Blackstrap Molasses for Dogs

| Modified on Jan 30, 2024
Blackstrap Molasses for Dogs

Sometimes the simplest natural cures are the most effective. You might never have thought to look toward that jar of molasses way back in the cupboard as a potential home remedy for your pet's ailment, but in fact molasses -- particularly blackstrap molasses -- has a long and popular history as a natural cure for many ailments among dogs and humans alike.

Far more than simply sugar, molasses is full of minerals and a few other nutrients, the combination of which has proven effective at combatting both acute and chronic ailments.

Natural Pet Cures: In particular, Earth Clinic community members and the wider alternative health community have used molasses in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Also, some report using molasses successfully as a remedy for dogs suffering symptoms of bereavement and even for tumors.


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Posted by Fltanz (Anywhere, Fl, Usa) on 12/14/2010

I would like to start giving my dog's blackstrap molasses for arthritis. I'm not sure if it needs to be organic or if the plain stuff from walmart would work. Also, I read that coconut oil would be helpful, does it need to be cold pressed or virgin or ????. Thank you and my babies thank you.

Replied by Jd
(Columbus, Ohio)

My nearly 11-year old, 18.5 pound female pug was diagnosed w/ arthritis late last year. She also had been diagnosed w/ hip issues and general loss of vitality.

Once again, I searched EarthClinic and read about healing properties of Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Oil. So, I bought some and started mixing it in w/ her dinner - generally 1 TBSP of each.

After several months of doing this and observing her, I can testify to how well it has worked. She is running around, jumping, just like she did when she was younger. Great remedy!

Replied by Marlene
(Rutherford, Nj)

I too heard of coconut oils ' healing properties and couldn't be happier w/the results!! My Buddy is a 14yr. old Shih-Tzu. I have had him on c. c. o for two maybe three months. Now what I did not expect and had never heard of is how the healing seems to have no limit... For the last year I have been giving my little guy eye drops daily, a " Restasis" product for dry eye. lasts approx two n half to three mths, $35.00-50.00 . I have not had to use the eye drops since one month post coconut oil! I use the organic one $10.00 to $5.99@ Shop Rite. Now RFD previous writer said she gives her 11.5lb pug a TBLSP of each, ie: cco and molasses! I read it should not be anymore then 1 tsp per. ten lbs... Can you advise please?? Asap if possible. Tyvm, Marlene

Replied by Regina
(Marietta, GA)

My 12 year old, 10.5 lbs Chihuahua-Dachshund Mix, Amanda, was also diagnosed with dry eye. She has been on meds for a year now. I will try the coconut oil and molasses mix. Hopefully I will have the same positive results. Thank you very much for mentioning this. Amanda used to be a very sick pub and then I started to mix 1/4 tsp. of Bee Pollen (a perfect food for humans and dogs), parsley, broccoli sprouts, Nutritional yeast, a medicinal mushroom blend (for cancer prevention), Maca powder (for hormone balance)and and a few drops ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) in small amounts into her food.

Even though she is a very picky eater she tolerates and even likes it. Then I feed her once a week a can of sardines. This has reduced her very severe allergies to very low levels, and she has no bone or arthritis problems any more. I also should mention that she was almost deaf. She couldn't hear me until I was next to her. This has also improved to the point that she hears now as well as before. Don't know what exactly contributed to that. Maybe all of it. I also should mention that I feed her 100% grass-fed and organic beef (at Aldi or Lidl for $4.70/pound) cooked with vegetables, organic or conventional chicken, and sometimes pork. For worms and parasites I feed her some papaya seeds and pumpkin seeds in small amounts. I also fed her Green Tripe and Fermented Fish Broth. Both of these are incredibly health promoting for dogs, but my local source passed away and an online buy is pretty expensive. If you are unfamiliar with it, just research it online. It is worth a try and not expensive if you have a small dog. The power of food is tremendous for both humans and dogs alike.

Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Amelia (Hattiesburg, Ms) on 09/12/2008

I read the email about the dogs being given the Blackstrap Molasses and how they are vibrant and doing fine, so I decided to give my pomeranian who is suffering from arthritis some BSM on some cooked white rice. Well I'm glad I did and I am giving it to him and my other dogs over white rice every 2 days and boy do they have energy. My Pom has been jumping like he use to jump before the arthritis pain. I have a miniture chihuahua and 2 American Stafford Shireterriers and they all seem more vibrant and happy. I myself take BSM and it has worked wonders for me. My anemia is over, my tiredness is gone, I feel so much better since reading this BSM Info on this site. Thank you guys so much and may God forever Bless each of you that shared.

Replied by Raveesh
(Kl, Malaysia)

Hi, can you please tell me how old your dog is... and are there any side effects of BSM? My dog is 14.5 (Golden) and has acute arthritis... Thanks for your help.

Replied by Linda

What dosage do you take for dogs and for humans?

Replied by Jennifer
(Lockport, Ny)

Next time skip or limit the quantity of rice!!! Dogs do not need carbs. The canine ancestral diet did contain some carbs, but only 14%. What your dog does requires is a diet that consists of: 80% meat 5% Liver 5% Other Organ Meat (Heart is muscle meat, NOT organ meat) 10% Bone..... ALL RAW

While dogs can handle rice, about the only thing they get from it is energy. If your dog bounces off the walls you should remove ALL grains and carbs from their diet and if the food you feed contains over 20% carbs and ANY grains switch to a food that does not. If you want to add in some carbs, the best source is raw (dog friendly) fruits and veggies. There are many benefits to adding these in to your dogs diet but they must be in a form that makes it possible for your dog to reap their benefits. The easiest way is to put them into your food processor. For carrots I find it easiest to use a spice or ginger grater to grate them pretty fine. Why? Your dog has a HIGHLY ACIDIC stomach acid that has a pH of about 1, but they also have a very short digestive tract. We humans have a stomach acid with a pH of about 3 AND a very long digestive tract. Humans have this set up because we humans were designed to eat raw fruit, veggies, seeds and nuts. It takes this long digestive tract for us to be able to digest and absorb the nutrients from the diet that we were designed to eat. For your dog to be able to reap the benefits of fruits and veggies they MUST be properly prepared or most of the nutrients will probably pass right through them with very few of the nutrients being absorbed by them.

Posted by D (Atlanta, GA) on 09/08/2007

Many, many thanks to Archie from West Covina, Cal for writing in about molasses for aging/sad dogs. I had just bought organic molasses (regular, not blackstrap) at the grocery store for myself and decided after reading Archie's email that I would also give it to my two dogs. One of my dogs is a 13 years old, 55 pound shepherd mix who has a rough time walking up hills when we go on our daily walks. I added molasses to both dogs' meals today (good quality kibble, slightly undercooked ground turkey, and 1/2 teaspoon of molasses that I watered down with hot water) and OMG!! I cannot believe the difference in just one day! On our walk tonight, my elderly dog walked at a fast clip the entire walk, even on the hills. No problem whatsoever. WOW! Molasses should be a must for all aging dogs. I will write in again after they've been on it longer with another update. My dog won't touch apple cider vinegar or any other supplement I try to give him, so this remedy is a God send. My finicky boy dog actually likes the taste of molasses!

P.S. I am slowly going to increase the amount of molasses I give the dogs. I am starting slowly because I don't want them to get the runs!

EC: More arthritis remedies for pets here:

Replied by Pam E.
(Southwestern California)
140 posts

'D' bought & was giving *regular* molasses to her dogs, which is very high in sugar & low in healthy minerals ... I seriously hope she switched to giving them Blackstrap Molasses, which is much lower in sugar, & much higher in healthy minerals!!!

Arthritis, Limping

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Posted by Tonya (Middletown, Il) on 06/16/2022

Was doing an unrelated search for blackstrap molasses and ended up finding earth clinic. Saw the cancer post about the dog. Our male dog had his tail removed for a master cell tumor. Has a couple more lumps we are watching. I decided why not try it. My female dog has a limp so I decided a week later to give it to her too. Three weeks before this her limp was diagnosed as arthritis. Painkillers and blood tests every six months.

Wasn't even two days after putting black strap molasses in her food, she was barely limping. Didn't do anything for the lumps in him, but to be able to take her off painkillers!! Amazing!

Replied by Surfer

In A Miniature Schnauzer, which is susceptible to Pancreatitis:

Would it harm her to give her 1/2 to 1 tsp of BSM for arthritis or would the sugar turn to fat and be too much?

Bereaved Dogs

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Posted by Archie (West Covina, Cal) on 09/06/2007

Dogs Sad after Owner Passes are CURED!!! Well for 8 solid months Ive been taking care of 2 older dogs who are deaply saddend by the passing of there owner and very good friend of mine. These 2 did nothing but mope around depressed! They needed something soon before they would die of depression. I found out the Healing power that mollasses has given me and thought ..maybe it could help these 2 dogs.???So, I poured some on there dog food ,and,was amazed they ate it. In less than 1 day these dogs turned had turned completely around!!!They started playing & barking and to this day (2 months later)they are high spirited and ALIVE !!! Im only a Maytag Repairman & I came up with there cure of dog sadness.

Replied by Marcy
(Kamas, Utah)

What a truly great person you are,,,, to care for two soul lost in the sadness of death.

Cancerous Tumors

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Posted by Glen (St. Mary's Newfoundland)

A friend of mine who's dog was riddled with cancerous tumors gave him black strap molasses each day for a month. she took him back to the Veterinarian and the cancer and tumor were gone! Her mother, who was a medicine woman in the hills of West Virginia suggested she do this as the ancient egyptians used the remedy for consumption (cancer).

Replied by Kathleen
(Oxford, New York USA)

I would like to know from Glen St. Mary's/Newfoundland about what dosage was given to the dog with cancerous tumors and how much the dog weighed. I have a 45 pound dog that has a large tumor and want to start her on blackstrap molasses ASAP but don't want to overdose her. Thank you.

Replied by Susie
(Halifax`, Va)

I am going too start them on molasses immediately and will let u know of the changes.

Replied by Jen
(Temescal Valley, Ca)

I have a 16 yr old dog with golf ball size tumor on her leg and would like to try the molasses treatment with rice, along with her food. she is having a hard time walking at times and we don't know if tumor is causing the problem or her intermittent hurt leg she has had over the years.

How much molasses would you recommend to try with her food, if I mixed it with rice? My dog is 35 lbs. She has large tumor on her leg and I wondered if your treatment might help her tumor shrink as well as help with blood circulation to the tumor? thx, jen

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Jen!

If this were my dog I would try one half tablespoon into her food am and pm. I would also add one half teaspoon of turmeric into her food am and pm. Lastly, you could also try mixing the ground turmeric with castor oil so as to make a paste, and apply the paste daily to the tumor.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Dar Jen, some suggestions I am familiar with. I believe that a mixture of turmeric in coconut oil is good internally and externally. My latest experience is with turpentine of the quality in the turpentine section of EC. My big dog developed a hard small tumor inside his ear flap. I put some turp. into a dropper bottle and several times a day covered the site with some drops. The tumor responded almost immediately by bleeding just a little and receeding somewhat. But I will keep doing this even when it is gone, with Essiac added as a detox remedy. I give three to four veggies done through the blender and buy organic whenever possible.

I also give turmeric and coconut oil daily with nutritional yeast for the B's and kelp powder for minerals. I cook organic barley with lots of water to be able to give the famous barley water that is so widely known as having beneficial effects; actually I also cook small amount 1/half cup millet which is not much talked about as it is cheap. Two thirds of the world population are supposed to live on that. It has the same vitamins as apricot kernels for curing cancers. I also give grain free kibbles from Origen and soak these first in barley water. Please don't panic and let us know how your doggy is doing. Love, Om

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Hi Jen, my dog's tumor is flat now and there is just a red spot to indicate where it has been. I was amazed how fast the thing responded. I will watch it carefully. However, the Essiac protocol will be for some time.

I do know Walter Last years ago wrote about blackstrap molasses as a cure from tumors. This has to be diluted with hot water and my dog and cats get it almost daily. BSM is good for the essential minerals. If my remedy had not worked I would have used Theresa's suggestion. Namaste Om

Replied by Tiffyb1414
(Durant, Ok)

Is there anything I can rub on the tumor, in addition to giving my dog the BSM? He's got a tumor on his lower belly that's about the size of a big gumball. Also, can I give BSM to all 5 of my dogs, as a precaution?

Replied by Liz
(Caithness, UK)

I would really like to give blackstrap molasses to my dog who weighs 25lb. So could anyone tell me the dosage please?


Replied by Jules

Look into rubbing a mix of water and vitamin c powder onto tumours, I read this as a remedy for people, can't hurt to try it on dogs?

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hello Jules from Australia --- topically, cold pressed castor oil mixed with turmeric. If you look on EC you can read up on the posts on tumours. Internally turmeric and hemp seed oil with raw veggies, and scrutinize ingredients. Vit C , too.

The best of success.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Cathryn
(Derbyshire, UK)

Hello Liz, I give my dog Kyle 1 tsp of blackstrap molasses with his breakfast in the morning. I melt a spoon of coconut oil with the molasses and half a tsp of turmeric. I pour it over his acana. Kyle is about 55 lbs so I think I would give your dog half a tsp or just over.

Replied by Stephanie

Hi how much did u use please and how did u use it

EC: Sorry, Glen's post is from 2006 (or before) and he is unlikely to see it.

(Kitchener On)

Hi Stephanie

I have got rid of my bladder cancer tumors by rubbing Frankensence Oil on my bladder morning, noon, night. Also, I put 2 drops in a glass of water at the same time as rubbing oil. Just a drop or 2 for the rub. It worked for me. The brand I used was ** Now **.

Good Luck Stephanie.


Skin Problems

Posted by Dhuey (Grovetown, Ga) on 01/22/2015

I have a dog that continuously licks his paws and another smaller dog that has skin problems. Will the BSM help this?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Dhuey!

BSM might help your dogs - if it feels right to you, go for it!

Please also consider the food you are feeding; if the ingredient panel lists grain or corn in the first 10 ingredients it well could be the diet that you are feeding that is causing the problem.

Consider changing the diet and also consider alkalizing your dog's water.

Pam E.
(SW California)
140 posts

I had 2 large dogs that began continuously licking & biting all their paws, the skin of which looked pink & irritated ... until I eventually decided to switch from a kibble of rice & lamb, to a non-grain kibble. Then the irritated paws became non-irritated once more.

Replied by Teresa
(Nebraska, US)

What is BSM?

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses

Replied by Tracy

If a dog has skin problems, make sure it isn't from their environment such as cleaning & washing products you use, outdoor chemicals sprayed and their diet. Dogs can suffer from allergies & skin problems similar to humans. They may be allergic to some of the by-products in dog food, as well. Try using a natural type of soap, preferably in liquid form like a shampoo. Castile, pine tar, aloe vera, tea tree oil...all good types. Dr. Bronner's is a good brand. A wash made with green tea, stinging nettle, goldenseal root or Oregon grape can help. Just make a strong tea with the herbs & weaken down with some spring water & use it as a rinse after bathing your dog. Kelp has iodine, good for the skin, and it can be sprinkled on dog's food.