If your pet shows symptoms of an enlarged spleen or has been diagnosed with this medical condition, there are a few natural remedies you can apply to help improve your dog, cat, or other animal's health. The spleen is an important but not essential bodily organ tasked with cleansing the body and recycling red blood cells. Thus blood-supporting home remedies are beneficial for pets with spleen issues.
A pet's spleen can become an issue as a result of trauma, due to cancerous growths, or due to certain genetic or other causes. In each case, your pet is like to show significant symptoms and will need a vet's care, where a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) may be recommended.
Home Remedies: Immune-boosting and blood-supporting foods and supplements can help support your pet's health in the absence of a spleen or while it is functioning poorly. Dandelion greens given occasionally is sometimes suggested to help cleanse the body.
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11/04/2011: Alison from Ormond Beach, Fl: "Went to vet last week and the vet said my 9 yr old lab's spleen is enlarged. He was very sick this time last year. Specialists could not figure out what was wrong with him. They found his adrenal glands/lymphnodes to be enlarged indicating the body was fighting something, (reactive). Had bloodwork done and had him scoped from both ends, nothing. He was losing weight, not much of an apetite, drinking lots of water, salivating constantly, shortness of breath, bark was weakening, laying down a lot, was almost hard to wake him at times. Vet put him on Phenobarbitol to see if it was something with his brain (connection to salivary glands), that didn't work. Finally they put him on steriods because he was losing so much weight and antibiotics. I am not sure what helped him more, but his apetite and energy came back. They told me to keep him on the steroids but he was peeing all over the house so I stopped giving him the steroids and he remained strong.
A few months after, I was talking to my new neighbor and she was complaining about the moles destroying her yard and that she had applied 3 different products to try to kill them months ago. My dog and her dog are both grass eaters and she said at that time (when using mole killing products) that her dog got very sick and was staring at the wall a lot and not eating and she thought it was dying but couldn't take it to the vet, (no money). I didn't put two and two together until after the conversation since she said it happened in December and then backed it up to November and then started talking about something else, (my dog got sick in Oct, so if maybe she thought about it long enough she may have backed it up to October). My theory is that my dog ate the grass along the fence and was poisoned by the products she put down... Even though the vet and specialists said there was no evidence of poisoning, (something about that posion has a half life or something). I am not sure if poison takes on another form if it is absorbed by grass and then is eaten??
Now it's a year later and the vet says she can feel that his spleen is enlarged but does not feel any lumps. Two weeks ago I fertilized my lawn and watched as best I could to make sure he didn't eat the grass. I caught him a couple times and he is starting to lay down a little more than normal and then the vet gave him a rabies shot which made him more tired. He has bounced back a little but I would really like to try vitamin K but not sure how much to give him... He is 59 pounds. Can anyone tell me how much? Can I feed him spinach, he likes it raw."Replies
04/09/2012: Marianne from Huntington Beach, Ca replies: "Can the type of dog food a dog eats cause an enlarged spleen? Our dog has an enlarged spleen, however all bloodwork, urinalysis and fecal came back normal. She had an ultrasound and it's not cancerous either. The only change since her last checkup was that we switched dog food brands for weight management. She shows no symptoms and acts normal."
05/07/2013: Om from Hope, Canada, Bc replies: "A friend of mine has a large rescue dog that was diagnosed with enlarged spleen and dark areas on the X-ray. My friend was devastated. Other vets he had consulted mumbled about it being "usually too late " etc. I comforted my friend and we set up a totally natural plan for his dog's diet. He was getting plenty of exercise to start with. We put Shadow on a six months course of Essiac, twice a day, fresh veggies put through the kitchen blender with good quality kibbles, wet food, nutritional yeast, large amount of amala, which is an incredible ayurvedic vitamin C ( other good C can be used), shilajit for a large range of minerals, but Zeolite can be substituted. We used turmeric since it has also an affinity for the spleen. We also added BSM.
By now my friend is ready to use natural healing for himself and drop his statin franken meds in exchange of God's pharmacy.
At the end of the six months treatment with natural foods and remedies he took his dog to the vet who had taken the initial X-ray of the enlarged spleen. NO enlarged spleen, NO dark areas! He was sooo happy. The vet was surprised ( she had suggested to excise the spleen!! ) and asked what he had done. ( If it does not work, cut it out.)
As for my two dogs, small and big, they have been overcome with itch. Nothing to be seen. If they had sores I would use their urine to heal them but in this case I think the liver must be addressed. We had a long wet winter here and most of the cats came down with fungal lesions in their coats that are healing now in the sun. Well, we will opt for a six month protocol of Essiac tea. Perhaps I should wash my dogs with borax, leave the paste on for a while and the rinse it all off. Prevention is better than a cure especially if it is the liver .
Animals drink their own urine in the wilds as they KNOW what works.
Don't fall into the hands of doctors or vets...
Blessing to all and your beloved pets. Om"
11/13/2009: Suzanne from Brick, Nj: "Spleen health in Dogs
Is there any way an enlarged spleen can be treated in a dog? She has also been diagnosed as anemic. She is 10 and is given little if any time for survival.
Surgery is not an option.
Please help. She is a very large part of my family.
11/27/2009: Curlee from Morrison, Co replies: "My Weimaraner was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen 7/29/09. He was given 2 weeks to live. He is still going strong 4 mos LATER due to the herbal treatments I have been giving him along with a natural diet. Nature's Sunshine makes a concentrated chinese herb called spleen activator TCM Concentrate. Put your dog on it & I think you will see a major difference."
12/01/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "The spleen is one of the organs that gets large whenever there is too many dead blood cells that occur. What the spleen does is it gets rid of dead blood cells. When there is too many of them the get enlarged. Hence, spleen acts like a dead blood filtering mechanism and we have to identify the cause as to why there is too many dead blood cells. One common one is infection, such as blood poisoning, certain insecticides, the dog accidentally ate some rat poison which caused blood cells to die quicky are some of the examples. If it rat poison, the remedy is vitamin K, dose is based on weight of the dog compared to human doses. If the cause is blood infection then 2 capfuls of hydrogen peroxide 3% per liter of drinking water. The hydrogen peroxide will clear up the infection with frequent drinking. Spleen is not the cause, the problem is just too many dead blood cells. This is why car accident victims frequently get enlarged spleen. Hence, if there were no spleen a blood would have certainly clotted the accident victim.
Presently the medical system believes spleen is an unncessary organ, but I think it's important in prevention of a stroke and the filtering of red blood cells. If it were removed, and if there were clots, then it may be in the bloodstream and can cause clots in certain vital organs such as the heart or brain."
01/11/2010: Wendoll from Orlando, Fl replies: "What is the dosage of spleen activator that Curlee from Morrison, Co. used on his/her dog? My dog was just diagnosed with enlarged /cancer of the spleen. I bought Spleen Activator, TCM concentrate. Will it be the same dosage as a human?
[YEA] 09/28/2010: Curlee from Morrison, Co replies: "The dosage of the Nature's Sunshine spleen activator is 1 pill daily. My Weimaraner who was given 2 weeks to live 7/30/09 is still going strong 14 mos later!"
11/08/2010: Dawn from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "My dog went in to have his teeth cleaned and I get a call that his spleen is enlarged and I have something to worry about. My Lab is soon to be 9 and I have had him since he was 6 weeks old. So, the vet said it could be cancer, but we needed to do a sonogram.. Well, the sonogram did not find any masses, the vet said we can just re-Check him in 2 weeks. I'm really scared and worried waiting everyday not knowing what this could be. I like the vet here, but his vet is in Orlando, FL. I don't know what to do. I think I'll try that herb I read about with the weimerriner.. Cant spell. What should I do?? Jake is my life!"
09/08/2011: Rich from New York replies: "Does any one else have any feedback on the positve or negative effects of Spleen Activator TCM. My golden was just diagnosed with spleen cancer which they believe has spread to his heart."
09/21/2011: Bigbird 10900 from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "My 13 years Retriever of 36 kg has been diagnose with enlarged spleen too and will start him on this Spleen Activator too. Any idea how long I should put him on for and dosage? Surgery is out too as he is getting on in years and we want him to grow old gracefully with no surgery and pain. Any feedback will help."
11/04/2011: Diane from Orleans, Ma replies: "I have a 10 year old GSD. Last Dec. I found him collapsed in the kitchen lame. He has never been sick so I was in shock over this. I gurnied him to an emergency vet & the ultrasound showed a small mass on his spleen. Vet said this probably had bled which caused his collapse & weakness. He said 2 out of 3 dogs with mass have cancer. He recommended I put my best friend down. I was heartfelt but determined not to give up hope for my dear buddy Dutch.
I did research on Spleen & canine cancer. I knew spleen removal was not an option. I was advised by vet that if it was cancer Dutch would die anyway shortly after because it spreads. Surgery may take his life as well because of age factor. I decided to treat this as if it was cancer & also get his anemia under control. I changed his diet to an all protein. Whole chickens (lower sodium ones, read labels. ) Buy several when on sale. (99 cents per lb. Shop around) Freeze till ready to cook. Chicken liver, broccoli, carrots & cooking with honey, cinnamon, green tea & some additional herbs. I use a large stock pot & cook chicken in water like a soup. I take chicken out after 1 1/2 hours cool & debone this. I then add 6 large containers of chicken livers, diced veggies & herbs cooking till soft in chicken stock. I then add cut up chicken to the mix & put in 7 containers to cool then freeze. I make it once a week & microwave 1 container daily mixing half w/grain free kibble 2x daily. My dog is 100lbs. You may not need to cook as much depending on size.
Not only has he lost 10 lbs that was needed but his energy level came back. This happened within a few weeks after the vet told me to put him down. I recently took him for a check up to a my regular vet who told me his blood work is now fine & that he probably didn't have the cancer the vet almost 1 year ago said he probably had. I have not had another ultrasound to view his mass however, I am now a firm believer that diet plays a great part on our pet's health as well as with humans. He always was fed chicken but with veggies & brown rice. I cut out all his carbs. & he is much better for this. I now have to cut out carbs myself! He is in better shape then me! LOL!
Everyday since his collapse Dec. 16th. 2010 is a great day to have with my Dutch & I am thankful that I didn't give up on him. My word of advice is when it comes to a dog's spleen try changing his diet or going holistic. I also give my dogs fish oil , kelp tablets & glucosamine chondrotin tablet once daily mixed in with food intake. I buy these at my pharmacy. Again my dog is large & this works & is much less expensive then buying from vets. You may have to grind yours up for smaller dose.
I am not a vet nor a Dr. however I found that a lot of these vaccines & chemicals may have adverse reaction on pets. Dutch's collapse was a few days after he got his vaccines so I have stopped them all but the rabie vaccine. This is my opinion only knowing my dogs. I don't think this helped his situation.
The internet can be a great source of information. You might also research which herbs suit your canines needs. The many I use as an antioxidant. I put clove powder in my weekly mix as well to keep away ticks. It's been very uplifting to see such a great change! I hope he's with me for several more wonderful years! I say... Don't give up! Keep the faith & change their diet for the better! I hope others can have the same hope. If your dog is one out of the 2/3 that has cancer the honey & cinnamon as well as cutting out carbs may help prolong the cancers growth.
I wish your canine good health...... They are so dear & worth every effort! In the long run this also has been a savings because I've had no more tests, medications or vets bills to pay! Just his normal check up recently. Alls good so far! As for his mass perhaps it shrunk somehow? Remission? I don't believe it's cancer but don't know for sure. One thing I do know... Dutch is still here with another winter on its way! How he loves the snow! Best to you & your canines!
01/04/2012: Natacha from Tampa, Fl, Usa replies: "It's been a rough couple of weeks... My GSD Iceman will be 9 in February. He's been very sick since December 16, 2011, vomiting and diarrhea, refusing to eat, drinking water excessively, at times lethargic, weak and panting hard when standing, crying when he's laying down...
He has been to the vet 3 times and was diagnosed with the doggy flu, then it was a GI infection and now possibly a hemangiosarcoma on his spleen that required an emergency splenectomy on new years day. Iceman's abdomen was distended and hard to us but the 2 vets and 3 vet techs that saw him disagreed! I asked them to please do blood work and take an xray, results were his white blood cell count was elevated and nothing showed on the xray. A GI scope revealed blood in his abdomen so finally an ultrasound was done and revealed a spleenic mass of 9cmX7cm! Emergency surgery was performed and they found 6 pints of blood just sitting in his abdomen! He was given 4 units of transfused blood, his spleen and mass was removed, and NO matastases were found anywhere.
He came home last night and appears to be in a great deal of pain and won't drink. Today he is acting a bit better, wanting to play with his ball but still won't drink. Now we play the waiting game to hear from pathology... I am so confused right now with all the information available on the Internet! Here is a happy active dog who just got sick and now I have to think about cancer! I just want my devoted buddy to be healthy and back to normal! Iceman has never been a dog that has had to have numerous visits to the vet other than for his annual checkup and shots... What can I do to help him heal and prevent any possible matastases? Suggestions please..."
01/08/2012: Steve from Westfield, Nj replies: "Best wishes to everyone whose dog is suffering. A few general comments based on those prior:
The lawn chemicals, pesticides, cleaners, used around your home are dangerous. Of 80,000 known chemicals, the FDA has only tested 200. Really. So if you have beloved pets, you are putting their lives at risk over things like weeds, moles, and cleaning practices. If you really care for your pets and family, go natural. Use natural fertilizers on your lawn if you must use something. Spend time w/your dog outside and pull out weeds. Use baking soda and lemon and other natural cleaners around your home.
When it comes to food "less salt" doesn't cut it nor does the steroid/antibiotic laden meats most people consume themselves, even if you're making homeade food. You must go organic for your pets food or you are asking their already stressed vital organs to do more work. And there are very few people that complain about the price of organic foods that can't give up something for the extra cost to save their pet I. E. eating out, lattes, cable TV, etc.
Finally, question what a Vet tells you, no matter how qualified you think they are. Our sweet dog was not diagnosed with a thyroid problem for over a year at UPenn - suposedly the best veterianry school there is. His local vet said he has arthritis and his quality of life is poor. He's walked over 500 miles in parks since being told that.
You only die once, but you can fight to live every day! "
03/03/2012: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Washington replies: "Hi. If you go on the internet and look up pet mix for dogs, ( a dehydrated meal you add meat of your choice to) it should send you to a website where you can order supplements and food. Call and talk with Tom. Tell him yours and your dogs situation and he will work with you to tell what you can do to supplement your dog and help him with natural foods. Good luck."
06/18/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I imagine it works for pets like humans in that grains are causing arthritis and thyroid conditions, according to the book Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight. I would avoid any grains in the dog's diet. I made the neighbor's dog some parsley tea when she looked sick. I think it helped her a lot."