How to make turmeric golden paste for dogs

Turmeric Paste For Dogs: 5 Key Benefits & How To DIY!

Turmeric paste for dogs has 5 key benefits, particularly when it’s the organic kind!

On my quest of finding the perfect, healthy nutrition for my pups Missy & Buzz, I came across the orange turmeric powder at the beginning of this year. 

Turmeric is an orange spice from Southeast Asia & the Middle East.

Turmeric paste for dogs: 5 key benefits & how to DIY

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2023. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you. 

Benefits Of Turmeric Paste For Dogs

These are the 5 key benefits of turmeric paste for dogs:

  1. Anti-septic
  2. Anti-cancer
  3. Anti-bacterial
  4. Liver detoxifying
  5. Anti-inflammatory 

I first sprinkled a little on the pups’ respective kibble meals.

I kept that habit while transitioning them to a fresh, raw dog food diet back in 2015.

Note: I found out & learned more about turmeric in this wonderful article in Dogs Naturally Magazine! 

DIY Turmeric Paste Recipe For Dogs

After I sprinkled the turmeric powder on the pups’ raw meals for a few months, I learned that making a turmeric PASTE would make the spice even more effective.

Good to know: Turmeric paste is also known as Golden Paste because of its dark orange, gold-like color.

Here’s what I used to make Missy’s & Buzz’s very own turmeric paste:

Make Homemade Turmeric Paste with these simple Ingredients!

FYI: Black pepper helps the body absorb the turmeric 20 times better, which is why it’s added to turmeric paste!

Sidenote On Coconut Oil: Is It Bad For Dogs?

My newsletter reader Stacey messaged me with a concern about using coconut oil for dogs.

That’s because she came across several articles that claimed that it causes inflammatory gut issues, including leaky gut.

So yes, I’m aware of those, and as a matter of fact, Dogs Naturally Magazine published an article on coconut oil being bad as well.

But there are also proponents on the other side.

For example, Dr. Judy Morgan.

You can watch an educational video on Dr. Judy Morgan’s YouTube channel on why she continues to consider coconut oil as beneficial here.

Or just click the video below:

Product Development the CoCoTherapy Way | NHP Podcast Ep. 05 | Dr. Judy Morgan & CoCoTherapy

I personally haven’t experienced any bad side effects of coconut oil in my dogs, but it’s also not like I feed them giant amounts every single day.

I mostly use it in my batches of turmeric paste that I make. 

Now, I’m not a scientist or a doctor with access to labs where I can experiment on this, so I can just go by what seems plausible to me and my personal experience, and so far, that’s been good. 

That said, unless I start having bad experiences with coconut oil in my pups, I will continue to use coconut oil when I make homemade turmeric paste!

It’s up to your personal preference and research as to whether or not you’d like to do the same. 

How To Make Golden Paste For Dogs

Pour the water into a pot and add the organic turmeric powder.

Then stir for 7-10 minutes on low heat. 

Thickening the Turmeric Paste

Once it thickens, add the organic coconut oil & the pepper.

Mix everything together.

Wait for the paste to cool off, then transfer it into a food storage container.

If you like, you can be extra fancy and create a custom label for your mason jar or whatever food storage container you end up going with.

I created Missy’s & Buzz’s custom label for their turmeric paste jar using a fun font called *Chalkduster*.

Homemade Organic Turmeric Paste for My Pups Missy & Buzz

How To Store Golden Paste For Dogs

You’ll have to store the paste in the fridge where you can keep it for up to 2 weeks.

You can also fill some into ice cube trays or fun shaped silicone molds and freeze them.

That way, you can use some for raw dog food meal prep, or to top your dog’s dry or wet dog food off with.

Silicone Paw Print Mold Filled With Homemade turmeric Golden Paste for dogs

How Much Turmeric Paste Should I Give My Dog?

Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of the turmeric paste per 10 lbs of bodyweight per day.

This translates into Missy getting a little more than 1 teaspoon per day (she weighs 54 lb), and Buzz getting 1 3/4 teaspoon per day (he weighs 74 lb).

Side note: Be careful when handling the turmeric paste…

I got some on my hands and ended up with yellow fingers for a few days!

Store-Bought Turmeric Paste as an Alternative

For those days when you need a quick alternative to homemade turmeric paste, you can find premade ones on Amazon as well.

For example, Vital Sunshine Turmeric Paste.

These are its ingredients, all of which are super healthy for dogs:

  • Honey
  • Ginger
  • Coconut oil
  • Black pepper
  • Organic turmeric
  • Ceylon cinnamon

Turmeric Paste For Dogs: Bottom Line

So there you have it!

Turmeric paste aka Golden paste is sort of a super supplement for dogs, and us humans, too.

That’s because first of all, it has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Beyond that, it also has anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and liver-detoxifying properties.

Here’s what you need to make DIY turmeric paste in your own kitchen:

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can also buy pre-made turmeric paste, for example the Vital Sunshine kind.

Remember, dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon daily per 10 lbs of body weight, and you need to store the paste in the fridge.

Please leave your comments or questions in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.






16 responses to “Turmeric Paste For Dogs: 5 Key Benefits & How To DIY!”

  1. MilitaryWifeandPugLife Avatar

    Oh this looks super easy to do!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      It really is and only takes about 20 mins, prep work included 🙂

  2. Jenny Beadling Avatar

    Hmmm – looks easy and lots of healthy benefits!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Exactly! Even though I’ve been super busy with pet sitting lately, I found the 20 minutes one evening to whip up our first batch 🙂

  3. Pamela | Something Wagging Avatar

    I used to make homemade meals for my dog Shadow following Dr. Pitcairn’s recipes. Turmeric was a regular ingredient.

    It smelled delicious. But yes, it turns everything yellow.

    I was surprised to see pepper in the recipe. I wouldn’t think of pepper being very tasty for pups. Do you know why?

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      The piperine in the black pepper helps the body absorb the turmeric better (20 times better!!). I wasn’t sure whether the pups would be thrown off by it either, but they don’t seem to mind it one bit! Here’s a great article I found explaining the power of piperine a little better than I can 🙂

  4. Kate Obrien Avatar
    Kate Obrien

    That’s a great idea – we give both to our guys everyday, so combining them makes a lot of sense.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Exactly my thoughts 🙂

  5. Elaine Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this, Barbara. I’ve been sprinkling it too but had heard about making a paste. The one video I had watched was more basic (no pepper or coconut oil) so you could use it in your own cooking too, but I like having the coconut oil as part of this recipe because it would be a time saver. I’m going to give this a try!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Have fun making a batch for Miss Haley! The recipe calls for ground, black pepper because it increases the absorption of the turmeric by 20 times!!

  6. DZ Dogs Avatar

    I’ve been thinking of adding tumeric to our dogs meals since we do sports their health is important to me. Thank you for posting!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      My pleasure ~ thank you for stopping by! The neat thing about the paste is that it combines both turmeric AND coconut oil, two of the ingredients that we added separately to the pups’ meals.

  7. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    I get the pure form of turmeric – curcumin – through Mercola. I started using it when Sheba had her cancerous tumor. I would think I could make this paste with that as well. Since the dogs love coconut oil too I think they’d love it!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Ah, Mercola! I’ve heard about them quite a bit since I started subscribing to Dogs Naturally Magazine 🙂 Just received my second issue in the mail yesterday and love it. I ordered bamboo toothbrushes for the pups last week through Mercola!
      Missy’s cancerous tumor was the reason I began researching healthier dog food. It’s been quite the journey, but a very rewarding one.

      ***Here’s to our pups Sheba & Missy!***

  8. Julie DeVries Avatar
    Julie DeVries

    I’m going to start my shepherd on this recipe, in hopes that it will help his lymphoma. How long will it keep refridgerated? If I make a few batches at a time.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Your Shepherd is going to love the turmeric paste! I am so sorry to hear about his lymphoma and hope that the paste is going to help kick cancer’s butt. It lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge, so I wouldn’t make too many batches at once 🙂

      Once our girl Missy kicked cancer’s butt, I started to slowly eliminate all carcinogens from her life I could possibly think of – replaced her kibble by a balanced, raw diet, exchanged the topical pest preventative for a natural insect repellent spray & stopped using dryer sheets because they contain chemicals.

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