We have a special guest in the studio (aka, our bedroom): our 13-year-old dog Samson! We invited him because we’re talking about turmeric for dogs and how the spice has helped him overcome injuries and stay active. As in, like a miracle. (Regular listeners may remember hearing Samson in the background, but this time he’s an official guest and not an interloper!)
Brian gives a little background on Samson and how he was found wandering in the forest. I discuss his knee and hip problems (which are common for larger dogs) the other medical remedies we tried, and how adding turmeric to his food was the thing that finally helped him – and has continued to help him. Brian explains why an impact wrench is so useful (except he keeps calling it a “driver drill”). I share some recipes to get more turmeric into our own diets (it’s really good for us, too). And lots of other great stuff.
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Turmeric for Dogs
Our sweet, nutty, loving dog, Samson:
This is the first time I mentioned our dog here on the blog way back in 2010. I also talked about him here as a mystery plant-destroying dog. And here as the jute rug pooping dog, which we revisited in our very first episode of the podcast when we talked about DIY floors. Oh, and he got a mention in Episode 5, too, as our camping and uh, eating (with results) dog.
Yeah, you can tell we like to write and talk about Samson – he makes life fun. We think he’s pretty cool – and he has spoiled us for any future dogs. (Note: we usually say “about” ___ years old because we can only guess at his age. The veterinarian thought he was about a year when we rescued him, making his birth year 2005, so that is what we go with.)
Here’s where you can go to read the 2012 article I wrote about the benefits of turmeric, Samson’s hip and leg problems, and how we started giving him turmeric – and how much it helped.
Here is the follow-up video we made two years later that gives more details and shows him running like his nutty self.
Since that was almost four years ago and Samson is still hiking, running, and doing other doggy things easily in his 13th year, we are planning another video update soon. Be sure to subscribe to get our weekly newsletters so you don’t miss anything!
And here’s a recent article we came across after recording the podcast that I wanted to include because they’re still doing research into turmeric and it’s healing qualities. The study cited finds that turmeric is more effective than painkillers like ibuprofen for sports injuries. I think Samson would agree.
Oh, and we didn’t mention this in the podcast, but I always get asked what kind of turmeric we use. We’ve used different brands over the years, but have been using Anthony’s Organic Turmeric Powder for awhile now. It’s a good price for organic and easy to get on Amazon.
There aren’t many things we think actually promote ‘miracle’ healing – we tend towards caution – but we often want to try thing out to see and in this case, we’re believers. Turmeric has been a miracle for Samson! We hope you will try turmeric for your pets, too. And if you do (or have) please let us know how it’s worked for you!
Turmeric-spiced foods, of course! Adding turmeric to our diet helps with any inflammation we may have, too. Turmeric on it’s own doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it’s often combined with curry flavors which are so tasty it’s easy to include in our menu plans.
- Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower
- Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Lentil Curry
- Curried Lentils with Bacon & Browned Cabbage
- Easy & Healthy Spiced Nuts
- Easy Slow Cooker Curried Barley
This is Really Cool!
Brian – Porter Cable Impact Driver instead of a cordless drill – so much easier!
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