Golden paste for dogs

Aug 24, 2021

Golden paste has nothing to do with golden retrievers but everything to do with giving them, and all other dogs, many health benefits!

What is turmeric?

Golden paste is made primarily of turmeric, a spice that has been used for thousand of years to treat inflammation and other ailments. Originally a root, it is boiled and dried before being grounded into a powder.

Curcumin is the active component in turmeric that is responsible for the majority of its health benefits. To increase its absorption, it is best to combine it with black pepper and oil, producing a paste.

Benefits of golden paste for dogs

Turmeric's benefits have long been studied and it is used widely in alternative medicines. Some properties include:

  • Reducing inflammation: the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin help reduce arthritic pain in dogs as well as providing general pain relief.
  • Anti-microbial: helps with your pet's oral health by keeping teeth and gums healthy. It also improves gut health and immunity.
  • Anti-carcinogenic: turmeric help to reduce the risk of cancer by limiting the growth of cancer cells. It is great to use in combination with traditional cancer treatments.
  • Improves cognition and promotes brain health.
  • Protects from heart diseases.

How to make golden paste?

Golden paste is so easy to make and a cheap way to add health benefits to your dog's bowl!


  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder.
  • 1 cup filtered water.
  • 2 tsp black pepper.
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil.


  1. Place turmeric and water in pan, stirring over low heat for 7-10min until you have a thick paste. You may need to add additional water along the way.
  2. After it's cooled down a bit, add in the coconut oil and freshly ground black pepper, then stir to mix it all together.
  3. The golden paste will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge. Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within that time.

How much golden paste should I give my dog?

A good starting dose is 1/4 teaspoon to 1tsp daily. Add a small amount directly into your dog's food. 

The flavour is mild but if your dog is not a fan of the smell or taste, you can add a dash of cinnamon.

Side effects are very uncommon with turmeric, however it's best to avoid giving to pets with certain pre-existing conditions such as gallstones or diabetes.


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