Turmeric recipes for dogs

Turmeric recipes for dogs

Turmeric is a wonderful medicine, and if you haven’t included it in your dog’s diet yet then my guess is you’re reading this to find out just how easy it is to do. If you haven’t considered it already, then it’s worth adding to your own diet too!

If you want information on the many health benefits turmeric has, then read my post about turmeric for dogs here.

Below are some easy ways to feed turmeric to your dog as a supplement or treat. I’ll start with the easiest recipe, which literally takes seconds to make!

Let me know how you get on!

The easiest way to give turmeric to your dog

This method was recommended by Aussie veterinarian Doug English who actively recommends it to clients to help with all manner of skin, digestive, and joint issues. He’s seen it work, and I’m sure you will to.

Just make up a daily mix to add fresh over the top of your dog’s dinner (takes me 2-5 minutes).


  • 1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
  • 1 dash of Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive or Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup boiled hot water and stir thoroughly

Let the mixture sit for a minute or two and then add to your dog’s food – how easy is that?

Some dogs may turn up their noses at this mix being added to their diet. If this is the case with your dog, try starting off with small amounts of turmeric and build up.

If this simple method of giving your dog turmeric doesn’t work, I bet the next recipe will

Crunchy (Gluten-Free) turmeric dog treats

This great recipe for turmeric dog treats I found on Facebook on the Turmeric User Group from Jenny Morris, and is suitable not only for dogs but other animals as well. Oh, and when I cooked up a batch yesterday I ate a few myself!

There’s more to it than the simple turmeric method above, but if I can do it so can you.

All you need is:

  • 2 eggs
  • Turmeric , coconut oil and ground pepper (amounts that suit your dog)
  • ½ cup cooked rice, brown is good
  • ½ cup cooked mashed pumpkin
  • 1 cup of Gluten free self raising flour (plus some extra for the rolling board)
Turmeric recipes for dogs
Turmeric treats for dogs

Once you have the ingredients, all you need to do is this (very simple when you try it):

  1. Cook the rice and pumpkin, then leave to cool (don’t overcook – better to be a little firm)
  2. Mix the eggs, pumpkin, and rice, and add turmeric, oil and pepper
  3. Add flour, a little at a time, and mix to a stiff dry dough (If you increase the wet ingredients then you just keep increasing the dry gluten flour until you have a stiff dough. Make sure it’s a dry (ish) stiff dough so when cooked the biscuits are dry and hard. But don’t stress too much as the dogs will still eat them!)
  4. Roll out on a floured board to an even thickness
  5. Cut out shapes and put on an oiled tray (you can add a bit more oil on top of each biscuit. Coconut oil gives a lovely golden finish and smells great)
  6. Use the left over’s on another tray and just crumble (with the rice added it’s hard to re-roll)
  7. Cook in a hot oven about 250 degrees, the time will depend on how thick they are. Mine (Jenny Morris speaking here) were just a little bigger than a 50c so only took 10mins and then I turned the oven off and left them for another 5mins.
  9. If you live in a humid climate keep them in a freezer and take them out as you need them.

Turmeric “golden paste” for dogs – a daily supplement for Arthritis, Skin, and Digestive Health

Whilst Turmeric powder can be simply sprinkled over food, making it into a “Golden Paste” increases bioavailability. 

This golden paste for dogs can also be used for humans, with wonderful results. It’s so easy to make!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)


Simply use a food processor to blend all the ingredients together until smooth. You can then store the turmeric golden paste in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Alternatively you can slowly heat the mixture in a small saucepan. You must use a low heat to ensure the nutrients of the ingredients are kept intact.

Turbo turmeric kefir smoothie (or pupsicle)

This is an awesome and yummy treat for your pooch and you to share, full of probiotics and nutrients for gut, skin and joint health.


  • 1 cup Goat Kefir (if you can’t find kefir, use a good quality natural yoghurt)
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh berries including blackberries, blueberries; raspberries, strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Manuka or raw honey
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Blend all ingredients together and serve in a bowl, or put the smoothie mixture into small paper or plastic cups, stick in a paddle pop stick and freeze.

Bone broth is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and a detoxifier. It alleviates joint pain, heals and seals the gut and is incredible for fur, skin and coat. Rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals, it is highly digestible and easily absorbed.

In this age of processed pet foods, our dogs have lost key nutrients that their bodies desperately need.

A great way to replenish these nutrients is by feeding Bone Broth and broth is a great way to deliver specific nutritional herbs such as turmeric to your pet’s diet, particularly after surgery or if undergoing Chemo or other treatment.

There’s a simple bone broth recipe here (for dogs and cats). Don’t forget to add a teaspoon of turmeric to your pot of broth!

Combining bone broth with turmeric for dogs is a wonderful and easy way to boost their nutrition and health in so many ways!

Turmeric topical salve (for dog bites, wounds, and itchy skin)

Use a paste of 1 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp manuka or raw honey to heal cuts, sores, surgical wounds and burned pads. Reapply 3 x daily and cover to prevent licking.

Using turmeric for dog bites can really help mend wounds quickly, and this includes for us too.

Do you have your own turmeric recipes for your dog? If so feel free to share in the comments!



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