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Tumor and Cyst Remedies

Last Modified on Mar 31, 2015

Is your pet suffering from a tumor or cysts of any kind? A cancerous tumor can have just as devastating an effect on your pet's life as it would on our own. Dogs in particular are inclined toward skin cancer. Cysts likewise can be miserable for your dog, cat, or other pet and can be a sign of a serious systemic condition.

Cysts can be solid but are usually filled with fluid. If released, this fluid can result in further infections of the skin, or the broken cyst can experience a secondary infection. For that reason, cyst care has to begin with cleanliness and proper antibacterial care. However, these infectious cysts are not something a pet's owner will "catch".

Natural Pet Remedies: We've already gotten a fair amount of feedback on tumors and cysts in pets, and thus far turmeric and castor oil are proving to be very effective home remedies for pet care. Check out the treatment options other pet owners have used for tumors and cysts below.

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Blackstrap Molasses, Turmeric   0  0   

Posted by Dave (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) on 11/30/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have 13 yr old Akita, that had a tumor on his tail and was the size of a half of a golf ball. Kimo is absolutley been the greatest dog I could ask for and was worried about the tumor, he's to old to get the tumor removed and my vet Dr Dave is the best vet in the area. Kimo is like a 1 yr old health wise, but I did what earthclinic said to do to cure Kimo's tumor and I gave Kimo blackstrap molasses and tumeric and the tumor got bigger and pinkish and then it started to bleed and started breaking open about 2 weeks ago, Kimo is taking cephlaxine and is still taking blackstrap molasses and tumeric and his tumor is is now shrunk about half the size and is clearing up, I wouldn't believed it if I didn't see it and it was nasty to look at and thank god for your website.

Replied by Bonnie
Norwood, On Canada

How much molasses and tumeric do you give to your dog, mine is a miniature poodle with fatty tumours, Thanks
Replied by Sal
Phoenix, Az

How much turmeric and blackstrap molasses do u give daily
Replied by Adriana
Ny, Usa

Hello, I have a 16 year old chihuahua with the same problem(tumor) and a murmur. can you please tell me the dosis that you gave your dog and what it is CEPHLAXINE and the place where I can get it.

Thanks a lot, for your help.

Replied by Elise
Edgewood, Nm, Usa

Hi, my name is Elise. My dog max has 2 tumors right now. He is a parsons russel terrier and he is pretty small. His first tumor is on the left lymph node on his neck. It is the size, a little smaller than a baseball. The second is the size of a small grape on the bridge of his nose. With these tumors it is difficult for him to not make weird sounds while he breathes. He eats, but is constantly losing weight. The larger tumor recently started bleeding and reducing size, but my dad said that it was because the cells are dying on the inside and that's why the skin broke. My other dog, Moses just recently died so I want to find a way to help Max before its too late! Please help, thank you, Elise
Replied by Shaun
Los Angeles, Ca

My 9 year old male boxer, 40 lbs, developed a tumor around his penis area. it has gotten bigger over the last week. I have taken him to two vets, who biopsyed him to see what kind of cancer it is. I have increased his dose of organic coconut oil and and have started giving him one teaspoon of tumeric for the last 4 days. Tumor is getting bigger, but I have been reading everyone's post that it swells before it starts shrinking. I hope this is the case.
Replied by Donna
Brooklyn, New York

My first and only friend, Riki Riccardo over the past 2 month has developed this weird mass on her ear and now it's growing. Riki is a 13 1/2 yr old jack russel and rat terrier, her weight 17lbs. Please advice the dosage and should it be in her water or food?Any advice appreciated.. I'm really worried.
Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/usa

For my 50-pound golden retriever mix, I put 1 teaspoon of turmeric in her food each and every time I fed her. For smaller dogs, try 1/2 teaspoon each feeding. Probably use the same amount of the molasses, also. Just experiment.

Note: It took approximately 2 weeks for my golden's 2-inch-diameter cyst to completely disappear after adding turmeric to her food.

Replied by Barb
Mechanicsburg, Pa 17050

Help Needed.

14 year old Shetland Sheepdog has/had a large growth above Left Front Elbow. (Hard to tape it shut)

Vet said she would need to take blood sample to determine what it was. We didn't have the $ to pay her. We left the vet.

Got on Earth Clinic.

Poured Castor oil on it and taped packed it the best I could and taped shut - 1 1/2 day gone buy with that on it. Went for more supplies today, , , Sat. 11/9/13 to remove bandage.

put in tub to wash and remove more hair and the dried blood on the Tumer.

Then the tumor or what ever it was just started squirting out all this chunky debre that was inside of completely emptied out the cavity is empty.

I poured provadine iodine in it, on it and waited till it somewhat stopped dripping blood, lots of blood.

We have it with gauge pack and tapped shut.

I need help.. Don't know what I should do with it. The cavity is loose hanging empty .. Has 2 small holes in it where the chunky cottage cheese debre squirted out of it.

Help, help

Thank you in advance

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Barb!

Despite the yucky experience, it would seem healing has been taking place and the body is working to expel this tumour.

Keep a closer eye on this thing. And keep doing what you are doing.

Is the bleeding stopped? Change dressing daily if not oftener to ensure the bleeding is in check.

Scroll down below/latest pet posts for "Jack Russell with Cancer" - Dennis from Mississippi posted his "Magic Milk "Tonic" that will fight the tumour from the inside via nutrition.

Consider adding turmeric to your castor oil - mix them 50/50.

Please keep us posted!

Replied by Dominique
Athens, Ga

For any bleeding- you can use cayenne pepper. I would try sprinkling it around the area and gently add more. Cayenne stops bleeding. It is wonderful. Do some research online- you'll see. I hope your baby is better.
Replied by Kiley
Lawton Ok

The tumor is closed and there is no bleeding or anything. Would castor oil cure him?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Kiley!

To know if the castor oil will work onyour dog's tumor, you have to try it - no knowing unless you try it.

Some posts on the page indicate castor oil is contra indicated for malignant tumors; its hard to know what type of tumor your dog has with out further testing, however chances are its a fatty tumor/non-malignant.

Ted has also posted an excellent plan of action for treating tumors:

Replied by Marlee

I have a 3 week old puppy that just has a mass come on him just last night. this woman down the road said that its puppy strangles but he is not having a fever and is not breaking out or anything. I need some help I don't have any money for a vet and its my sons favorite puppy out of the litter that we were gonna keep. can someone please help me figure out what it is or what I can do for it?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Marlee!

Can you provide a better description for your puppy's affliction? Is he losing hair around his eyes? Does he have pimples? Is his face swollen?

If the lady down the road is correct in her diagnosis of strangles, the most common treatment is steroids - cortizone, prednisone, etc. in combination with an antibiotic.

It could be that it runs its course and leaves your puppy with minimal scarring - but most puppies with this condition *need* to see the vet, and left untreated death is common.

There appears to be a genetic component involved with this disease -it would be wise to avoid breeding this pair of dogs together again and would be wise to not use any of the surviving puppies from this litter for broodstock.

For what it is worth, this advice was posted by a holistic vet in an online forum on puppy strangles:

Dr. E, DVM, Brooklyn, NY on said:

"There is an herbal medicine called Antiphlogistic Tablets or Chuan Xin Lian. Kan herbs makes the antiphlogistic in a liquid form as well. However, if you have a China Town near you , grab the Chuan Xian Lian. It is an M & M like pill and easily swallowed.

This is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Has been used to treat Mumps. If you are getting this from a Chinese medicine apothecary, pick up Yin Qioa as well. This can clear hearing and great for viruses and sore throat.

Also, make sure not to give low quality dog food (and definitely not dry food). Stay with the healthier brands ie. Merrick , Evo etc or do home cooking."

This condition is a *painful* condition for your puppy - and treatment with steroids is the ideal. If you cannot afford to see a vet, please consider contacting your local animal rescue to see if funds or assistance is available to you.

Replied by Colleen
Upstate Ny

I rescued two beagles about 4 months ago. My female is 12 and her son is 7. When I finally got them to my home, I noticed immediately Momma had quite a large lump under her front left leg, like in her 'armpit'. Its quite firm and doesn't cause her any pain if I touch it or move it with my hand. She also has a few small lumps, but I believe they are fatty tumors as they are identical to what my previous beagle had. The large one went down in size over the past few months, up until a week or so ago. I had to leave my home for a few days but they had a familiar friend taking care of them while I was away. When I returned home, I noticed the lump had grown in size and is much larger than it was before I left her, but still no pain at all. She isv ery healthy otherwise and fed very high quality holistic senior food since day one of bringing her in my home.

I lost my best friend of almost 14 years last year to bladder cancer and did a lot of research after she was diagnosed and am very skeptical on any treatments for my current babies that are anything but holistic or natural treatments. I think this lump on my Momma is possibly a lymph node. I checked all of her others and they are fine. can anyone please give me some ideas of what I might be able to give her or apply to it to help her? I know I read that stress can aggravate tumors and cause them to grow, and maybe leaving my girl a few days may have caused it to grow, but it's just a guess. Please help.. I love my beagles so very much. I had some truly awful experiences with multiple veterinarians in my area when I tried saving my previous girls life, and ended up losing her anyway. I spent so much money and would do all over again if I was forced to, but have to try something different before I go through that again.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Colleen!

Please read up on Essiac tea on the Earth Clinic pages - you may find it applies to your beagles.

Bloodroot Cured Equine Sarcoid   1  0   

Posted by Charity (Emmaus, Pennsylvania) on 09/10/2007

[YEA]  My horse was diagnosed with a Sarcoid on his front right leg and I called the vet out. She immediately handed me a bottle of xxterra ( one of the basic ingredients is bloodroot ) and I began to apply it. Within 24 hrs the Sarcoid tumor on his leg was 1/4 the size and not ooooozy like it was... It has scabbed over and according to other who have used it the tumor falls off on its own! what an amazing product.

Castor Oil   9  0   

Posted by Robbie (Illinois) on 12/22/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Since applying castor oil for a week to my cats fatty tumor it has opened and looks painful. It is under her arm and is causing the leg to swell hugely. Is this normal? should I continue applying castor oil since it is open? She has a cluster of smaller ones too. I tried adding turmeric to her food and she refused it. Please help.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Robbie!

You might consider applying the turmeric topically, either mixed in with the castor oil or applied dried onto the tumor area itself.

Replied by Robbie
Illinois, US

Thanks so much I will give it a try :)
Replied by Betty
Texas, US

I have found that turmeric capsules put in pet food works better - they cannot taste it..available at health stores or herbal internet sale, I use Puritain Pride for quality.
Replied by Robbie

Betty, I put it in her food and she turned her nose at it and wouldn't touch it. Thanks for trying to help. :) I have added a pinch of baking soda to her water and also a touch of H2O2. The tumor is now only a 1/3 the size it was before and sores are healing.
Replied by Robbie
Illinois, US

Strange thing happening. I have been putting the castor oil on my cat's tumors and the skin on top became black and hard and fell off. Under this I can see the pink tumors. I applied castor oil and aloe vera to them and am hoping this continues the healing. Anyone else have this happen with the castor oil?
Replied by Shari

DO NOT give Turmeric capsules to animals!!! They are not meant for animal consumption and could cause illness and/or death. Do research before just giving your pets any old pill. Turmeric User Group on Facebook is a fantastic source of info. Turmeric is a very effective spice but you must use the right kind and it must be mixed with coconut or olive oil and some cracked pepper in order for it to be effective. Otherwise you are wasting your money.
Replied by Lizzy
Asheville, Nc

Hello, can you please tell me where you got this information about turmeric being bad for pets? My holistic vet told me it's absolutely fine to give turmeric to my dog as long as the quantity is not too high. I have been doing this for years with my pets, off and on and have never had any problems. I have never given it to a cat, however.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Lizzy!

I am NOT Shari who posted about not giving turmeric capsules to animals, but like you I was curious about why it would be contraindicated in pets as my own holistic vet also prescribes it.

The only thing I can figure is that Shari specifically mentioned encapsulated turmeric, and there may be chemicals or ingredients in the capsules themselves [and not the turmeric] that might be problematic for pets.

I only use the free flowing form of powdered turmeric myself - but it is good to know to avoid the encapsulated form *just in case*.

Replied by Lizzy
Asheville, Nc

Thanks Theresa! I was giving our dogs powdered turmeric on occasion, but recently bought organic Turmeric in capsules to cloak the taste in a pill pocket. Will stop giving it to them and return to the powder.
Replied by Janice
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

I have a pet rat with a large mammary tumor. She has had surgery for mammary tumors before. They were benign but keep coming back in different areas. I don't know that she could survive another surgery. I am giving her turmeric and molasses orally. Should I try castor oil and turmeric on the tumor itself? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Replied by Char
Tampa, Florida

Robbie, I saw your post and have had a similar experience. My dog had a nasty black area on the back of her neck. I started rubbing castor oil into it several times a day, one day went to rub it in and the black area just came off and underneath it was a tumor that was attached to it, the skin had basically healed underneath and forced the tumor out.

Posted by Adrienne (Az, US) on 11/05/2014

My dog has a possible sarcoma lump on her armpit. I have mixed castor oil and turmeric and have been applying it topically. Also giving turmeric capsules in food. After a month, the lump is the same size, but oddly the skin around it is red and bloody today. I heard that lumps seem to get worse before getting better, but the lump is the same color, the skin around it is red. I am wondering if the friction of the paste is causing a skin irritation since its in the armpit area. Anybody seen this?

Replied by Debbie
Portslade, UK

I would imagine the turmeric is burning the skin. I would stop using it.

Carry on giving it internally. And, some virgin coconut oil.

Posted by Jackie (Oh - Ohio) on 09/18/2014

My elder Schnauzer/maltese mix has developed a bulbous growth on the edge of his gum right next to his incisor tooth. My friend recommended trying castor oil on it. Would it be safe and could it help since it's in his mouth? Any suggestions?

Replied by Pamela Gilbert


Castor oil was so well thought of ppl called it the Hand of Christ, Palma Christi, been using Castor Oil on self and animals with good results for years. PS

Do not drink it, use as a pac, however, other than having diarrhea no harm will come to your animal, as always check for allergies

Posted by Diamondtia (Glassville, Nb, Canada) on 08/10/2011

I have a goffin cockatoo that has a small tumor on the inside of his leg. I don't have any avian vets in my area. None within 2000 miles, so I do my best to care for my babies. I love them with all my heart. Two of them mutilate (both males). The one with the tumor, I have been heating the castor oil and putting it on his leg, then wrapping with gauze and leaving overnight.

I read about how it helps dogs, but will it help shrink the tumor in my parrot's leg? I know it bothers him and I give him natural pain killers. He mutilates that same leg. The tumor showed up about two weeks ago and I started the castor oil about 1 week ago. I sure could use some help with any suggestions.


Replied by Noelle
Elkhorn, Nebraska, Usa

I have two standard dachshunds that each have marble-sized fatty tumors on their lower necks (at the top of each front leg) Both dogs are approx 10 years old and overweight.

I am going to start a 'castor oil pack therapy' on them. Each has a different, separate condition that might also respond well to the packs. One (Jeau) has chronic pancreatitis, high liver enzymes, and a 'sludgey gall bladder'. The other (Linus) has intestinal adhesions from surgery and develops blockages that are painful. I will update in two weeks!

I also have a 13 year old bald dachshund (Telly) that gets warts that need surgical removal. They start out flesh -colored (he's considered a 'blue', so his skin is dark grey) but then they change to light pink and then dark pink. And they grow. I am going to dab some castor oil on these growths each day. He has approx 6 warts right now in varying degrees of needing removal. Will also update his condition in two weeks! (he's also paralyzed and gets frequent UTI's... Will castor oil help with this??)

Posted by Nicole (Phoenix, U.s.) on 09/18/2010

Need Help Please: My sweet pup has a Nasal Tumor that has taken over her left eye, is protruding, but not broken through her skin yet and is also in the middle of her nose and the top of her head. I have been putting a Chinese Herb topically with vitamin E on it & it is now "suddenly" getting larger VERY QUICKLY. Last night I put Castor Oil on it & she seemed more uncomfortable.... Yet I realize that the tumor, as most write, gets larger before it goes away. She also is taking Herbs internally & just recently started on an NSAID.. Only giving her 1/2 dose prescribed. Question: Should I continue with both the Chinese Herb & vitamin E TOPICALLY during the day & alternate w/ CASTOR OIL.. Using it as well during the day & leaving it on all night? Or does that seem too much?

My goal is to get rid of the tumor asap w/out hurting my pup. Obviously Cancer hurts. Feedback from all dealing with a similar situation/Nasal Tumor or "who have had current success" using Castor Oil or? would be so very very greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who respond as I am scared. Also, please tell me how long it took to get the tumor to go away, did it bleed/ooze/get infected & if you gave anything natural to your pup for pain? Thank you again. My email:

P. S. At her last Vet visit after being on the Herbs for only four weeks, the tumor shrunk! It did not grow or stay the same which was a true miracle. But as I wrote above, I can see I have very recently made it much larger from what I am putting on the eye & tumor topically. Is this the STORM BEFORE THE EXIT OF THE HORRIBLE TUMOR?

Replied by Bangalorean
Bangalore, India

Is your dog better? I have a dog with the same condition and I'm treating her nasal tumour with homeopathic Hekla Lava 6x given 2ce a week. Other than discomfort breathing (mucus blocks the passage) she's eating well and active. Hekla lava seems to help with the mucus and with a bony growth on her right hindleg - but I can't see any improvement otherwise.

I will try the castor oil application as well.

Replied by Anthony
Dandenong, Victoria
11/28/2011 Please follow this thread- maybe this will give you some ideas. It helped my dog.
Replied by Bangalorean
Bangalore, India

Anthony, That comes up with a 'page not found' - I have found Kali Iod 6x helped my dog (the mucus and smell reduced) though the tumor is still there.

Posted by Molly (Texas City, Texas) on 01/27/2010

Our 10 year old dog..all of a sudden grew over night a hard lump on her left back leg right above her paw 3 weeks ago..

Since I'm a senior I could not lift my 85 pound dog into the car....I took a picture of my sweet Molly's back leg..and took it to the vet that had seen her for 5 years..( She is a farmers daughter country vet)

The look in the vets eyes was horrible..then she says that all she can do is surgically remove the tumored bone and attempt some chemo and radiation to the tune of $7000-$12000.00..but would not suggest it because doing that procedure would not prolong my dogs life any longer than not doing the surgery.. I almost passed out with fear..gained my composure and asked for any holistic methods out there since nobody in my town has $7000-$12000 laying around in their cookie jar....

Frantic I started searching for holistic ways to help my dog..I came across this site.. It is day 8 of putting castor oil on my dogs leg 5 times a day.. I am praying like the other people reports in here... that the egg shaped hard lump surrounding my dogs back leg will start to shrink.. So far no shrinking..

Question..If it in fact does start to shrink..and if it bursts..WHAT do you apply to the opening when it bursts??

Again this is only the beginning of the second week..No shrinkage as of yet..She is still eating like a champion morning and evening...going to the mail box down the drive way with me and going out to get the newspaper..on three legs and holding her back leg up.. she would walk/hop around the block on her leash if I let her.. (on three legs)

Her spirits are high for a 10 year old doggy..

One concern is last week after about 3 days of the caster oil...She started hopping on her good back leg and pulling her bad leg up..She is eating like a champ and still racing outside to the fence with my other dogs to inform the neighbors dogs in barking that she is STILL the big dog...



Replied by Mollybirdie - This May Help!!
Newton, New Jersey

Please please try the spice turmeric. Check the pages here for it that's where I learned about it many months ago my dog had a growth and I couldn't afford treatment, I posted about how it shrank within weeks, I put turmeric in his food (it's good for people too and they are now experimenting with it for cancer cures for humans) please read the turmeric postings on earthclinic! I posted about my golden retriever Zeus. Also google it on the internet! It's an Indian spice, it's not uncommon but it ain't basil or oregano, so if you can't find it in your town order it overnight from a good spice site - a nice big bag - it's not too expensive. You should feed it to him in his food twice a day, mix in with a little water or wet food so he'll it - use a level teaspoon full each meal. Also apply externally like a paste to the tumor. This should not give him upset stomach - my dog has super sensitive stomach but this didn't bother him a bit. In fact turmeric is antidiarrheal - read what the humans used it for here too. Great for pets and people and safe, though I think it makes my dog smell funny but who cares? I believe this may really help you and it can't hurt because it's not dangerous. I gave it to my dog and I take it too.

But please read up on it thouroughly first. It contains curcurmin, a super food, a super spice. Very good stuff.
I have a bag of it. My dog's big round growth of an inch shrank away and within maybe 5 or 6 weeks was a couple of millimeters only!

Please read the pet postings on turmeric and search the web for the latest scientific findings on it!
Good luck to Mollybirdie, my prayers are with you!

Replied by Betty
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I wrote about my 17 year old Shih Tzu and castor oil shrinking her tumor. Molly from Texas wrote sounding desperate like I felt. I just want to say that as hard as it is try to be patient because this didn't work overnight. I'm on week 7, the large bloody one is completely gone and the small one is slowly shrinking and the large one in the wrist is smaller. You asked about what I did when the tumor burst. I continued to put the castor oil on and wrap it. If you read other cures using castor oil they refer to a castor oil wrap. That is what I used. Apply the castor oil, wrap it in cotton and secure with tape. Then bandage with a self adhesive bandage found in pet stores. One thing to be very careful of is if the tumor does burst then there is a good chance it could become infected and your Molly would need antibiotics. I should note that my Mollie is 10 lbs and I have been giving her a tsp. of flax seed oil, and 1/8 tsp of tumeric once a day. Hang in there.
Replied by Jilbert57
Brinnon, Wa

I tried castor oil on some lumps my dog had on his side. he is a 11 year old jack russell, and lumpy. the vet is keeping a check on them and they move around easily. Have you tried the Budwig diet FO/CC diet for your dog? I am on the second day of it with my jack but I don't know if it works on non cancerous tumors. Will report back here with any changes that I note.
Replied by Jilbert57
Brinnon, Wa

Reporting back after two weeks on Budwig Flax oil and cottage cheese. I can feel that the lump that was the largest and hardest over the left rib of my jack russell has gotten flatter, still hard. My husband, who didn't know I was doing anything special, was playing with him and said, Hey, I think Micks lump is smaller. I have been mixing 1T flax oil with 3T 1% fat cottage cheese with an immersion blender and feeding half in am and half in pm. He is on a special diet for urate stones. I will continue to give updates.
Replied by Rachel
Corona, Ca

I know this post is late but I thought I could share some research I have been doing. I have an older boxer who had a tumor in his left leg, my husband & I were talked into getting Care Credit and after a $1500 vet bill another one grew back a year later. The vet told us that our dog should have chemo therapy but I did not want to put him through that. I have since given him natural supplements and tried various homeopathic remedies to keep him healthy. Overall, he still has a great energy level but the tumor has gotten larger. It is the size of a baseball at this point. He does not seem to be in pain and from what we have been told it is benign. I stumbled upon a great site that gave some of the following helpful advice that I would like to share: (since i cannot post the link, here is the info)

Homeopathic Treatments:

Homeopathy views the symptoms of disease as signs of an underlying imbalance that must be corrected if your dog is to recover. Because they treat underlying conditions and not just the fatty tumor, homeopathic remedies take time to work. A homeopathic vet will choose which remedies to apply to your dog based on the dog's individual symptoms.

Dr. Jill Elliot, DVM, recommends treating your dog's fatty tumor with the homeopathic remedy Thuja 30C, administered at least once as an oral dose of three tablets. If your pet's overall condition appears to improve in the three weeks to month after the first dose, she advises a second dose and further observation to notice if the tumors are shrinking.

Dr. Elliott mentions that many holistic vets believe fatty tumors may result from over-vaccination. Thuja is commonly used to treat dogs that react badly to vaccines. Dr. Messonier adds Viscum Album and Arsenicum Album to the list of homeopathic remedies.

Herbal treatments:
Dr. Messonier also suggests a variety of immune system-strengthening herbs to treat dog tumors of all types. Among them are alfalfa, burdock, dandelion root, garlic, goldenseal and milk thistle. He also recommends using immune-strengthening mushrooms, including reishi.

Get guidance from a homeopathic vet before attempting to treat your dog's fatty tumors with homeopathic or herbal remedies. Locate a certified homeopathic vet in your area at the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy website (see References).

I am going to try a homeopathic treatment system this week and I will post again regarding the measurements, reaction and treatments I felt most helpful for our big guy, Sampson.

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan

Thank you so much for your research. I look forward to your observations. My dog also has a fatty tumor(2) actually. I have had them operated on before but they have come back. Am going to clean his liver with the Essiac tea and then think about homeopathy. Best of luck with your dog. Mary
Replied by Reb777
San Antonio, Texas

Turmeric does work... We have 2 dogs with the same problem and we have been using it with Pomegranate extract and Broccoli extract and also use the Turmeric Extract... Go to a holistic health store and tellthem what it is for and they will tell you how much per pound your dog is to use. Also don't feed them store bought dog food anymore... Make your own with Organic Chicken and buy some liver and cook it and mix in Broccoli and spinach and Shiitake Mushrooms. Also Beets are good for them too. Organic Coconut Oil is good for them. A good Krill Oil is good too. You can look up a good diet for dogs that have cancer and it will tell you more to put in it... The Dog Foods now have alot of not good stuff in it and is actually causing the cancers.... when you start them on a new diet it's ok to get them slowly into the new food by doing parts to parts on it till they get used to the new.
Replied by Bigwoods
Mpls, MN

What kind of castor oil is used? and where do I get it? thanks!
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Bigwoods!

Others with more experience should chime in, as I have only started working with Castor Oil.

I found castor oil at Walgreens, for about $6.00 for maybe 8 ounces.

Replied by Sandy
Raleigh, Nc
01/31/2015 is great for the Turmeric. I purchase Organice 1#for approx $12. The castor oil too.. organic..Heritage brand. If you use the caster oil packs I buy the flannel from them as well.

Posted by Betty (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 01/18/2010

[YEA]  Castor Oil is working to shrink my dog's tumor. I have a 17 year old Shih Tzu. She has a benign malinoma tumor on the pad of her front foot. In 2008 she had a major operation to remove it. This included the amputation of one toe so that the skin could be used to build back the large walking pad. The tumor came back 2 more times and was removed using a local anethesia. The last time it came back it could not be removed because there wasn't enough skin left. Since she is 17 we thought that she would pass before the tumor got too large. WRONG. The tumor grew and grew. It was about the size of 3 pencil erasers. A second tumor started on the same pad just about the first tumor and a third one had developed just below the pad in the wrist area. It became infected 5 weeks ago and she is now taking an antibiotic.

I found this site and began applying castor oil 5 weeks ago. I started by simply putting some on my finger and spreading it on the open, bleeding large tumor and covering it with a little pink sock. I would apply the Oil 6 times a day. I did this for 3 weeks. The tumor started to grow, which I expected because I understood it had to grow before breaking down. At this point I cut up a cotton shirt and applied lots of castor oil to all of the tumors then I wrapped it in the cotton, followed by adhesive pet bandage, followed by a fake fur, homemade mitten. I do this 2 to 4 times a day. I have been doing this for 2 weeks now. The large tumor is gone and healed. I have continued the treatment to get rid of the other 2 tumors and today I noticed that the small tumor is starting to shrink and the large one in the wrist is softer and smaller. I have taken pictures so I actually have proof that this works. I wanted to share this because I am so grateful for finding this cure. I would like to thank all of you who sung the praises of Castor Oil and took the time to write down your stories. I hope that this can help to give someone the hope that I needed and received.

Replied by Dee
Hayesville, Nc

Do you know of anyone who has used castor oil on a cat? My cat has a tumor that just keeps growing. My vet told me he could take it off a few yrs. ago, but that every time he had done that, the cat only lived a few months. I am going to get some castor oil TODAY and start putting it on her.
Replied by Angela

Keep using the castor oil. Place it on the area and use a heating pack to help absorb into their system. I JUST did this for our cat and it worked. Our vet was impressed with this remedy. I can't say enough how much I value all of you on this board. Thanks so much and good luck to you!
Replied by John
Briabane, Qld Australia

Hi my Labrador has this huge growth on his side that has started bleeding. We started applying castor oil about 4 days ago. It's gone down but has burst and is now quite open. More than pus is starting to come out of it. Is this supposed to happen? Also what did you do after putting castor oil on? Thanks, John
Replied by Om
Hope, B.c., Canada

Get a good quality turmeric and cover the wound with it. Later, when dry, you can use coconut oil to close the wound nicely. Turmeric is anti tumor, natural antibiotic, blood cleansing. Om

Posted by Deborah (Crandall, Ga. United States) on 08/09/2009

[YEA]  I recently found this sight and started using castor oil on my 8 year old ridgeback bulldog had a tumor between his belly and frout legs for about a year now I am trying the castor oil on him I am rubbing it on the tumor and it is shrinking it was the size of a egg and now it is down to a golf ball size Thank you for the remidy.

Replied by Courtney
Fairhope, Alabama


Trying to get feedback on the Deborah's ridgeback? Many thanks, Courtney

Posted by Rita (Hialeah, Florida) on 08/09/2009

My cat Trivi has a large cancer tumor in liver & tummy area. I would like to apply Castor Oil to this area to see if I can shrink the tumor. How can I prevent him from licking off the Castor Oil from this area, can it be covered with a rag?

Replied by Ben
Austin, Tx

My wife's cat, Piglet (Apple of her eye), had his left hind leg removed b/c of the tumor there, couldn't get margins on it etc., and then it started back again on the spot where his leg used to be. He wouldn't stop licking it wide open, so we've just had him wearing the old Cone of Shame. They get used to it after awhile, and we take it off him every day or so for awhile so he can bathe himself (under our strict supervision so we can keep him from licking the tumor). You'll want to brush your cat a lot though, since they can't do it for themselves anytime they like with the cone on, and of course lots of scritches and petting around the neck/head where he can't reach anymore.

Posted by Rita (Plano, TX) on 03/19/2009

[YEA]  I read about castor oil removing tumors for pets so I put castor oil and a bandaid on a tumor on my chihuahua's back leg. It did make it go away. I left it on for a couple of weeks changing the bandaid every two or three days and putting more castor oil on it. Yea for Castor Oil.

Replied by Jane
New York

How do you apply Castor oil on your dog? I need to know ASAP how many times do you have to apply it? Please email me at punk_latina34(at)hotmail(dot)com.
Replied by Dana

I know this post is almost 2 months old, but, thought I'd share; I found this lady's blog about how she applied the castor oil. It makes a lot of sense because it includes the use of heat.


Hope that helps! It also seems a lot of people are using band aids of some kind and leaving it on their dog. I'm sure there are a few ways!

if you haven't fixed the problem already, good luck! ^_^

Posted by Francine (Playa Del Rey, CA) on 07/19/2008

[YEA]  I wanted to share my experience with castor oil. One week ago I discovered a large lump on the throat of my dog, the size of a golf ball. Remembering I had found info about castor on your site, I quickly started aggressively applying it to the tumor. I personally have been brewing and drinking essiac tea for years. I keep the left over sludge and started putting that in my dogs food. Remarkably, the tumor is now gone. A little of a week has passed and after applying the castor oil almost 5 times a day. Thank you so much. On a side note, I have been using the oil on my face for beautiful skin, on my strained veins on my legs, which have been disppearing, and my mother in law's dog with tumors also as well as an enlarged liver, has been applying it to her dogs tumors and liver area, after a visit to the vet, the second tests showed the liver had shrunk to normal.

Replied by marie
Woburn, MA

When using castor oil on a dog for a non cancerous tumor, do I need to warm the castor oil, and if so, for how long?
Replied by Victoria
New Milford, Ct

Valerie I saw that you used castor oil successfully on your dog's cyst and you also indicated that it had burst. I purchased castor oil for my Boxer's cyst, which has also burst, and noticed that the castor oil has a warning which states "do not use on open wound." So I am wondering if you used it on your dog when the wound was still open. My Boxer keeps licking the wound and so it never seems to have the chance to heal. I was hoping that the castor oil would heal it quickly, but don't want to use it if using it on the open wound is dangerous.

Thanks VG

Replied by Dee
Metairie, La

[SIDE EFFECTS]   Did you get any response on the burst cyst and castor oil? I was putting castor oil on a large cyst / lump on the back of my dog's neck every day for about 2 weeks. All of a sudden it grew larger and got hard as a rock. It now has burst slightly. Any idea on what to do? What happened with your pet?
Replied by Dee
Metairie, La

[YEA]   Update on my dog with cyst on neck that slightly burst after 2-3 weeks of castor oil. The original 3"lump turned into the size of my hand overnight. Slight opening of skin occured but no real expulsion of pus. Brought him to vet and excision of huge neck bulge resulted in massive pus/infection. Dog put on mega antibiotics, etc. Almost 2 weeks has passed and original lump is now gone too.... He has another checkup this week. Incision was kept open and cleaned 2-3 x daily to expell infection and cleaned with water under pressure and expelled as well. He was put on Clavamox, Zeniquin, Benadryl and Cimetidine. He weighs 112# Rhodesian Ridgeback. He is excellent and improved after 1-2 day of mega antibiotics.

I can only assume that the castor oil prompted the cyst to progress that had been lying under his skin for a long time.

Vet was puzzled that she thought he had been bitten by a snake. I assured her that he had snakes in my yard. I repeatedly told her it probably was the castor oil........she doubted that is what caused the progress in the abcess.

EC: Thank you for the update, Dee!

Replied by Brittney
Cebu, Philippines

can you pls tell where to buy castor oil here in cebu city coz i realy need it??
Replied by Myst
Portland, Usa

This is frustrating. A fluid filled cyst and a fatty solid tumor are not the same thing. A cyst is easily popped and drained with a knife or even a needle, but what about a fatty tumor?
Does the castor oil force a cyst to become so large it ruptures? Therefore would it be BAD for a fatty tumor that will never rupture but continue to stay a mass?
Replied by Lynn
Sacramento, Ca

I'm confused also. I don't understand how the castor oil works on malignant tumors. My dog has 4 tumors in her mammary gland. Will the castor oil pack help with that? Thanks!
Replied by Mari
Poulsbo, Wa

Has anyone found the castor oil treatment to be effective on mammary gland tumors?
Replied by Linda
Toronto, Ontario

I was just reading on,

"Castor oil primarily contains ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid component that is notable for its many healing benefits for the human body. Ricinoleic acid possesses the ability to draw toxins and other poisonous components out of the tissues, thereby restoring the health of parts of your body that have been infected.

Castor oil, a natural plant oil extracted from the castor bean seed, is said to pull out tumors from the body, according to American psychic Edgar Cayce. It is often recommended for the treatment of tumors near the surface.

Aside from reducing or dissolving tumors, castor oil is also regarded as a natural remedy for other swellings in the skin. It can be massaged on bunions, moles, warts, calluses, and cysts. There are also reports that uterine fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts that are benign or non-cancerous may also be addressed by castor oil.

They also said, don't use it on cancerous growths as it may aggravate the condition.

Replied by Edith
Ventura, California

My nine year old poodle-mix has had what seems to be a fatty tumor that is a little larger than an eraser. When she was three years old, this was just a skin tag, but over the years it grew and it became mostly round and white.

After benefiting from so many of the remedies here on this site, I decided to try castor oil on the tumor to see if it would go away. Every night, for three weeks, I rubbed a bit of castor oil on the tumor and nothing seemed to be happening.

At exactly the third week, my dog started licking the tumor a lot for the first time and when I checked her, the tumor had split open and there seemed to be a bit of blood and pus. I panicked since I was afraid that she would get an infection (and with the bad economy, I have no money for either of us to go to a doctor at this point) so I put hydrogen peroxide on it to clean it and wrapped it in a bandage so that she couldn't lick on it.

I kept cleaning it regularly and keeping it wrapped, though the wrapping comes off easily and she starts licking it more.

The problem is that the tumor seems to not be healing. The open spot is there and it doesn't look right and I'm afraid to continue to put castor oil on it when it is like this, so I have been continuing to keep it clean with H2O2. I feel really bad that I put my girl through this when the tumor wasn't really bothering her to begin with.

Right now, the tumor is open on top and looks lumpy inside and there is a dark center (reminds me of the dark center that warts have).

I hope that this doesn't mean that this is a cancerous tumor. I just wanted to post this so that you will know what you might be getting into with the application of castor oil. It definitely does something.

Replied by Edith
Ventura, California

An update on Castor Oil and my 9 year-old poodle mix's abnormal growth:

Three weeks of nightly castor oil made the growth rupture.

I then treated it for two weeks alternately with hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and antibiotic ointment, and kept it covered to prevent licking.

After a month, the once large eraser-sized growth is now a flat, reddish, hardened and dry spot. I'm still not confident that this is a good thing since I would like for it to be completely gone. I think that I will let it rest for a week and then begin the castor oil treatment again.

Thanks for everyone's comments. They really help!

Replied by Edith
Ventura, California

[YEA]   Update on "Tumor" with Castor oil treatment:

I had a veterinarian inspect the flattened, bumpy spot that was left after the castor oil ruptured the large growth, and the vet said that it is/was a WART.

So, apparently, castor oil is very activating to tumors and dissolves them. Now that I think that it's a wart, I think that I will use ACV to clear it up.

Thank you to everyone who posts here. This is the greatest resource on the internet and has helped me and my family very much.

Replied by Maggiem
Alexandria, Va, Usa

Hello, I just would like to share my experience. I have a 15 year old Lab who has had fatty tumors/lipomas most of his life. Last month (late July 2012), one of his largest tumor (the size of baseball) got ulcerated and infected; his back leg was swollen too. The vet put him on antibiotics. The medicines helped curb the infection, but the wounds were still open till now despite using the powder (PreDef) that the vet gave me. Anyway, I started to look for alternative medicines with minimal side effects.

First, I change his diet from dry kibble to no-grain kibbles. I also made his wet food using chicken, celery, carrots, and sweet potatoes. I made sure that the percentage of protein to vegetables was approx. 80%-20%. I've found an easy recipe for this on the net. I substituted rice with sweet potatoes and mixed the wet food with his dry food. I also put 1 teaspoon turmeric per meal. I also put the mixture of castor oil and almond oil on his tumor but NOT on the open wound; only the sides which are not infected.

By week two, my dog has lost 10 lbs and I noticed the tumor has shrank about 30%; but the wound was not closed and actually got worse. I went to vet again and he was put on another antibiotic; at this time, I had to stop giving him turmeric because it does conflict with the antibiotic. By this time (week 4), I change his diet to completely raw food and give him yogurt between meals and one tablespoon of manuka honey to help fight the infection. I also put raw active manuka honey (I bought it at whole food) on his open wound. Three days later, the wound started to close. I've read on many threads that manuka honey is the best for closing wounds that have been resistant to antibiotic. Just do further research online regarding this. I also give 1 teaspoon of ACV in his water bowl daily. I take what he is taking too with the exception of raw meat.

The ulcerated lipoma is noticibly getting smaller, the wound starts to close; however, another side of the tumor is starting to look as if it will "burst". I don't know whether it is the effect of putting castor oil daily or it is the sign of something is working because all of those above. I'm encouraged though and will update later. I know it will take time and patient to see whether all the treatments actually cure his problem, but it is moving to the right direction. Thank you for all of people who have posted natural remedy, I'm benefitting the results.

Replied by Kiley
Lawton, Ok

Hello, today I just found a golf ball size tumor on my dogs neck, which isn't opened. I came across the castor oil cure and just wanted to know if it would work on the tumor if the tumor felt like it was connected to something inside his neck? It doesn't feel like a loose tumor. I don't mind taking him to the vet if I have to, not that I dont want to, just have to get extra money. I appreciate your time and answer. Thank you soo much.
Replied by Piya
Chesapeake, Va

Princess has a tumor on her leg and one on her breast, the one on her breast has grown to the size of a grapefruit, I will try these remedies ive seen mentioned her she is very old. I'm just praying this works for her.starting today with the tumeric and will be going out to get castor oil and gauze.

Posted by Valerie (Minneapolis, MN) on 05/07/2008

[YEA]  Castor oil cured a tumor on my dog. My dog had a tumor on his chest, about as big as a nickel and raised about an eighth of an inch. It was progressively getting larger and since it was on his chest was getting rubbed a lot from laying down. The result was a big, dry, cracked and oozing tumor- disgusting!! I read about the castor oil cure for tumors on pets and tried it. Twice a day I applied castor oil to the tumor and covered it with a band aid. Within one week the tumor was completely gone!! all that there is now is soft pink skin- Hooray!! I probably saved a few hundred bucks.

Replied by Debbieto
New York, Ny

I only just stumbled on this site. I have a 12 year old Yellow lab with a Gi-normous fatty tumor that has grown around her front shoulder/chest. It is impeding her ability to move around and causing the leg to 'go out'. It seems many of the people here are dealing with much smaller tumors and are able to apply the castor oil (is that with or without the aloe-vera oil?) and then cover with a band-aid. What if the tumor is too big to use a band-aid? Also, my dog has a small (its laughable really compared to the fatty tumor) mast cell tumor on it's belly. Will this treatment possibly work well for it as well? Can I use the oil in conjunction with the alkaline drops (will they help to shrink the cancer?)Any advice is appreciated. Aside from having trouble moving due to the fatty tumor she is not symptomatic as far as the cancer and still has much life in her.
Replied by Jilbert57
Brinnon, Wa

Have you tried the Budwig diet of Flaxseed oil and lowfat cottage cheese combined for the mast cell tumor? Just type Budwig diet for canine in your search engine and you will come up with a plethora of information. Hope this helps like other dogs have been helped.
Replied by Brigitte
Newport, Maine

I am curious even though it is a yr later how debbieto from ny made out with yellow lab and neck tumor as my Border Collie has the same problem.

Posted by jes (alloway, nj) on 08/14/2007

[YEA]  i am not sure if i read this cure from this site or not but if i did i want to thank whoever it was that posted castor oil as a substance to shrink tumors in dogs. it really really worked! my vet told me that the lump on my dog's paw was a non-cancerous tumor and that it should be removed because there is not enough skin on the paw to stretch for the growth of the tumor. i decided to see if there was any way i could shrink it before i decided to put him under for surgery. and so i tried the castor oil twice a day for three days and and the tumor is gone, with the exception of just a little left over skin that stretched from the growth of the tumor, its completely gone!!!! i spent $2.59 on castor oil instead of $200 for surgery. plus i saved my 10 year old boxer from having to go under for surgery.

Replied by Julia
Butler, AL

Jess, from N.J. stated that she cured her dog with castor oil. It wasn't mentioned if the oil was applied or given internally twice a day. If given internally, how much should I give Dutches? She is a 12 yr old golden retriever.
Replied by Jess
Alloway, New Jersey

to answer the question for your dog dutches, i applied the castor oil topically. right on top of the tumor. i wouldn't suggest giving it internally to your dog since castor oil is a stimulant laxative. you might end up doing alot of cleaning up! i hope it works for dutches
Replied by Rebekah
Jax, Fl

[YEA]   This worked. I applied it several (3 ) times a day and thank God, it worked. I truly don't have words to express the gratitude I feel for this site. My Sadiebelle was miserable and had already went to the vet for this and endured a painful procedure that left me in tears. The thought of having to return for another procedure when I noticed it growing back was devasting for my husband and I. But then I checked this site and sure enough, earthclinic cured my girl. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)
Replied by Victoria
New Milford, Ct

Can you tell me if Sadiebelle's cyst had ruptured? How long did it take to clear up? My Boxer has a cyst that she just won't let heal, as she keeps licking it as soon as it seems to be almost dried up. Although it is never completely gone it does look like it has shrunk alot, once the stuff inside (mostly blood)oozes out.

I am not sure that I can use the castor oil on the cyst when it is still open and bleeding a bit, as the bottle says not to use on an open wound.

Replied by Ann
Asheville, Nc

My dog Molly has a spindle cell tumor on her paw. It is starting to bleed alittle. I have started using castor oil along with aloe vera and it seems to make it bleed more. I was wondering if it is ok to use castor oil along with aloe vera oil on the tumor and if it is suppose to make it bleed
Replied by Kathy
Brisbane, Qld Australia

I have used castor oil on every huge wound on horses and big ones on dogs with no ill effects (for over 12 years), I have done it ever since a old bushie told me to use it on a horse that opened his chest on a steel fence post and vet advised to put down, horse healed without a scar and full muscle movement. It keeps flys away, though on a dog that can lick his self we had to bandage at first then, he then had a ice cream container on his head for a day. I am about to use it on a squamous cell carcinoma on a horses nose to see the effect will keep you updated... Oh and my mother had it placed on her foot when she sliced the ball just about off when she was a child and she has not had any problems with it, it doesn't burn but it does heat up so don't rub in at all pouring over is best and if you can not cover it it is better as have heard of it blistering. But have used on back legs of unhandled horses and if it hurt to apply they would have kicked me for sure, I hose down first so they get used to the water movement then pouring castor oil is not even felt and after the 3 day they just let me pour it on. It seems to settle the nerve ending and stop the pain...
Replied by Harsh
Meerut India

Hello I have a 7 year old rottweieler who has a tumour in his right side of mouth. I tried everything about it but no effect. Actually plz suggest me how to use castor oil and turmeric powder in this case. Any help is appreciated Thank you
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Use sea buckthorn oil in full dropper daily. You can scroll back on the recent pet section and find more info. Namaste, Om

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