Natural Remedies for Lipomas in Dogs and Cats

Posted by Allie (Maine) on 11/27/2023

I make Golden Paste for my dogs once they reach middle age to keep them in great shape as they age (hopefully gracefully! ) Well, my lab spaniel mix has just turned 7, but right around that time, we noticed she had 2 small lipomas. One as right under the skin, and one was on the muscles near her rib cage. Both were around the size of a half golf ball, but our vet obviously said they were fine and we would only drain them if they got big enough to cause problems. For all the wonder and love of labs, lipomas are super common!

However, after starting her 'new' supplement of golden paste (my recipe below) both are actually incredibly hard to even find after 2 weeks of around 1/4tsp a day, sometimes twice a day.

We also had a rescue greyhound many years ago who went very lame and arthritic in her back legs, and I swear this golden paste recipe is what kept her running laps around the yard, even in the winter (safely! ) until she died in her sleep at 13.5 years old!

Recipe for dogs: (people can take it too! )

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Directions: Simmer water and turmeric with the coconut oil for a few minutes, stirring constantly to combine and heat it up enough. Add pepper (pinch of cinnamon too if you'd like! ) and peanut butter and stir in well while still warm but not cooking anymore. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, it lasts around a month. You can also freeze small portions.

Offer 1/4 teaspoon at a time and work your way up if you have a larger dog. I drizzle with a little raw honey on top to make it more of a 'treat' for the dogs. But all of my dogs have LOVED this recipe and devoured it, especially with the peanut butter in it.

Blessings to you and your furbabies!

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

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 teaspoons 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

Posted by Lisa (Columbus, Ohio) on 03/24/2010

I wanted to share with anyone else out there trying to use turmeric for tumors or cysts. First, have some patience, give it time to work and don't think that more is necessarily better. I first used turmeric powder (a generic store brand kind costing about $3 for a jar) on my sheltie for a cyst about the size of a small pebble. It took 3 weeks for the tiny cyst to burst. She still gets turmeric with her food as maintenance, the cyst has not come back since she's had turmeric daily. I feed her 1/2 cup of dog food twice a day. She gets 1/8 tsp of turmeric sprinkled over the food, mixed with a little warm water, enough to create a 'gravy'.

After seeing this work on my sheltie I decided to give it to my then 12 yr old lab (who weighs 80 lbs). In 2007 she had a cancerous tumor removed from her chest. At the time I started giving her turmeric (Sept 2008) she had about 13 fatty tumors (lipomas) all over her, one was especially large around her shoulder, about the size of a tennis ball. I have read on this site that others are saying these lipomas have burst and oozed, which is a little disturbing and scarey. This did not happen with my lab, they simply shrank in size OVER TIME. My lab gets about 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder twice a day with her food mixed with warm water and over the year and a half her lipomas have either shrunk considerably or are gone completely, but a few have remained the same size. The large one on her shoulder is now about the size of a gold ball. I recently counted her lipomas, I could only find 6. I just wanted to caution those using turmeric for this, just using a little may be enough, and it takes time!