Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and an anti-oxidant. It can help with pain, arthritis, and joint stiffness. However, the curcumin content in turmeric is not that high and people have to take higher concentration curcumin supplements to see any affect. Also, apparently, black pepper helps people absorb curcumin.
However, coconut oil is the hero for dogs. Coconut oil helps Fido absorb curcumin. And clearly, dogs are smaller than people and need smaller dosages, approximately one eight a teaspoon per ten pounds of dog’s weight. This recipe contains approximately 1/12 a tablespoon per treat.
What you need:
½ cup of rolled oats
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
½ tbsp of turmeric
½ cup of smooth peanut butter
1/8 cup of organic honey (only for fully grown dogs)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
Water to add
What to do:
Preheat oven to 300 F and cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients starting with dry and adding the water and coconut oil. Add peanut butter and honey last then mix. Kneed into a ball and if the mixture is too dry, add some water.
Lightly flour a flat surface and rolling pin and roll out to about ¼ to ½ inch thick.
Cut shapes with cookie cutter of choice (check out some options here via Amazon.com) I got 12 yellow starts from this recipe.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Leave a bit soft in centre.
Drizzle with turmeric icing – 1 tablespoon of corn starch, 2 tablespoons of warm water, and ½ teaspoon of turmeric. The results should be bright yellow.
Thanks to www.cruchmag-online.com for the basis of this recipe, though dogtrotting.net altered it slightly, halved it and added icing.