Turmeric – a Natural Supplement for Older Pets with Joint Conditions

Anyone who has ever owned a pet will be well aware how an animal quickly becomes an integral and hugely important part of your family. The years seem to whizz by – from the moment the adorably skittish puppy or kitten arrives to their latter years when they slow up and, unfortunately, visits to the vet become more frequent.

Could turmeric help pets as well as humans?

We have written about turmeric and, in particular, it’s active ingredient curcumin, on several occasions. Curcumin is a well studied antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and is also thought to aid digestion, be effective as an anti-depressant and help speed recovery after surgery. So it’s not surprising that it’s a popular natural supplement taken by many of us and, increasingly it seems, we are giving it to our pets too as a joint supplement.

How curcumin might help a pet with joint pain

  • Anti-inflammatory properties can relieve stiffness, discomfort and even pain
  • It’s an antioxidant
  • Your pet can take less NSAIDs (such as Metacam) which can have side affects or as an alternative if your pet has already reacted badly to conventional medication
  • Helps break down food by stimulating the production of more bile in the liver which aids the digestion of fats
  • The curcumin in turmeric can also benefit your cat’s heart, pancreas, spleen, liver, intestines and stomach.

Where do you buy a high quality turmeric supplement?

I like FutureYou Cambridge products. They are supported by scientific research from world-leading academic institutions and their turmeric supplements are excellent quality. You can phone them for honest advice and they offer a full refund if you are not happy with their products for any reason. They sell Curcupet-K9 for dogs and CurcuCat for cats. The tablets are small and flavourless and easy to conceal in your pet’s food, either whole or crushed. They are suitable for all sizes and breeds of cat and dogs.

We use Curcupet-K9 with medicine recommended by the vet for my dogs Osteoarthritis and we are certain that it plays a huge part in keeping our dog active and mobile.” Carol (Trustpilot)

“Alice, our 11 year old cat, had a problem with her right shoulder for a couple of years. After taking CurcuCat she is much more like her old self.  I was so impressed I recommended the dog version to my sister who has seven dogs – she also now swears by it.” Carol Lavender, Kent


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