We all know that turmeric has a host of health properties. But when it’s added to the dog’s food while cooking is quite useless as it passes through their body without getting absorbed. Dr. Doug English, a veterinarian in Australia, is credited with creating the recipe for Golden Paste (GP). Adding GP to our dogs’ diet increased the bio-availibility of curcumin. There are three important things in the making of GP that does this – heat (from the cooking process), fat (from the oil) & piperine (from black pepper).
Curcumin is the component present in turmeric with a plethora of health benefits. It’s anti inflammatory (helps dogs with arthritis tremendously), has cancer fighting abilities, helps reduce skin allergies, detoxifies the liver etc. It’s a blood thinner, so works well to reduce clots in the heart. If your dog’s on Doxycycline or any other blood thinning drug, please avoid turmeric in their diet.
It takes about ten minutes to make a jar full of goodness for your dog. Here’s how:
1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
1 cup filtered water
1.5 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup cold pressed coconut oil
1.5 tsp fresh ground cinnamon (optional)
• Mix the turmeric in water & cook on a low flame for 8-10 mins, stirring constantly. Add more water if required.
• Turn off the flame. Add in the fresh ground pepper & oil. Mix it all thoroughly.
• Once cooled, transfer to a jar & keep refrigerated. Use within 2 weeks. Freeze if you have excess.
Start with a 1/4 tsp & build the quantity up to a teaspoon for a small dog & a tablespoon for a large dog, split into two meals.