Turmeric is an orange spice from Southeast Asia & the Middle East with a plethora of benefits:
*Anti-Septic & Anti-Bacterial benefits
*Liver detoxifying benefits
I used to just sprinkle turmeric over the pups’ meals until I learned that turmeric PASTE actually increases the health benefits – this is mainly due to the fact that it contains freshly ground black pepper (the ground pepper increases the absorption of the turmeric 20 times!).
Here’s what I use to make Missy’s & Buzz’s very own Turmeric Paste (also known as Golden Paste):
*1 cup filtered water from our fridge
*1/4 cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
*1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
*1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Adding fresh, puréed produce to your pups’ meals will add a new flavor to their meal and works great to pique the interest of a pup who’s bored with his food (works great as a kibble topper!).
Less is actually more here because dogs are mainly carnivores (animals who eat other animals, i.e. meat), and would only find a small amount of digested plant matter in their prey’s stomach out in the wild.
Because of this, I only add about 5-10% of puréed produce to their overall food allowance per meal.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, and apples (always without the core) are all great sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory qualities, and as such help prevent cancer, fight the effects of aging as well as infections.
Side Note: If your dog is suffering from cancer, only feed low-carb, non-starchy puréed veggies & fruits such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Cancer cells thrive on carbs, so they should definitely be avoided.
Green Lipped Mussels provide joint health support because of their strong anti-inflammatory & lubricating benefits. Green Lipped Mussels also contain vitamins & minerals as well as Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids which contribute to a healthy skin, coat, brain- & cardiovascular health, making them a superfood which boosts the K9 immune system (same goes for our human immune system, by the way).
According to pet nutrition blogger Rodney Habib, dogs can have 15 mg per 1 lb of body weight on a daily basis. Which, by the way, is not much at all after doing the math. It translates to 0.03 oz for Missy who weighs 50 lb, which is just about 1/4 of a 1/4 teaspoon, and 0.04 oz for Buzz who weighs 70 lb.
I have yet to find a commercial green lipped mussel powder that meets my expectations, so I started making my own by crushing dehydrated green lipped mussel treats in my mortar & pestle and then transferring them into my food processor for a finer grind.
While neither Missy nor Buzz suffer from joint problems, I feed the mighty mussels as an overall health booster along with their raw diet, and as a preventative to keep their joints lubricated and arthritis as far away as possible!
This would be the only con – if you know that your dog is allergic to shellfish, don’t feed him any Green Lipped Mussels, neither in treat form nor as a powder.
Please be aware of the fact that all supplements on this list of recommendations have been homemade by Yours Truly!