If you have ever been told you can not naturally reduce or shrink your dog’s fatty tumor and surgery is the only option, this is for you! The truth is you CAN reduce lipomas!

Since writing my last blog, the cancer blog, I have learned some new information from a pet health seminar that you have may have never heard of before!

Why should you believe me?

I know lipomas can shrink because I saw my dog’s lipoma shrink to almost nothing while I saw my furry friend’s grow. Additionally, I am continually reading pet health information and attending seminars in order to share what I have learned with you. Finally I research many of the products I suggest to ensure quality products. Please note, buying something similar to what I recommend may not produce the same results. Not all supplement are created with quality ingredients which is why I suggest certain brands!

Dog Lipomas: a fatty tumor that is a non cancerous lump

Lipomas are fatty growths or masses also known as benign tumors or non-cancerous lumps and bumps. For many dogs they may not appear until later in life. However I have known a dog who had one appear at 2 years old. The bigger question is why is this becoming so prevalent now when it was not years ago or even seem normal and acceptable? Here I will delve into the causes and how to shrink or prevent lipomas.

Why you should NOT surgically remove k9 lipomas

At the first sign of a lump and bump, go to the vet to have it aspirated. Aspiration is a simple procedure where they insert a needle in the lipoma to draw out some fluid for testing.

Do NOT let them biopsy it or do surgery. The ONLY time surgery should be done is if it poses a health issue. Furthermore some vets have reported after the lipoma has been removed, another lipoma or several more reappear. Why is that? I think of Lipomas like weeds in the respect that if you don’t remove the roots and change the environment, they will come back.

natural ways to stop lipomas

8 natural ways to stop lipoma growth.

What causes canine lipomas?

Vets who look at pet health from a holistic point of view believe lipomas appear because of all the chemicals they are exposed to from vaccines, environmental toxins and processed food. I tend to agree and feel the first two are the biggest contributors. That’s not to say diet isn’t important because it is but we will cover more on that later. Finally some vet’s and dog owners also associate microchips with lipomas. Yes microchips have been found directly under lipomas.

Reduce toxins to decrease your dog’s chances of benign tumors

I covered this in my cancer blog in good detail. A quick summary is give them filtered water to remove things such as fluoride and arsenic, utilize eco-friendly cleaning methods, get lead free bowls and use chemical free flea treatment.

1) Outdoor chemicals: While we can’t control all chemicals like the ones that are sprayed in the air or those that come to your property because of neighbors using them, we can do a few things to protect our pets.

     1b. If it’s possible try to learn the schedule of when the community will be spraying so you can keep your pets indoors and out of any areas that have been freshly sprayed.

     1c. Limit the time you allow your pets to walk on community grass. For example, I taught my dog “potty or off.” When you bring your pet(s) inside, you can wipe them down or soak their feet to reduce some of the chemicals they may have picked up during their walk or roll in the grass. *I have seen clients dogs chew their paws after walking on the grass. Not everyone has a bowl or wash tub designated for paw soaking so I have used a wet paper towel to wipe their dogs paws. This has always reduced or completely stopped their chewing.

2) Clothes: as it turns out many of our clothes are treated with chemicals like formaldehyde and other cancer causing chemicals. This makes me believe it’s possible our pet’s shirts and sweaters may be as well. Even if your pet does not wear shirts, your clothes could be a source of exposure. Try to wash any clothing before wearing it.

3) Furniture and bedding: wash bedding and pet blankets before using. For furniture, try to buy it without stain repellants, air it out before bringing it inside, wipe down furniture and put a blanket over it.

3 herbal remedies that reduce lipomas

As a reminder, I suggest certain brands because many products are not made with quality ingredients.

1) This herbal remedy helps with lipomas, getting rid of UTI’s, assists with Addison’s and increases flexibility.

2) This herbal remedy is helpful with arthritis, oral health, shrinks tumors and is an anti-viral.

3) This herbal remedy is anti-viral, helps the immune and lymph system and last but not least can be applied topically to lipomas.

5 vitamins that may lessen the odds of fatty lumps in dogs

A good nutritional foundation will boost the immune system which should help prevent lipomas from forming or stop them from getting larger.

1) Vitamin C: is helpful in preventing and fighting lipomas, is essential for wound healing, good for heart health and cleanses the lymph system, blood and liver.

2) Spirulina: is an algae which pulls out toxins that may be contributing to lipomas and prevents cancer. I confirmed with a vet that cats can have this too although the dosage was not shared with me.

3) “Green juice”: it takes ahold of other toxins not grabbed by #2 and expels them from your pet’s body. It also helps with gut health.

4) Probiotics: most known for gut health but also contributes to immunity.

5) B-12: great for thyroid, anxiety, helps heal the neurological system and aid in recovery from physical injuries

Keep in mind, this did not happen overnight and will not go away overnight. Consistency will be key!

In part two, I will discuss diet, herbs and spices known to shrink or prevent lipomas.


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16 Responses to “Natural remedies to reduce dog lipomas aka benign fatty tumor”

  1. JOHN says:

    I have a 9 year old black lab with a golf ball size Lipoma. I saw on your blog a few things to try. The herbal remedies. I’m confused on how much to give her and how to give it to him. She weighs 60 lbs. Thank You for your help, John Mitzel

  2. Kathryn Wilson says:

    Please help! My Pitt/lab has a mass on her chest. I have been giving her Salman and pumpkin abound Superfund dog food and giving her teaspoon of garlic, applecider vinegar 2 to 3 my and yogurt with turmeric and coconut oil in it. Also treat her every evening with castor oil rubbed all on the entire mass. Have not seen decoration of the mass yet, it has been 3 weeks now.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I would take out any dairy. Eggs too if it is in anything you give like food or treats. Eggs are thought to contribute tot the growth of cysts, tumors and fibroids. Have you tried any of the suggestions in my blog?

  3. JoAnn says:

    My dog has a tumor on her neck beside her ear and it’s gotten biggest. at frist her vet said don’t worry that’s was a couple of years ago and it wasn’t cancerous but now her wants to remove it for 700.00. I’m on a limited income so do you think you products can help shrunk her tumor?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      JoAnn, All of the products are ones I used with my dog. His lipoma did not grow, in fact I was able to shrink it. In my article and here in the comments, you will see that some people have commented that their pets lipoma grew back after having it removed.

  4. Shaleen says:

    Hi! Thank you for this wonderful article.

    I took my dog to a Holistic Vet back in October, because I noticed a small bump on his gums right above his last molar. The Vet said it was a gum overgrowth and he didn’t know what had caused it. He followed with that he could easily remove it surgically. He told me I should try and get it done within 4-5 months.

    After lots of reading. I decided that I would really like to avoid the surgery, especially since reading that for many dogs it can come right back.

    I have been brushing his teeth a few times a week and sometimes apply colloidal silver (recommended by someone else) with a cotton swab.

    My gut has continued to tell me that we can naturally help shrink it, so I’m really glad to have found this article.

    I check on it at least once a week and it has not grown, so that is good.

    Can the remedy posted above for oral health, help to shrink it? If so how do apply?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Good morning Shaleen. If it were me, I would apply a small amount directly to the bump on his gums. Please keep in mind these can be caused by several contributing factors as outlined under
      causes for tumors and “reduce toxins to decrease dog lipomas.” How is your dogs diet?

      • Shaleen says:

        Good morning, he is on the prey model raw diet since we brought him home at 4 1/2 months old. He drinks filtered water and we only use natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda and some essential oils to clean the house. I do know that he has had allergies to out door allergens, so I try to protect him as much as possiable.

        Okay, so I will use the remedy suggested. Can I use a cotton swab to gently rub it on?

        Thank you very much.


  5. Angela says:

    My girl has a huge tumor on her inner thigh. It was surgically reduced in January 2017, but is back to the same size now. She’s been eating Taste of the Wild for years. Anyway, the herbal remedies and nutritional supplements mentioned above – could you provide an example of a daily regimen? Should I add all, or one of each? And do you have a sample menu of a raw food diet?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Angela, For pre-made food recommendations please see this blog for suggestions happytrailsandwagntails.com/holistic-approach-to-canine-cancer/. I also share some benefits of certain foods such as celery, apples or bananas on my Instagram instagram.com/happytrailswagntails As for supplements and vitamins, I had my dog on all 5 of the vitamins to create a good foundation and then implemented the herbal remedies one by one.

  6. Michelle says:

    Great article! Will this help my dog Rico with an abscess he has on his gums? It hasn’t hinder with his eating or playing with toys, but I’m concerned that it might get worse.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Michelle, I’m sorry you’re worried but I’ll do my best to ease your mind with some information and options. May I ask did a vet confirm it is an abscess? I ask because their can be something called an epulis. An epulis can be a non-cancerous bump but to confirm you would need your vet to perform an aspirate. An aspirate is quick and simple procedure where they take a fluid sample, using a needle, from the bump so they can look at the fluid under a microscope.

      In this article, you’ll see an one of the herbal remedies I listed is good for oral health. If it is an epulis, you can give your dog this remedy. *The dosage will be dependent on your dogs weight.* Another option is you could rub coconut oil on his gums since it is anti-bacterial and antimicrobial and it can used as a natural toothpaste if you brush his teeth.

      • Michelle says:

        I’ll have to look into the aspirate procedure. However, in the meantime, I might try one of the herbal remedies in your article, and the coconut oil. Thanks for the great advice!

  7. Deena says:

    Very helpful and informative article.

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