Turmeric for Dogs and Cats

Eye Infection  

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 02/23/2015
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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~

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Thanks, MTM for this awesome report!! I am sure this approach will be helpful to many!

Heart Murmur  

Posted by 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!

Replied by Myway

Do some research on flaxseed oil for kitty. Flaxseed oil thins my blood after having consumed the budwig protocol (to control skin problems). Use a dropper but, I personally would just add a couple drops a day on her paw and let her lick it to see if she can consume it. Cats and dogs can be given flaxseed oil daily with no problems. Just research the amount based on your cats weight. This should help tremendously.



Hip Arthritis  

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Posted by Senora Huesitas (Cozumel Island, Mexico) on 02/12/2011
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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?

Replied by Katushka
Vancouver, Bc, Canada

I have three mixed breed dogs with Hip Dysplasia, and a few years back I started them on 'pet naturals of vermont' extra strength hip and joint tablets. They have worked miracles for my three big guys, and I have even been able to avoid surgery on two of them with the addition of this tablet. I would whole hearted recommend it to anyone wanting to ease pain in their dogs joints. You can find it for sale on the internet (i order mine from amazon) and also in quite a few health food stores. Good luck!

Replied by Fern
Mexico, Mexico City

About your dog and the tyrosine thing, I remember doing a little reading and research on curcumin (major component of turmeric) specifically about it's anti-cancer properties, and I remembered something about being a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, so I did a little google search to refresh my memory and I found scholar articles about it (just google "curcumin inhibits tyrosoine kinase activity of epidermal growth factor receptor") you will also find articles specifically adressing it's therapeutic potential to treat prostate cancer.

Anyway... I would think that being a tyrosine inhibitor, it would do exactly what it did to your dog, but the curious thing is that a medicine called Gleevec (anti-leukimia and other types of cancer treatment) did the opposite to the patients being treated, it darkened their gray hair---this drug is precisely a tyrosine kinase inhibitor---

Sorry if I got too technical!!! LOL but I just thought it was pretty interesting... And I don't now if supplementing with tyrosine would render the turmeric mute :S

Redhead lab sounds pretty cool anyway :) good luck!

Replied by Lori
Tucson, Az

Try organic extra virgin coconut oil. My dogs love it and its good for arthritis also. I use it for cooking and on foods. Just research it, its good for a lot of things.

Large Growths  

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Posted by 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?

Replied by Dharmony
Ny, Usa

Reply to Wendy from Ontario, Canada. I have not had personal experience with this but I found a good video about using turmeric, lecithin powder and coconut oil. See video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7aTYDwLBuw

If the link doesn't work, search: Dog vs Lump (how to destroy cysts & tumours)

1 part certified organic turmeric, 1 part certified organic lecithin, and then start adding certified organic virgin cold-pressed coconut oil in until it gets a good thick consistency.

In the video, it explains he applied it to the tumor for 7 days covered with a gauze wrap, then aired it out for 24 hours and reapplied for 2 days covered.

I have heard about caster oil also, but have not actually had the need to try either remedy. Good luck to you and your pet.

Replied by Rottiemom65
Ontario, Canada
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GOOD NEWS!!! We have been giving her the tumeric and coconut oil in her food for 6 weeks now and applying the tumeric/castor oil poutices and the tumor that was the size of a baseball is now only the size of a nickel and is still shrinking, the core that the tumor was attached her elbow by, is now coming away from her elbow as well.

Replied by Dharmony
New York

WOW! So happy for you and your Rottie! So to clarify, you put coconut oil and turmeric in food and caster oil and turmeric on cyst? Glad it worked!!!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

This is awesome news! Kudos!

Replied by Rottiemom65
Ontario, Canada

Yes we put the tumeric and coconut oil in her food twice a day, and castor oil and tumeric mixed together to make a paste and applied to the tumor. It has been a struggle since every dressing we put on she likes to remove, but we have been vigelant. I can't count how many socks we have gone through lol. I bought a 20 pack of ladies tube socks and would cut the toe out then put it over her leg and the flannel wrapped tumor then use a self adhesive dressing to keep the sock on. I just applied some tumeric/castor oil with a few drops of oil of oregano as a antibiotic.

Replied by Glenda
Moody, AL

I hope you have great luck with your dogs. Our 6 months old was diagnosed yesterday wit hip dysplasia. and it breaks my heart I don't know whether to let them do surgery nor notl

Replied by Louise
South Carolina

Glenda, I also have a beagle/springer spaniel that was diagnosed 2 yrs. ago with hip dysplazia, he is 8 now. Vet said surgery would be about 2000.00, and not guaranteed. I ran across a homeopathic vet named Dr. Jeff Feinman, while searching about h.d. He has a facebook page. A lady posted about the same problem with her dog. He recommended diet, if the pet was overweight, and supplements, so, I posted a question about my dog. He suggested diet, of course, and a joint supplement. Found a good joint supplement at Puritans Pride.com. I have had him on it now for over 2 months. He has shown remarkable improvement. Before he could not put enough weight on one leg to hike it, but now, he can hike that leg with no problem. I am grateful to Dr. Feinman for his suggestions. He also said that surgery should only be used as a last resort. The joint supplement is called Glucosamine Plus for Pets. Good for cats also.

Replied by Gbear
Martinez, Ca

You may also want to check the dog's diet to avoid all grains in most kibble. Good food is good insurance against vet bills. Too bad it doesn't work for humans who have a plastic 'insurance' card which buys them drugs & surgery, but I digress. Blue Buffalo is a good non-grain brand & there are others. There are others who claim to be non-grain but hide grains/fillers in terms like "chicken meal", etc. Also both human & animals share the same environmental probs, such as GMO, etc. Weston A. Price is a good site for both humans & animals on diet.

Replied by Divya
Orlando, Florida

Use of turmeric in dogs please help.

EC: Hi, you can check this section:  http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/turmeric.html

Replied by Linda
Island Lake, Il, Usa
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Wendy, I am so happy for you. Maybe you can give me some insight. Our Jr. has a baseball size lipoma that was benign on his right front leg. It is now cancerous. Due to his age of 11 years, we have decided not to do chemo/radiation. Operating on it will not get clear margins and will grow back again, so that is not an option. I have been giving him Golden Paste for about 6 weeks. It appears to be getting softer, still feels very hot. But reading you also applied as a poultice, what was the progression of treatment? Did it open, and bleed? If it did how did you treat it? What can one expect by making poultices in terms of how it diminishes, scabs, open sores, leaking.. How long did you leave the poultice on and how many times perday? Thank you for all your help.



Replied by Kay

I have a small 6 lb, 12 year old york/chi mixed with a large mammary tumor. How much castor oil and turmeric would I give her? Her tumor is open.

Replied by Kailyn
Laurel, Montana

Does it really work? I know a cat that has a tumor and I don't want him to die. Does it work on cats too?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Kailyn, I have heard many success stories with this and I always say it is better to do something then nothing. I don't have any personal experience with this but please consider where the tumor is and give a raw and best diet you can with no processed food what so ever and good luck.

Replied by Lyss
New York, New York


I just found this thread. My cat has a tumor between his toes and a sore on the paw pad, and think this treatment may help. What form of tumeric did you use on your dog? Did you buy the spice kind at the grocery store or another supplement. I've been reading mixed things on both kinds. Thanks!

Replied by Idot 13

The best cure is pure honey mix with breadsoda and it will fall off after a few weeks to months

Replied by Ann

Hi, I am of Indian origin. I use turmeric everyday both for cooking as well as my dog.

For any kind of tumors, trying adding a drop of neem oil to castor oil, external application... just a teeny tiny drop. Neem is a strong anti carcinogen.

I also feed my dog neem tree bark powder. Helps with coat, teeth and immune system.

Replied by Mary

How much Tumeric would you give to a 95 pound German Shepherd?

Replied by Sabrina
Weatherford, Oklahoma

I'm currently dealing with my 11 yr old corgie that had a large golf ball size growth in his ear the vets r just wanting to remove it and will cost about 5000.00. This hm remedy seems as if would help him. I'm gonna give it a go for sure and check in with results. With yalls comments I'm definitely feeling more confident in using a painless solution. Thank u soo much for the info.

Multiple Cures  

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Posted by 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.

Replied by Clare
London, UK

I have an 8 yr old border collie Labrador. He has one lump on his chest for about 1yr and now two smaller ones next to it. And have just found one on his side. Will Turmeric work to get rid of them? I have been giving a quarter teaspoon a day and also glucosamine cause he gets aches and pains. I only just started the Turmeric. He had the diahrea today.

Replied by Moyra
City Of Glasgow

Plz look at the "Turmeric Users Group" on face book. Its a closed group but easy to join and there is LOADS of fantastic info and help on best way to use turmeric for animals and humans. I give the "Golden Paste", recipe on site, to my 8yr old boxer dog who had lumps like you describe. 3 weeks later no sign. His arthritis greatly improved. Back to being a happy bouncy boy again where as previously he could not walk upstairs. Hope this helps. Novice on computer or I would post links.

Posted by Jane (Cambridge, UK) on 07/01/2008
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Turmeric (Ruptured retina): I gave my dog turmeric (1 teasp) mixed in with his food and some tasty gravy after the vet said he would have to have his eye removed. There has been a dramatic improvement and the vet is no longer talking about removing the eye. He still has drops from the vet but the turmeric seems to have reduced the inflammation. It also seems to have shrunk a large fatty lump on his chest. This was not a tumour, but unpleasant to touch and you can hardly feel it now.

Posted by Jane (Cambridge, UK) on 07/01/2008
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Turmeric (Ruptured retina): I gave my dog turmeric (1 teasp) mixed in with his food and some tasty gravy after the vet said he would have to have his eye removed. There has been a dramatic improvement and the vet is no longer talking about removing the eye. He still has drops from the vet but the turmeric seems to have reduced the inflammation. It also seems to have shrunk a large fatty lump on his chest. This was not a tumour, but unpleasant to touch and you can hardly feel it now.

Replied by Jaine
Ny, Ny

My little maltese is 16 and also has a large red mass on the side of the eye. The vet will not do anything for it, due to his eye. I have been searching everywhere for help for him. He weighs 8 pounds. I will begin giving him tumeric in his food today. I so hope this will work for him. I have also put some castor oil near the tumor, since I cannot put it on his eye. We are also switching to raw meat today. He naturally loves this.

Replied by Kim
Fort Worth, Tx

How much turmeric should I feed my 35 lb mini schnauzer daily to treat/shrink benign lipomas? What ratio tumeric to coconut milk or olive oil or castor oil to make paste to apply to tumor daily?

Skin Cancer  

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Posted by Shelagh (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) on 09/14/2008
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My 'peaches & cream' cat, Jasper, has just been diagnosed with skin cancer on one of his eye lids. I've begun painting the area with turmeric & aloe (from my garden) with a make-up brush. I am adding turmeric to his food (1/4 tsp. 2x a day). Will let you know how this goes, but so far, so good!

Replied by Andy
Uk, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Hi Shelagh

I hope you receive this message.

My dog has a tumour on his upper eyelid - he has others but the one on his eye is most likely to bother him. I am already following the Dr Budwig protocol but am adding turmeric in his diet as from today. I notice that you painted it onto your cat's eye. I would like to try this but I am nervous in case it damages his eye. How did you know it was OK to put it on your cat's eyelid?

Hope you can help.


Replied by Annie
Edmonton, Alberta

Hi Shelagh, I've read a number of things about a combination of baking soda and coconut oil, make a type of paste and rub it on the area. I have a small lump, low grade peripheral nerve sheath tumor, behind my ear, and have been using this for about a month. It's almost gone! The last tumor I had, was about the size of the end of a pinkie finger, I had surgery to remove it. I don't imagine coconut oil or baking soda are harmful to cats. Good Luck!

Skin Issues  

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Posted by Pam (Africa) on 09/29/2016
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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.

Snake Bites  

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Posted by Steph Williams ( Danville, VA) on 11/08/2007
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I've had great success with turmeric to stop wounds from bleeding. If you catch a slice by the kitchen knife quick enough, the blood will coagulate behind a layer of turmeric. I also add turmeric to a warm water soak with sea salt or epsom salt to draw out infection/inflammation from wounds for my family. I treated our dog's copper head bite with a turmeric poultice. Her leg was swollen and the skin around the 2 puncture wounds was necrotic and oozing and after many soaks and poultices, it healed leaving no scar.


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Posted by 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!


Replied by Diamond
Ma., US

I did a complete web search.


This sounds like it might work wonders. I use it also. It's an all around herb.

Good luck.

Replied by Annika
Orlando, Florida

I made a paste with coconut oil and turmeric applied to a malignant cyst on my 18 yr old cats neck left side top. Results so far after 2 weeks, hard crust with a small hole and bleeds a little bit. Now I feel more throughout his body on the inside. He now has blood in his left eye as I believe turmeric is also a blood thinner. I stopped for 4 days and gave vit k. His eye is a little better. He has stopped eating so I have been syringe feeding him. I fear I have caused him to have pheumonia. He has the mega colon so I have to be very careful with turmeric ingested as it causes constipation. Going to give cipro that I have and continue treatment. ANY experience of time frame and healing would be appreciated. If turmeric heals cysts; I do not want to let go of him. However, it seems I am going to have to. How long does it take to get rid of them, using turmeric?

Replied by Melinda
Capron, Il.

We are using tumeric now. Our process started with Castor oil hot packs and it came to a head and did open ~ like a boil and yes painful but our dog is doing OK. We are now putting a paste of castor and tumeric as a follow up. The process is working.

Replied by Chris

Be careful with coconut oil and cats. It can harm their liver if used too long or in a large amount.

Posted by 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.

Replied by Tanya G.

Turmeric dosage for turmeric: quarter of tsp, per day, for ever y10 pounds, give in ensure, or oatmeal, should see shrinkage, need more help, contact me,

Posted by 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!

Replied by Om
Hope B.c., Canada

Re: mass on dog. Turmeric is a very good remedy combined with Essiac tea twice a day. I am treating my dog this way. It can take months. Good luck. Om

Posted by Pj Masterherbalist (Louisville, Ky) on 01/12/2013
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Tumors if not malignant can be dealt with using red root capsules and turmeric and cayene. Red root dissolves non-malignant cysts and tumors.

Replied by Katylucyb
Wichita, Ks

How is the tumeric concoction combined? And in what? How much of each ingredient? Did you mix with water or oil or????? And how is it administered???? Please specific on your remedy/treatment otherwise it is of no use to us. Thank you.

Replied by Angela
Cary, North Carolina

Make a paste with turmeric and water and paint it on with a q tip or paint brush. It will stain things so maybe place them in a bed you can wash or crate. I would also try to use vitamin c in this paste. Have you ever used powdered vit c? If you don't have any you can crush a chewable one. I have used it on warts and such on humans and nothing can live in its environment. I would also do a dilution of ACV and water 50/50 in a bottle and coat their skin anywhere you can where the body can drink it in. Dilute it as it will burn their mouths if they lick and it is too strong. Start out with turmeric and water paste and reapply every few hours if you can. Good luck...

Replied by Vinceann
Rochester Hills, Mi

Thanks, Cary of north Carolina for being so specific, I will try on my 9 year old, black labs paw tumor //

Replied by Petra
Cape Town, South Africa

If tumor is malignant, can I still use turmeric for my cat with lymph cancer?

Replied by Kcinar
Arkansas, United States

Petra, there is a mushroom called the "Turkey Tail" mushroom that is said to remove the cloak cancer cells use to hide from the immune system. I heard a mycologist (one who studies fungi and fungus such as mushrooms) speaking about the Turkey Tail mushroom on the radio, he said researchers are studying it. He said that once the cloak is removed from a cancer cell, the immune system is able to recognize it as an invader and kills it. I have seen Turkey Tail mushroom powder and capsules sold online. I saw the powdered Turkey Tail mushrooms being sold on Amazon, it was a brand that is grown in the state of Oregon if I recall. I know they are also grown in Japan and other countries .

Replied by Hayley
North Carolina

Hi there. My dog has a tumor behind her left eye and on her left lymph node. Both are cancerous. Is it possible to put a turmeric and coconut oil paste near her eye on the tumor? Will it hurt her eye? Any suggestions on what to do? Thanks!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Why don't you try essiac tea?

Replied by Yvette
Cr, LA

What dosage and how much did you use of the red root capsules? Is it a powder or a liquid? The capsules where is a good place to go to search for the red root and castor oil? Thank you, YHines

Posted by Nancy Weaver (Dayspring, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 01/25/2010

My 11 year old collie developed a tumor on his lower jaw, two years ago. It is benign but after being removed twice , has grown back again. I have started to dose him with tumeric, 1/2 tsp 2xday. I am anxious to see if this will work because most times testamonials like those here on this site are sometimes bogus and I pray that this time they are not. I will update after two weeks. Nancy and Thunder.

Replied by Suz
Boston, Ma

I don't know whether turmeric can help at this stage, although I've heard positive things about it as a supplement. I've been treating my 16 1/2 year old Cairn terrier with a medicinal mushroom supplement, omega 3 caps and a change to a low carb diet. Two years ago I was told she'd be dead within 3 months due to tumors on all her major organs. There's an incredibly helpful website called dogcancer.net that has great info, links and support groups for anyone going through this. The company that makes the supplement donated them to the search and rescue dogs from the World Trade Center who all got cancer from the toxic waste. Diet change is major. I hope this helps.

Replied by Suz
Boston, Ma

After reading the posts on how effective turmeric has been on tumors and cysts, I'm going to start adding it to Casey's diet. I did a search and found info suggesting a dosage of approximately 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon per 10 lbs. of body weight. I'd be thrilled if it would shrink her sebaceous cysts and I'll be back with an update. I love hearing these success stories and I love this site!

Replied by Jen
Little Silver, Nj

AHCC and ESSIAC!!!!!!!!! AMAZING, and now I will also try Turmeric, but my cats tumor is not on a recent chest xray. So since aug she has been on it since they found a mass in a chest xray before surgery which they didn;t do because it showed up.

I recently took her to the vet for constipation and they did an xray (digital) which I asked them to please scan her chest area, and no mass!

The cancer doctor wanted to take her lung lobe out in Aug plus human chemo, I DON"T THINK SO.

So after a cry in the waiting room another patient told me she tried Essiac for her dog and tumors went away. I went right away and bought it as well as did as much cancer research as I could in cats and dogs. Good luck!

Replied by Elizabeth
Las Vegas, NV

Did it work?

Replied by Karen

Yes, also you want to get rid of those toxins inside, this is what causes tumors and such on outside. I have been adding unrefined sea salt 1part, 2 parts Kelp and 2 parts Wheatgrass. Mix, give 1/8 th tsp per 5 lbs body weight. Algae good also. High protein diet, low carbs.

Replied by Tey

What happen to your dog now...does it help?