Dejonckheere, V.. “Turmeric for Osteoarthritis in Veterinary Medicine : a Review .” (2016).
Joint pain is widespread in dogs and current treatment consists of reducing pain with anti-inflammatory drugs, both steroidal (corticosteroids) and non-steroidal (NSAIDs), but at the cost of a long list of adverse effects: ulcers, kidney or liver failure, among others.
Studies show that curcumin is a natural and effective alternative for reducing joint pain in dogs because it inhibits the secretion of prostaglandins, substances that cause cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation. (Dejonckheere 2016).
A study published in 2017 concluded that a dog diet supplemented with a combination of turmeric and hydrolysed collagen, for at least 3 months, significantly reduces pain in dogs with osteoarthritis. The explanation lies in the fact that curcumin inhibits the expression of COX-2, thereby inhibiting the synthesis of inflammatory substances such as cytokines, prostaglandins, leukotrienes and thromboxanes. (Comblain 2017).