Remember Billy, the 10 year-old Lab mixed who suffered from joint pain but unable to continue the conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications because of his liver and kidneys conditions? Even though a newer, potentially milder version of NSAIDs was offered, combining with pain medications, Billy’s owners opted for more natural alternatives. After consulting with a holistic veterinarian, Billy starts receiving once a week acupuncture sessions, therapeutic doses of turmeric supplements, along with the previously initiated joint supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin.

Turmeric is one of the most popular natural herbal remedies that has been studied extensively over the past decade. Curcuminoids are the active components that give turmeric powerful medicinal properties, and curcumin is the most potent among the different curcuminoids. On average, pure turmeric powder has approximately 3% curcumin by weight.  Curcumin is well documented in the literatures to show high safety range and positive effects on treating aging-associated diseases, especially inflammatory conditions. In other words, curcumin is a great alternative for Billy. Since Billy is hard to give pills to, the vet suggests to mix organic curcumin extract powder into his dish. However, here comes the issue: Billy hates the taste of turmeric, and goes on a hunger strike when his food is mixed with the powder! (To be honest, I don’t blame Billy…. We all love some yummy Indian curry, but, have you ever tried any turmeric tea or turmeric juice blend from grocery stores? Let’s put it this way, they taste healthier than healthy, and I needed to hold my breath to finish them.) To entice Billy, and meanwhile to increase the bioavailability, (improve the absorption of turmeric) Billy’s owners were advised to either look into turmeric supplements that Billy likes, (for example, Vetcreations Turmeric Supplements) or cook the powder and make it into homemade “golden paste.”

After two months of taking turmeric, consistent acupuncture, and occasional pain medications when Billy is particularly sore, he is doing so much better! He eats well, has great energy, and his guffy party-loving personality is back! Billy’s humans can’t be happier!

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