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Posted by Donna (New York, US) on 11/09/2014
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Hi my shepherd mix had a fatty tumor on her front leg. It grew quite large and then the skin started to split. I took her to the Vet and he said it would take 3 surgeries and about $2600 to remove but suggested I go home and research some remedies to get it to shrink. I found this site and began applying a turmeric paste to it and then gave her 2 times a day a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of black strap molasses in some wet food. In about 3 weeks the tumor started to oooze. It was in the evening so I just wrapped it up and let it drain. I brought her to the Vet. After examining it he said it had shrunk considerable and now was only one surgery and less than half the cost. He had me take her home and let it continue to drain. The next day she had her surgery and she is as good as new! It was amazing, I didn't think it was working but it did and it took awhile and yes it was gross when it was draining but certainly worth it.

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

Replied by Bunny
Central Ny

My shepherd mix has a large tumor , also he has a lot of fur .should I shave him or just saturate the fur and rub into the skin as much as possible?

Replied by Mama To Many

Personally, I think shaving the area would be ideal just because it would end up being so messy to have the oil in the coat all the time. It would make it easier to make sure you have gotten the skin covered well with the oil, too.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Natalie
Uniontown, Pa

My dog has a large tumor or what I think is a tumor under her ear by her lymph node. It is not visible on the outside of her skin, my question is would the castor oil work for her since it's not visible.

Replied by Leilanie

Castor oil penetrates the skin nicely and should help even if the cyst is not visible.

Posted by Julie (Scarborough, Me) on 11/18/2012
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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 Shaun (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/10/2012

My 9 year old male boxer, 40 lbs, developed a tumor around his penis area. it has gotten bigger over the last week. I have taken him to two vets, who biopsyed him to see what kind of cancer it is. I have increased his dose of organic coconut oil and and have started giving him one teaspoon of tumeric for the last 4 days. Tumor is getting bigger, but I have been reading everyone's post that it swells before it starts shrinking. I hope this is the case.

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

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

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Posted by Maddie Hopper (Deary, Idaho) on 11/30/2017

Hello, I just read down through the many reviews and comments regarding tumors, castor oil and turmeric. None of the discussions mention whether the tumor is under the skin or on it. Can we shrink a growth that is under the skin, whether it is cancerous or not, using castor oil and/or turmeric? What about tumors that are located elsewhere like in the liver? Would turmeric cure such a tumor by itself or would one need to add other remedies? Thank you

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

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

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

Replied by Sally

How do we keep a ruptured tumour clean after using turmeric and castor oil please? What's the best antibiotics naturally and what will help the open tumour heal up? xx

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Sally (London) ---

Turmeric is a natural antibiotic. On its own it will keep the wound clean and heal it. When the wound is dry, use coconut oil which will naturally remove the scabbing without scar tissue.

Namaste, Om

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Posted by Tclack (Texas) on 06/19/2017

I have a 12yo pitbull with an orange size fatty tumor on his leg. About a month ago I started adding turmeric, blackstrap molasses & coconut oil to his food. About a week ago the growth increased in size to about a grapefruit and is starting to ooze blood from tiny holes to relieve pressure. The skin is very tight and you can see blood pooling. He licks it constantly and his body seems to be running a slight fever. Prior to this vet did not want to remove due to his age.

My question - it seems his body is trying to expel the tumor. Is there anything I can do to help limit his discomfort or to help it expel more quickly to relieve the pressure?

Does anyone else have examples of where it was expelled and what to expect?

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh

The fact that the tumor is oozing blood means it's starting to get infected, which also explains his fever. I'm not sure what to suggest, but hopefully Mama To Many or others can suggest some things.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Tclack,

Yes, it sounds like what you are doing is working. It seems that often the tumors look worse right before improving.

I would continue with those internal remedies as they will support the body fighting infection. You might also add vitamin C to what you are doing internally. While dogs make their own vitamin C, under times of stress, a supplement is sometimes helpful.

Aloe and castor oil, gently massaged topically on the tumor can support its healing and may help with pain.

If there are actual open wounds, my preference is raw honey, topically. If possible, you could dress the wound and change the dressing a couple of times a day. In other words, honey on the wound, then a couple of layers of gauze, then cohesive tape to hold it on. My large dog is not able to remove cohesive tape, which sticks to itself but not the fur. Honey keeps infection from setting in and also heals.

My biggest concern with this type of tumor is the risk of blood loss if it suddenly drains a lot. While you want whatever is in there to drain, if there seems to be significant blood loss, cayenne pepper can be used to stop bleeding topically. It sounds awful but it stings just briefly then actually can relieve pain and stop bleeding.

Keep us posted on his progress!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jess Burges
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I have an old but happy dog of 14 years who has an apple sized tumour on his front leg. The vet age him 6mths to live and said he was too old for surgery. So a week ago I started applying castor oil and turmeric pack and wrapping it. A week on and the tumour has started to bleed every time I unwrap the bandages from tiny little holes. The blood is oozing out so fast its hard to not get extremely stressed about too much blood loss. I have read on various threads that the tumours do bleed but I am worried about how much is normal. The only way I can stop the bleeding it to pour on cayenne pepper and strap with pressure. Is this just the tumour emptying itself? Our hound seems happy in himself and is eating well twice a day but I keep asking myself if I am doing the right thing by him. Has anyone else in here experienced a lot of blood loss from the tumour and should I just let it drain? Any advise would be very appreciated. Thanks

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jess,

The oozing from the tumor does seem to be common, but surely distressing. I do think it may be blood and other fluids, in other words, may not be quite as much blood loss as it would appear.

Pale gums would be a sign of having lost too much blood.

Giving your dog blackstrap would help build the blood, as would a chlorophyll supplement.

Personally, even if the draining is normal and expected, (it seems to happen a lot) I would probably want to keep it controlled too like you are doing with cayenne and pressure.

Keep us posted.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jess B.

Do these tumours refill with new blood as soon as they are emptying? Last night when I unwrapped his leg the blood was spurting out. I am not sure what kind of tumour this is but it does seem to be very bright red blood. There isnt any sign of the other substance coming out. And when it is bleeding is it ok for the dog to lick the blood or will this make them ill? Also the tumour skin is looking quite raw because it is covered 24/7. Is this ok or should it be uncovered? (to be honest I think it would bleed all day if it wasn't covered with a pressure bandage). Very concerned and trying to convince myself I am doing etc right thing here!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jess,

I don't know if the tumors refill; I would tend to think not, but I don't really know. Bright red blood does sound pretty serious. Do you have a vet that could help you?

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jess B.

Thanks Mama to Many, we have been to the vet and they have said it will continue to fill with blood and there isn't anything more we can do but make the most of our last weekend with him. Thanks for your help and advise, I really have appreciated it.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jess,

I am so sorry to hear it. I hope that your last days together will be peaceful and blessed, and that your happy memories with your four legged friend will carry you through sad days ahead.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Pete (Ontario, Canada ) on 02/24/2016
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I spent a few hours reading all these posts on the Pet Tumor page and no one mentioned the cause of these tumours, growths lumps. I hope people read all the way to my post. STOP GETTING YOUR PETS VACCINATED! These "shots" are what is causing the ailments in your pets. I have researched this for over a year. Research what is in these vaccines, toxic poisons like phenol, anti freeze, mercury, polysorbate 80, live and dead tissues from aborted babies as well as dogs & monkeys etc...

Many of you out there don't even realize that these lumps develop right in the same spot or close to where your animals received their shots! Look up Dr Andrew Molden MD on YouTube. He tried to warn everyone about ALL vaccines causing harm, in people and in PETS. A few years ago this brave man was killed by the powers that be to "silence" him. It is up to us to spread the word. We have the right to say NO to any vaccines given to us or our pets. Dr's and vets were trained by these pharmaceutical companies. Also the government's pass laws so we the people can NOT sue, so what incentive is there for these pharmaceutical companies to spend millions if not billions on research to see if they are actually safe? None!

Also look up testimonials on vaccine damage to people and hear their stories on how they or their children were perfectly healthy until they received a shot. It almost makes one physically ill to be honest. So next time you are coerced by your vet to get your pet vaccinated say No thank you. Our two dogs will never get injured by a needle ever again.

You see I am the owner of a vaccine damaged dog. She is 12 and had shots years ago but now she is covered in lumps and bumps one of them even popped on her neck. I came here for knowledge on how to try and heal my dog. I'm hoping my post here will open some eyes and save many people the heart ache of having to deal with a vaccine damaged loved one. YHWH (God) bless, Peace & good health to all. Amein.

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I agree with you about vaccinations but Rabies shots are required to go fly overseas, which I am going to do. I won't give any shots but can not get around the Rabies one?

Replied by Bernie
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Humm taking another path. April 2016 Basically 13 yr old ShihTzu (14#) had 5 small growths on skin and one large goozing one side above left leg. Vet wanted $600 for removal and no guarantees for regrowth.

Now my ShihTzu is acting like a puppy. Lots of energy.

Path I went to onlynaturepet Q10 capsule daily


and Pycnogenol1 tablet for approx 2 weeks and then 1/2 tablet daily

http://www.shopkaire.com/ The Original Maritime Prime with Pycnogenol French maritime pine bark extract.


Skin treatment Daily for 5 small growths on skin I came up with Black walnut oil, tea tree oil and a salve herbal savy by country comfort ( golden seal and myrrh). The growths have decreased in size by 60%. Apply w Qtip.

Now is the time for small black walnuts falling from trees. Thought if you get the small walnuts before they turned into a nut you can slice open and apply the oil to growth. Short window open. Been told squirrels never get cancer - they eat black walnuts.

Four (4) months later - all is good until today the groomer discovered a mass - not hard and no pain) (about 2") above rear right area - stomach area. Well researching this site I am going continue on what I have been doing but add capsule RED CLOVER to his daily diet. Read up on the benefits for dogs internet. Thinking I will give it to him for 2 weeks and see where it stands.

Replied by Memaryellen
Ohio Usa

Give the dog the rabies homeopathic remedy before and after the rabies Vaccine. The remedy will neutralize negative effects of the shot.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Memaryellen,

Can you please share the specific name of the homeopathic remedy for the rabies vaccine to which you refer? Thank you!

Replied by Angela

Hi there. I understand what your saying concerning regular injections, yet my staff I homed due to mistreated as a puppy has had no injections at all. He is 10 and has a lump on his back leg the size of a large orange. Vets wanted to remove his leg not just the lump, I am now trying my hardest to treat him five times a day with castor oil and turmeric to reduce this and prove them wrong.