In part 1 of natural remedies to shrink lipomas, I discuss some alternative treatments for dog lipomas such as a few supplements that will stop lipoma growth, herbal remedies that can help shrink fatty masses, possible causes of lipomas and why you may NOT want to have surgery to remove benign tumors.

In part two of this blog, I’ll discuss some diet do’s and don’ts and some herbs and spices that are thought to shrink or prevent lipomas.

Eliminate these 3 foods to stop your dog’s lipoma growth in its tracks!

1) GMO foods: GMO’S aka genetically modified foods, act as a “fuel” for lipoma growth. Taking out all GMO’S will aid in the healing process. Some GMO foods are corn, canola oil, and wheat.

2) Eggs: Once I learned eggs feed viruses and promote cysts, tumors, and calcifications, I made sure eggs were not in any food or treats. *Taking them out of my diet also stopped my mysterious knee pain.

3) Grains: Going Grain-free can be beneficial to all dogs but especially for dogs dealing with benign tumors, dog eczema and Spondylosis. Why? Many grains, such as wheat, are no longer the same grains from decades ago. Today’s wheat is often referred to as “frakenwheat” and is a contributing factor to gut health issues such as IBS or colitis.

Anti-tumor foods for dogs

Celery shrinks dog lipomas

Celery reduces dog lipomas

1) Celery: assists kidneys, flushes the liver, helps with acid reflux, heartburn, high blood pressure, blurry eyes, and it reduces lipomas and cysts.

Celery juice for pets: My dog drank 1-2 ounces of celery juice with me daily, sometimes he ate a celery stalk as a snack and it was generally a part of his meal.

Celery juice Tip: if you don’t have a juicer to make celery juice, you can use a blender. My old glass blender struggled with celery so I bought this high-end blender made in the USA and it has been so worth it. 🎉 First, the blades are squared off so I no longer worry about cutting my hand while clean the inside of it, It handles blending celery much easier than my old blender and I get more juice out of the celery! After the celery is blended, I run it through a nut milk bag or something similar to get the juice. *Please Note: If your dog has never had celery juice before, please start slow or with a very small amount. Straight juice vs. the food with pulp, gets into the bloodstream much faster.

2) Wild blueberries: I covered this amazing fruit in my dog cancer blog and it is worth repeating again since it will also help with lipomas! These berries are little powerhouses that have the capability to repair cells and are great for eye health. If you can’t find wild blueberries, you can use this blueberry powder.

Fruit Tips: If your dog is not good at keeping food in their bowl, stick them in the blender to make a smoothie for them to lick it up. Additionally, keep fruit separate from protein for the best results. Fruit 1 hour before protein or 2 hours after.

3) Raspberries: prevent benign growths and malignant tumors.

4) Sweet potatoes: anti-cancerous, great for digestive disorders, and they help relax nerves and muscles.

5 Herbs and spices that help fight canine benign tumors

1) Chaga: can be purchased as a powder that can either be mixed in food or brewed as a tea. Tip: I did not like it straight in the water, I steep it in this. Chaga benefits: helps bring the liver out of stagnation (meaning it’s a gentle liver detox, which most dogs & people need), helps skin issues like eczema, nerve pain, strengthens red blood cells and bone marrow. It is considered anti-cancerous and fights tumors. Cats can have chaga too.

2) Burdock root: has anti-tumor properties, is a top cancer remedy being as it stops cells from metastasizing and is an ingredient in Essiac tea. It also helps with skin issues like eczema, is an effective painkiller, is anti-inflammatory and helps with urinary and bladder infections. This herbal remedy is similar to essaic with one exception. The traditional recipe includes Turkish rhubarb whereas this herbal remedy has Organic Chinese Rhubarb.

3) Turmeric: visit my cancer blog for dosage, additional benefits, and any contraindications. *Please note, dogs who “run hot” may be better off NOT taking turmeric. Instead, Violet would be a better choice to combat inflammation and lipomas since it will have a cooling effect on “hot” dogs.

4) Parsley: neutralizes acidity in the body, fighting multiple myeloma, great for your eyes, is helpful in preventing tooth decay, removes herbicides, removes pesticides and will counteract grains. This organic dog supplement contains BOTH herbs #3 and #4!

5) Cumin: great for digestive disorders, has anti-cancer properties, anti-tumor properties and helps boost kidney & liver function.

Canine Lipoma diet: food tips for healthy dog food

1) Meat: feeding grass-fed meats will be best because it will help your pet avoid ingesting other toxins. If your dog’s diet is heavily based on animal protein, lowering the amount of animal protein a bit can be beneficial because it can stress the liver and kidneys. One way to accomplish this is to have Meatless Monday.

When I make a Meatless Monday meal for my dog, it was made with quinoa and vegetables like kale, spinach, and sweet potato. Another option is if your pet eats a lot of meat-based treats like bully sticks or chicken jerky, trade the meat based treats for treats like this!

2) Grains: above I mention grains may be something you want to avoid altogether when fighting fatty tumor growth. However, if grains are part of your pet’s diet, the better choices are GMO-free quinoa and brown rice.

Grain tip: Grains don’t “mix” well with animal protein so it’s best to keep them separate.

3) Vegetables: There has been some information claiming cruciferous veggie’s like broccoli are goitrogenic but one of my trusted sources says no. There are some pet cancer diets that use this vegetable as one of the main veggies in their pre-made meals. A few other vegetable choices are leafy greens like kale or spinach and another favorite is a sweet potato.

4) Go organic: this is to reduce the number of chemicals you are introducing into your pet’s system. If you can’t afford to go 100% organic, then use as much organic food as possible. A good guideline is “The clean 15” and “dirty dozen foods.”

I hope this information helps you achieve the success I had in shrinking my dog’s lipoma. I would love to hear what strategies you implemented to reduce your pets non-cancerous lump!

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38 Responses to “Holistic options to reduce dog lipomas aka benign fatty tumor – Part 2”

  1. cindy says:

    i am needing some clarification on what is meant by “running hot”..I have seen that term mentioned before on holistic sites but never could determine how you are supposed to tell if your dog is hot or cold..its not like you can interview them on their symptoms..My dog has a few large lipomas and is 10+ years so not considering surgery. She seems to try and scratch the ones on her underside like they itch..not sure if that is something to be concerned with or not.. Currently giving her chickweed and tumeric and digestive enzymes and apply chickweed salve to her ..Any ideas?

  2. Anna says:

    Hi! Thank you for sharing all of this information. It is incredibly helpful! Would you please point me in the direction of your research on eggs and how they are not good for lipomas/tumors? I couldn’t find the reference.

    Thank you!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Yes in the first book here and this was another source.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      If eliminating eggs sounds a bit “unconventional” to you, I will briefly share my personal experience. I took them out of my diet and it eliminated the ongoing pain I had for 1 1/2 years! NO doctor could figure out the cause of my pain, that was traveling up my leg, after 10+ dr. visits. I saw my primiary as well as specialists like an orthopedic surgeon and an infectious disease dr. (I was bite by a dog, not my dog). After eliminating eggs and being pain free, by accident I bought cookies that had them in there and my knee & leg pain came back.

    • Joy Young says:

      When I give my dog Sam-e supplement the rumors go down and most disappear. If I don’t — they start popping up. One a day.

      • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

        Many hours of researching and attending seminars went into writing this article and I have never heard of that before. 🤔 If it works for you that is great. Does it contain other ingredients such as burdock or milk thistle?

  3. Annie says:

    One more question, in the comments section, you mention supplement #5, and that a drop will go a long way. Can you clarify which one that is? So sorry, and thank you!

  4. Annie says:

    Hi there,

    Do you know how to administer “violet”? My dog may run a little hot, not sure.

    I do have some violet tincture (organic and wildcrafted), and was just curious how to use it.

    Thank you,

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I am currently taking a canine herbalism class and the instructor mentioned this as an alternative to turmeric. Unfortunately, she did not go into specifics about dosing. Violet also know as blue violet, sweet violet or Viola odorata is: anti-inflammatory, a diuretic (so start slowly). It works on the nervous system, skin (lipomas and wounds), and lymphatic system. Given that it can relieve constipation and given the size of your dog, it may be a good idea to start with 1 drop.

  5. Carolyn Emole says:

    My 12 year old beagle has many fatty pink lumps on her. Many have come in the past year. She has a big one above her ear and it’s black and bleeds..now one of the other newer pink ones above her shoulder is bleeding too.

    She’s been on a raw, dehydrated raw, or home cooked food her whole life. I’ve treated her homeopathically as much as possible and she doesn’t have shots or not many.

    I currently am making turkey, liver, spinach, zucchini, sardines, hemp hearts, celery or peppers, coconut oil. I was cooking just the turkey with 3 green veggies and now I’m doing the above recipe raw. She also gets a probiotic, ester c, dlpa, milk thistle, bone support and msn. Plus I give her CBD oil now.

    She’s moving better being on the CBD oil..but these lumps!!! I read somewhere to use warm water and castor oil 10 x – 3x a day. I’ve been doing that for 2 months on the one on top of her head and it’s been going down a little..but still it’ll start bleeding …poor girl has been wearing a cone at night for 2 months.

    Then I came across 6 herbs to get rid of tumors..but it’s a lot. So what do you think??? Am I supposed to buy and use all 3 tinctures. How do I get the bleeding to stop. Any additional thoughts you could give me would be helpful.

    I won’t put her under, surgery doesn’t work anyways. Most of them are just sitting there, but I have 2 bleeding ones and one her arm she licks. She always has under the skin ones..and those became more in the last 2 months. They older ones were aspirated and no cancer (thank god)!

    Thank you,

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I have never done the castor oil so I can not comment. 6 herbs, I’m not sure what you are referring to. In my blog the 3 herbs I list, the most important is #1 and a good place to start and 3 is good topically. The supplements: 1-3 are the most important if you are looking to limit the amount of stuff you are giving your dog or the cost is an issue. #4 you are already doing and 5 is great and a little (a drop or two) goes a long way.

      Have you implemented any suggestions in part 2 (foods to take Out, add in and herbs and spices)? To help your dogs liver purge stuff it is a good idea to cut down on fats, animal or plant-based. You mentioned coconut oil, yes it is considered one of the “good” ones but cutting it out for a while may prove helpful 🙂

  6. Nancy gatcomb says:

    I just found ur website and so happy! We have a 12 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound, she looks more beagle but has so many fatty tumors. The vet removed 1 on her chest, because when the dog stands it’s gravity that fills up where they did surgery n created many many more. Our Molly had breast cancer but they cut the tumor out as it was cancerous but they said they caught it all only to find another nipple with a lump. I’m going to try all this to help her. She was a rescue and was abused for the first 5 years of her life. She is the best dog n couldn’t be blessed more!! I pray this works. Thank u so much!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I’m so glad you found this blog helpful. Some of the comments between myself and other people may also be helpful and give you guidance. This may be a slow process, each dog will vary, but if you are consistent and patient, you should see improvements.

  7. Roxy says:

    I have a Shih Tzu with a liponma on her neck throat area how would I treat this ? It’s under her skin near thyroid area

  8. MIka says:

    Hi, my dog has a l little Cyst sometimes she scratcher at it and bleeded. So I must reduce and shrink it. I start using a paste of turmeric/coconutoil/lecithin. But I dont like soya lecithin because feeds virus. What do you think?
    How much olive for a dog 13 lb?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      The dosage is on the bottle for #1. 🙂

      • Mika says:

        May I ask you, how long tok the shrink of the lipoma of your dog?

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          Unfortunately, I did not track the time frame as I was not intending to write this blog at the time. Once I knew what I was doing was working, that is when I decided to share what I did. If you signed up for updates to this blog, you will see yesterday Lisa posted the fantastic progress she has had with her dog in the last few weeks. 🙂

  9. Lisa says:

    Well… my dog has had a slow growing lipoma for about 2 years. He is 10 years old and I do not want surgery for fear I may lose him. Will the celery, kale, and spinach concoction work to shrink the lipoma if it’s really big and starting to cause walking troubles? Also, I notice the areas in which the lipomas affect are cold to the touch, and the coldness spreads as the lipoma grows. I have tried vegetarian diet, non gmo foods, and fresh cooked chicken daily. Now the lipoma is big and tight. He is not happy. And, he lays down most of the day. I try to make sure he has frequent elimination, and I now massage his legs twice a day for a half an hour. He truly loves that and I can tell it is great relief for him. But… I’m worried. He has started to yelp a bit when getting up to walk from the pain. He has another growth under his armpit (front leg) and it looks so detrimental–thin skin and a round bubble. Of course I have been frequently to the vet. $2000, $4,000! Absurd prices are quoted to remove it being that”surgery” with a “too bad” look on their faces is their ONLY OPTION. I know no being can escape death, but I feel like something can still be done, and I will never give up! The dog you have on the photo has a huge lipoma like my dog. Is that the dog which the owners/parents were able to shrink the lipoma? Can a HUGE lipoma really be shrunken down from the inside of my doggies body by drinking this concoction?
    i will do everything (except surgery)! Any advice for these huge lipomas at the breaking stage? And… if it does “break open”, what do I do to keep him comfortable and wrapped up without getting an infection? And… lastly, if the lipoma breaks through the skin what’s the best treatment?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Celery juice (use a blender and drain through a nut bag or similar or put celery in a juice) is one of the main things that had a major impact on my dogs lipoma, the black lab featured throughout my website, including my lead-free pet food bowl blog. We drank it every morning on an empty stomach. He had 1-2 ounces and liked it. Seriously while I was making it, he would bark at me. Give me my juice! The other thing that I think had a major impact is we ate wild blueberries each day. He (75 lb dog) got 1/2 cup of wild blueberries or the berries were included as part of a smoothie. All the 3 NO foods were eliminated and the parsley and turmeric were always included in his food. For joint support and pain, I used this with my dog and it also helped my neighbors dog. The GSD mix in the picture with the big lipoma is a clients dog. His lipoma started around the same time as my dog, the black lab, but the difference is my dogs did not grow b/c of all the stuff I was doing and my client’s dogs lipoma did grow. I have never dealt with one that big so I can’t say what to expect. However, I believe any strategies you implement from this two-part blog should be helping slow the growth rate or reverse it. The one on your dog’s armpit, have you tried applying the #3 herbal supplement. Surgery only removes the physical appearance but it doesn’t change the environment in which it grew, which is the reason many have stated more grew back or bigger than before. Good luck.

      • Lisa says:

        Thank you! Well to follow up… I’ve been giving my dog (19 lbs) the 3 vegetables blended.( celery, kale, spinach). I give him the juice (about a half a cup) mixed with his dry food. (non-GMO, no chicken, no grains). He has enjoyed every meal and seems to know it is for his lipoma! We exercise by walking each day in a beautiful park. When I first started giving him the concoction, he was not able to walk and began to yelp when trying to stand up! But, after two weeks now, he has been able to run and play and skip! The lipoma is not as tight to the touch as it was before. It has softened to the touch and the skin around it doesn’t seem as if it is going to “burst through” as it seemed before. I am not sure of the timing for a reduction. I will try the new recipe additives you have suggested! So far, so good! Thank you and I will continue to keep you posted as to his improvement. he does seem tired at times and a bit lethargic, but so do I… 😂 LOL!
        The armpit situation… Now I will work on that as you suggested. He is such a smart dog and listens when I tell him all of this is for his health! He looks at me where warily and then goes for it! I love him dearly. Thank you, so much and I will keep you updated as to the situation.

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          That is so wonderful that the appearance of the lipoma has changed and your dog can now run and play. Yay! Thank you so much for that fantastic update and I look forward to hearing more! Keep up the good work!

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          HI Lisa. I wanted to check in with you to see what progress you have made. I look forward to your reply!

          • Lisa says:

            So…. it was about 6 months ago when I started giving “Clyde” the blended juice (celery, kale, and spinach). We were on schedule daily for about 4 months, then I missed about 1 month because Clyde and I had to travel across the country and I just couldn’t make it for him during that time. During that break, his lipoma’s began tightening up again, getting larger and more “solid” to the touch.
            When we returned I immediately resumed giving him the concoction, after which they loosened again and he looked better. Yet… I noticed he seemed to have reached a sort of “holding pattern” with regards to the shrinkage so I felt it was time to increase “formula’s” in order to create progression again. I thought about what you said about turmeric and felt it appropriate for him because he seems to be “chilly” quite often. I’m guessing the “cold sections” of his body may have something to do with it.
            So I added turmeric to the celery, kale & spinach, with a half teaspoon of olive oil and blended it together. I read that turmeric needs heat to activate so I heat it up then add his dry food inside. Once again, he ravishes it (like it were a steak), and seems to constantly want more! He can’t wait for breakfast, or dinner and whines and gets extremely excited when he knows it’s that time of day! I have been adding the turmeric for about 3 weeks.
            His walking, running, jumping and spinning are continuing with vigor, and the lipoma on his left hind hip seems not to interfere with his functioning properly. Yet, the lipoma under his right front armpit seems like it’s increasing in size (now about the size of an egg) 🙁 and I can tell he is uncomfortable. His personality has changed a bit, it seems as well… Maybe it’s because he’s getting older (10 years old). I put a sweater on him (which I have rarely ever done), and he seems to prefer it on… as if he’s cold and wants warmth like a security blanket or something. He seems very “needy” as well… meaning he doesn’t seems as independent as in the past. He sets his ears back on his head a lot and looks at me, like he’s asking me for something and I can’t figure out what it is. I hold him tightly and rub his body and cover him with a blanket at night which he now likes. He seems “hungry” and makes growling-whining sounds and wants to be with me every moment-if I leave- he wants to always go… if we’re at home, he curls up in his bed and stays there most of the time. He still eliminates (bowels) well, and it is timely. It is also “big and fluffy” since I’ve given him the concoction 6 months ago, whereas at first, his manure was skinny and hard. I am happy with his progress-happy he is able to walk, jump and spin! A bit mystified at the lipoma under the armpit. I would like to do more (within my budget). Even if I could afford the $2,500 to take off the egg sized one, I’m afraid. He’s so delicate now and I don’t want to take the chance. When I touch them to inspect them, he looks at me out of the corner of his eyes as if he’s asking me “is it ok-do you still want me”? If he’s around other dogs, they notice it and more aggressive dogs will poke at it, which of course, he doesn’t like.
            All in all, I’ve been reading and re-reading your suggestions, and I am going to work in the blueberries next. Being a vegan myself, I know purple (or blue) foods are high in antioxidants… so I will continue to prepare what you have prescribed 😊… He is much better and holding-no doubt! And… I want him to feel good and not so worried. So I am continuing forward, including more medicinal diet treatments which I believe in my heart of hearts will help. ♥️🙏🏽 Thank you for all of your information again…I will continue to keep you posted! 🐶

          • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

            Hi Lisa, Thanks for writing back with an update. Trying to juice it while traveling can be hard, I travel for work sometimes too, but I try my best not to skip it all together. Unfortunately when I took a break from the celery juice, I notice a difference too and don’t feel as well as I do when I drink it. The person that I learned about celery juice from says it is best by itself, not mixed with other foods, and on an empty stomach. Not saying it is not helping, clearly it is but I do wonder if you left the kale and spinach out of the juice and added those later in the day, how that will change for Clyde. Tumeric, does NOT need oil as some people suggest, back that out.*The more fat, from animal protein, nuts and oils, the more burden is placed on the liver. The cleaner the diet, will help the liver and therefore the rest of the body and medical issues. Wild blueberries, they are only found in the freezer section, not to be confused with the larger blueberries most people know found in the clamshell in the produce section. Since your dog runs cold, set them out on the counter to defrost for a while before serving. Did you ever try the topical herbal remedy for the his lipoma’s, especially the arm pit one?

          • Lisa says:

            Yes! Thank you so much! I will do that… I will give him the celery juice alone, in the morning on an empty stomach. I will stop adding the olive oil to the concoction. I will find the wild blueberries and serve them at room temperature. And… the herbal remedy? Can you please tell me one more time? 🙏🏽😊

          • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

            In part 1 – the herbal remedies section, the third item listed can be applied topically AND taken internally. Trader Joes, natural grocery stores and Target have wild blueberries

  10. Nannette Enriquez says:

    I am so very grateful to you for this information. All of our dogs have/do have the fatty tumors. I will be changing their diet immediately! I do have one of my fur babies with a huge one under her armpit. She suffers from pain. Thank you again!!

  11. Nicole says:

    My dog eats 22 oz of chicken a day with some sweet potato and green beans. How do you suggest doing a meatless monday that would be enough to keep him full? We also cannot do organic. Its already expensive as is. He gets whatever chicken breast thats on sale. Do you think its better to feed him an organic kibble over cooked food?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I did it with quinoa and veggies. Trader Joe’s has a pack of breast and legs that is 2.99 p/lb.

  12. Cathy E says:

    So how are you preparing/combining these foods for you dog to consume them. My dog generally spits out raw veggies when we’ve given them to him. He has several lipomas and I want to do whatever I can to shrink them and prevent new ones.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      This is what I did with my dog. Each dog will be different in what or how they will eat something. The 3 anti-tumor foods are given to him whole or blended in a smoothie. The celery is given as a stick or blended then strained for celery juice. The veggie’s in the anti-tumor diet such as kale and spinach are uncooked, chopped and mix in with the rest of his food and the sweet potatoes are steamed, cooled for chopping and then mixed in.

  13. shay says:

    very interested in your info

    • Chloe says:

      Hi, I know this approach works because I have shrunk my Golden’s lipoma to half the size since I put her on a whole food, plant-based diet. I also give my dog a green smoothe everyday and I sprout various seeds and beans too for her. I would like to feed my dog tumeric, but in the past when I’ve added a tiny bit of raw grated tumeric to her food, she’s rejected it. Any tips on how to serve tumeric? I’d rather use the root as opposed to processed turmeric or curcumin. Maybe I could hide some inside of a date?? Thanks for posting this!!

    • Chloe says:

      Okay, thanks. I’m going to try to hide little pieces of it in sweet potatoes and see if that will work. I tried it raw myself and it’s not bad.Thanks for your post and your reply!

      I think hyper nutrition is the key. Besides the lipoma that shrunk, my dog’s chronic ear infection was eliminated when we switch from a 100% kibble to a 100% whole food plant-based diet.

      My dog loves legumes and carrots and sweet potatoes and tofu. And I supplement with all of the herbs and spices that are health promoting and tumor reducing. I will add blueberries too. Thanks again!

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