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Blackstrap Molasses for Dogs

May 06, 2016

Sometimes the simplest natural cures are the most effective. You might never have thought to look toward that jar of molasses way back in the cupboard as a potential home remedy for your pet's ailment, but in fact molasses -- particularly blackstrap molasses -- has a long and popular history as a natural cure for many ailments among dogs and humans alike.

Far more than simply sugar, molasses is full of minerals and a few other nutrients, the combination of which has proven effective at combatting both acute and chronic ailments.

Natural Pet Cures: In particular, Earth Clinic community members and the wider alternative health community have used molasses in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Also, some report using molasses successfully as a remedy for dogs suffering symptoms of bereavement and even for tumors.

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Posted by Fltanz (Anywhere, Fl, Usa) on 12/14/2010

I would like to start giving my dog's blackstrap molasses for arthritis. I'm not sure if it needs to be organic or if the plain stuff from walmart would work. Also, I read that coconut oil would be helpful, does it need to be cold pressed or virgin or ????. Thank you and my babies thank you.

Replied by Jd
Columbus, Ohio
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My nearly 11-year old, 18.5 pound female pug was diagnosed w/ arthritis late last year. She also had been diagnosed w/ hip issues and general loss of vitality.

Once again, I searched EarthClinic and read about healing properties of Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Oil. So, I bought some and started mixing it in w/ her dinner - generally 1 TBSP of each.

After several months of doing this and observing her, I can testify to how well it has worked. She is running around, jumping, just like she did when she was younger. Great remedy!

Replied by Marlene
Rutherford, Nj
I too heard of coconut oils ' healing properties and couldn't be happier w/the results!! My Buddy is a 14yr. old Shih-Tzu. I have had him on c. c. o for two maybe three months. Now what I did not expect and had never heard of is how the healing seems to have no limit... For the last year I have been giving my little guy eye drops daily, a " Restasis" product for dry eye. lasts approx two n half to three mths, $35.00-50.00 . I have not had to use the eye drops since one month post coconut oil! I use the organic one $10.00 to $5.99@ Shop Rite. Now RFD previous writer said she gives her 11.5lb pug a TBLSP of each, ie: cco and molasses! I read it should not be anymore then 1 tsp per. ten lbs... Can you advise please?? Asap if possible. Tyvm, Marlene

Posted by Amelia (Hattiesburg, Ms) on 09/12/2008
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I read the email about the dogs being given the Blackstrap Molasses and how they are vibrant and doing fine, so I decided to give my pomeranian who is suffering from arthritis some BSM on some cooked white rice. Well I'm glad I did and I am giving it to him and my other dogs over white rice every 2 days and boy do they have energy. My Pom has been jumping like he use to jump before the arthritis pain. I have a miniture chihuahua and 2 American Stafford Shireterriers and they all seem more vibrant and happy. I myself take BSM and it has worked wonders for me. My anemia is over, my tiredness is gone, I feel so much better since reading this BSM Info on this site. Thank you guys so much and may God forever Bless each of you that shared.

Replied by Raveesh
Kl, Malaysia
Hi, can you please tell me how old your dog is... and are there any side effects of BSM? My dog is 14.5 (Golden) and has acute arthritis... Thanks for your help.
Replied by Linda
What dosage do you take for dogs and for humans?

Posted by D (Atlanta, GA) on 09/08/2007
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Many, many thanks to Archie from West Covina, Cal for writing in about molasses for aging/sad dogs. I had just bought organic molasses (regular, not blackstrap) at the grocery store for myself and decided after reading Archie's email that I would also give it to my two dogs. One of my dogs is a 13 years old, 55 pound shepard mutt who has a rough time walking up hills when we go on our daily walks. I added molasses to both dogs meals today (good quality kibble, slightly undercooked ground turkey, and 1/2 teaspoon of molasses that I watered down with hot water) and OMG!! I cannot believe the difference in just one day! On our walk tonight, my elderly dog walked at a fast clip the entire walk, even on the hills. No problem whatsoever. WOW! Molasses should be a must for all aging dogs. I will write in again after they've been on it longer with another update. My dog won't touch apple cider vinegar or any other supplement I try to give him, so this remedy is a God send. My finicky boy dog actually likes the taste of molasses!

P.S. I am slowly going to increase the amount of molasses I give the dogs. I am starting slowly because I don't want them to get the runs!

EC: More arthritis remedies for pets here:

Replied by Edith
Clifton, Tx. USA
I have been reading how BSM has helped large dogs. I have a 11 yr. old Hoilstine cow and she has arthitis in her front leg/ shoulder bad enough to cause a severe limp. She is 3 months preg. and i want to ease her if possible.
Replied by Norma
San Diego, California
im sorry but I do believe dogs bereave over the death of loved ones- I've seen it happen many times- in fact I had two dogs that were rsised together and at age seven I had to put one down due to a broken back. After a few months of the litter mate she just laid down and died. Lll

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Posted by Archie (West Covina, Cal) on 09/06/2007
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Dogs Sad after Owner Passes are CURED!!! Well for 8 solid months Ive been taking care of 2 older dogs who are deaply saddend by the passing of there owner and very good friend of mine. These 2 did nothing but mope around depressed! They needed something soon before they would die of depression. I found out the Healing power that mollasses has given me and thought ..maybe it could help these 2 dogs.???So, I poured some on there dog food ,and,was amazed they ate it. In less than 1 day these dogs turned had turned completely around!!!They started playing & barking and to this day (2 months later)they are high spirited and ALIVE !!! Im only a Maytag Repairman & I came up with there cure of dog sadness.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.USA
Archie; It was very nice of you to keep the dogs and treat them well, it was very honorable of you. However, animals do not hold onto negative input or output, what I had learned during training for my dogs was; animals never hold onto things such as their masters/mates passing away its a reflection of the other person(s) knowing and missing that person passing away. When you or other owner/companion no longer grieves over the death of their beloved friend then the dogs too will move on in life. I hope I wrote this so it's understandable? Thank you for your time. Good luck & hope you keep us posted.
Replied by Diaphanous
Austin, Tx
Hi. I must disagree with the statement that dogs do not have grief. I have seen dogs stop eating and functioning due to grief. You can see this in animal shelters. Also, I think that there is great variety in dogs' reactions due to variances in intelligence.
Replied by Must Love Dogs
Port Of Spain, Trinidad
I also disagree that dogs do not bereave their owners. My 11 yr cocker spaniel mix, gets very depressed whenever I leave home for more than 2 days. I travel for work at least once a year and I still live with my parents, wh gave me the dog when I was 13, so he knows them and grew up with all of us, yet when I leave he refuses to eat and he mopes. It was so severe that my dad had to play a lot more with him to coax to eat even a little. Usually when I return from theses trips my dog has lost a considerable amount of weight.

When I do return he gets excited and refuses to eat unless I am around to watch. And when I do leave to goo out he would whine and bite my clothes to tug me and prevent me from going through the door. Only when he sees me leaving and returning daily after a week he settles down.

Dogs do bereave their owners. I have an 11 year that is living proof of that even though I leave only temporarily and for at most two weeks.

Replied by Carolyn
Abilene, Tx
Diamond, I totally agree that pets can grieve their owner no matter what your trainer said! My husband and I have had a dog for nearly 14 years, she is his dog and although she tolerates me (he says she loves me) he is her master. When he leaves to go on a 2-14 day trip, which he does several times a year, she is very sad and depressed. When he left last time she cried like a little baby when he came back home. Once he walks in the door she is a totally different animal.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
In my experience dogs grieve losses be they from pack mates passing or their owners. I usually have a candle lit remembrance ceremony with the entire pack when a member passes. In most cases the pack has known long before I that the pack member was ill, but in sudden events I believe the ceremony helps explain the situation. I typically visualize the events and what happened, and then connect with the passed pet's energy to say a final group farewell.

Like funerals for the living humans a love one leaves behind, a gathering of the pack to say farewell helps heal both human and canine alike.

Cancerous Tumors  

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Posted by Glen (St. Mary's Newfoundland)
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A friend of mine who's dog was riddled with cancerous tumors gave him black strap molasses each day for a month. she took him back to the Veterinarian and the cancer and tumor were gone! Her mother, who was a medicine woman in the hills of West Virginia suggested she do this as the ancient egyptians used the remedy for consumption (cancer).

Replied by Kathleen
Oxford, New York USA
I would like to know from Glen St. Mary's/Newfoundland about what dosage was given to the dog with cancerous tumors and how much the dog weighed. I have a 45 pound dog that has a large tumor and want to start her on blackstrap molasses ASAP but don't want to overdose her. Thank you.
Replied by Susie
Halifax`, Va
I am going too start them on molasses immediately and will let u know of the changes.
Replied by Jen
Temescal Valley, Ca
I have a 16 yr old dog with golf ball size tumor on her leg and would like to try the molasses treatment with rice, along with her food. she is having a hard time walking at times and we don't know if tumor is causing the problem or her intermittent hurt leg she has had over the years.

How much molasses would you recommend to try with her food, if I mixed it with rice? My dog is 35 lbs. She has large tumor on her leg and I wondered if your treatment might help her tumor shrink as well as help with blood circulation to the tumor? thx, jen

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Jen!

If this were my dog I would try one half tablespoon into her food am and pm. I would also add one half teaspoon of turmeric into her food am and pm. Lastly, you could also try mixing the ground turmeric with castor oil so as to make a paste, and apply the paste daily to the tumor.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Dar Jen, some suggestions I am familiar with. I believe that a mixture of turmeric in coconut oil is good internally and externally. My latest experience is with turpentine of the quality in the turpentine section of EC. My big dog developed a hard small tumor inside his ear flap. I put some turp. into a dropper bottle and several times a day covered the site with some drops. The tumor responded almost immediately by bleeding just a little and receeding somewhat. But I will keep doing this even when it is gone, with Essiac added as a detox remedy. I give three to four veggies done through the blender and buy organic whenever possible.

I also give turmeric and coconut oil daily with nutritional yeast for the B's and kelp powder for minerals. I cook organic barley with lots of water to be able to give the famous barley water that is so widely known as having beneficial effects; actually I also cook small amount 1/half cup millet which is not much talked about as it is cheap. Two thirds of the world population are supposed to live on that. It has the same vitamins as apricot kernels for curing cancers. I also give grain free kibbles from Origen and soak these first in barley water. Please don't panic and let us know how your doggy is doing. Love, Om

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
Hi Jen, my dog's tumor is flat now and there is just a red spot to indicate where it has been. I was amazed how fast the thing responded. I will watch it carefully. However, the Essiac protocol will be for some time.

I do know Walter Last years ago wrote about blackstrap molasses as a cure from tumors. This has to be diluted with hot water and my dog and cats get it almost daily. BSM is good for the essential minerals. If my remedy had not worked I would have used Theresa's suggestion. Namaste Om

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hi Jen, my dog's tumor is flat now and there is just a red spot to indicate where it has been. I was amazed how fast the thing responded. I will watch it carefully. However, the Essiac protocol will be for some time.

I do know Walter. Last years ago wrote about blackstrap molasses as a cure from tumors. This has to be diluted with hot water and my dog and cats get it almost daily. BSM is good for the essential minerals. If my remedy had not worked I would have used Theresa's suggestion. Namaste Om

Replied by Tiffyb1414
Durant, Ok
Is there anything I can rub on the tumor, in addition to giving my dog the BSM? He's got a tumor on his lower belly that's about the size of a big gumball. Also, can I give BSM to all 5 of my dogs, as a precaution?
Replied by Liz
Caithness, UK
I would really like to give blackstrap molasses to my dog who weighs 25lb. So could anyone tell me the dosage please?


Replied by Jules
Look into rubbing a mix of water and vitamin c powder onto tumours, I read this as a remedy for people, can't hurt to try it on dogs?
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Hello Jules from Australia --- topically, cold pressed castor oil mixed with turmeric. If you look on EC you can read up on the posts on tumours. Internally turmeric and hemp seed oil with raw veggies, and scrutinize ingredients. Vit C , too.

The best of success.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Cathryn
Derbyshire, UK
Hello Liz, I give my dog Kyle 1 tsp of blackstrap molasses with his breakfast in the morning. I melt a spoon of coconut oil with the molasses and half a tsp of turmeric. I pour it over his acana. Kyle is about 55 lbs so I think I would give your dog half a tsp or just over.

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Posted by Dhuey (Grovetown, Ga) on 01/22/2015

I have a dog that continuously licks his paws and another smaller dog that has skin problems. Will the BSM help this?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Dhuey!

BSM might help your dogs - if it feels right to you, go for it!

Please also consider the food you are feeding; if the ingredient panel lists grain or corn in the first 10 ingredients it well could be the diet that you are feeding that is causing the problem.

Consider changing the diet and also consider alkalizing your dog's water.

Replied by Teresa
Nebraska, US
What is BSM?

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses