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Posted by Doglover92 (Ontario, Canada ) on 04/21/2015

I have a 10 pound Shih Tzu, she is 15 years old and our vet said he is very happy with how good her liver, heart, and blood pressure is.

She has a 3 inch wide tumor on her head above her ear, we started mixing a little bit of turmeric in with her food, and today is started bleeding. I don't know if it's because she has been trying to get the cone off from around her head or not. Has anyone else experienced this?

Posted by Kaz (Townsville, Queensland, Australia) on 07/12/2013

[YEA]  I would like to thank all the writers here for your advice on reducing fatty tissue tumours in dogs. I started treatment on my 13 yrs old dog two and half weeks ago. I put turmeric in his food every time he ate and rubbed the tumour with castor/tumeric combination. The "size of a golfball" type tumour ruptured after enlarging and shrinking last week. I have been treating with anti-biotic and the castor oil/turmeric pack and wrapping it (i sit with dog for an hour each time because as soon as my back is turned, the bandage is off and he is licking it). The size of the tumour has decreased by 70% at least and seems to be regenerating skin and closing slowly. It looked really nasty but I cleaned it 3-4 times a day and applied anti-biotics. I am happy with what has happened so far and am very thankful for the advice as a I am a pensioner and vets, etc are just too expensive. My biggest problem is keeping him from taking the bandage off. He looks happier and is moving around better. My fingers are crossed that it will be nearly all gone and healed within a few more weeks.

Replied by Kaz
Townsville, Qld, Australia
Update: I have been using the turmeric and castor oil paste for nearly four weeks now. In the last day or so, I have added aloe vera to the paste. The tumour is open but no infection and is clean, no smell or weepiness. It looks as if the skin is re-growing and closing the "wound". I use equal parts of turmeric, castor oil and aloe vera in paste (1 teaspoon each) aloe vera is straight from garden and I open leaves and scrape out gel to mix in with the turmeric and castor oil. I couldn't be more happier with the results. EARTH CLINIC: is there any way to put up before and after photos to show people how effective this has been for my dog. And thank you Earth Clinic for this site, it has been invaluable.

EC: Yes, please email the photos to staff(at) and we'll post them in your thread.

Replied by Kaz
Townsville, Qld, Australia
To the Staff of Earth Clinic, I am sending these photos of the tumour that is on my dogs front leg and how it is healing after using turmeric, castor oil and aloe vera on it.

First Photo: taken after five days of putting turmeric in his food, it swelled up and then started to get soft and crinkle and blister.

Dog Tumor Before Remedies
Second Photo: taken after four weeks of treating the tumour. The "wound" was not cleaned so it has some grass on it however, once cleaned, mixture was applied and wrapped. there is no infection and it is closing slowly.

Dog Tumor Treated With Remedies

Thanks for the assistance from your site and your readers.

Replied by Lisa
Henrico Va
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have a cat with a tumor that looks just like this on the before and after. only thing is hers I had to get a little antibiotic help from the vet but now even after that it feels mushier. the vet doesn't think that's enough but, we all know better on the power of mother earth. been using turmeric /curcumin combo as the patch but, I will definitely try using the aloe as well. thanks for the tip.

Posted by Judi (Rockford, Ill) on 03/28/2013

I have a 9 yr shihtzu that has a fatty tumor on his side and it just hangs down and flops. I have been giving him dissolve formula from paw healer. About a week ago it has starting bleeding and is red does not look good at all. This tumor is about the size of a big grapefruit if not maybe little bigger. Surgery is not really an option here he has a heart murmur. It seems to have gotten litlle bigger since I gave him the dissolve formula. Have read alot of good reviews on here for remedies for dogs with fatty tumors. Could you please help me? I'm really desperate at this time to help him. Also am afraid this thing is going to burst and what can I do if this happens? what is the best thing I can do for him now. Am making little paste with tumeric and olive oil and apply that on there but he keeps licking it off. Please help me with your suggestions and what I have to order and what to do with it. Isn't tumeric a hot spice to be giving a dog? thank you very much.

Replied by Namiko
Oak Bluffs, Ma
Hi, This may help. You should google food grade hydrogen peroxide. And also hydrogen peroxide therapy. It is good for both humans and animals. I am currently taking it myself, for increased energy. And if you read through the research on line, you will see that there has been alot of success with tumors shrinking during a course of hydrogen peroxide therapy. It sounds like your pet's problem is farther along but it's worth a try. If you do give him the therapy be sure not to put the H2O2 with water in a metal bowl, but rather a ceramic or other non metal bowl. I hope this helps and I hope your pet gets better and out of pain if any. Good luck to you.

Posted by Rose (Coldwater, Ontario, Canada) on 03/27/2012

Hi there we have a golden retreiver who was recntly diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her back leg. she is diabetic as well - also recent 1yr. We rescued her - prior to her living with us she was severly neglegted and abused. She has had a happy life with us and we would like to keep her has happy and healthy for as long as possible. Can tumeric help with canerous tumors - most of what I have read seems to be related to cysts. She is about 80lbs and we really dont know how old she is but we estimate her to be around 10yrs old.

Any feed back would certainly be appreciated.

Replied by Julie
Scarborough, Me
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have a 10 year old, 20lb terrier. She has had a benign fatty tumor just above her chest bone and below the collar line for several years and about 1/2 a golf ball in size. I have been giving her about 1/2 tsp of turmeric in her food every day for about 3 weeks. It has shrunk considerably I may up the dosage for the next few weeks to see if we can completely dissolve the tumor.

Posted by Vj (Victoria, Bc, Canada) on 10/02/2011

[YEA]  Just wanted to pass on the great success I had with turmeric and our dog.

Our 7 year old shepard husky cross had about a 6" x 3" fatty lipoma on his right side, just under the shoulder blade (confirmed by vet by drawing fluid out of it). It was very noticable. Looked like he was fatter on one side. I had read about turmeric on this site and shortly after went to the health food store and bought a scoop of tumeric from the bulk herb section. Cheap... don't buy the capsules, way more expensive.

I simply sprinkled about 2 tsps of it on his dry food and mixed it up with a little olive oil, twice/day. Within 3 weeks I could not believe how much it had shrunk. Another 3 weeks later.... completely gone! Amazing! I have never before seen the benefits of a natural herb/spice work so well & so quickly.

I actually have a small fatty lipoma on my leg, and I'm trying it. You're supposed to mix it with black pepper so I just mix it up in a little water and down it quickly. Hope it works for me. All sorts of other benefit of it as well. In fact I can't believe how much more energy I have. vj

Replied by Glsmith14
Mobile, Al
I have a 13 yr old lab mix that has some fatty tumors as well as something on her right flank and possibly the right one. I took her to a holistic vet for acupuncture as it helped a dog that we had years ago. She said that it could be a tumor but without X-rays she wouldn't know for sure. Maggie has had two bloat surgeries within the last 3 years and I don't wont to take the risk of putting her to sleep again. She is not limping and is still very active and eating well. I have decided to try the turmeric as well as the castor oil. I mixed the turmeric 1/2 tsp, with about a tablespoon of local honey and she licked it right down. I am not sure what to do with the castor oil. Do I make a poultice for her hip or does she ingest it? The vet ran blood work and everything looked pretty good except for her creatinine was a point over normal. The vist was close to 400$ and as with most of the folks here have other pets and limited income. So I am going to give this a try and will keep you posted. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. She eats taste of the wild salmon along with pork meat that I cook, about 2-1/2-3 cups daily. I have her blood test that I can send if it would help with suggestions. Thank you glsmith14
Replied by Teresa
My 10 yr old Cocker Spaniel has what feels like a tumor on her chest under the skin. I don't take her to a vet so I don't know what it is. Will turmeric in her food help this?

Posted by Carla (Ramona, Ca ) on 09/25/2011

Can someone please tell me how much turmeric to give my Mini Doxie, she is 13 years old with Mammary turmors that started so small and grew very large in a short period of time. Please any advice would help. Her tumors are benign but large.

Replied by Vj
Victoria, Bc, Canada
Hi: about 2 tsps & drizzle some olive oil or broth to mix in over dry food.. I posted this just yesterday on the success I had with turmeric. Hope it works for you. :)

Posted by Carole (Palermo, Me, Usa) on 08/10/2011

[YEA]  At the end of May, I discovered a small lump on my dogs neck just below the ear. I watched it and in July she was scratching it and it had grown quite a bit. I took her to the Vet and they wanted to remove it and biopsy it to the tune of $600. And they couldn't give me any idea of what it was. I decided to try the turmeric and started giving her 1/4 tsp 2 times a day in her food on July 20th.. She weighs 48 lbs. On Aug 5th it developed a dark hard scab which fell off by itself on Aug 8th. Now the lump is going down and I'm hoping it will be totally gone soon.. I will update on it soon.

Posted by Summatra (Reston, Va) on 06/08/2010

[YEA]  My 13 y old dog, Jamie has had fatty tumors for several years, now. When he was eleven, the vet removed one at the "elbow" joint of his front leg but it has since grown back. He was dealing with it though, and the vet recommended doing nothing to the re-grown tumor, due to his advanced age and declining health.

Then about 6 weeks ago I noticed a different large, red, golf-ball growth in the same area. This was in addition to the re-grown tumor. The new growth looked like a water balloon.

That's when I started surfing the net looking for options. One night, I spent several hours reading about herbal medicine, and TCM/TCVM vs Western philosophies about cancer and tumors ... interesting stuff, but I just wanted to help my dog.

Also, as an aside, I noticed that Jamie's breath smelled a lot worse than usual ... (sort of sour.) He was in bad shape, and I was in the middle of a move.

There are "vets" out there selling their special blend of herbs and medicines ... but I wanted to "know" what I was giving my dog. So I was looking for something I could get from any herbal supply store.

Affter reading information here and elsewhere, I decided to try curcumin (which is a turmeric extract) It cost about $10/ bottle, over the internet and comes in capsule form. I take 1 capsule apart and sprinkle it over his food (I feed him twice a day).

After 3-4 days the big red tumor burst IT SMELLED AWFUL (sour like his breath) and it continued to leak for about a week. At first, the liquid that came out of the tumor was clear,and greasy. Later there was pus, but there was less and less each day.

By this time, we had moved, and Jamie was still moping around ... and I honestly did not know if he was in pain, or depressed about the move, or what. I decided to keep giving him 2 curcumin capsules a day (since it seemed to make the tumor go away), 1 with each meal, and I also cleaned the wound area with hydrogen peroxide, and kept the wound covered. Jamie did seem to be getting better, but I did not know if it was wishful thinking on my part ... so I took him to the vet a week later.

The vet said that the tumor had ulcerated, which was not good, and he had lots of tumors... but he did not recommend putting him down at this time. He said that this is just what happens to old dogs. He cleaned and shaved the area around the tumor, prescribed an antibiotic, wrapped the wound and sent us home (and charged $250).

It has been a month now, and Jamie has continued to improve. The (red)tumor has "dried up, there is no pus. He still limps a little (but he limped before). Also, the regrown tumor has shrunk ... he still has other tumors, though. I do not know if this is a "cure" ... but I do think that it has bought us some time.

I wanted to share this because I remember how frantic I was 6 weeks, when I was looking for information that could help.


Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
Me and my family have had the same 'tumor' problem with pets,,check your dog food for soy protein,,it is poison to our pets and will kill them and you. google search 'toxic soy report' you will be shocked at the news for people and pets.
Replied by Summatra
Reston, Va
I wanted to give an update:

Jamie passed away on 9/26 (he was euthanized). During the summer, the tumor on his front leg, and the one between his toes had cleared up so he wasn't limping on the front legs anymore, but then his back legs started to drag more as he walked. Also, he gradually lost his appetite, and everything slowly worsened over the summer. The vet had said (in the spring)that the tumors had spread, and I think that this was the cancer just taking its course. Nevertheless, his last few weeks of life were full. As I said earlier, I thought that the tumeric was not going to be a "cure" but it would buy us time, and I think that is what happened. I honestly believe that the vet had written him off back in May. We got to spend the whole summer together and the past few weeks we got to visit many places "for the last time". I would like to thank the people who created this website and those who posted information to this board.

EC: Our condolences to you. Glad you were able to be with him a bit longer.

Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa
[YEA]   Hi Dogs that are fixed & 6 years old just get fat cysts or tumors, whatever U want to call them. Sometimes they pop up over nite. So Ur NOT necessarily doing anything wrong--Its just part of nature.

My ShihTzu had a fat cyst the size of a pea above his ear... it looked gross.

This sounds mean, but IT DID NOT HURT MY DOG.. OTHERWISE HE WOULD'VE YELPED & MOVED HIS HEAD AWAY FAST... He let's me know immediately if he's ever unhappy... He's Not shy... Anyway, I stuck a sewing pin in the cyst... To see if maybe it was sebacious... I then squeezed it... nothing came out, so I assumed it was a solid fat mass.

I put a Curcumin (Tumeric Root) capsule I got at the health food store in a pill pocket. He ate it & ate the 1 for his sister--she refused to eat it. I smelt the capsule & couldn't smell anything, but U know how sensitive dogs noses are.

Then 2 weeks later I gave him another...

1 week later I noticed a crust on the (cyst) bump, so I scraped it off with my finger nail & smelt it... Really Grose Smelling! I then squeezed the cyst from the base--VERY IMPORTANT.. I KNOW A MAN WHO LET THE BARBER SQUEEZE A ZIT ON HIS FOREHEAD... BUT HE DIDN'T GET ALL THE SEBUM OUT... SOME WENT BACK IN THE BLOOD STREAM & HE DIED OF AN ANURISM... SO HAVE UR VET DO THIS IF U THINK SOMETHING BAD MIGHT HAPPEN..

Anyway, it may have gotten slightly bigger after I started giving him the curcumin, but nothing really noticable & there was no oozing & grose open wound like the others said... When I squeezed it... 4... What looked like flat empty sebacious cysts came out... They stunk... There was about 1/4 of the bump/cyst left & no more would come out & he didn't want me to touch it anymore... He was Not in pain, but he was just getting annoyed with me messing with it, so I left it alone... The stretched skin eventually went back to normal & the cyst was totally gone in 2 weeks. Its been 1 month & I'm sure its not coming back.

This is a way more natural & cheaper solution... Than spending $400 like my friend just did to get a sebacious cyst cut off her cocker spaniel's back. From what I read here... they also come back after an operation, whereas, with the Tumeric/Curcumin they don't.

Thanks U Jesus for the Natural Cure! Thanks EarthClinic 4 Being here--Love this web-site!

Posted by Tamara (Big Bear, Ca) on 01/30/2009

just a comment regarding apparent cures using turmeric or any remedy that seems to cure a tumor, cyst, or any type ailment. If a remedy works, maybe it should be continued to possibly insure that the cause has been eliminated so it does not recur. If the animal or person is responding to a remedy or diet, as soon as you stop and go back to the environment that created the ailment, most likely it comes back. My Laddie is 14 and I just noticed a lump growing on his chest. I heard of turmeric for humans a few years back in a health magazine. Glad to know it is okay for pets. Need to pick up some for him. Thank you!

Replied by Shedoglover
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hello My dog is 10 years old and has developed a fatty pouch on his right side. I will try the castor oil on it and the tumeric in his food. Please pray for Cisco. I have no kids and he is like a child to me. Thanks.
Replied by Chloe
Kansas City, Missouri
Did this work for your dog?

Posted by Diane (Jacksonville, FL) on 11/16/2007

[YEA]  Feeling it was worth a try... i gave 1 capsule every other day with one tablespoon of peanut butter to my Lhasa Apso. She had a lump that the vet wanted $200. to biopsy. Within one week, the lump came to the surface and drained. It was sooo gross and smelly. But it is gone! I will continue to watch her and report any post symptoms. This is pretty incredible!

Replied by Colin W.
Fife, Scotland, UK
i am just about to try the turmeric and the caster oil remedys i seen on your web site, as ive spent a fortune on trying to save our dog's cassies life she had a tumor the size of a pigs heart removed in january 2008, but it has returned as cassie is about 14 in june 2008 this could be her last hope as the vet wont opperate again because he said shes too old and it will just grow back again , cassie is a 14 year old yellow labrador, fingers crossed ,ps next to cassies tumor there is a big area of poison so hopefully this will help that go away... thanks colin from fife in scotland.
Replied by Linda
West Newfield, Maine
Colin, I hope to soon learn how your Cassie is...I, too, have a yellow lab with a large, fatty tumor on her underside; almost as big as my has grown bigger over the years and doesn't seem to bother her but I'm considering trying the castor oil - what can it hurt?

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Posted by Sunsierrae (Erlanger, Ky) on 05/30/2015

[YEA]  My dog had a blood red tumor on her torso and I treated it once a day with a teaspoon of tumeric in one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses. Then I rubbed cold pressed castor oil on it and let it soak in for five minutes. The tumor looks like it is drying up but the dried looking part looks black. It is almost gone and I did have it checked to make sure it was cancer free by a vet. Is this discoloration normal?

Replied by Jacqie
Goldendale, Wa

I have been watching in dismay as my 1 year old Border Retriever lump under her jaw has been steadily growing. It does not bother her at all even when I gently squeeze it. It has recently gotten harder. It's right in the area where her jaw meets her neck. The lump is now growing very fast and is slightly bigger than a golf ball now. I've been using essential oils of Frankincense and Sandalwood. I don't like how strong the scents are, however, for her nose.

I came across earthclinic site this evening and am going to try the castor oil on the lump and turmeric in her food. I'm assuming that you shave the area first? Not sure how to apply a pac. Does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I should add? Thank you to all of you who have shared.


Posted by Kathy Thomas (Henderson, Texas) on 11/15/2014

I am reading these posts about caster oil and tumeric for tumors in dogs. I am considering treating my dog, but one of the MANY tumors is quite large on her right shoulder. The size of my hand... Like I am holding a grapefruit. I am concerned about caring for something like that if it ruptures...

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
Kathy, research on ESSIAC four herb with all roots from ESSIAC WEST online. It will remove those tumours and cleanse the system. I am using it for myself for detox. It could be your dog will be like new.

If a tumour does rupture, put loads of turmeric into the opening. Do not add pepper to turmeric - it is nonsense.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Bonnie
Madison, Nj
Our 14 year old Aussie has many lumps all over her body, but underneath a fantastically thick coat of fur.

She has recently started growing a very small growth on her upper eyelid.

Having read the various posts on Castor oil, tumeric, etc. I was wondering if anyone has had an aussie or very furry dog and used the castor oil/tumeric and if so, how. I do not want to shave her as the growths are all under neath. But I am also concerned with the very small one on her eye lid. Please advise. Thanks

Posted by May10777 (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) on 05/24/2014

I searched for help for my 9 year old mixed breed dog who weights over 80 lbs, with 2 fatty tumors. The vet wants to remove them but I wish to try something else first. He is not in any pain and if removed I understand they often come back. I read a lot of positive reports on Turmeric and Castor Oil. I started him on 1 teaspoon of Turmeric twice daily only yesterday. The only way I have been able to get him to eat it is in a little raw hamburger meat. The stores here are out of Castor Oil so will start that as soon as I can get some.

I hope it works. I will try to update but I don't expect it to be overnight. Thank you Earth Clinic.

Posted by Glsmith14 (Mobile, Al) on 09/24/2013

Turmeric: I have a 13 yr old lab mix that has some fatty tumors as well as something on her right flank and possibly the right one. I took her to a holistic vet for acupuncture as it helped a dog that we had years ago. She said that it could be a tumor but without X-rays she wouldn't know for sure. Maggie has had two bloat surgeries within the last 3 years and I don't wont to take the risk of putting her to sleep again. She is not limping and is still very active and eating well. I have decided to try the turmeric as well as the castor oil. I mixed the turmeric 1/2 tsp, with about a tablespoon of local honey and she licked it right down. I am not sure what to do with the castor oil. Do I make a poultice for her hip or does she ingest it? The vet ran blood work and everything looked pretty good except for her creatinine was a point over normal. The visit was close to 400$ and as with most of the folks here have other pets and limited income. So I am going to give this a try and will keep you posted. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. She eats taste of the wild salmon along with pork meat that I cook, about 2-1/2-3 cups daily. I have her blood test that I can send if it would help with suggestions. Thank you glsmith14

Replied by Rottiemom65
Ontario, Canada
The Tumeric you can put right into her food, I wouldn't suggest giving her honey everyday because of the sugar in it. I also used coconut oil in her food as well. The castor oil & tumeric I mixed together to make a paste then I soaked a piece of flannel in it, large enough to cover the tumor, then wrapped over the flannel with some gauze and self adhesive bandage. You have to diligent and do it twice a day. If the tumor is in aspot you can't wrap then apply the paste and leave it, but as soon as you notice the paste has worn off or the dogs has licked it off then apply it again. It doesn't work over night, it took us 2months of applying it and feeding her the tumeric and coconut oil, but now she is tumor free. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.
Replied by Rottiemom65
Ontario, Canada
I just noticed you said you feed her cooked pork? Please stay away from pork, and RAW meat is best, if you can afford it then try to feed her just raw meat, with cooked veggies, also a bit of oatmeal or rice with it. I have always noticed an extrmeme difference when feeding my dogs RAW

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Posted by Betty (Texas, US) on 01/02/2015

How do I administer the turmeric/molasses to my dog for tumor, as suggested in your article?