Tumor and Cyst Remedies

Sep 24, 2016

Tumors in dogs and cats can arise from a variety of factors. Natural remedies are quite effective at reducing tumor size and often eliminating them all together. Home remedies for tumors in pets include turmeric, castor oil, Essiac tea and dietary changes.

Tumors in pets can be large or small. Your pet may have one or many tumors. Sometimes benign tumors appear to be just a cosmetic issue. However, tumors are an indication that something is not quite right in a pet's system. Other times growths can cause significant difficulty. They may press on nerves, causing pain or discomfort. They may hinder movement if they are located near a joint. Tumors in ears and the nasal cavity can put your pet at risk for secondary complications, like infection, because the tumor is hindering normal air flow.

Herbal Treatments for Pet Tumors

Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is a combination of four herbs. (Sometimes you will find an eight herb combination. The four herb combination is the original formula.) Essiac tea is a gentle but effective way to treat tumors. It takes patience to use Essiac. The tea must be give daily. It can be mixed with food or given by syringe.

The four herbs that work together to reduce tumors are burdock root, sheep sorrel, turkey rhubarb and slippery elm. These four herbs can be bought in a combination powder form and the tea made at home.

Castor Oil

The oil from the castor bean has many healing properties and has helped many people and animals with abnormal growths. The oil is applied topically to the tumor twice a day.  Castor oil is a messy remedy. If you are able to cover the area after applying oil, this will protect bedding and furniture.

Sometimes growths will change in appearance or even become larger for a time after the castor oil treatment has begun. Sometimes the tumor opens and fluids will be released. If this happens, keep the area clean with hydrogen peroxide, and change the bandage twice daily, if a bandage is appropriate for the location of the tumor. Turmeric powder can also be applied topically to prevent infection if a wound should open up with the castor oil treatment.


Turmeric is a useful remedy for dogs and cats for many ailments, including tumors. Turmeric is usually given internally to treat tumors. Turmeric can be mixed with food. It can be given in capsules and disguised in food. Some animals will readily take turmeric. Others will need the ingenuity of their owners for this remedy. You will find dosing information on this page.

Dietary Changes

Poor quality diet is linked to tumors. Many pet foods contain multiple ingredients that are not part of the natural diet of a dog or cat. If your pet is suffering with tumors, feed a grain free diet and one free of fillers, chemicals, food dyes, etc. Many pets do well on a raw diet.

Pet Tumor Risk Factors

Pet vaccinations have been linked to many tumors in dogs and cats. It is not uncommon for tumors to form at the very site vaccinations were administered in the past. For this reason, you need to be your pet's advocate and avoid any unnecessary or redundant vaccinations.

Chemical exposure may also put your pet at risk for tumors. Pets that spend a lot of time in a yard that is regularly treated with chemicals to control weeds or pests are at higher risk for tumor formation than pets whose living areas do not have chemicals used in them regularly.

Have you treated a tumor in your pet? What did you use? We would love to hear your story.

Continue reading for reader experiences with tumors in their pets.

Additional Pages of Interest:

Natural Remedies for Cysts in Pets

Home Remedies for Lipomas in Pets

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

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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 it...it 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 Donate

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 Donate

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 Sonia

This sounds like what is happening with my rat terrier. I've started giving him turmeric for the mass on his front wrist. It's getting larger and larger, more pink under the fur. Do you think it will soon 'break open'? He's been chewing on it a lot lately, too.


Posted by Jordan's Mom (Lansing, Mi) on 01/09/2011

I never could get any answer for my beautiful cat, Jordan, and the horrible tumor in his mouth, but am now dealing with a kitty with a large nodular mass on his neck & have been giving him bloodroot pills tho unclear about dosage & don't think I have seen any change. In ordering another product for one of my cats on the site Plant Cures, I notice there is what I believe is more common sense use & application of bloodroot.

This is a quote from the web doc, who I personally have had wonderful help for cats with bladder issues re bloodroot- "Everyone now thinks that Bloodroot is caustic and can "burn off healthy skin" just because of the association of bloodroot with the highly caustic chloride of zinc that is in these salves! Chloride of zinc is, in fact, what is in dry cell batteries and it is simply hydrochloric acid soaked zinc powder. Please wake up people!"

I believe the man has something there! I am thinking of trying his drops on my baby's tumor and still giving him bloodroot capsules.

Replied by Rose
Chiang Mai, Thailand

The scary stuff about zinc chloride is quite unfounded. It is a caustic but the safest one to use, and has pH 5.5 - not so far from neutral. Medically, it's injected directly into the bloodstream for zinc deficiency and for parenteral feeding. It's in baby food, cosmetics, livestock feed. Dr Mohs stated it was the best caustic for bloodroot salves because it does not effect normal tissue. Without its use, he would have achieved no fame. Dermatologists still use his paste today for skin cancers. (Though they still cut the tumor out before the immune system can push it out). It's basically the same stuff that Weldon Fells and Harry Hoxsey used. And it's what I used, too, to remove a melanoma. Pictures at natural black salve dot com

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

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Turmeric with black pepper helps the turmeric work faster, also that is like black salve if it bloodroot and you have to be careful of infection after it cures you or your animal bless u all

Replied by Lawanda
Bloomingdale, Ga

Where can you buy bloodroot? How much would I give my small 15 pound 13 year old dog? Thanks.

Replied by Maria
Englewood Cliffs, Nj.

Can this product be used in a cancerous tumor? My 17 year old rat terrier has a hard mass in front right limb could be cancerous. Vet does not specify.

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I don't know if bloodroot works alone. Two products I used will only work if the tissue is cancerous. One is Cansema found at altcancer.com and the other is indian herb http://www.lifelinewater.com/herb.html

They are each applied only one time unless you didn't put enough on the first time then apply it a second time.

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Posted by Adrienne (Deary, Id) on 04/15/2015
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It's been six months since our kitty Penelope was diagnosed with adeno carcinoma in her nasal passage, above her nose and under her eye. I have used a variety of alternative remedies, no chemo or radiation or surgery and Penelope is still in pretty good shape. She still cleans herself, comes over for petting and enjoys playing with a string...and eats very well.

I started with something from a vet clinic, lipids and green powder etc., that didn't seem to amount to much so I started giving her HP. That may have slowed the progression somewhat, but she hated it, even though it was only a drop or two in water given by syringe twice a day. She would hide all day after I gave it to her so eventually I switched to putting DMSO, HP and baking soda directly over the tumor (the tumor is under the skin). This seemed to cause the tumor to grow and there was more bleeding from her eye and nose. Eventually, I added Essiac Tea and then backed away from putting things on the tumor. When I stopped the DMSO, etc., the tumor shrank like crazy but is still there. I am giving her some antibiotic because of likely infection and am now starting the Budwig protocol. The bleeding has almost stopped altogether. So, it's been quite a journey, and, of course, I can't say where she would be if I'd done nothing. I can say that when I checked with the vet school about what to expect with this cancer I was told that the average life span of a cat given radiation for it is one year.

As for the Budwig formula, there is much information on line as to how to prepare it, but nothing concrete about how much to give a ten pound cat and how many times per day. If anyone can help with that I'd be grateful.

I've read that one should not do any oxygen therapies if they are doing Budwig, so I guess I can't do the DMSO and baking soda, but will continue with mushrooms, green powder and beta glucan, transfer factor, Essiac and turmeric and report back as soon as I see a change for the worse or for the better. Please let me know what amount I should be giving and how often if you happen to know.

Thank you, Adrienne

Replied by Lee
Jacksonville, Nc, Usa

Hi, Adrienne,

I hope your kitty is still doing ok. I am also using the Budwig protocol for my scottish terrier who was diagnosed with cancer and has a tumor on and all around his eye. It grew within 2 days. The vet really can't do anything and told me to keep him comfortable and he is taking Tramadol for pain.

I searched several Budwig sites, some relating to dogs and cats. My Scottie weighs about 23 pounds. Your kitty should be getting half of my Scottie's dosage.

Dosage for your cat:

1/4 TBSP flaxseed oil equals 1 scant teaspoon

1/2 TBSP cottage cheese equals 2 "" teaspoons

1/4 TBSP freshly ground flaxseeds

Also can add, if using:

1/4 tsp organic Turmeric powder (to make sure the Curcumin is still in it is the reason for organic)

2 short grindings from a small peppermill (freshly ground pepper is needed for the Turmeric to be absorbed and activated into the cells.

Make sure you only mix the oil and cottage cheese with a blender until it becomes one. I bought the immersion blender with the stick blender and the whisk 2 in 1. The amounts I am making are so small that the stick blender is not blending it so I use the whisk attachment.

Then I stir in the flaxseeds, turmeric and pepper with a spoon. At the moment I am not using the turmeric and pepper because turmeric is also a blood thinner, and the tumor is making my Scottie bleed pretty bad from his eye and also the oozing lesions from the tumor. I wash it and put triple ointment on it.

During the first week I fed him this 3x a day, now only once, because my boy sometimes does not feel like eating. I also mix a little liverwurst in it or some good canned dog food to entice him to eat.

I hope this helps you. Wishing you and your kitty all the best.


Posted by Jilbert57 (Brinnon, Wa) on 04/20/2010
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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.

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Posted by Karen (Georgia) on 07/07/2016
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My pit terrier mix has a soft pliable, black tumor on leg. Was told I could use castor oil . I got grocery sore brand. Used it along with warm water compresses. The next morning it was bleeding some. I put tumeric in food and cleaned it with Apple Cider Vinegar and then put coconut oil.on it. Should I continue with this? Trying to shrink before removal.Thank you.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Karen,

I have no direct experience with treating tumors, however it sounds like cause and effect - ie your treatment is working. You might consider dosing the coconut oil orally along with the turmeric regime. I would keep it clean as you are doing, and discuss with your vet about the progress in shrinking, how small you want it to get, and steps for removal. Your vet may also have ideas on treating the open wound as well.

Posted by Daniellem97 (Ireland) on 03/21/2016
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Hi all, cant believe it actually worked. After reading nearly all the reviews on this I was expecting the castor oil to work in a few days, it took 5 nearly 6 weeks.

We brought the cat to the vet and to get the tumor removed - it would have cost nearly 500 euro and because of my cats age of 15. It was risky to put him under, I found this site and decided to try it. at first the tumor (or cyst or large skin tag, not sure which) turned black and after about 2/3 weeks the black fell off and there was a pinky red lump still left, again we applied the castor oil and again the black scab appeared over it while it continued to grow, only a week later and this fell off revealing another smaller redish pink lump. We continued to apply castor oil this time soaking the growth in it, the growth was just under the cats eye, connected to the bottom lid and the cat is quite fiesty so it was hard to apply at times. 2 weeks went by and I was starting to lose hope as it just continued to grow and the cat started scratching it until it bled. But two days later and it all fell off completely and you wouldnt ever know anything was there.

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

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 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.


My Yorkie also hates blackstrap, which did not work very well. Got rid of smaller lumps but the big ones are still there. Will eat disguised turmeric though. I am going to try topical organic castor oil. I have found organic is way better than natural. for myself anyway. and going to try topical turmeric. he also had pledora bugs from damp hay. Need a medicine for that.

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.


Hey, I usually take amount needed / half of a ml and half of melted organic coconut oil in a medical syringe, shake ingredients together. Hold your pet by the fur under her chin, don't give her a choice for her own good, don't hurt her but simply put syringe at her back teeth and inject in her throat. This gets it done, its over.

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 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.

Kit L.

I use organic human food grade turmeric for my pets. Recently I read that it is a waste to simply mix it in their food, that we need to make a paste with it.

Human grade natural organic cold pressed coconut oil is also good but in small amounts, maybe upping the dosage ( mixed with food) weekly a bit so as to prevent tummy issues. I've never had problems, but I would advise to research and ask professional holistic veterinarians before taking any chances. Each pet is different with their own issues. We also apply ONLY a GOOD GRADE of frankincense diluted with a bit of fractionated coconut oil to the cysts and tumors. My sister has had tumors shrink to nothing using frankincense oil this way on her pets, and people too.


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.

Replied by Deanne
South Australia

Hi Girls, I have been giving my little dog turmeric powder ( that I buy in 2kg bags for us) but also have been giving her Curcumin in capsules ( the concentrated extract from Turmeric) I bought them form Puritans pride for quality) she has been on the for a while now ans so far she is improving.. she has cancer Grade 3 tumor and was dying... she seems to be coming alive again now.. happy and going for walks and even put on weight.. of course she is on a cancer diet and other supplements as well but the capsules are ok for her

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?

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See: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/holistic_health/data/repalma.html

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

Replied by R.s.c

Don't know how your pet survived when he could have been licking the castor oil on his fur. It is considered one of the most dangerous toxin to pets according to the ASPCA pet toxin list. Anywhere on the internet you search it is considered a toxin to pets requiring vet care immediately if ingested. I would like to use it on my pet's small tumor if you can convince me it is safe if my pet licks the castor oil when it is on the fur.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey RSC! Please review the ASPCA website again as what you have posted is not correct.

From the ASPCA website:

Most castor oil products, unlike the beans of the plant, aren't considered poisonous. However, ingestion of the oil can have a significant cathartic effect, and cause diarrhea and possibly vomiting. [Source: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/poison-control-okay-or-no-way ]

While its true that too much of anything can be toxic - drinking too much pure water in one sitting will kill you, ie 6 liters in 3 hours [source http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/ ] - studies show you can feed rats and mice a diet consisting of 10 percent castor oil with no ill effects whatsoever [source: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/st_rpts/tox012.pdf ]

It certainly appears that the health benefits of using castor oil topically to reduce tumours outweighs the risk of the dog licking some up and having a loose stool. JMHO!

Posted by Melissa (Austin, Tx) on 04/17/2013

I've applied castor oil to my dogs tumor on the side of her body. My question is, The tumor is now looking VERY scary, ugly, deformed, bleeding, and oozy. What does this mean? Is it breaking down? I try to keep it clean and bandage it, but she usually ends up ripping them off and licking the site. I have stopped the castor oil and try putting neosporin. Sometimes it looks like pus is forming but then it goes away. Any suggestions thanks.

Replied by Kat
West Bend, Wisconsin

feedback for Melissa from Austin, Tx (4-17-2013)

Her description of her dog's tumor reaction from using castor oil pack treatment reminded me of the description I read of tumors being treated with a product called "Black Ointment". As the tumors are being destroyed and break down, they exhibit All the "symptoms" Melissa was describing! She might want to look up websites on "Black Ointment";some of them have photos of various tumors during treatment, from start to finish. Evidentially the Very nasty-looking "symptoms" should not scare you into stopping treatment;otherwise you halt the Complete elimination of the cancer. Treatment might even cause a fairly deep pit/hole, but this is a good sign, showing that the "root/s" have been destroyed. Hole will fill in from bottom out; just follow the "Black Ointment" treatment directions. (Or complete the castor oil treatments until nastiness stops & then maybe use aloe vera gel to help new skin growth).

Best Wishes & Blessings to You and your Furry Angel!!!


Replied by Shelly
Santa Rosa, Ca.

Hi! Feedback to Mellisa, from Austin, Tx.

Also additional support to Kati's reply to Mellisa. From my understanding when skin growths as tumors are being treated with natural health remedies, they will have ugly looking symptoms when they are breaking down from the natural destroying process. So, I would not stop treatment. I know it can seem bad but it is a good thing in a natural healing process.

I have experienced headaches, cold like symptoms, slight rashes, swelling of the face and lymph glands from taking nutrional supplements and eating lots of veggies and fruits. These symptoms lasted only a day or two. I have also experienced upon each wiping of my nose to seeing blood and dark dried blood on my tissue for about ten days. I believe these are all symptoms of toxins leaving my body. Have patience and faith that all this will end and healing will be done.

God bless you all and pray for healing for all that believe in God.

Take care! Shelly :)

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??)

Replied by Hannah

Try coliodal silver in his water and add a little food grade organic castor oil and turmeric in his food or on a treat.

Replied by Bernice

Try oregano on Warts...my niece had a wart on hand and her grandma used oregano oil on it and 3 days later it was going away. It is very hot-spicy so don't get it in eyes or pet's mouth...its like a hot chile....I apply to my Chihuahua's chest so he doesn't sound like he has a breathing problem anymore.....kind of sounded like asthma before.

Replied by Carolyn
Lake Forest, Ca

Was just reading your post with interest as I have a tiny 5 lb. dog who is partially bald and is developing several warts or some type of growth that grow quickly. One of them is ulcerated and he licks the growth a lot how are your dogs doing and did your treatment you tried work? I hope that your little ones are doing well.

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: bijou.addict@gmail.com

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.

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 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 Donate

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

VitaCost.com 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
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Antonio

Thank you, I am going to try that. Thank you so much.

Replied by Tracy

Would you be willing to show me what it looked like please. As I have a ten in half year old shepherd/lab mix who has what I was a told was a tumour and really hear a lot of good things about this oil. I have him on antibiotics but if it doesn't go down in size I will have an operation done to remove it. I have been doing this method to but not sure what to use for the war flap as it is basically in the very edge near the bottom ear. Please help with any Advice. Thanks in advance

Replied by Edith

I have an English Bulldog she's 9 year's old and I am going to try the castor oil cause I have tried everything and nothing has worked, praying this works.

Replied by Rachel William Joseph

Does castor oil burn if put on the cats open wound? Is it ok for her to lick it. My cat had surgery 2 yrs ago and had her uterus and mammary gland removed. After 2 yrs, there was an external growth which then opened and started bleeding. The vet told me to keep it covered and put sofradex to stop the itching and said it would dry. It seems to have become flatter and wider abt 1/2 inch dia and is very slow to heal. Looks like its bigger. I dont want to put her through surgery again. Will castor oil help? Will it hurt her?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Rachel,

We have not found castor oil to burn open wounds.

It is not harmful for your cat to lick it. It may help hairball problems if she has any! If she gets too much castor oil though, she may get diarrhea.

Personally, I think castor oil is a good thing to try.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Rachel

Thank you for your response,

Would you know what kind of reactions I can expect once I start applying castor oil. I hear that the wound increases in size and then bursts, if so, how many days would this take. Should I continue the oil even after the wound bursts if it does?

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Rachel, India

It is not possible to predict as every individual reacts different. Once the wound is open apply haldi (turmeric) and when dry and healing, apply coconut oil. Keep feeding with some turmeric dissolved in coconut oil. patience pays off.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Rachel

Thanks a lot will do. Personally am not very good at dealing with wounds so I think Im panicking. My cat of course cries like a baby and I can't bear to see her in pain. This is an awesome site which helps understand everyones love n pain in dealing with their pets. I put castor oil on her today, fingers crossed

Replied by Djwbeynon
New Boston, Tx

In the cure for pet tumors what type of Castor Oil is used? cold pressed or normal?

Replied by Yadi

I read your post and I would like to know if you can post pictures, I think this will be the solution to my dog's problem.

EC: Sorry Yadi, Betty's post is from 2010 and she likely won't read your post.