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If you have ever been told you can not shrink a dog lipoma naturally and surgery is the only option, this is for you. The truth is you CAN shrink lipomas naturally! I know a benign fatty tumor can shrink because I saw my dog’s lipoma shrink to almost nothing.
Summary: What are lipomas, possible causes for lipomas, why you should NOT do surgery, ways to reduce the possibility of lipomas, foods to avoid, and foods to add to your dog’s meal, and 8 supplements to reduce the size of a dog lipoma naturally.
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 a dog lipoma naturally? I gave my dog the supplements and herbal remedies listed below AND I changed his dog food to stop his lipoma from growing. We both received good results applying these methods as they helped me shrink my dog’s lipoma and I dissolved 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 lipomas 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 reduce a dog lipoma naturally and NOT surgically remove it
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 tumors 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. These are some of the same tips vets suggested to help heal dog allergies.
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 an 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
A few tips to shrink a dog lipoma naturally were covered in my cancer blog. A quick summary is to remove as many toxins as possible. A few ways to accomplish this are 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 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: Buying a non-toxic pet bed is important because cat beds and dog beds can contain up to 70 chemicals, dog blankets should be washed before using with eco-friendly laundry detergent.
For furniture like couches, whether your pets lay on it or near it, it could be filled with chemicals that may hurt their health. Try to buy furniture without stain repellants, air it out before bringing it inside, wipe down furniture, and put a blanket over it. For beds, try buying a non toxic mattress.
3 herbal remedies that reduce fatty tumors or benign lumps
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1) This herbal supplement slows down the growth of a dog lipoma naturally, gets rid of UTIs, and assists with Addison’s, *studies show it helps lower blood pressure and LDL (bad cholesterol), improves heart function and increases flexibility. Dosing instructions: if you can not get your pet to take this remedy orally, you can put it in their fresh-cooked dog food.
2) This herbal remedy contains several ingredients that help slow the growth of lipomas, is helpful for arthritis, and oral health, and 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.
3) 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. To learn how to calculate a proper dosage for dogs or cats here is the formula along with an example calculation for you to practice. For topical applications, there is no amount given. I’m running my own experiment and can tell you one to two drops go a long way.
5 vitamins that may lessen dog lipomas naturally
A good nutritional foundation will boost your pet’s immune system which should help prevent a dog lipoma naturally by stopping the formation of bumps or stopping 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, is good for heart health, and eyesight, and cleanses the lymph system, blood, and liver. Dr. Judy recommends this brand as well!
2) Blue-green algae is rich in bio-available nutrients, iron, and a source of protein. Spirulina will assist in preventing a dog lipoma naturally by pulling out toxins that may be contributing to tumors. It is anti-cancerous, is great for the eyes, and helps skin and nails. Finally, it may stop your pet from eating grass (one customer reported that worked for her dog in the comments below). For best results, this algae works best WITH #3 green juice.
Dosage: 1/8 tsp per 10 lbs with a maximum daily dosage of 1/2 tsp for a 70 lb dog. 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 is included on the label.
3) “Green juice” 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, and can aid with digestion, bad breath, and kidney issues. Introducing “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.
4) B-12 Helps with anxiety, heals the neurological system, aids in recovery from physical injuries, and is great for thyroid health. 1 drop by mouth
5) Melatonin: It helps slow the growth of tumors and therefore stops the progression of a dog lipoma naturally. FYI: I looked at 10+ pet supplements and they all had ingredients I didn’t like. Caution: This is a low-dose “human” version, it is a capsule so you can easily dump it into food if they don’t take supplements easily.
Dosage: *Consult your vet to determine if it is appropriate based on their current health. To calculate the dosage for your dog, here you can find the formula to dose a dog with a human supplement.
Keep in mind that this did not happen overnight and will not go away overnight. Consistency will be key to shrinking a dog lipoma naturally!
In part two, I will discuss diet which is equally as important. It will cover Foods to take out and foods to add to your dog’s diet, herbs and spices that are known to shrink or prevent lipomas, and suggestions for the best dog foods.