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Saline and Turmeric Washes for Cat Sarcoma

MokiMom (San Francisco, CA) on 09/13/2021
5 out of 5 stars

My 12-year-old cat has inoperable sarcomas on her back. This is the best everyday care routine I've discovered so far:

I wash the area using a spray bottle containing sterile saline (1/2 tsp salt boiled in 1 cup of water) and blot with kleenex, gently probing into the cracks where the foul leakage comes out. When the area is clean I spray with strong turmeric tea (boil water, turn off heat, add turmeric and a little black pepper, steep half an hour or so, filter out solids). I keep the spray bottles in the refrigerator. The tumors are hot so I think the cold spray is good. She is more energetic immediately after the treatment and the tumors are leaking less. To keep her from licking the part she can reach I loop an elastic bandage behind her front legs and tuck paper towels under it to cover her back. I tried castor oil poultices but her energy was down after the treatment and it gummed up her fur. The gummy texture made it hard to keep the area clean. What goes on the skin gets into the bloodstream and I'm not sure castor oil is mild enough. I don't worry about the turmeric. This routine is working well enough for maintenance. I am still trying to find the best way to actually shrink the tumors.

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Turmeric and Diatomaceous Earth for Pulled Ligaments in Dog

Marta (Portugal) on 06/22/2020
5 out of 5 stars

The mother of my dog was a Llasa.....she started limping and an ex-ray showed she had pulled the ligaments and moved the 'knee'.........so I gave her turmeric and diotomaceous earth...it took time, but she doesn't limp and seems fine.
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Turmeric for Tumors and Arthritis

Katydid (Houston, Tx) on 05/31/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My dogs both have conditions that I felt would be helped by the addition of tumeric. After much research, this is what I settled on. One dog is 85 pounds, the other is 45. I'll include dosages so you can convert to your pet's weight. My larger dog (10 years old) has benign tumors, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. My younger one (8 years) has the beginnings of a fatty lump, and what is probably a sebaceous adenoma. Treatment began two days ago and I feel both dogs are beginning to improve. I will update as time goes by, and if I remember to I'll take photos.

Recipe: Tumeric "Golden Paste" (there are other recipes if you want to research.)

1 cup water, plus 1/2 cup organic tumeric, mix both together in saucepan on LOW heat, minimum 7 minutes. Do NOT boil or burn, so stir.

Add 1/3 cup organic coconut oil. Can substitute almost any healthy fatty oil available.

Add 2-3 tsp ground black pepper. I cook an additional everything together one minute, then let it cool. Keeps 2 weeks in fridge, few months in freezer.

Now, dosages. 40lb dog= 1/8 tsp, gradually increase to 1/4 tsp. 80lb dog=1/4 tsp increasing to 1/2 tsp. This is PER DOSE, not per day. I give twice daily. You can start your dog more gradually then this if you think there'll be issues. I feed with meals so it's easier on their stomachs.

FEEDING...depends on your dog. I've one that'll take a frozen 1/4 tsp 'blob' of paste and just eat it out of my hand. ;) My other one needs his mixed into something. Generally I grab some cottage cheese, or broth and mix it with his paste into his food to kinda hide the taste a bit. Use whatever your dog likes.

I've seen a definite improvement in arthritis, and am expecting it to also help the tumors. I'm debating adding blue kote and castor oil to the tumors, but I'm holding off on those for now. I'll update when I think of it. Good luck to all and blessings to your beloved pets. :)

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Turmeric for Cyst in Ear Made Cat Vomit

Anon (US) on 11/10/2017
0 out of 5 stars

I put 1/8 tsp. Turmeric in the ragdoll's food because he has a cyst in his ear. He refused to eat it all day and in the evening he threw up a very small amount of the food. Will have to try putting it in his poor ear. He now eats a raw diet, also. He is 15 years old and been on dry food most of his life, and grain free and wet food the past few years.

Turmeric for Older Dog

Susie (Galesburg, Illinois) on 12/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

How I get my dog to eat turmeric, for whatever reason. My older dog stopped going up or down steps for a month, so I started putting turmeric in her food to see if that helped. She eats dry dog food. I put her usual amount in her bowl and add hot water to soften it, adding 1/4 tsp of turmeric, 3 shakes black pepper, 1 tsp coconut oil, a couple shakes pink Himalayan salt, a heaping teaspoon of diatomaceous earth, and sometimes a miniscule amount of borax. She looks forward to eating this every day, and goes up and down the basement steps all the time now. Not sure how much it matters, but she weighs 50 pounds.
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Turmeric for Skin Issues in Dogs

Pam (Africa) on 09/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi. we have been giving our two sausage dogs turmeric for a while now. We simply rub it into the meaty part of their early morning bone. They love it. The 15 year old had developed little weepy like warts which she used to scratch. After a few weeks we noticed the warts had completely dried. No more weeping or scratching. Both dogs dance for their bone in the morning. It brings us great joy.
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Turmeric Helped Heal Cough in Cat

Pamela (New York, Ny) on 09/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My 8 year old neutered cat Alex, cough badly especially after eating. He had UTI. I thought that was the cause. He sounded like he had the croup. He brought up his meal or any hair with bile. He lost weight, fluids. But still wanted to play and have his belly rubbed. I took him to the vet many times. The glands on his neck was swollen on his right side. When the doctor touched it, he went into a violent coughing fit. Bile and all. They gave him steroids, shots for the coughing, medications for the UTI, etc.. The UTI was gone, but Alex still coughed up bile. One day, he coughed and would pee on himself. I always preferred natural/organic healing with my animals and myself.

The vets bills were killing me and no results, I stopped the steroids and did with turmeric. Instantly he stopped coughing and kept his food down. I had him in a huge cage with a little box so I could watch him. When he did cough he stayed in the little box instead of the floor. He started to gain weight and now is on his way of making a full recovery.

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Turmeric Cured My Goat's Eye Infection

Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 02/23/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hello! One of our goats had an eye infection last week. The eye was swollen, glassy looking, and had a discharge. We have no idea how he got this. Perhaps an injury that got infected?

Anyway, he is a young buck and not very tame. Usually, I would treat an eye infection topically, with chamomile, charcoal, colloidal silver or coconut oil. That didn't seem feasible with this guy.

When in doubt, turmeric is my go-to. Blood purifier, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory....it has always come through for me.

He is one of four goats and they eat together...turmeric is great for all of them, so we just gave 2 Tablespoons mixed into their feed each day. So this 40 pound buck was getting 1.5 teaspoons of turmeric in a day. Two days later his eye was 90% better. This is amazing to me! My son said his eye had looked like they eye of a dead animal! Now, five days after beginning treatment, the eye looks completely normal!

Yay for turmeric!! ~Mama to Many~

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Turmeric for Blood Thinning

Laurie Mcg (San Diego) on 01/20/2015

Turmeric for blood thinning: I'm considering giving my cat turmeric because of his heart murmur. I know aspirin can be toxic to their liver as they cannot process it properly. I cannot afford a heart specialist and heart medicine. What do you think? I had a cat several years ago with a murmur and she died too young - I assume hyoertrophic cardiomyopathy. I want to do all I can for this kitty!

Will Turmeric Shrink or Burst Fatty Tumor?

Geri (Windsor, Ont ) on 12/28/2014

Hello my 8 year old Kelpie has a fatty tumor on his belly, closer to his side. I have been reading about the success using tumeric. But...Does it shrink it or blow it up. In some posts I read it shrinks it and in another I read it burst leaving a 2 inch hole. I want to shrink it not cause him any pain. So I am confused. Can someone explain it for me? Thank you!


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Tumeric For Large Growth On Dog's Elbow

Wendy (Ontario, Canada) on 09/05/2013

I have a 12 yr old femal Rottweiler with a large 2 piece growth( tumor) on her front left elbow. I have been giving her tumeric every day in her food, as well as Reishi mushroom and Green tea tablets. I wrap the tumor in cotton covered in Castor oil every day as well. It has been about 3 weeks now she has been taking the tumeric and that I have been applying the castor oil. A big outside piece of the tumor has fall en off, and it is light pink, and bleeds a little. Is this normal for it to do before it shrinks and falls off? Also has anyone else had sucess with large growths using tumeric and castor oil?
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Turmeric Helped Dog with Yeast Issues

Nappi (Jacksonville, Florida) on 09/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Recently started Turmeric treatment for 12 y.o. Shar Pei Sanna. She has had a yeast problem with her skin since we got her at 8 weeks old and started developing lipomas in the past four years. Have always bathed weekly, and tried nearly every remedy we read about including lime sulfur dips, anti-fungal shampoos and vinegar to little or no avail. We read about turmeric for treating dog yeast infections and tried it. We are absolutely floored by the results. Within two days of starting treatment all the odor associated with yeast on her skin disappeared. She completely stopped chewing on her feet. It has been a month now and the smaller lipomas are gone and the larger ones are shrinking. The skin on her underbelly is getting soft and smooth and changing from purple to healthy looking pink. Our vet is amazed. Cannot say enough good things about using turmeric. Anyone thinking about using turmeric for their dog needs to stop thinking and start using. Your dog will appreciate it for sure!
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Turmeric for Dog's Toe Tumor?

Debbie (East Lansing, Mi, United States) on 04/28/2013

I have a 5 1/2 year old black lab that has a tumor on his front paw, we have had him on antibiotics for 2 weeks and a anti inflammatory pill, we are seeing no improvement, vet is recommending amputation of the toe, of course at a steep cost, in the meantime I have been hearing about tumeric was wondering if anyone could give advice if it is okay to give him tumeric, how much?? we are trying to buy some time until we get the funds for his surgery, as a side note his is a diabetic dog.
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Turmeric for Pet With Mass

Kate (Portland, Oregon) on 03/23/2013

I had a question about a recipie for using tumeric to heal a mass on my dog.. I've read a lot of great things about tumeric healing even malignant tumors on animals, and just wanted to see if anyone ran across a recipe (eg, with honey? tea tree? add to just water?). Thanks!

Turmeric for Tumors

Pj Masterherbalist (Louisville, Ky) on 01/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Tumors if not malignant can be dealt with using red root capsules and turmeric and cayene. Red root dissolves non-malignant cysts and tumors.

Turmeric Dosage for Pets

Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 11/18/2012

I wonder about using such high doses of turmeric for pets. "Amount" is a profoundly critical element of herbs. The amount of herbal elements introduced can dictate to which part of the body its elements are sent AND what action is taken when it gets there. Just like the form in which an herb is administered. A single herb can be used in various combinations of dosages and forms to treat hundreds of different ailments but HIGH dosages can ONLY be treated, by the body, as "toxin". The body doesn't care if it is turmeric or simple oxygen - if there's too much of it, it is simply "toxin" and the body has no choice but to go into "emergency mode". High dosage = chemotherapy. Some "bad" stuff may be eliminated along with the "toxin", but the fight, itself, will further weaken a system that is already weak from trying to remedy the situation. If the body gets to it before it gets to the area you are treating, you could create more and worse problems - often invisible, initially - without the "medicine" ever reaching the intended area. There are too many unknown variables to even guess, let alone calculate, what might happen. Kidney and liver failure are common as these are the primary organs used to eliminate toxins and what could have assisted or even cured a kidney or liver disorder - in the right dosage which would have elicited the right response from the body - could end up "silently" damaging the organs beyond repair. Always start "tiny", once a day. If the body responds, STAY tiny and once a day, before sleeptime. Don't rush it. Let it do what it has to do. If it stops responding, add a "tiny" bit more but don't increase the number of times per day. Let the body use what you're giving it at the time of day when it makes repairs without interference from you - during sleep. Medicine is just a part of life, it's not "magic". The body has a repair cycle. Seek remedy, apply (whether by eating, drinking, breathing or rolling in it) and then have a little snooze. Wake, take stock and either go about your business or take a bit more remedy and go back to sleep or, often, simply roll over and go back to sleep.
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Turmeric Use for Dog's Hip Arthritis

Senora Huesitas (Cozumel Island, Mexico) on 02/12/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I've been giving my dog tumeric for his hip arthritus for 9 months now. It is wonderful to have him off the vet prescribed medications and have him pain free and moving again. My vet is impressed! But, what we've noticed is a chocolate lab turn red!! No, it's not from the color of the tumeric it is because the tumeric has an interaction with the melanin that produces hair/skin color. So I have a redhead lab. The vet said my dog was lacking the amino acid tyrosine. So I've got him on tyrosine to put some melanin back in his coat. It's working, starting at his head now at his shoulders he's turning chocolate. I need an alternative to such long term use of tumeric tho. Perhaps one month on tumeric, one on some other natural anti-inflamatory remedy. Any suggestions?

Turmeric for Dogs

Jane (Cambridge, Uk) on 11/06/2010

Our golden retriever went to the vet recently to have a large hematoma (swelling of blood on ear flap) drained. We were told he might need to have it drained again and then could need surgery. The next morning the ear was beginning to swell again so I mixed roughly half a teaspoon of turmeric in his morning and evening feed. By the next morning the swelling was reduced and within the next couple of days disappeared completely. I'm a great fan of turmeric as I'm convinced it saved my other dog's eye. (See ruptured retina) I still give him a little turmeric every day and people comment on his wonderful glossy coat. He's now 14 and can walk and run with ease and shows no signs of arthritis like many dogs of his age.
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Turmeric for Cat With Anal Gland Issues

Annonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Aloe and turmeric for cat hemmrhoids

My cat had a lump next to the base of her tail. The next day there was another on the other side. She would get angry if I touched them. It must have hurt. She held her tail to the side, so I initially thought she broke it. She didn't like me trying to straighten it. She was straining to relieve herself so I gave her some kitten formula mixed with aloe juice and fish oil. I rubbed the fish oil on her fur since she wouldn't drink it with the formula from a dish. She immediately ran to use the litter box. The next day she was more active, but she had a second lump. I gave her some kitten formula with some turmeric in it, and coaxed her into eating some raw lamb. I had to use a syringe to feed her the formula. Today, the third day, the lumps are nearly gone if not gone (I don't want to hurt her to find out for sure). I gave her a second dose of formula with turmeric. In all she got one dose of the formula with aloe and fish oil, and two doses with turmeric. Only a teaspoon or so of formula each dose. So not much aloe or turmeric. But the lumps appear to be nearly gone. They were the size of a small grape. She sits by the water dish and doesn't really drink. The vet said she has kidney problems. She's probably dehydrated. But she's much happier today. Thank you, Earthclinic :)

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Doug (Bellflower, Ca) on 03/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I rescued a 2 year old (roughly) Boxer on September 26th, 2009 and named him Clyde. He is the absolute best dog I have ever owned! Shortly after I adopted him, though, I noticed that he had a lump on his face beside his right eye. It took me a few weeks to spot it because of his wrinkly boxer face. It didn't seem to bother him at all so I decided to keep an eye on it for a while. About a month ago I took him to the vet to have the lump looked at because it seemed to be growing (about the size of a grape at its largest).

They performed a "fine needle aspirate" to determine what it consisted of and they concluded that it was a "probable keratin filled subaceous cyst". (The test alone cost $250!) They said that it would eventually have to be surgically removed. I was pretty freaked out because I am getting married in May and cannot afford to fork out the amount of money that would be required to operate on him.

I was looking into the problem online and stumbled onto Earth Clinic where I read about using Turmeric as a cyst remedy. I ran to the market and picked up a jar of Turmeric powder and began sprinkling 1/2 tsp of it into his food morning and night (totaling 1 tsp per day). His first dose was on Wed (3/10/10).

On the following Mon night (3/15/10 (tonight)) I came home and found the cyst draining a brownish, reddish goo! Once I began treating him with the Turmeric the lump seemed to grow. I was beginning to wonder if it was going to work but I think it only appeared larger because it was bringing the material to the surface to drain.

The lump is not gone just yet but it is rapidly venting its contents and I am sure it will be gone in no time! (I'll post another comment if I'm wrong).

I am ecstatic with the knowledge that I don't have to spend a gazillion dollars and put by my buddy through surgery!

I don't usually write reviews and I am super skeptical when it comes to alternative medicine but this is no joke! EC saved me big money so I figured it was worth sitting down for a few minutes to share my experience. Turmeric rules and I plan to go tell it on the mountains!

Thanks EC!

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Turmeric for Dogs and Cats

Turmeric is a spice that is commonly used in India for cooking. This simple spice, made from the ground root of the turmeric plant, has wonderful healing properties for pets and their owners. 

Not only is turmeric a highly effective natural remedy, it is inexpensive and has few side effects. 

Pet owners find that turmeric helps their pets with arthritis, infections, cysts, tumors, hot spots and and wounds. A daily dose of turmeric can also help pets with allergies or itchy skin.  ...

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