Last Modified on Jul 21, 2014
Turmeric is such a remarkable natural remedy for people that pet owners are bound to try it for their dogs and cats as well. But is turmeric safe for pets? And is it an effective remedy for ailments in your cats, dogs, and other pets? Earth Clinic can help you find those pet care answers!
Curcumin, the principle active component in turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent that shows promise in the prevention and treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's Disease, among other conditions. And yes, it is generally found to be safe for dogs and cats.
Home Remedies: Vets frequently recommend the addition of turmeric to your dog or cat's diet if they have been diagnosed with cancer. Offer your pet up to a quarter of a teaspoon per day for every 10 pounds of your pet's weight. Turmeric can also be good for reducing arthritis inflammation and pain in pets!
[YEA] 04/05/2010: Annonymous from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa: "Aloe and turmeric for cat hemmrhoids
My cat had a lump next to the base of her tail. The next day there was another on the other side. She would get angry if I touched them. It must have hurt. She held her tail to the side, so I initially thought she broke it. She didn't like me trying to straighten it. She was straining to relieve herself so I gave her some kitten formula mixed with aloe juice and fish oil. I rubbed the fish oil on her fur since she wouldn't drink it with the formula from a dish. She immediately ran to use the litter box. The next day she was more active, but she had a second lump. I gave her some kitten formula with some turmeric in it, and coaxed her into eating some raw lamb. I had to use a syringe to feed her the formula. Today, the third day, the lumps are nearly gone if not gone (I don't want to hurt her to find out for sure). I gave her a second dose of formula with turmeric. In all she got one dose of the formula with aloe and fish oil, and two doses with turmeric. Only a teaspoon or so of formula each dose. So not much aloe or turmeric. But the lumps appear to be nearly gone. They were the size of a small grape. She sits by the water dish and doesn't really drink. The vet said she has kidney problems. She's probably dehydrated. But she's much happier today. Thank you, Earthclinic :)"Replies
10/22/2011: Sandi from Glendale, Colorado replies: "I have a 3 yr. Old Standard Poodle who has tumors on his left rear foot. This has been going on for a couple of years and the vets have never prescribed antibiotics (though they usually say after the fact that he should have had them) and only say to soak it in Epsom Salts. I've been soaking it in Epsom Salts with Essential Oil of Thyme and it only looks like it's getting worse this time. I don't know how much turmeric to give him and I'm frantic as I'm on a fixed income and can't afford to take him to the vet, especially on the weekend!"
10/25/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Sandi, have you tried any kind of topical ointments? The over-the-counter "Triple Antibiotic" would certainly kill any viral or bacterial infection cancer inducers. The old timers "Porter's Salve" is good for many skin conditions and is quite powerful. Good luck."
[YEA] 10/03/2008: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA: "Just wanted to report that I am having great results on my 14+ year old german shephard mix who has arthritis (especially in the hips). I think that one of the most helpful and important things I'm doing is exercising him without fail every day. I take him on walks each day, usually about 3.5 miles total. Considering his age, he's in remarkably good shape and, except on steep hills, keeps up with our other 2 young dogs. We used to walk by a neighbor's golden retriever who was let outside in the front yard several times a day to do her thing. She hobbled around in obvious pain, barely able to walk. I never once saw the owners taking their sweet dog out for a walk. She was only about 10 years old when they put her to sleep. Just my opinion, but I think early deaths happen with some frequency to yard-only dogs. Exercise keeps those joints lubricated!
Supplements: I also recently started adding turmeric, msm and glucosamine to Max's food. Dosages: 1/4 teaspoon of powdered turmeric in his food in the morning, diluted with chicken broth. At night I crush a 1000 mg tablet of MSM and give him half of it (500 mg), plus a full capsule of glucosamine blend from Trader Joe's (glucosamine sulfate 750mg and glucosamine HCI 750 mg). My vet mentioned that she likes the combo of MSM and glucosamine for dogs with arthritis, which is why I started him on that a few weeks ago. The turmeric has helped heal up a benign cyst that had burst through the skin on his front paw. Very glad one of EC's readers reported a cure for dog cysts recently -- thanks! At any rate, Max seems to be doing better on the supplements -- walking faster, wrestling with the other dogs, less confusion at night when the lights go off. Yea, yea, yea."Replies
[YEA] 01/05/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA replies: "Thanks for your posts, Chloe and Dianna. They reminded me to update EC about turmeric and my dog Max's burst cyst. I have continued to add about an 8th of a teaspoon turmeric mixed in chicken broth to Max's breakfast kibble each morning since October. The cyst on his right paw was quite large and had burst a few months ago. As I mentioned, the turmeric started to heal the cyst within a few days. It took about 2 months, but the lump is now completely gone!!
I would have started Max on turmeric ages ago had I known how helpful it is with benign cysts (he has them all over his body). Many thanks again to Lisa for telling us about this great remedy."
09/29/2009: Janis from Palm Desert, Ca, Usa replies: "I have three dogs and I want to give them Turmeric but I need some idea of dose to weight. Thanks for your help."
05/18/2013: Kara from Eau Claire replies: "Can you please tell me what tumeric I can give my German shepherd? I have pills but they have a pepper added to them for absorption. Is that ok? My girl is almost 10 and her back legs just started failing her this week. Thanks so much."
05/18/2013: Gena from Pasadena, California replies: "Dear Kara, I was feeding my dogs powdered turmeric with a few grinds of black pepper and a splash of olive oil. It sounds like your dog will do fine with the capsule form but you can always buy turmeric powder at any grocery store in the spice section and mix it in with her food, along with black pepper and a little vegetable oil. I would soak it in her food along with plenty of water. One of my dogs only tolerated this for about a week and then started to throw up. I think the turmeric made him too acidic. If that's the case, you can do it a few days on, a few days off. Massage and acupuncture can help dogs tremendously with this issue as well. Good luck and many blessings."
02/11/2014: Carol from Mandan North Dakota replies: "Pepper should not be ingested by dogs. It irritates and inflames the digestive system. Best to use just tumeric, with virgin coconut oil for bio-availability, thou I'm not entirely sure what THAT means. LOL. I read blogs at ottawavalleydogwhisper and have found some invaluable info there. My Annie is like a child to me and I started her on low dose (1/2 tsp each) tumeric/coconut oil about 2 weeks ago for cysts on her legs and arthritis, and plan to increase it to recommended dosage for her weight. No changes yet, except that she will now allow me to feel them without trying to get away, and she is more mobile and not limping NEAR as much. I am struggling to keep up with her on our walks. Vet want to remove the lumps and not only can I, as a single mom, not afford it, it would be very tramatic for her to be away from me. She does not eat or play or interact with anyone when I am not home. What I HAVE noticed is that she pants a lot more. She is a mixed breed with layers and layers of black fur so she does get overheated easily, but we are in North Dakota-below zero temps. She is a bit overweight too. I think it may be the coconut oil as it boosts the metabolism. I will probably increase the tumeric to 1 tsp and leave the coconut oil at 1/2 tsp.
This dog is so smart, we can't even SPELL words anymore and she knows what it is. We now say 'walk' backwards (klaw) because if she hears the word, she will bug you until she gets her 'klaw'. Lol. wonder how long before she knows klaw and walk are the same."
[YEA] 03/16/2010: Doug from Bellflower, Ca: "I rescued a 2 year old (roughly) Boxer on September 26th, 2009 and named him Clyde. He is the absolute best dog I have ever owned! Shortly after I adopted him, though, I noticed that he had a lump on his face beside his right eye. It took me a few weeks to spot it because of his wrinkly boxer face. It didn't seem to bother him at all so I decided to keep an eye on it for a while. About a month ago I took him to the vet to have the lump looked at because it seemed to be growing (about the size of a grape at its largest).
They performed a "fine needle aspirate" to determine what it consisted of and they concluded that it was a "probable keratin filled subaceous cyst". (The test alone cost $250!) They said that it would eventually have to be surgically removed. I was pretty freaked out because I am getting married in May and cannot afford to fork out the amount of money that would be required to operate on him.
I was looking into the problem online and stumbled onto Earth Clinic where I read about using Turmeric as a cyst remedy. I ran to the market and picked up a jar of Turmeric powder and began sprinkling 1/2 tsp of it into his food morning and night (totaling 1 tsp per day). His first dose was on Wed (3/10/10).
On the following Mon night (3/15/10 (tonight)) I came home and found the cyst draining a brownish, reddish goo! Once I began treating him with the Turmeric the lump seemed to grow. I was beginning to wonder if it was going to work but I think it only appeared larger because it was bringing the material to the surface to drain.
The lump is not gone just yet but it is rapidly venting its contents and I am sure it will be gone in no time! (I'll post another comment if I'm wrong).
I am ecstatic with the knowledge that I don't have to spend a gazillion dollars and put by my buddy through surgery!
I don't usually write reviews and I am super skeptical when it comes to alternative medicine but this is no joke! EC saved me big money so I figured it was worth sitting down for a few minutes to share my experience. Turmeric rules and I plan to go tell it on the mountains!
09/10/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Doug from Belflower, Ca. Haha so cute your comment was. I'm happy to see your concerned about your dog/best friend and took the time and compassion to find a treatment. Good luck."
12/09/2009: Albow from Mpls, Mn: "I been giving my 11 year old golden retriever "Hoss" 2 tsp of Turmeric a day for 7 days in his food for a cycts/tumor he has on the top of his neck the size of 1/2 golf ball, with no results yet, only a foul smell he didn't have before, I will post if any change."Replies
12/09/2009: Jane from Pasadena, Ca replies: "I think 2 teaspoons is far too much for a dog that size. No wonder she smells. You don't need so much turmeric to obtain results. Try no more than 1 teaspoon a day."
12/14/2009: Albow from Mpls, Mn replies: "2 teaspoons a day of turmeric spice is what everyone on here said to give him, its been over 10 days no change."
[NAY] 12/14/2009: Al from Mpls, Mn replies: "First off my Golden Retriever is a "He" and about a 100 lbs not fat just big most Goldens are big dogs i give him 1 teaspoon 2 times a day going by what most fokes say on this site, but his cyst/tumor has not gotten any smaller even with 2 teaspoons a day so its not working like every one is saying, maybe they are Turmeric sales reps?"
EC: Not if they are writing about turmeric powder, which only costs a few bucks at an Indian grocer. The posts promoting turmeric capsules are the ones to watch out for! We had a bunch of fake turmeric posts on the boils page about a year ago. It was the company that sells turmeric capsules at the big box store (W-----t) that was sending in bogus testimonials, week after week.
02/11/2010: Mary from Fayetteville, Ga replies: "Our Lab, Beau, was diagnosed with a squamious cell carcinoma in the roof of his mouth approximately 18 months ago. We struggled mightily with whether we should go the surgery, chemo, radiation route or just try to make his life more comfortable and happy. The surgery, chemo and radiation would not cure, and could only give him approximately 6 additional months. I purchased a book on Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs and immediately changed Beau's diet to a high protein, low carb diet. Also added Turmeric. Began with 1/2 teaspoon in his food for several days or week; then added 1/2 teaspoonfuls gradually until he rached 2 teaspoonfuls per day. Beau is a big boy; always has been. We've had him from birth.
I also started him on 1 teaspoon of the maple syrup cooked with baking soda every day. Ask your vet though, if this is OK. All I know is that Beau stopped bleeding from his mouth the day after his first dose of "syrup and soda".
Al, Beau exhibited a foul smell in his mouth and the vets never told us that sometimes parts of the tumor tissue will die and become smelly. Our new holistic vet practices Chinese and Western medicine and gave Beau Clindamycin because of the foul smell. After ONE dose, there was NO smell!!! Honest!!! She also performed acupuncture on him and he was so relaxed. I don't know how it works, just that it does. Good luck to you all, and may God bless you and our beloved pets. If anyone wants to get in touch with us, our E-mail address is MurphyGobeau@aol.com.
Also, don't forget that God loves his animals, too. We ask His blessings on Beau's food, that it will nourish his body, strengthen his immune system and destroy the cancer that is within him. We also know that Beau belongs to God and that he is on loan to us to take care of. I thank Him every day when I look into that beautiful, loving face. What a gift.
PS: Don't forget the sardines for the dogs!!!"
09/17/2010: Katie from Oak View, Ca, Usa replies: "My weimeraner was dignosed with bone cancer-doc gave her 2 months. I started giving her a homemade hi protein, lo carb diet and she's still with me 16 months later. She has tons of fatty tumors, so I'm starting her on turmeric tonight, will post back in a week or so to tell what is happening."
[YEA] 08/04/2009: Eva from Nj, Usa: "Turmeric for cyst on my dog
I found a growth on my 7 year old golden retriever's neck. His name is Zeus, great dog. I couldn't afford a vet and didn't know if it was cancerous or not, it was growing and then it seemed to be getting irritated, even some blood or crust on it, it looked scary and I was upset. It got to be about 3/4 of an inch. So I prayed for a cure and was researching natural cures because quite frankly I believe nature heals and truly cures better than modern medicine much of the time anyway, not that I'm anti-doctor because I'm not, just wish they'd get themselves familiarized with what foods/herbs can help too, instead of only pills and surgeries. SO ... I've been giving him about a teaspoon sprinkled in with his food twice a day, morning and night. I mix with a little water so it mixes in well, sortof an indian dog food gravy if you will LOL. The good thing is, he seems to LIKE it! So I don't have to force feed it to him. I've been doing this since 07/27/09, it's now 08/04/09, so about a week, and mind you the first day or two I gave him less to be cautious in case it didn't agree with him. He has had no issues, and this dog has a sensitive stomach so that's good. Well, last night I check and it's shrunk to less than half the size, now it's slightly smaller than the size of a pea and no crusts, it is smooth and no longer looks swelling and dangerous and scary. It looks like it's just shrinking and healing away. This in a week! I'm continuing until it's gone and then will continue using a smaller quantity, maybe one half teaspoon twice a day as a preventative measure. This is just awesome. I got my turmeric in a big bag from an Indian spice store by the way, it's pretty fresh but I'll bet any will do.
It's good for people too! I think I'll start taking a little every day, too! Good luck! And I'll try to post later with follow up to let you know our results."Replies
08/18/2009: Eva from Nj, Usa replies: "Hi, I wrote August 4th about my golden retriever Zeus' progress with a cyst, treating him with turmeric (a small teaspoon mixed with food, 2 x per day) and said I'd come post again to update on results for others to see. As noted previously I began treating him 7/27/09, by 08/04/09 I saw the growth (which had not improved for months and had been growing) had shrunk very substantially. It is now 08/18/09 and it has shrunk still further, it is less than half the size of a pencil eraser. For it to go from 3/4 of an inch to just a couple of millimeters in 3 weeks is very encouraging. I will try to remember to post again in future with results."
01/27/2010: Baz from Seattle, Wa, Usa replies: "I have read that max daily dosage of Tumeric for humans is 1 tsp. and should be taken with black pepper to aid absorption, or with milk (fat soluable). Remember that Tumeric is a blood thinner so taking too much isn't recommended. So keep this in mind as most pets are substantially smaller than humans. Also, you can apply Tumeric topically onto tumors, then place bandage. For this, you can mix the Tumeric with honey (to make a paste) and place it over the tumor, then top with a bandage to protect clothing or bedding from staining."
06/25/2009: Sue from Mathis, Texas: "I just read your feedbacks about cyst's & turmeric for pets. Is a cyst the same as fat tumors? I have a 7 1/2 yr old Golden Retrievor with oddles of fat tumors. Do you think the 1 tsp. of turmeric will work for fat tumors too? Has anyone used it for this?"Replies
[YEA] 03/06/2010: Kath from Full Time Traveler, Usa replies: "Hi,
I used turmeric on my English Springer for his fatty tumors. After about a week the biggest one ( size of a golf ball) popped, totally gross. Had to keep the opening clean but now healed. Two on back legs popped a week later. He still has one on his neck but that one is slowly shrinking. This stuff works. I give him 1 teaspoon mixed in with 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil. He loves it and looks forward to his midmorning treat. Good luck!"
04/29/2010: Meeganzo from Norwalk, Ct replies: "I just started my dog Murphy on Turmeric I use capsules that I open so I am not sure how much I give him (one capsule)I never thought of going to spice shop to get the spice but that is a great idea. He is 15 and has a lot of fatty tumors and arthritis. Other then that he is in great health and is very active. I wish I knew about this treatment when I noticed the first fatty tumor! Any other suggestions to treat arthritis naturally? I also do give him glucosamine with his food and feed him a natural diet that I cook up for him (which of course he LOVES). My dog is about 70lbs and is a mix (adopted from the ASPCA in NYC). I would love to keep him pain free for the rest of his years if possible :)"
02/24/2011: Bonnie from Norwood, Ontario, Canada replies: "My dog is 12 and has a few fatty cysts so I am starting her on turmeric and just wondering if they burst or pop what should you do about that? I hope this works for her, as I love her so much."
04/08/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma. Usa replies: "To: Meeganzo from Norwalk, Ct.
I give my pets a probiotic in case if there should be any infections also to help keep their systems clean and active. There is Acidophilus and L-Lysine 500. it's essential for maintenance of nitrogen balance; also helps with providing nutritional support for the body's natural defenses.
Here is a website to help inform you better.
Good luck, and keep up the good work."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 10/05/2011: Dee from Surprise, Az replies: "I have a 12-year old female Beagle who has had one cyst on her leg for a 1-1/2 but started growing other cysts/tumors on the same side but in the back lower hip/stomach area. I took her to the vet and could only afford the vet to aspirate and send in a sample to the lab to test for cancer. A week later one of the cyst/tumor filled back up again the size of a grapefruit. I was sick - didn't know what to do. To remove these was going to cost an additional $1200 and the vet could not guarantee the removal of the "problem" tumor which he felt was a mast-cell tumor.
Came onto earthclinic.com and read everyone's suggestions on turmeric. Thought I would give it a try. 1-1/2 months later the large cyst reached a head and either it burst or my dog bit into it. All I know is that it was a mess. After I cleaned it and her up there was a hole 2" wide. Morning and evening I cleaned the wound with neosporin and colorless iodine and bandaged it until it was time to let it heal unbandaged. Went to the feed store and bought antibiotics and gave it to her twice a day until it was gone. She also had to wear a cone on her neck so she would leave the wound alone. It took 4 weeks to heal completely and so far the cyst/tumor has not filled back up again. Still giving her turmeric.
The only thing I have just noticed is red blood when she urinates and when I have checked her with a cloth. I give her the turmeric; milk thistle; prednisone and chlor-tabs for her allergies. What could be causing the fresh blood when she urinates? Any suggestions?"
03/02/2012: Serephima from Winnipeg, Mb. Canada replies: "Your dog has an infection if there is blood in the urine.
Turmeric is great for may things. Lucifer gets one capsule every day. It protects his liver, pancreas, and other organs as well. Have you heard of Chaga?
Chaga is a Mushroom that grows on Birch trees. If you can get some already made Chaga liquid, give your dog anywhere from 1/2 a teaspoon to a full teaspoon of Chaga Mushroom 3 times a day. Chaga Mushroom is great for many things as well.
A herbalist once said, "I would rather have one herb that is good for 30 different things, than to have 30 herbs that are good for only one thing". I agree.
Turmeric is Queen of Herbs, Chaga is King."
01/30/2009: Tamara from Big Bear, Ca: "Just a comment regarding apparent cures using turmeric or any remedy that seems to cure a tumor, cyst, or any type ailment. If a remedy works, maybe it should be continued to possibly insure that the cause has been eliminated so it does not recur. If the animal or person is responding to a remedy or diet, as soon as you stop and go back to the environment that created the ailment, most likely it comes back. My Laddie is 14 and I just noticed a lump growing on his chest. I heard of turmeric for humans a few years back in a health magazine. Glad to know it is okay for pets. Need to pick up some for him. Thank you!"
[YEA] 01/05/2009: Chloe from Seattle, WA, USA: "Turmeric Remedy for Cysts. Mid December 08, my 7-year old Golden Retriever was limping and her left paw was in pain. I could feel a hard lump next to one of the pads. Took her to the vet. They aspirated it and sent it to lab. (cost $180). Advised me that it was a sebaceous cyst and would have to be removed to the tune of $600 (that's including the discount of vet ins.) They said it WOULD NOT go away and it WOULD NOT burst. It would have to be cut off. It was "hard" now as it was old and not filled with fluid. I was desperate to find a natural cure, as I didn't want to spend $600!!. I've been on this website before (LOVE IT!!) and stumbled upon Lisa from Ohio's turmeric remedy. I started in immediately and now, 2 weeks later, the cyst is HALF its former size and is not painful at all. It was rock-hard before and now feels more normal. 2 weeks ago I couldn't even touch it! THIS REMEDY IS A MIRACLE. Sadie also has a soft cyst the size of a nickle on her chest and that has gotten smaller as well! I just used regular turmeric from the grocery store. 1 teaspoon per day. I have done extensive research on turmeric and have found it to be a miracle herb. I am now taking it myself 2x per day in tablet form. THANK-YOU EARTH CLINIC!!!!!! xoxo Chloe"Replies
02/03/2009: Chloe from Seattle, WA, USA replies: "Just wanted to update everyone. The sebaceous cyst on Sadie's (Golden Retriever) foot is COMPLETELY gone! Turmeric saved the day!! Also, the cyst on her side has gone down considerably, but is not completely gone yet. 1 teaspoon per day in her food. I add a little olive oil and she loves it! xoxo Chloe"
01/18/2010: Christine from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Am so happy to read of such success with cysts, both sebaceous and fat. I have a 17 1/2 yr old female daschund, who has had a fat lump on her upper chest and has developed a sebaceous cyst just below, which, due to Cleo's biting it, is not healing but contiuously bleeding. I wash it and cover it with a bandaid which protects it and ceases the secretion. I have today started with 1/8 tsp of tunrmeric mixed with almond butter. I shall advise of the progress.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for this invaluable information!"
[YEA] 02/22/2010: Christine from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Cleo's sebaceous cyst had begun to dry up on Feb 1st. That would by the 2nd week of introducing her to turmeric. A scab developed and had fallen off at least 4 times. Today the cyst is practically even with her tummy skin. I am amazed and so thankful for this method of treatment. I now watch for a reduction in her fat lump, which fills my palm as I cover my hand over it. I believe that results are not as quick because of her age and so, I am patient. She has added vigor and energy, certainly because of the turmeric added to her food. I too add extra virgin olive oil to the turmeric, which I am currently giving her 1/4 tsp twice daily and will continue to do so. THANK YOU for EarthClinic.com and to all of the members' reviews!"
[YEA] 09/19/2008: Lisa from Columbus, Ohio: "Turmeric for Canine Cyst
My 4 year old sheltie had a cyst about the size of a pebble on her head. The vet had aspirated it to check for cancer, which was negative and said at some point we will need to remove it surgically, as it had grown at least twice its size in a year. A friend had sent me the earth clinic web site a while ago, so I decided to look up cyst. Although I didn't see it listed for pets, I did see that people were using turmeric to remove cysts by digesting it, so off to the grocery I went. I bought the store brand turmeric and sprinkled it in her food 5 days a week for 3 weeks. I mixed it with warm water and a little bit of canned food to hide any taste she might not like. I didn't measure, I just sprinkled it in, I'd guess 1 tsp a day with her food. After about a week, I noticed the cyst was in fact shrinking. After 3 weeks it was completely gone and has been gone for a month now. I read that tumeric contains curcumin, which is probably what made it work. Info on curcumin can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin. Thanks so much Earth Clinic!"Replies
03/25/2009: Lisa from Columbus, Ohio replies: "Update: Turmeric for Canine Cyst
Was so happy to read the postive feedback others have had with turmeric for pet cysts. Just wanted to give an update on my Sheltie. I had stopped giving her the turmeric right after her cyst went away and about 2 months later it came back. I again started giving her turmeric and the cyst burst within a week. I now give her turmeric every other day, just 1/2 tsp (she weights 25 lbs) mixed with her food and some warm water. It's been almost 4 months and she's just fine, no cyst."
08/27/2009: Lisa from Columbus, Ohio replies: "Just another update on my sheltie and to congratulate everyone else on their success with Turmeric. She is still cyst free and still taking about a tsp of turmeric a few times a week in her food. I am happy to see others are having success as well!"
EC: Thank you for updating us - that's great news!
03/24/2010: Lisa from Columbus, Ohio replies: "I wanted to reply to Albow from Mpls, Mn and anyone else out there trying to use turmeric for tumors or cysts. First, have some patience, give it time to work and don't think that more is necessarily better. I first used turmeric powder (a generic store brand kind costing about $3 for a jar) on my sheltie for a cyst about the size of a small pebble. It took 3 weeks for the tiny cyst to burst. She still gets turmeric with her food as maintenance, the cyst has not come back since she's had turmeric daily. I feed her 1/2 cup of dog food twice a day. She gets 1/8 tsp of turmeric sprinkled over the food, mixed with a little warm water, enough to create a 'gravy'.
After seeing this work on my sheltie I decided to give it to my then 12 yr old lab (who weighs 80 lbs). In 2007 she had a cancerous tumor removed from her chest. At the time I started giving her turmeric (Sept 2008) she had about 13 fatty tumors (lipomas) all over her, one was especially large around her shoulder, about the size of a tennis ball. I have read on this site that others are saying these lipomas have burst and oozed, which is a little disturbing and scarey. This did not happen with my lab, they simply shrank in size OVER TIME. My lab gets about 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder twice a day with her food mixed with warm water and over the year and a half her lipomas have either shrunk considerably or are gone completey, but a few have remained the same size. The large one on her shoulder is now about the size of a gold ball. I recently counted her lipomas, I could only find 6. I just wanted to caution those using turmeric for this, just using a little may be enough, and it takes time!"
03/14/2011: Adolfo from Miami, Florida replies: "To Lisa from Columbus, Ohio, you shouldn't feed your dog "dog food". Raw meat is best."
03/15/2011: Bonnie from Norwood, On Canada replies: "I have a 12 year old miniature poodle with a couple of big cysts and have been giving her 1/2 tsp a day of turmeric and have seen no results yet, how long should I keep trying this? Thanks"
02/28/2012: Linda from Toronto , Ontario, Canada replies: "I have been giving my 8 pound toy poodle an 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric daily with her morning meal, for 2 months now. To dissolve a non malignant growth on her mammary gland. There has been no change at all. I also put her on a raw diet at the same time. Last week I started Spirulina. Previous to the turmeric I was using virgin castor oil directly over her pea sized growth and held it in place with a bandaid. I did that for a month, and there was no change. This has been an ongoing process since November. She is getting about 1/4 of the exercise she gets when we don't have snow, and I'm sure that exercise is significant in getting the lymph and blood moving. Also, my next step is to try the remedy from B Naturals in the USA for $25. It's an anti -growth herbal remedy they make, that is similiar they say to Essiac Tea. Good luck to everyone."
03/25/2012: Linda from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Her growth is growing. 4 months since I started the Turmeric. It's now a pea and a half a pea. Am panicking a bit, but continuing the 1/8 teaspoon Turmeric with each meal. But stopped the spirulina and Essiac tea for a week. I will start it again in another week, to see if the growth has subsided."
[YEA] 11/16/2007: Diane from Jacksonville, FL: "Feeling it was worth a try... i gave 1 capsule every other day with one tablespoon of peanut butter to my Lhasa Apso. She had a lump that the vet wanted $200. to biopsy. Within one week, the lump came to the surface and drained. It was sooo gross and smelly. But it is gone! I will continue to watch her and report any post symptoms. This is pretty incredible!"Replies
[NAY] 04/08/2010: Suzanne from Alpena, Mi replies: "My Lhasa Apso (23 lbs.) has a ping pong sized fatty tumor under his tail which looks like a misplaced testicle! The vet says it would be better not to remove it because he's about 12 years old and it does not interfer with his elimination. For two weeks I have been giving him 1 teaspoon of tumeric mixed with canned dog food, which he likes very much. Unfortunately, his tumor has not shrunk and HE SMELLS LIKE CAT URINE! Am I giving him too much? Shall I keep trying and wait longer?"
11/15/2012: Ruby from Birdsboro, Pa Usa replies: "Get rid of the dog food first n feed him real food. When you cook make an extra serving or two if you don't cook everyday. Dog food is so full of toxins it will continue to feed rumors or cysts... Dogs don't get fat from real food - they get fat from eating too much like we do."
11/18/2012: Cindy from Illinois, USA: "I wonder about using such high doses of turmeric for pets. "Amount" is a profoundly critical element of herbs. The amount of herbal elements introduced can dictate to which part of the body its elements are sent AND what action is taken when it gets there. Just like the form in which an herb is administered. A single herb can be used in various combinations of dosages and forms to treat hundreds of different ailments but HIGH dosages can ONLY be treated, by the body, as "toxin". The body doesn't care if it is turmeric or simple oxygen - if there's too much of it, it is simply "toxin" and the body has no choice but to go into "emergency mode". High dosage = chemotherapy. Some "bad" stuff may be eliminated along with the "toxin", but the fight, itself, will further weaken a system that is already weak from trying to remedy the situation. If the body gets to it before it gets to the area you are treating, you could create more and worse problems - often invisible, initially - without the "medicine" ever reaching the intended area. There are too many unknown variables to even guess, let alone calculate, what might happen. Kidney and liver failure are common as these are the primary organs used to eliminate toxins and what could have assisted or even cured a kidney or liver disorder - in the right dosage which would have elicited the right response from the body - could end up "silently" damaging the organs beyond repair. Always start "tiny", once a day. If the body responds, STAY tiny and once a day, before sleeptime. Don't rush it. Let it do what it has to do. If it stops responding, add a "tiny" bit more but don't increase the number of times per day. Let the body use what you're giving it at the time of day when it makes repairs without interference from you - during sleep. Medicine is just a part of life, it's not "magic". The body has a repair cycle. Seek remedy, apply (whether by eating, drinking, breathing or rolling in it) and then have a little snooze. Wake, take stock and either go about your business or take a bit more remedy and go back to sleep or, often, simply roll over and go back to sleep."Replies
06/12/2013: Beth from Boulder, Co replies: "Thank for this wise and wonderful take on dosage!"
12/12/2009: Marcia from Rockwell City, Iowa: "Question:turmeric for my cat
Turmeric interests me greatly...would it help my old kitty boy (16) who has lived all his life with eosiphillic granuloma (sp) and in the last year has recieved 5mg daily of prednisone. (Don't like drugs) It was discovered when he couldn't breathe last year that he also has asthma. The life giver for him was discovering 7 years ago a feline colostrum powder...but even that wasn't keeping his tongue and throat from tumoring, hence the nasty drug.
Anyone with experiences like this? He is now throwing up nearly every time he eats...and it doesn't matter wet or dry food...so I am suspicious of throat or stomach problems again. He has very bad breath too. Thanks to all for any suggestions!! XXXX's M"
01/02/2010: Suze from Tweed, Australia replies: "You could try a few (3-5) drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide (just the one you get from the store) mixed with water and give it to him in a dosing syringe, morning and night. It is a bit of a cure all, see the posts on the human section of earth clinic. I give this to my cats and dogs and I have got positive results for many conditions, from viruses, to skin problems, the list is endless."
03/02/2011: Gail from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "I was just reading of your kittys problem and was going to suggest the hydrogen peroxide therapy, where I see someone else has suggested this. HOWEVER, DO NOT USE THE 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FROM THE DRUG STORE, it contains poisons and should not be ingested. ONLY FOOD GRADE 35% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE should be used, but this cannot be used 'neat" it has to be diluted. I have done the hydrogen peroxide cure myself and Iam totally convinced it is the way to go to kill cancers etc( cancer cannot live in an oxgenated environment)
(be careful handling the 35%, use vinyl gloves, it burns if you get it on your skin) Keep the litre bottle in the freezer and dispense some out to fill a brown glass bottle with a dropper)
My dear cat was severely jaundiced and the vet diagnosed either a pancreatic tumour or lymphonas. I searched the internet for how to administer the hydrogen peroxide , without much luck, putting in the drinking water is an option( it has to be distilled water, not chlorinated tap water) but how much ? and given cats dont drink all that much, how could the cat drink enough water to be effective? I then decided to put 1 drop of 35% FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE in a small bowl of PET MILK X 3 TIMES A DAY. ( which she happily lapped up)
THIS HAS TO BE GIVEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, THEN WAIT ONE HOUR BEFORE GIVING ANY FOOD) I also made up an 8 oz bottle of distilled water and put 3 drops 35% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE in the water, I used this to fill up the cats water bowl ( but I have not seen her drink the water) I also added a little of this water to the PET MILK to dilute it a bit.
This is what I noted the next day after only 2 bowls of the pet milk & H202. Her eyes were clearer, she seemed more alive and was interested in eating a whole bowl of food and I noticed her urine was becoming clearer. ( previoiusly it was a dark brownish mustard colour)
After 5 days of this therapy, I can see alot of difference in the cat, the urine is becoming clearer every day and she is eating regularly again. She was just skin and bone and though still very, very thin she seems ever so slightly better covered over the ribs. Her eyes are no longer sunk in her head and the insides of her ears are not so yellow looking.
I will continue on with this therapy as it seems to be working, I think I will use it for 60 days.
(In my research I found mention of an experiment with rats, where they were injected the rats with cancerous cells and then HYDROGEN PEROXIDE was put in their drinking water, the resulting tumors all resolved within 15- 60 days)
I hope this helps those seeking a cure for their beloved pets.
09/11/2012: Benjy's Mum from Wick, Scotland, United Kingdom: "I have started to give this to my dog but am a bit worried that this website http://www.nocans.com/avoid.html says that turmeric should not be given to dogs and cats?
I did give one dose to my cats and one of them started itching but I suppose this could be a coincidence?
I would really appreciate your advice please.
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/12/2011: Senora Huesitas from Cozumel Island, Mexico: "I've been giving my dog tumeric for his hip arthritus for 9 months now. It is wonderful to have him off the vet prescribed medications and have him pain free and moving again. My vet is impressed! But, what we've noticed is a chocolate lab turn red!! No, it's not from the color of the tumeric it is because the tumeric has an interaction with the melanin that produces hair/skin color. So I have a redhead lab. The vet said my dog was lacking the amino acid tyrosine. So I've got him on tyrosine to put some melanin back in his coat. It's working, starting at his head now at his shoulders he's turning chocolate. I need an alternative to such long term use of tumeric tho. Perhaps one month on tumeric, one on some other natural anti-inflamatory remedy. Any suggestions?"Replies
02/15/2011: Katushka from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "I have three mixed breed dogs with Hip Dysplasia, and a few years back I started them on 'pet naturals of vermont' extra strength hip and joint tablets. They have worked miracles for my three big guys, and I have even been able to avoid surgery on two of them with the addition of this tablet. I would whole hearted recommend it to anyone wanting to ease pain in their dogs joints. You can find it for sale on the internet (i order mine from amazon) and also in quite a few health food stores. Good luck!"
08/14/2011: Fern from Mexico, Mexico City replies: "About your dog and the tyrosine thing, I remember doing a little reading and research on curcumin (major component of turmeric) specifically about it's anti-cancer properties, and I remembered something about being a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, so I did a little google search to refresh my memory and I found scholar articles about it (just google "curcumin inhibits tyrosoine kinase activity of epidermal growth factor receptor") you will also find articles specifically adressing it's therapeutic potential to treat prostate cancer.
Anyway... I would think that being a tyrosine inhibitor, it would do exactly what it did to your dog, but the curious thing is that a medicine called Gleevec (anti-leukimia and other types of cancer treatment) did the opposite to the patients being treated, it darkened their gray hair---this drug is precisely a tyrosine kinase inhibitor---
Sorry if I got too technical!!! LOL but I just thought it was pretty interesting... And I don't now if supplementing with tyrosine would render the turmeric mute :S
Redhead lab sounds pretty cool anyway :) good luck!"
09/13/2011: Lori from Tucson, Az replies: "Try organic extra virgin coconut oil. My dogs love it and its good for arthritis also. I use it for cooking and on foods. Just research it, its good for a lot of things."
09/05/2013: Wendy from Ontario, Canada: "I have a 12 yr old femal Rottweiler with a large 2 piece growth( tumor) on her front left elbow. I have been giving her tumeric every day in her food, as well as Reishi mushroom and Green tea tablets. I wrap the tumor in cotton covered in Castor oil every day as well. It has been about 3 weeks now she has been taking the tumeric and that I have been applying the castor oil. A big outside piece of the tumor has fall en off, and it is light pink, and bleeds a little. Is this normal for it to do before it shrinks and falls off? Also has anyone else had sucess with large growths using tumeric and castor oil?"Replies
09/09/2013: Dharmony from Ny, Usa replies: "Reply to Wendy from Ontario, Canada. I have not had personal experience with this but I found a good video about using turmeric, lecithin powder and coconut oil. See video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7aTYDwLBuw
If the link doesn't work, search: Dog vs Lump (how to destroy cysts & tumours)
1 part certified organic turmeric, 1 part certified organic lecithin, and then start adding certified organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil in until it gets a good thick consistency.
In the video, it explains he applied it to the tumor for 7 days covered with a gauze wrap, then aired it out for 24 hours and reapplied for 2 days covered.
I have heard about caster oil also, but have not actually had the need to try either remedy. Good luck to you and your pet."
[YEA] 09/20/2013: Rottiemom65 from Ontario, Canada replies: "GOOD NEWS!!! We have been giving her the tumeric and coconut oil in her food for 6 weeks now and applying the tumeric/castor oil poutices and the tumor that was the size of a baseball is now only the size of a nickel and is still shrinking, the core that the tumor was attached her elbow by, is now coming away from her elbow as well."
09/20/2013: Dharmony from New York replies: "WOW! So happy for you and your Rottie! So to clarify, you put coconut oil and turmeric in food and caster oil and turmeric on cyst? Glad it worked!!!"
09/21/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "This is awesome news! Kudos!"
09/22/2013: Rottiemom65 from Ontario, Canada replies: "Yes we put the tumeric and coconut oil in her food twice a day, and castor oil and tumeric mixed together to make a paste and applied to the tumor. It has been a struggle since every dressing we put on she likes to remove, but we have been vigelant. I can't count how many socks we have gone through lol. I bought a 20 pack of ladies tube socks and would cut the toe out then put it over her leg and the flannel wrapped tumor then use a self adhesive dressing to keep the sock on. I just applied some tumeric/castor oil with a few drops of oil of oregano as a antibiotic."