and see how he goes. He seems to be sleeping a lot at the moment but I think he is going through a growth spurt – he certainly seems a lot bigger!