natural ways to stop dog lipoma growth & shrink a lipoma

Large dog lipoma on his back leg

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! I know lipomas can shrink because I saw my dog’s lipoma shrink to almost nothing.

Since writing my last blog, 2 part dog 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?

Look at my cancer blog, do you see a lipoma on my dog, the black lab? I’m guessing no because it was impossible to see and sometimes I had a hard time finding it by touch. Yet I know how big they can grow as I saw my furry friends grow (German Shepherd Mix in pic).

How did I shrink my dog’s benign bump? I gave my dog the supplements and herbal remedies listed below AND I changed his food to stop the growth of a canine lipoma. We both received good results applying these methods as it helped me shrink and dissolve my breast cysts

Dog Lipomas are a non-cancerous lump

Lipomas are fatty growths or masses also known as benign tumors or non-cancerous bumps. For many dogs, they may not appear until later in life. However, I have known a dog who had a lipoma at 2 years old.

The bigger question is why are lipoma’s becoming so prevalent now when it was not years ago or even seem normal and acceptable? Here I will discuss 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 checked. A physical exam will likely be done first. If they want to test your dog’s lipoma, they may aspirate the lipoma. Aspiration is a simple procedure where they insert a needle in the lipoma to draw out some fluid for testing.

I do NOT recommend letting them cut your dog, biopsy it, or do surgery right away. The ONLY time surgery should be done is if it poses a health issue! Furthermore, some vets and dog owners have reported that after the lipoma has been removed, another lipoma or several more appear.

Why is that? I think of Lipomas like weeds in the respect that if you don’t change the environment, they will come back.

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, processed food, and environmental toxins. Also, some veterinarians have associated microchips with lipomas. Yes, microchips have been found directly under lipomas, and ingredients from vaccines have been found in lipomas and tumors. I know of on instance of a dog having a tumor removed only to find out it contained a foxtail.

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 to remove as many toxins as possible. A few ways to accomplish this is to give your pets filtered water to remove things like arsenic, utilize pet-friendly cleaning methods, buy lead-free pet bowls and use a chemical-free flea treatment. Removing toxins like heavy metals takes time and is a multi-step approach!

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 to 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 washtub designated for paw soaking so I have used a wet paper towel to wipe their dog’s 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 for 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. I wash everything before I wear it.

3) Furniture and bedding: buy a non-toxic pet bed is important because cat beds and dog beds can contain up to 70 chemicals, dog blankets should be wash before using with eco-friendly laundry detergent. 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 OR have counterproductive ingredients (Ex: natural flavor).

1) This herbal remedy helps slow down the growth of the lipomas, getting rid of UTI’s, assists with Addison’s, *studies show it helps lower blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol), improve heart function and increases flexibility. Dosage guidelines for dogs and cats are on the bottle!

2) This herbal remedy is anti-viral, helps the immune and lymphatic system, and last but not least can be given orally and/or applied topically to lipomas. *Caution: This is not a pet-specific version. As I continue to look for one, PLEASE NOTE you should NOT follow the label for dosing instructions. Dosage for dogs: 1 drop for every 2 lbs of body weight twice a day if taken by mouth. How to use heal all topically: with many topical applications there is no amount given. I’m running my own experiment and can tell you one to two drops goes a long way.

To learn how to calculate a proper dosage for dogs here is the formula along with an example calculation for you to practice.

3) This herbal remedy is a several ingredient remedy that helps slow the growth of lipomas, is helpful for arthritis, oral health, is an anti-viral that will help prevent the dog flu aka canine influenza! Dosage guidelines are on the bottle. Update Jan 2018: Turmeric is one of the multiple ingredients in this remedy. Turmeric is the most common recommendation by 30+ holistic vets for cancer. Also, I tried this remedy myself and it doesn’t taste bad at all. I thought I would share in the event anyone was worried their pet would not take it.

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

A good nutritional foundation will boost your pet’s immune system which should help prevent lipomas from forming or stop them from getting larger. They are listed in order of importance.

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

2) Blue-green algae: is algae is rich in bio-available nutrients and a source of protein. It pulls out toxins that may be contributing to lipomas and eye issues, anti-cancer and helps skin & nails. It may help you to get your pet to stop eating grass (one customer reported that worked for her dog in the comments below). This algae works best WITH #3 green juice.

*This bottle lasts me 6+ months. Algae Dosage: 1/8 tsp per 10 lbs with a maximum dosage of 1/2 tsp for a 70 lb dog daily. Add directly to food or make a “green drink” as seen in my pet liver detox blog. REMINDER: start slow to make sure they like it and no “reactions” occur. Tip: I add a little bit of coconut water to make it more palatable and it is supposed to give it an extra “boost.” Fyi: not all coconut water tastes the same, I like this coconut water. CATS: I confirmed with a vet that cats can have blue-green algae too!

2b. This is a dog-specific algae Bonus: If you have used several of his holistic dog products and are seeing good results, you can enter to win a monthly contest to win free products. Dosage included on the label.

3) “Green juice”: it takes ahold of other toxins not grabbed by #2 and expels them from your pet’s body. It is high in chlorophyll, also helps with gut health/aids digestion, bad breath, kidney (renal) issues, eyesight, is a good way to introduce “greens” to your dog or cat, and addresses any deficiencies. Administration: You can add some water to make a drink or add it to their food. Dosage: I gave my 70 lb dog 1/2 tsp daily.

4) Stress Relief: This may help you and your pet adjust to all the changes you made to deal with trying to shrink the lipoma. Taking something natural helps take “the edge off” while keeping you functional. This version is specifically for pets.

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 which is equally as important (what to take out and what to add), herbs, and spices known to shrink or prevent lipomas.

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125 Responses to “3 Natural remedies to reduce dog lipomas aka benign tumor”

  1. Ally says:

    Thank you very much for this brilliant article it is very helpful. What can help with a dog’s mammary tumour to help heal her? I’m hoping to find more options before agreeing going ahead with surgery as I would prefer to heal her without an operation if possible. Thank you

  2. Marcia Garcia says:

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written !

  3. Kristi says:

    Hello, I’ve never seen how to apply herbal remedy number 3 topically. How much do I put on? Do I need to dilute it with anything? Is it more beneficial to give it internally?

  4. Leslee says:

    Sirena has been walking my dog for a few years and noticed that my dog was eating a lot of grass. She suggested that I try mixing blue algae and green juice powder and put it in my dog’s food on a daily basis.

    After a month of daily doses my dog no longer craves eating grass. In addition, she has a much shinier coat and seems to have more energy.
    My dog prior to having Pepper had lipomas and although they were not cancerous, I am doing everything I can with Pepper’s diet to prevent them. Hopefully these powders along with a grain free diet will prevent these tumors.

  5. Edwina Davis says:

    I have notice that this lipoma on my dogs leg gets bigger when she gets
    fat such as coconut oil or flaxseeds. Is there any suggestions for omegas in this situation

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      That is interesting. How long have you ever gone without these? I would not turn to a fish based oil.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Recently I learned leafy greens, like lettuce or spinach, are a plant-based form of omega 3. They also help the liver, which most dogs could use a liver detox. Tips: on my Instagram.

  6. Che' says:

    ‘m confused with the third herbal remedy because it says 1 drop for every 2lbs of body weight twice a day if taken internally, what about the dosage when applied topically? I’ve read through your blog plenty of times if you could please state the dosage guideline for applying topically. Also do you apply it topically and internal or is it one or the other?

  7. Che' K says:

    For the first and third herbal remedies, should I do this once a day or how many times dailey?

  8. Che' says:

    Thank you so much for time and for putting this blog out there. You can’t find much when it comes to this. I’ll let you know how everything goes.

  9. Che Kennedy says:

    My 14 year old red nose pit has had this lipoma on his left front ankle and has quickly grown to the size of a baseball. It’s starting to get in his way of walking. I have him on a grain free dog food and filtered water. My question is with the blue green algae and or the green juice. How do I feed him these? Can I put the ammount into capsules?

  10. Che' says:

    My 14 year old red nose pit has had this lipoma on his left front ankle and has quickly grown to the size of a baseball. It’s starting to get in his way of walking. I have him on a grain free dog food and filtered water. My question is with the blue green algae and or the green juice. How do I feed him these? Can I put the ammount into capsules? Also I seen you started with small amounts to see how it goes before you see results. Other question is once I notice one is doing good can you give him all 3 supplements and all 3 vitamins at once?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I either put the algae and green juice in his food or I put the powders in his bowl with a bit of coconut water to make a “green drink.” Capsules, I’m sure you could put the powders in the capsule. The other supplements and herbals, I always had 1 or 2 at a low dose, waited a few days to see if he was tolerating them well and then increased the dosage slowly. Once that was established he was doing well on the first few, then I added in other supplements using the same method. **Sometimes, added too much “good” too fast can have a bad reaction. Not b/c they are allergic but it is pushing the body too fast and can make people or dogs, in this case, feel sick. I DO suggest you buy several at one time but wait for implementing. Why? I found over and over that people who only buy 1 or 2 forget about the rest. Meaning they forget there was other things they needed to do.

      • Che' says:

        So do you put the powder algae and powder green juice right into his food with just the powder?

        When you do the first dosing do you only dose once then wait a few days or do you keep dosing the few days your waiting for the result?

        If they are all doing good you can use all these at the same time?

  11. Alison Marquez says:

    Hello I have a 1 year old German Shepard. He’s had a softball sized lipoma on his back for months now. By time it keeps growing and was told surgery was going to be super expensive which I can’t afford and I’m scared he’ll grow it back. He is one of the few young pups to get a lipoma for his age, I really need help. What is the best herbal solution you recommend?!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      All 3 herbals remedies in part 1 are important. If money is an issue, focus on the foods to take out and add in. It may be helpful to you to read the comments in both part 1 and part 2 of this blog. You will see some people comment on what they have done and their progression.

  12. Jeanette says:

    What kind of castor oil do you use is it the one for skin

  13. Julie Reusser says:

    Hello, very interesting stuff here. I have a 9 year old golden that is pretty overweight. I have her on strict diet in Hope’s to help with her fatty tumors. She has them all throughout her body. Some are small like a quarter and she has one bigger than a golf ball. They don’t seem to bother her but they sure do make me nervous. Where should I start? I just bought a turmeric supplement for her that’s supposed to help with her joints and hips. Her back legs are both pretty weak since she had a surgery when she was four and never fully recovered. Thank you for all this info. It’s good stuff. Also, do you have any recommendations for dog warts?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      All 3 herbal remedies in part 1 of this blog are important. Also take out the “no” foods and add in the anti-tumor foods listed in part 2 of this blog.

  14. Cj Adams says:

    Hello, I’m looking for something to help with my dogs fatty lump. She had one on her neck about 4 years ago and they did surgery to remove it. Now she has one on her back. Which she opened it and it’s bleeding. I don’t want to do surgery because of her being an older dog.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I have no other new suggestions. The information included in this 2 part blog and in the comments is all I can suggest.

  15. Zen says:

    I just noticed a small soft mass under his front left leg. I am a bit confused as to what I should give my dog to get rid of it. He is 7 years old & a rescue. The vet said he has a pre disposition to kidney problems 😢. Please help.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      #3 in the herbal remedies should be fine since it is topical. The algae and green juice in part 1 supplements, should be okay. I have a cat client who has had renal disease for years, she started these supplements a few months back and is doing well on them. Try focusing on part two of this blog to see if that helps stop the growth. Veggies like celery and cucumbers are helpful for the kidneys. If you feed your dog meat based treats, try removing them and trading them for treats like fresh dog safe fruit or healthier dog treats.

  16. Kristi says:

    Hello, I have an 11 year old miniature schnauzer who has lipomas/cysts in many different places. The one that I am most concerned about is on his inner thigh as it is growing so large I am afraid it will start to interfere with his urination. The vet said that because it is so intertwined with his leg muscle that they would need to amputate his leg to remove it. I will not put him through that. I have recently started giving him filtered water and he has been getting algae for a couple of years (biopreparation). Which of the other supplements would you recommend trying next? I do not have time to cook his meals. Do you have a dry dog food you would could recommend? Thank you for your help.

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      The 3 herbs listed on my blog, the most important is #1 taken by mouth or internally and 3 which can be applied topically. The supplements: 1-3 are the most important. You are already doing the #2 by using the bioprep but #3, aka: green juice, works with the bioprep to remove toxins. In regards to food, I have them linked on this page. *Please read my note / reason why I picked certain brands.*

      • Kristi says:

        Thank you for your response. I bought number 1 and number 3. How much do I give internally and how do I use it externally? My dog is 30 lbs. thank you.

      • Kristi says:

        Hello! How do you suggest using the herb number 3 externally and how much? thank you

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          The internal dose guideline, as per dog herbalist, is 1 drop per 2 lbs body weight. Externally/topically: Everything I have come across only states it can be used topically but there are no specifics as to how many drops or how often.

  17. Annie says:

    Thank you so very much for the excellent, informative, helpful, thoughtful and dedicated website. Animal lovers unite!

    I had a question, my terrier chihuahua mix had enlarged lymphomas (legs, neck and chin), that were classified as non-cancerous. I want to try these alternative therapies though, because the Doxy didn’t work. Prednisone did work to shrink the limpomas, but I hated the effects it had on my sweet 11 yr. old rescue.

    My question is (please everyone feel free to weigh in): do we use all these therapies at once/how do we space them out?

    Lastly, I know echinacea is for use when one is just starting to get sick. If the dog already has enlarged lymph nodes, is it too late to use echinacea?

    God bless all animals and animal advocates, lovers and protectors!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Annie. I have a free moment so if you could reply back asap that help me help you. You wrote lymphomas but did you mean large Lymph nodes?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      If you meant lymph nodes vs lymphoma, here are some suggestions. 1) Buy the 1st herbal supplement for his lipoma, this is essential! 2) supplements 1-3 vitamin C, algae and “green juice” can help with both the lipoma and enlarged lymph nodes.
      Food: take out the no foods in Part 2 of this blog and Add in cucumbers, You can juice it like I mentioned when talking about celery juice or can be eaten uncooked as a snack or worked into your dog’s meal. If you juice it, only give your dog a tsp to see how it is tolerated. FYI: juice is absorbed much faster than if the food is eaten in its natural form (with the pulp).

  18. Leslie says:

    Hello, just bought all three herbal remedies that you had listed….first one to arrive is the selfheal….it states to water or juice…but if I put a dropper full in her water….it may sit for a while, don’t know if that is optimal..can I administer in her food?..She currently eats Taste of the Wild grain free…kibble..I add warm water. What are your suggestions? 6/7 year old female Stafford pit mix…thanks, Leslie

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I never administered it in water, my dog let me put the drops in his mouth (I did it when he was laying down, lift his lip and add drops withOUt letting the dropper touch his mouth so I was not “contaminating” the herbs). In my opinion, I think a full bowl of water would either dilute it too much or she wouldn’t get the dosage needed b/c it would sit. If you can time it when she would normally drink, let’s say after a walk, put the drops in a small amount of water, say 2 ounces. If that doesn’t work and she is food motivated than put it with her food.

  19. Stef says:

    I have a 5 year old Dachshund, he’s had 2 surgeries to remove a very large lipoma that’s growing under his muscle on his left side. It grew back both times before he was even finished healing… I am not going to put him through another surgery, it’s clearly not the answer. I do have an appt tomorrow with the vet because it’s causing some noticeable discomfort. He is my emotional support dog and means the world to me. I will try anything! Please help me, I don’t know where to begin with this. But would like to go to this vet visit better informed. Thank you so so so much!!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I’m sorry to hear your dog’s lipomas came back after surgery. I understand this is a lot to take in. Have you read part 2 about the foods to eliminate? In my case, I immediately eliminated the NO foods, added the yes foods and then slowly added supplements and herbal remedies such as #1-2 herbals and vitamin 1-5 with the 1-3 being the first ones added.

      • Stef says:

        Because Jasper has stomach issues, he has to eat prescribed food. He’s been eating that for about 3 years. I’m afraid to take him off of it because I have slowly tried in the past cause I’m big on all natural foods and it resulted with him not being able to poop. And when he did, it’s be inside. His belly gets upset very easily.

      • Laura Severino says:

        My small dog is 12 yrs old. Her lipoma grew so fast this year is the size of a softball. It’s not interfering with her life but I’m scared of how big it has gotten. I heard horror stories about dogs that do not make through surgery. How can I make it smaller after this growth?

    • Ashley Hessler says:

      I am in the same position. 2 surgeries and now wrapped around psyatich nerve.

  20. Eva says:

    Hi, my dog has lipoma, so I decided to try your diet . He’s been on all supplements for some time now ( approximately 5 months) but the tumour hasn’t shrink at all. And today I discovered another lipoma on his chest. I really do not want to put my dog through the surgery, so I would like to ask how long does it take to see some effects of those herbs and supplements?

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Each dog will be different in how long it takes because it is dependent upon their health and the consistency of what you’re doing. Could you please describe what you are doing as far as the Herbal Remedies, supplements, food do’s and don’ts and any of the other suggestions I’ve made in this two-part blog?

      • Eva says:

        Thank you for your reply. I cook meals for him , it consists of lamb’s and beef harts , sometimes with liver ,and vegetables , mixed with either rice or buckwheat. He also gets filtered water. With his food he will get the drops . In the morning pau darco and in the evening prunella vulgaris with olive leaf. And in the evening he would also get a some of the home made yogurt with green algae or with barley. Every day he gets a vitamin C and B12 . But because I live in UK I cannot get exact the same brands of the supplements that are on your page, so i’m trying to use what is available on the market but i’m just not sure if that is enough. I mean the lipoma on his leg has not grown any bigger since he’s been on the diet , I would even say it stopped growing. Recently I discovered another one on his chest which was difficult to see as it hides when he’s up, so possibly he could have it for some time.
        I’m just concerned if the diet will work with different brands of supplements .

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          Thank you for the details. I have a few suggestions as to how to “tweak”. your regime to see if it helps. If it were me, I would remove the yogurt and buckwheat. Also, I have stayed away from onions. If you try greens like spinach or kale, don’t cook them as they are best fresh. If you can’t get the exact brands, make sure the herbal remedies are alcohol-free!

      • Eva says:

        I forgot to add everything is cooked with tumeric and a herbs ( rosemary, thyme, oregano , parsley or dill ) ( veggies: carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic, beetroot) .

    • Angie says:

      I recently did the simple thing of switching my dog’s water to filtered water with the faucet filter and I changed nothing else. I swear in a few days I noticed her lipoma shrinking. I was on here wondering if there was any mention of water.

  21. Erica says:

    Thank you so much for this blog! I have a 9 year old Lab that has multiple fatty tumors that are growing so fast. In the last year one has grown from the size of a grape to the size of a lemon. He has one on his chest that is now the size of a grapefruit and has grown into his armpit and is impacting his movement. We have scheduled surgery to remove it in June. I really do not want to have to do surgery but the tumor is impacting his movement.

    He is on filtered water, a good natural kibble diet, and fish oil. We use natural cleaning products and I am going to introduce natural flea control this summer. He does still get his vaccines at the vet.

    I am planning to introduce the herbal remedies you suggest and also the vitamins to try to shrink some of his tumors.

    A quick question about the herbal remedies. I see in the comments that you suggest adding them in one at a time after the vitamins. How much time did you let pass between?

    Thank you again for this article!

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      Hi Erica. If you are interested, I have 2 blogs about vaccines. One is about vacccine duration and the second is about vaccine safety information.

      I am happy to hear you will introduce natural flea control methods. Depending on what you plan to do, for instance you choose the flea shampoo made by a holistc vet and herbalist linked on my website, you may want to consider implementing strategies before flea season in your area starts to make sure your pet has the best chances of being flea free.

      The one herbal remedy is topical so could definately try that along with the vitamins. As to how much time, each pet or person is different in where they are in their health and what they can tolerate so it will be vary. I personally always waited atleast 5 days before uping a dosage or introducing something new. Thank you for taking the time to read the blog, Comments and taking the time to comment! 🙂

      • Erica says:

        Thank you for your quick reply!

        I’ll get all three herbal remedies and start with the last one you referenced in your blog first (the one you can put on the tumor). Then I’ll see how it goes before I introduce the other two. Really appreciate your insight!

        • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

          You are very Welcome Erica. I would love to hear what progress you make in the next Month!

  22. Valeria says:

    Hello I unfortunetly have a very old shitzue who has this problem I would like to know if a wheelchair will help, it makes me sad to see him try to jump but he is not able to . My vet told me if i got the wheelchair he would never be able to walk without it and its not a good idea, i would also like a second opinion on this. Sorry to be asking so many questions, but do you know and herbel remedies t make a home for my dog? Please anwser quickly, thank you 😊 🙏🏼

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I do not have any experience with wheelchairs. I have not made any remedies myself nor would I attempt it. However if you would like to try it, I would uggest you do not make alcohol based tinctures aka herbal remedies.

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