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Greg Aldrich, PhD

Turmeric: Ancient spice may offer
osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
positive attributes of turmeric for pets. It is
purported to have a wide variety of health
benefits.
In folk medicine, turmeric has been
prescribed for rheumatism, pain, fatigue,
arthritis, gastritis, dermatitis and liver
issues. It has been described as preventive
and adjunctive treatment for cancer and may
even have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
properties. Almost too good to be true.
Interestingly, there are a fair number
of studies published in the alternative and
mainstream medical journals in human
and laboratory animals that validate some
of these effects. There are a few short-term
studies with dogs showing either limited
effects or small improvements in markers of
reduced osteoarthritis. However, longer-term
and larger studies are lacking. Little information is available regarding efficacy, safety or
proper preparation and dosage for dogs and
cats. Perhaps digging a bit deeper will help
determine whether turmeric belongs in pet
food and how it might best be used.
Turmeric is commonly
considered a spice and is
permitted in pet food for use
as a coloring additive.
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Spice for human food, color
for pet food

T

urmeric has been finding
its way into pet foods with
increasing frequency in the past
few years. There are dozens of websites
and online news outlets describing many

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering
perennial plant that grows to approximately
1 meter. It is related to ginger and is native to
India and Asia, with some cultivated in Central
America as well. It requires warm growing
conditions with plenty of rainfall. Turmeric

Dr. Aldrich is president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc. He is also the author of Petfood Industry magazine's monthly
column, "Ingredient Issues."

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Contents
Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
Speaking of...
News and Calendar
I AND LOVE AND YOU pet food: success from human-pet bond
Pet food sustainability established beyond trend level
Vitamin supplementation: good things in small packages
Dissecting DCM: when dogs’ diets are incomplete, imbalanced
Petfood Forum Asia offers new business strategies, insights
Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020
Turmeric: ancient spice may offer osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
Specialty vs. mass pet care buying trends in e-commerce age
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food supply chain risks include labor, animal welfare
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - 5
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Speaking of...
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT3
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - CT4
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - News and Calendar
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - I AND LOVE AND YOU pet food: success from human-pet bond
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food sustainability established beyond trend level
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Vitamin supplementation: good things in small packages
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - 17
Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Dissecting DCM: when dogs’ diets are incomplete, imbalanced
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Petfood Forum Asia offers new business strategies, insights
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Pet food changes coming in first AAFCO meeting of 2020
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Turmeric: ancient spice may offer osteoarthritis relief in dogs, cats
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Petfood Industry - February 2020 - Specialty vs. mass pet care buying trends in e-commerce age
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