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.  This version gives you a general guideline / dosage recommendations for dogs and cats ! 😃

2) This herbal remedy is helpful with arthritis, oral health, shrinks tumors and is an anti-viral. This version has dosage guidelines with the additional benefit of other herbs that will help fight lipomas and build your pet’s immune system!

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

  1. maggie pepe says:

    My mixed breed 10yo 80 lb dog developed a lipoma near her neck. Otherwise healthy in all areas. We want to do a holistic detox. What medications do u suggest. thanks, maggie

  2. Jim says:

    My dog has a golf ball size lipoma on her side chest area . I have been reading your artical and I would like to know if all these herbal remedys
    are taken at the same time or 1 at a time to see if they work ? Please help
    Thanks ,Jim

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      While they all can be added, I prefer to start slow. To be more specific I start with 1-2 supplements or remedies so I can tract the progress of what is working AND with small amounts. Once I know they are being tolerated well, I’ll slowly increase the amount for myself or my dog.

      • Peggy says:

        HI there- what is the recommended dosage?

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          Bloggers are able to educate. It is often why you’ll see a disclaimer statement saying something like these our opinions and please consult your vet. With that said, Unfortunately there is no dosage recommendation I can give. Each pet will be different in their health issue and what they can tolerate. Only you and/or your vet know your pet best and would be able to make that determination.

      • jim says:

        I think i will try CurcuVet AND Pau D Arco .Does that sound like a good plan ? Trying to stop or shrink the fatty tumor. Thanks Jim

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          I am not familiar with that product. Good news, I just posted two new versions of the products that give dosing guidelines. Additionally the second one has turmeric in it!

  3. Nikki says:

    Hello and thank you! My Maltese has a huge lump on her stomach, we just got one removed last year and this one popped up even larger. I am so glad we found you so we can try some natural remedies before having her get surgery AGAIN. I am wondering what foods you would suggest to shrink the mass?

    Thanks again

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      You can check out my Instagram posts (link in sidebar) to get some recommendations for foods and spices. Also, if you enter your info in the sign up box in this blog, you’ll be notified when I post new content!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Nikki. I posted part 2 of this lipoma blog which covers food!

  4. Nefesh says:

    Thank you for this post! Love your enthusiasm and passion for Pups!
    I am a holistic animal specialist and rather frustrated and exhausted trying everything out there and even Vet shopping to get my sweet Beagle Boys’ mass to shrink!! No luck yet, somethings they’ve recommended have actually made it larger 🙁 it’s on his right chest…. Like a breast and due to the size it is now making him walk and stand like a bulldog.
    Could you please respond if you have posted the follow-up, as the teaser suggested you would be posting soon. The only thing new to us is #3 herbal remedy, so we are on that now.
    I’m fighting with asking the Vet for steroids because he also has been diagnosed with sinusitis. Poor sweet guy is just miserable.
    Thanks for the update on herbs and spices to help shrink these awful things. Blessings and Bays

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I have not had an opportunity to finish part 2. Until then, you can sign up below to get new updates and check out my Instagram posts (link in sidebar) on various foods and spices. In regards to sinusitis, the “food is medicine” book located here addresses which foods can help! If you are not confident in what foods dogs can and can not have, please consult your vet.

  5. Erin says:

    Thank you for this article. I noticed a small bump in the rib area on my dogs right side a few weeks ago but it seems to come and go. He is a 10 lb Toy Fox Terrier and I would like to try some of these natural remedies but I am concerned since he is only 10 lbs the dosage I should use on these remedies. I noticed a few other people asked this also, but what dosage should you go by?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Good news, I just posted two new versions of the herbal products that give dosing guidelines on the bottle!

  6. Alexa says:

    Would you recommend a combination of the lipoma reducing remedies? My dog is an 8 year old small mix breed.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Every dog will be different, just like humans, in what we can tolerate in regards to types of supplements and dosages. I always start slow with 1-2 supplement / vitamins so I can tract the progress of what is working AND with small doses. Then I work myself or dog up to the recommended dose. Sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing or backfire meaning you could have a detox reaction and feel sick.

  7. Virginia says:

    Greetings from Downunder (NSW Australia)
    I have my beautiful 16yr old Kelpie girl Abbey with rather a large suspected (by the vet) lipoma right on the top of her shoulder and I am always about natural remedies. She is already receiving Tumeric in her food daily to address arthritic issues and I am happy to do whatever is necessary to reduce this situation without putting her through the trauma and chemicals that surgery would impose upon her.

    Other suggestions that I have noted are adding green tea to her water, Vit E and Yoghurt – all great additives.

    I look forward to hearing more about herbal and spice remedies.

    many thank

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Virginia. Greeting from California. Wow, I’m so happy to have a comment from Australia! In regards to dairy (from any animal), many dogs don’t do well on dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt). More importantly it can put a strain on the liver, digestive system and may “feed” the lipoma. Have you or will you try the suggestions listed in this blog?

  8. Michele says:

    I have two Golden Retrievers and I give them supplements daily. My 9.5 year old has never had any problems but he does now have a few very small fatty lumps. I was going to try Frankincense Oil as my sister puts this on her Boxer’s cysts and they disappear. Any experience with this oil?

    Thanks so much! Good look to everyone with their furry babies.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Michelle, I’m so sorry I missed replying to you. Unfortunately I have no experience with this oil. I have heard good things about it. Does your sister dilute it with a carrier oil? Again not experienced but I thought many have to be diluted and not placed full strength on the skin.

  9. Jets says:

    Green juice” does not open the link. Please help. Just found a small mass on my Lhasa’s breast bone. Taking him to the Vet in an hour. Desperately need help to reduce the growth. Will ask the vet too if okay to use these!! Please help with the doses of the 3 herbs and 5 vitamins – thank you

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I’m sorry to hear you found a mass on your dog. The green juice link has been fixed, thank you for letting me know! Please consult your vet for proper dosage. I can say for #5 vitamin, a little goes along way.

  10. Jets says:

    Can you please suggest the doses? My Lhasa is 24 pounds.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      How’s your Lhasa? Good I hope! I wanted to let you know today I posted two new versions of the herbal products which give dosing guidelines on the bottle!

  11. C Shigenaka says:

    We just lost our oldest dog, to severe lipomas, which restricted his movements, causing deformation of his front legs and vet refused to remove them as he’d already had 5 large ones removed previously in two separate surgeries and they came back with a vengeance, we changed his diet, even putting him on a diet to try to cut back and shrink his tumors, sadly it didn’t work, he also suffered from severe arthritis and hip dysplasia with bone spurs in his sockets…I wish we’d found your site sooner 😢 Now I am concerned for my younger, smaller dog as I’ve found a lump on him, so will be getting an aspirate done on it soon and trying your recommendations here. Thank you for your research and sharing it <3

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I’m sorry for your loss!! Thank you for your kind words and I hope things turn out well for your other dog.

  12. 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

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi John, Good news! Today I posted two new versions of the herbal products that give dosing guidelines on the bottle!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.


  16. 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 my holistic approach to dog cancer blog for suggestions. I also share some benefits of certain foods such as celery, apples or bananas on my Instagram 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.

    • Melanie says:

      Hi Angela, my girl a 10 year old black lab has the same fatty tumor on her back left leg (inner thigh & putter thigh) it has been aspirated and benign. It is very tight and beginning to make it hard to get up stairs. Our vet sent us to a surgeon to get the test done because they weren’t sure they’d be able to get the actual results due to it being around the muscles etc.
      If you would please update on how your girl has been doing and what you have been doing for her. My girl is about 72 pounds.
      Thanks so much & Happy 2018.

  17. 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!

  18. Deena says:

    Very helpful and informative article.

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