7 Natural Remedies for Cancer in Dogs and Cats

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7 Natural Cancer Remedies for Pets

A diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet can be emotionally devastating and financially intimidating. The good news is that natural remedies for cancers in dogs and cats often work quite well and are relatively inexpensive. Essiac tea, the Budwig Diet and certain herbs and supplements have been used to increase life span and comfort of many dogs and cats with cancer.

1. Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is a simple blend of four herbs that are given as a tea to pets and people with cancer. Dosing instructions and the complete protocol can be found on this page.

2. Budwig Diet

Johanna Budwig created a protocol to treat a variety of cancers in humans. This diet has been used successfully for pets as well. It consists of adding flax seed and cottage cheese mixed together to the daily diet.

3. Chaga Mushroom

While the mechanism by which chaga mushroom benefits pets with cancer may be unclear, studies have found that chaga mushroom indeed can suppress cancer tumors in animals.1

4. Castor Oil

Castor oil is helpful to reduce growths and tumors. It is applied topically. It can be massaged into the area of concern or used as a castor oil pack. The castor oil pack method is preferred but may be more difficult to implement than simply massaging castor oil into the area.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is a root that is used as a spice and medicine for people and pets. It can be added to food. Pet dosing information can be found on this page.

6. Dietary Changes

Most grocery store pet foods are heavy in fillers, chemicals, colors and grains, non of which belong in a natural diet for animals.  While inexpensive pet foods will take care of appetite in pets they will not take care of health and may contribute to multiple health problems. Seeking out sources of pet food that is closer to a dog or cats natural diet or making dog or cat food at home will provide pets with the needed nutrients to promote health and support healing from serious diseases link cancer.

7. Environmental Changes

Dogs and cats can be exposed to many toxins and poisons that overload the system and may have contributed to cancer in the first place. Ideally dogs and cats can have outdoor areas that have not been sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. This page provides ideas for coping with environmental toxins.

Do you have a natural remedy for a pet with cancer? Please send us some feedback!

Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4946216/

Additional Pages of Interest:

1. https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/tumors.html


Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Karen (Newman Lake, WA) on 03/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have 2 Shelties I love dearly,Dakota and Cheyenne they are 9 years old. Last year we found out Cheyenne had tyroid problems and she was started on medication.At the same time I started adding ACV to her food in mornings only and Dakotas food also on account of his age. The next time Cheyenne had her blood tested she had her medicine decreased,and she is doing great. Then last summer Dakota was very sick and we found out he had colon cancer and maybe 1 to 3 months to live, after we got him better and his infection cleared he has been doing great 8 months later. He is on bladder medication and I give him ACV every morning in his food and we would never know he is sick.I am a firm believer in ACV. My problem is not knowing how much ACV I should be feeding them, they are both around 25 lbs. I also drink ACV daily and I feel very healthy, any info you can send me would be greatly appreciated

Replied by Christine
San Antonio, Tx
02/03/2018

Hi Karen.
We have a Schipperke mix she's 7 years old and approximately 40lbs.
A couple of days ago an ex-ray at the vet seems to show cancer in the hind left leg area. We should have a second opinion from ex-ray specialist Monday 1/5/18.
We have used ACV in the past and are willing to use it to help Bindi.
If you have any suggestions on how much and how often it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Christine and Steven

EC: Hi Christine, 

Unfortunately, Karen's post is from 2007 and she is unlikely to see it, sorry! Perhaps one of our other wonderful pet lovers can advise.

Replied by Melanie
Va
03/13/2018

Hey Christine! I keep a bowl of water in the floor for my dog's and that's the way I give them the vinegar. I use Bragg's apple cider vinegar. I would say the bowl I use holds about a quart and a half and I started them out with 2 tsp in their water, that way they could get used to the taste and then I increased it to about a tblsp after about a week. I hope this help's. I know some people put it in their food. I haven't tried that yet.

Replied by Janeen
South West Africa
05/20/2018

Don't forget to add a pinch baking soda (food grade) to the water to prevent the acid (ACV) from stripping the enamel off the teeth.


Baking Soda and Maple Syrup

Posted by Jane (Massachusetts) on 10/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

The protocol for Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda) for dogs over 100lbs is 1tsp a day. You mix one part baking soda (Bobs Red Mill Brand - no trace aluminum in the product-VERY IMPORTANT) with 3 parts organic maple syrup. So for 3 Tablespoons of baking soda you will mix 9 Tablespoons of Maple syrup. Heat over stove not in aluminum!!! . I use a stainless steel pan with water and put the mixture in a Pyrex (glass) measuring cup and heat for 5-10 minutes over med heat, don't boil. You just want the mixture to blend. I put in a sterilized glass jar and put in the fridge for use over 1 week. Discard after the week and make a new batch. If your animal is less than 100 lbs, like 25lbs, I would use a quarter of a teaspoon a little less for 17lbs. I use a child's medicine syringe to disperse into my dogs mouth. This will help you to measure for a quarter teaspoon. My dog has cancer and responds phenomenally to this treatment. Like a new dog. I use this once a day for 6-8 solid weeks. Go to the vet monthly to check blood work, you want to know that your pet is in the clear. I might even use the protocol once a week as a preventative.

My dog's diet consists of ground turkey or chicken (NO MEAT, NO DAIRY, NO GRAIN) Fish is also acceptable, wild salmon a good option for cats.

This lightly cooked poultry is mixed with a little rice, 1 cup of raw spinach cut up it will wilt, 1 cup of raw watercress cut up and grated carrot, 2 cloves of minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, teaspoon of turmeric, sea salt, tablespoon of organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of ground beet root and some black strap molasses.

Poultry for B6, Spinach and beet root is for Iron as well as black strap molasses, turmeric and ginger are anti inflammatory, garlic is to boost immunity, watercress has B17 which fights cancer, coconut oil is anti bacterial, and sea salt for minerals.

Our vet wanted me to put my dog on Prednisone and do chemo/radiation. I said no, I can kill the cancer with baking soda and maple syrup, the anemia and inflammation are addressed with the ingredients in his food instead of the prednisone poison. Prednisone side affects include cataracts, loss of bone, loss of sleep, weight gain, headaches...... I only pay the vet for a diagnosis, I prefer to conduct my own treatment.

This works if you want to save your pet or a person with cancer. DO NOT DO CHEMO OR RADIATION it will kill. Go watch Dr Leonard Coldwell on youtube.

Replied by Donna
Fl
06/20/2017
5 out of 5 stars

This does work. I did it with my 13yr old papillon who had liver cancer. This stopped the tumor and to the vet's amazement, restored normal enzyme values for his liver.

Replied by Maggie
Id
02/28/2018
31 posts

How much and how often is the baking soda/molasses given and is it given on an empty stomach?

Brenda
Funkstown, Md.
06/01/2018

How much do you give them 15 years old

Replied by Carole
New York
06/06/2020

Hi

I would like to treat my dog with the baking soda and maple syrup concoction. She is btw 60 and 70 lbs. So should I give her 1 teaspoon per day?

She has 2 tumors on her liver.


Black Salve

Posted by Deonet (Washington State) on 02/26/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Black salve, properly formulated with no acids, just with bloodroot, sheep sorrel, gangalal, and red clover WORKS!

I have very sensitive skin and scar from everything. Tried this on a patch of the sensitive skin on my inner forearm. No reaction other than discoloration after 24 hour application. Had an abnormal mole the doc said was most likely cancerous. Put the stuff on that and WOW! Immediate reaction. After pain for days, the body pushed out the entire mole and its roots. Biopsy on my arm confirmed clear of cancer after that.

My mastiff was diagnosed with cancer on his elbow 2016. Put some on my dog that had a cancerous tumor on his elbow. Took a lot longer to treat because the bandage would not stay put. The tumor drained and then fell out. He should have died in a year or less. It is now 2020 and he is doing fine. The idiots that claim black salve is a hoax and dangerous are the idiots who are toting the pharmaceutical industry's nonsense. There are bad batches out there that put acid in their mix. Do not buy from them. Research and find a reputable company to get the good stuff.

The bloodroot ruptures the protective sheath around the cancer so the body can recognize it as bad. The body then appropriately attacks the cancer and shoves it out. There is a crater at first. Keep it clean, moist, and covered. Use a comfrey based salve on it. It will fill in, heal, and have little scarring if you follow the directions.


Bladder Cancer

Posted by Ima999 (San Francisco, California) on 09/22/2014

I'm looking for help.

My dog was just diagnosed with TCC (in the Urethra) and I'm looking for any information / medications / dietary help I can provide her. I've been given a prognosis of 6-12 months but she's in such a great mood.

If you have any suggestions I'm all ears.

She has just started chemo and proxicam.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/22/2014

Hey Ima999!

Check out this research on TCC:

http://www.akcchf.org/research/success-stories/transitional-cell-carcinoma.html

Om has experience with Essiac tea - let's hope she chimes in on her use with this herb.

Please also check out EC's page on Essiac:

http://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/essiac-tea.html

Also check out EC's bladder cancer page:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/bladder-cancer.html

Please keep us posted on your girl's progress!!

Replied by Penni
Los Angeles
03/29/2015

There is a facebook page dedicated to helping others whose dogs have this cancer, a lot of great info and feedback. I hope your dog is still ok.

Facebook page-- Dog Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) -Bladder Cancer

Replied by Jill
Tacoma Wa
07/30/2016

Thank you for this information. I didn't think of looking on Facebook!

Replied by Patricia
Downsville
08/02/2016
42 posts

Jill, this link is a video testimonial of a man who cured himself of cancer with baking soda and molasses. I am trying to figure out how much and how to give baking soda to my cat for her kidney disease. Here is another link from Dr Sircus' site on healing the kidneys with sodium bicarb.


Bone Cancer

Posted by Ja (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/15/2013
4 out of 5 stars

My family golden retreiver was kicked by a deer for the second time a few months back. So when the site (joint of her paw) really swelled up, it was thought it was broken or damaged. Our amazing vet, who I refer everyone to, took one look and said "thats not swelling thats bone cancer". I was shocked, literally never expected anything like that. He is always right but I got the x-ray to confirm. Our poor Sadie has been really neglected. The sibling of mine that bought her and is supposed to take her to the vet does not work, is very wealthy, and apparently very selfish. The last time our dog Sadie, had been to the vet, I had to drive my boyfriend to work 40 minutes away so I could use our car, and my brother, my newborn baby, and I took her and paid for her appointment. This time, I had to take the kids I watch with me during work. She is such a good dog and deserves so much better so I am really driven. It has been a week and 2 days since the x-ray has confirmed and Sadie has gone from barely being able to get out to use the bathroom (we had to carry her up and down the stairs) and even crying at times... to running around, looking like a puppy again, and her paw has gone down half the size.

I cut out the dog food and have kept it to tuna, meats, and dark leafy greens. I fed her half a bulb of garlic (she was so ticked at me when the olive oil I disguisd it in gave way), I feed her coconut oil, budwigs everyday a few times a day, avaoado. I think the most important part was following one of Ted's regimens for cancer; aspirin every hour for four hours, vitamin c every hour for 6 hours, and lysine every hour until bed time. The aspirin is only supposed to be done one day every four days. Also garlic pills and turmeric. Hydrogen peroxide and kelp extract on the site of the cancer and internally. She does not like the Apple Cider Vinegar but eats the kelp and hydrogen peroxide off her paw and any drop I spill, and I chalk that up as she knows what she needs and give her more. I really think the aspirin is what helped the most. I am looking for the essiac tea and the ingredients ted recomends specifically for pets. We have an assi market right down the street so maybe they will carry the reishi mushroom, sabah snake grass, etc. ? I also want to try ground up egg shells and castor oil topically. Any more suggestions or success stories, I would be so grateful to hear! ? Thankyou to Ted, Earth clinic, and all the contributors!! : )

In my heart I know that Sadie will beat this (positive thinking) but if God wants her with him, at least she will have gotten to spend the rest of her time being spoiled, well nourished, and in no pain. Will update but wanted to let everyone know there is hope for this agressive cancer.


Budwig Diet

Posted by Shirley (Penniac, Nb Canada) on 11/25/2018

I would like to try some of these remedies for my 13 year old dog who is exhibiting signs of cancer. The big problem right now is getting her to eat. We have offered her many options which she will eat for a while then refuse. Her latest favourite is hot dogs (I know.....not the healthiest). I would like to use the Budwig Diet so any suggestions as to how I can pique her appetite would be much appreciated.

Shirley

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
12/05/2018

Hey Shirley,

You might consider CBD oil.


Posted by Jennifer (Yonkers, Ny) on 02/16/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Hi I have a rottie male, just turned 3 in January. He was diagnosed with lymphoma. I have him on the budwig diet twice a day - 2 Tablespoons flaxseed oil to 4 Tablespoons low fat cottage cheese along with vitamin b17 (3 ground up) with a table spoon of whole flaxseed ground up twice a day. I include 1 teaspoon of turmeric with the morning dose of cottage cheese.I also have him on brewed essiac tea 4oz twice a day mixed with dog food. God is good. He is doing great. Plus 20mg of prednisone once a day.

Everything organic.


Posted by Mark H (Fairfield Ca) on 08/24/2016

My beautiful Shiz-Tzu was just diagnosed with Osteosarcoma of her lower mandible. The vet I had been taking her too, mis-diagnosed her three times over two months. I took her for a second opinion to a new vet and within an hour I had the full diagnosis. So if you aren't getting answers from your vet, please seek a second opinion. It could have given me a two month jump on this. But since my baby is my life, I'm willing to spare no expense to make her better if I can or give her a good quality of life.

I immediately took her off canned / dry dog food and switched her to a keto diet, no carbs, no sugars, no gluten. I feed her an egg/chicken/veggie omelet with her meds and supplements in the morning and evenings. And in between I feed her budwig diet snacks. It has only been a few days but she is already feeling better, where she used to be very lethargic she now greets me at the door and has even went on a short walk or two. The diet if nothing else has at least made her feel better. Its very new and I'm hoping and praying for the best and know full well the worse is always waiting. I hope this can help someone else.

For my other dogs and all other dogs I own in the future they are going to get only the first set of vaccines, and then a homemade diet of fresh ingredients. Also dental care is extremely important, I lacked that on her and now I"m paying a price for it. The vet recommended plaque off and I have my other two dogs on the same diet and plague off and their breath has gotten better and I see increased energy in them as well.

Only God knows if Star will clear this cancer hurdle, the vet gave me a less than 6 month diagnosis, I'm playing the odd's and hoping for more.

The supplements I'm using were carefully selected and I avoided sugars and preservatives in them.

So far she gets.

  • Essiac drops
  • Milk thistle
  • Probiotics
  • Tumeric
  • doggie greens
  • Budwig diet

I also have dmso and msm, but she won't allow me to put it on her, still trying though.

God bless our pets, they are pure love.


Posted by Amanda (New Zealand) on 08/14/2016
5 out of 5 stars

2 years ago our Labrador/Pitbull X, at that time 12 years old, was diagnosed with Lymphoma. And of course the suggested treatment was Chemo therapy with the added comment that it only would prolong his life by possibly a year, but eventually kill the dog.

As we had trust in natural therapies for cancer and our dog disliked the vet anyway, plus him being so old, we started to research alternative treatment options on Earthclinic.com and other websites. One of the treatments we came across on Earthclinic was the Budwig protocol, which a few dog owners had used on their dogs with cancer successfully. After more research on that particular treatment we thought we give it a go.

So the regime we followed was that we gave him twice a day with his food 4 Tblsp quark+2 Flaxseed oil (mixed to an emulsion), we added 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder after mixing the quark and flaxoil. Also we changed our dog to a grain free diet. In this case we changed to Nutrience dry dog food.

Although the quark is low fat, our dog did gain weight over this time (maybe 4 kg). And also something very odd happened: he started to loose patches of hair all over his body. They came off with scabs of dry skin. At first we thought he is going to go bald, but after a few month the hair grew back shiny and beautiful. Not sure what exactly this meant, but we thought it might have been a sign of detoxification.

After 3 month he had an incident where he vomited a few times and we took it as a sign to half the dosage per day.

Then 2 or 3 month after halving the dosage he had a day where he didn't move, nor eat or drink, and we thought: This is it. He is dying today. Next day he was walking again though and he was back to normal after two days. So we decided to stop giving him the quark and flax oil.

During these 5-6 months he was quite lethargic and not really his normal self (already before he was diagnosed with cancer to be fair), he seemed to be depressed. But after his near death day, he started to be more clear again.

Before the treatment he had lots of fatty tumors all over his body. Today they are still there, but they all have halved in size.

He is now 14 years old, has a nice shiny coat, is in very good spirits and survived by far his 2-months-to-live cancer diagnosis (by 2 years so far). He walks slow because he has arthritis, but hey, he is 14 and even for his breed that's quite old.

We never went back to the vet to get checked if he still has cancer, because what's the point: He is the living proof two years later. We still have him on a grain free diet.

Whatever we did, it seemed to have worked. He won't live forever, but he sure got over the cancer.

Thank you earthclinic. What a wonderful source of knowledge of alternative treatments.


Posted by Kerstin (Emeryville, Ca, Usa) on 10/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

In February this year 2011, I had to bring my 8 year old Great Dane to UC Davis emergency and they found a huge mass on his spleen. They did surgery on him and removed his spleen and he was diagnosed with hemangioscarcoma and told me without chemo he would have 19 days to 2 months to live and with chemo 5 to 6 months.

At the time I was in a state of shock and agreed to do chemo but after doing some research and seeing what my poor dog had to go through (5 people holding him down and him crying howling 30 minutes straight!! ) Anyway, long story short, I decided to hell with chemo, I'd rather see him live a quality life for a shorter time than live longer in misery.

When researching the internet I came across "the Budwig Protocol". Basically what it is is Organic Flaxseed Oil (the kind you find in a bottle @ Whole Food's refridgerated section) and Organic Cottage Cheese Lowfat.

I hope you will check in to this because all I know is that it's been 8 months now since my Great Dane was given max 2 months to live and he is doing GREAT!!

Twice a day I give it to him and I will continue doing so all his life. In addition to the cottage cheese and flaxseedoil, I feed him raw meat (chicken turkey necks tripe etc) supplements like Glutamine, Arginine (spelling?), milkthistle, garlic, multi vitamin). What I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT feed him is dryfood, carbohydrates, rice, processed food etc.

I think the reason for his Hemangiosarcoma has to do with genetics and the toxic environment we live in but I blame in particular all the vaccinations that I unfortunately gave him the first years of his life. If I knew then what I know now.. but I didn't.

I have come across a Great Dane breeder who has a litter of puppies that are 4th generation with no vaccinations! That is the way to go! In the meantime I am loving and appreciating every single day that I get to enjoy with my wonderful companion!

Good Luck! Oh by the way, I have started the Budwig Protocol myself to hopefully prevent any future cancer or other desease.

Yes please do your own research! You will not regret it!

Kerstin


Castor Oil and Turmeric

Posted by Wendy (Shelburne, Ontario Canada) on 05/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

We had a problem with a large tumor on our female Rottweilers elbow. I researched everything on the net and came across the castor oil and turmeric remedy. I would apply the castor oil mixed with turmeric and soak a piece of flannel into it then apply over the tumor. Twice a day I would do this for 1 month. The tumor gradually began to open up and it did look worse before it got better. But it shrank the baseball sized tumor down to nothing. It is now all gone. I also only fed her a raw diet. Cancer thrives on processed sugar. If you remove it from their diet it starves the cancer.


Cesium Chloride

Posted by Darius (Bradenton, Fl) on 07/08/2014

Cancer - it is on the market for human use product call -Cesium Chloride, alternative cancer treatment Cesium Chloride, Google for web pages for information, very good.


Chaga Mushroom

Posted by Don (Springhill, Ns, Canada) on 12/12/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have used the mushroom chaga on my cat who was full of cancer and it worked. The belly of my cat was full of lesions and had no fur left on her belly. She was very thin and looked as if she was just days away form deaths door. I bought a can of fish and started mixing powered almond seed into the fish, and fed it to the cat everyday. Within a month the lesions were gone and her fur was starting to fill on her belly. She is completely healed now and back to full health.


Colloidal Copper and Aspirin

Posted by Lardiver (Abbotsford Bc) on 09/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Colloidal copper and pure aspirin, cured my dog's cancer. 3 different vets said he would die anywhere from 3 days to 3 months and wanted to do chemo on him and of course charge me a lot of money to kill him with it. So instead I used colloidal copper and pure aspirin, in days he picked up and in a few weeks was playing like a puppy, he is 11 or 12 years old and never wanted to play before.

Replied by Susan
New York
09/26/2016

Hi, can you please give us more information about this cure that you used for cancer? How much colloidal copper and aspirin did you use, did grind the aspirin and add it to cc? How often did you give it? How long has it been since you started this protocol? Thank you in advance.

Replied by Lardiver
Abbotsford Bc
09/29/2016

You can make colloidal copper 2 ways, one the same as colloidal silver, or put pure copper wire in glass pot of distiled water and a pinch of citric acid, simmer 6 hours and use a parts per million tester that I bought at home depo. buy pure aspirin at health food store or animal feed store, it has no cemicols in it like the aspirin you buy at the grocery stores. I than took a gallon of distilled water added about an ounce to get about 10 parts per million. than I put it in the dogs dish and he drank it when he was thirsty, abot 2 weeks of doing this and now he plays like a puppy. Best is go to and where I got it from, u tube, Power of colloidal copper, by Tony Pantalleresco, he has the best cures of anyone I have found.

Replied by Rbryar
Vt
11/03/2018

Did you make your own colloidal copper and aspirin mixture? Did you feed it to the dog or apply it externally? Please give more details. How long had the dog been sick?


Colloidal Silver

Posted by Flower's Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 07/04/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I must share my experience with using colloidal silver for curing cancer.

My 16 year old dog, Flower, developed a bump on the back of her leg right above her paw. I watched it closely and over the last month it started to change, partly because it started to irritate her and she had been licking it. First, the fur came off, revealing a pink lump. Then the lump started to change. It quickly grew to twice its size and turned different colors, black, yellow and purple, and was developing a few new small bumps at the base of the original one.

So for the last 2 weeks I have been treating her with a high dose of colloidal silver, both orally on an empty stomach 3 to 4 times a day and spraying the area with colloidal silver every chance I could get (she'd see me coming with the spray bottle and would run away). Orally I gave her a tablespoon each time. Of course, the lump grew even larger and uglier with this attack. It even grew tentacle-like things out of the top. It looked very scary.

Anyway, long story short, it finally started to shrink and turned more black on top with the base being bright red. Yesterday, it was pretty shrivelled up and was just dangling by a small piece still attached, and this morning it has fallen off! The skin underneath is bright red and bleeding, but I consider that a good sign as the blood with help filter any remaining toxins from the site.

I will continue giving her silver orally every day and spraying the area with silver until it has totally healed, and maybe for a month or so after that.

Replied by Bee
Ny
07/04/2020

Hi Flower's Mom,

What great news, yay! So happy for you. Can you please tell me what ppm of Colloidal Silver you were giving your dog? Also, was it homemade CS or store-bought? Thanks!

Replied by Flower's Mom
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm
07/05/2020

Hi Bee,

I started out giving Flower a 15 ppm solution which was manufactured and sold by a local health food store and when I ran out of that, I started giving her a 10 ppm solution called Silver Sol by NOW Foods. That is also what is in the spray bottle. Just as an update, last night I had to bandage the site as it was still bleeding quite a bit. Looking at it this morning, some more tissue has sloughed off and the flesh is a bright healthy pink and smooth and clean. She is pretty low key today, but has been sleeping comfortably. She did accept some bone broth when offered. I hope that is helpful.



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