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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Spice of Life: Curcumin and Dog Cancer

Updated: August 5th, 2019

In researching topics for expanded treatments of dog cancer, I have discovered surprises aplenty.

Because of the desire for options beyond surgery, chemo and radiation for dog cancer, I chose to look in areas that I would have ignored just a few years back.

One of the hottest topics in cancer research right now is the dietary flavonoid group.  This is just a bunch of substances that are found in foods which have beneficial effects against cancer.

We all know that certain foods or dietary choices have influence on cancer development and overall health.  I came accross a statistic in human medicine that stated that about one third of cancers in people could have been prevented with lifestyle choices (this was excluding the effects of cigarette smoking).

One of the biggest lifestyle choices is the inclusion of certain foods that combat the effects of environmental carcinogens, genetic tendencies, trace water pharmaceuticals, viral DNA changes, dietary carcinogens, electrical field effects, and more.

Most of these naturally occuring flavanoids have very low toxicities.  One of the biggies is curcumin.

Curcumin is found in turmeric, which is the spice that is used in curries.  Curcumin is exceedingly interesting for dogs with cancer.  It is one of the core ingredients I use in cancer supplement programs for my patients and I have seen literal shrinkage of different dog lumps, like  hemangiosarcomas of the skin, fatty tumors (lipomas) , fibrosarcomas, and plasmacytomas.  I rely on it a lot.

This substance is being used as a model for tons of anticancer drugs  in development right now.  Here is some info. Over 40 different curcumin analogs (new drugs using curcumin as a template) are being researched at Ohio State University.

Why not just use the curcumin, instead of going through all the bother of making these new drugs?  There are two main reasons.

My grandfather left me these wise words: “When you want to find the reason for something, look for the dollar.”

So of course money has something to do with it.  You can’t patent a naturally occurring compound.  However, if you tweak its structure to produce a synthetic analog, get the lawyers together to protect the intellectual property, patent it, you are set for years. In this way big pharma protects profits.

Secondly, curcumin has some bioavailability problems. This means that the stuff doesn’t, to a large extent, get absorbed into the blood after it is taken by  mouth.  However, there are ways around this.

If you want to find out more about curcumin, please read the next post!!

Best to all,

Dr Dressler


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  1. Cheryl bridwell on July 5, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Do u have advise for our lab 9years old with nasal cancer she was first diagnosed in September its now July she is on 20 mugs of prednisone a day we are making her homemade food that we add to her dog food ( Gentle Giants ) I give her 2 Benadryl and 2cimetidine every 8hours it helps with congestion in her nasal cavitidy area she first started bleeding from her nose it was awful snorting and mcus sounds were awful so loud we couldn’t sleep so pitiful she was so sad . Prednisone really helped she is starting to swell up I know prednisone is not good for her that’s when I read about Benadryl and cimetidine seems as if her breathing is getting labored worse and worse with her bleeding I didn’t know if curcumin would be an option for her or not. Can u help !!!

  2. Paige on January 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Such an important article! I will be adding turmeric to my dogs Billy food. Thank you for this resource!

  3. Amber Drake on October 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Hello, Patricia. You might ask your veterinarian about using Apocaps or Nutrocept (or the retail version, EverPup) with your dog. As Dr. Dressler points out in his original post, Curcumin may help change the appearance of fatty tumors (lipomas). Curcumin is one of the dietary apoptogens in Dr. Dressler’s nutraceuticals, and they have helped so many dogs. Your veterinarian can find out more information at the company’s veterinary information portal: http://functionalnutriments.com/vet

  4. patricia on September 28, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Hello..I have a 13 year old Boxer/Doberman mix…she is a wonderful rescue dog. ..as a puppy she was a bait dog…she now has a pendulous mass on the side of her neck. It has been biopsied and shows no malignancy. Our Vets tried to remove it surgically a few weeks ago to no avail as she became unstable as they were giving her the anesthesia. They were going to give her Prednisone to see if it would shrink. It is about the size of a coconut. She still eats, is happy and will go for short walks. She does not appear to be in ain. She also does have a Grade 4 heart murmur. Her life seems to still be joyful We are so frustrated as our Vet now seems to want to just let her be. I am hoping that there may be something that we could do naturally to shrink this mass. I am afraid she will hit it or might it rupture…she is not a candidate for surgery again…they will not attempt it. Thoughts please…thank you Sophie’s Mom

  5. SharonW on July 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Hi, my boxer dog had a mast cell tumour. I gave him 800mg -1000mg of curcumin (95% curcuminoids) a day for three months and it literally disappeared. The vet didn’t know what to say! Brilliant – he is a healthy and happy dog. No reoccurances so far – but if there is – I know what I will use!!

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  8. North County Dog Training on November 2, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Wonder Dog Superfoods has powdered toppers that include Turmeric. You don’t have to measure, it is done for you.

  9. Rod on August 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Gave hallie cassie’s tea and 2 new tumors were benign and a growth on her head went from 8 cm to 4 cm in 4 months. Another lady’s dog had an eye tumor shrink so much, the vet couldn’t believe it. Wellness Ocean formula, halo dog food plus tumeric and all the vitamins u suggested.
    Sloan Kettering actually stated that everything in cassies tea has anti tumor properties. Hallie will be 11 in january.

    Look for the cancer nurse of canada. Our local health food store said it was worth a try. Keep praying for good results. Tks doc

  10. Susan Kazara Harper on December 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Julie, Have you considered consulting with another vet? Has there been a biopsy and do you know the stage of the lymphoma? Even if the cancer is advanced, your dog is not a number, so although the prognosis is needed information, it is not set in stone. Get the best nutrition going (www.dogcancerdiet.com) and work every day to bring play and joy to him and your family. The stress and fear can impact him, and really cherishing every moment, without worrying about how many you have ahead of you, will give him a lift you won’t believe. I tell you this from experience. Attitude is everything. You have the right to consult with another vet. If you have decided to fight, then fight. Find a vet who will fight with you. Hang in there. If you haven’t yet, please check out the Dog Cancer Srvival Guide (www.dogcancerbook.com, which has an entire chapter on lymphoma, and look at Apocaps (www.apocaps.com) to support him. Good luck!

  11. Julie on December 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Our 8 year old boxer has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He’s been given a few weeks to 3 months max to live. We’ve started him on a steroid to help, but have been told there is nothing we can do to help him. Please, any recommendations on what we can give him and where to get it is greatly appreciated. He’s our baby. This is almost unbearable.

  12. Renee on November 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Our 9 year old male rottie mix just was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma (bone cancer) on his shoulder. We saw no signs of this until last night when his front leg was limp and he would yelp trying to sit and laying down. Our vet suggested we don’t put him thru any cancer treatments and gave us 17 pain meds a day to see if this will comfort him . Does anyone have experience with this type off cancer and if so did you have any other suggestions to manage his pain? I would appreciate any advice.

  13. xavier on January 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I used Low dose naltrexone for my Rott with sarcoma when he got brain mets and became hemiparetic and in severe pain.
    In truth I hoped it would make him comfortable long enough for the ground to thaw as the vet could do nothing within my price range for a 14 yo dog.
    In two days he no longer needed to be carried outside and rapidly progressed though his hemiparesis took a few months to resolve.
    He had a wonderful last year after that but had to be put down the following spring.

  14. KJ on December 31, 2013 at 11:25 am

    My dog has just been diagnosed with Cushings disease. I was prescribed trilostane but after reading its effects I am very scared to use it. My dog Bear is 12, shepherd mix, and has always seemed healthy until now. He has pituitary dependent Cushings. I am thinking of using Cushex in conjuction with some form of curicumin ( which I was hoping may shrink the tumor on his pituitary gland). DO you have any advice on using the prescribed treatment, the Cushex, or the possibilities of Curicumin?

    • yaya on October 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

      My corgi has recently been diagnosed with cushings. Started with the chushex drops there wonderfull he’s doing mush better. I also took him off dog food I cook for him now high protein, low sodium,low fiber,they need potassium,and low purien. He’s doing great.

  15. Lester Kwok on May 26, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Shelly. If you can get this message. Please get in touch with me. I need to ask you about frankincense

  16. Charon on May 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    My male Neapolitan Mastiff (approx. 5 years old), a recent rescue in November 2012, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his lower right wrist area in the end of December 2012. He had an amputation in January, 2 weeks later, followed by 4 chemo treatments at U of Penn in Philadelphia, PA.
    Prior starting chemo, a CT scan did not show any evidence of tumors.
    Recently, a chest xray revealed that he has a few leasions in his lungs, we are devastated to see that tumors were apparently growing while on chemo treatments. We started him on the Dog Cancer Diet back in December 2012 along with Apocaps, K9 Transfer Factor and K9 Immunity. I just started him on K9 Immunity fish supplement and I cook for him in a crock pot, boneless chicken breasts, short grain brown rice, with mushrooms and veggies.
    Dr. Dressler, is there anything else that I should be doing for him? Our next step is trying Palladia. I am open to any suggestions that you can offer. If anyone else can offer their experience with osteosarcoma expressing her2/neu, I would greatly appreciate any information that you have to offer

  17. Shelly on April 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

    My dog was dianosed with intestinal lymphoma and I was told she would be dead within 4 weeks. She wouldn’t eat, had horrible diarrhea, and was fading. Within 4 days of giving my dog huge doses of frankincense (essential oil) and copaiba (for inflammation) she began to run. It’s been 4 months now with an extraordinary quality of life – which was the goal. She’s on a great Boswellia Complex by Medi Herb which has the much needed boswellic acid component, serata (studied by all the major cancer hospitals). It also has tumeric. The new Integrative supplement curcumax pro has the most bioavailable amount of tumeric along with Boswellia and the one offered by Thomas Koo from singapore looks good! Note to you all – it is also great for dogs with arthritis as it’s high anti-inflammatory and no side-effects! Better then any NSAID! So along with the oils and boswellia, I rebuilt her digestive system by strengthening it with Standard Process products made for pets (i.e. enteric support) and with fish oil. She’s eats all the time, has gained weight. We monitor her TK (cancer proliferation) and inflammation (CRP) with the lab out of Simi Valley, CA. This is the best way to monitor cancer growth and/or inflammation – period. My dog is in remission – no steroids, no chemo, and not even an antibiotic. Her inflammation is down by 50% and we still have a way to go. According to a consult at TUFTS the inflammation in her intestine was not due to cancer, although all the other doctors said so. It was because they understood by reading the numbers in the test – so rebuilding her immune and pushing antioxidents and giving her the supplements and nutrients to rebuild her proper digestive system along with the anti-inflammatory Frankincense that God put on the earth to help us heal thousands of years ago, is what helped. And I cook for her every day – beef and chicken and turkey – no carbs and no sugars (except for my yummy pumpkin/oatmeal treats I make).

  18. madi on April 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Hello. My name is Madi and I have a 12 year old golden retriever mix. Over the past couple years she has developed a fairly large fatty tumor right under her arm pit and a few other small ones around her torso. She has been to the vet and checked out. They told us the tumor was a benign fatty cyst. Would curcumin be of any use to shrink this tumor and make her feel a bit more comfortable as she gets older? If so what dosage would be recommended.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Dear Madi
      unfortunately we don’t have an at-home treatment for fatty tumors (regardless of the kind of fatty tumor, as there are different ones) that reliably shrinks these tumors. If you are looking for a source of curcumin, I would use the one complexed with other apoptogens found in Apocaps, under veterinary supervision.
      The dosing chart is on the side of the bottle.
      I hope this helps
      Dr D

  19. Magda Allbright on March 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I was wondering whether I can crush curcumin tablet (Doctor’s Best brand with bioperine) mix it with bacteriostatic water and inject it into my dog’s fatty tumor? I have a 5yr old Saint Bernard who seems to be in good health. In early December I’ve noticed a hard egg shaped tumor on his right side. I was told by a local vet that this tumor is attached to his ribs. Biopsy revealed fat cells only. Ive been giving him 1000mg curcumin orally together with fish oil capsules but the tumor has been steadily increasing in size and it is putting so much pressure on his ribs that on quite a few occasions, he started to yelping in pain. I think that curcumin injections might sound like a totally crazy idea but I think that logically it might actually make a lot of sense. Has anyone ever tried to treat fatty tumors with localized injections? What are your thoughts Dr. Dressler? BTW, http://www.curcuminresearch.org/ seems to be quite informative site.

  20. Suzanne on March 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Hi, my vet just said my dog, Emma,(bull terrier mix) has hemangiosarcoma on her skin.. I would like to confirm with a biopsy or histopathology. Can you suggest which is better? I also just ordered some curcumin, thank you. can I send you a picture of the spot he said is it. the spot grew in like 4 days. I was also thinking of trying to juice some marijuana leaves if I can find some for the CBD’s, and have her drink it.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on March 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Dear Suzanne
      biopsy and histopathology are just different words for the same thing.
      I would also read the Guide…you can do better than strait curcumin (like combining it with other apoptogens, immune support, cancer diet, etc).
      Here is a post that might help
      Don’t forget to have your vet supervise each step of your dog’s care…
      Dr D

  21. neil on January 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    What is the best way to use cumin/ curcumin for lipomas and how effective is it? I have a 25 kg bassett hound and she is 10 years old. She is very healthy and has been on a raw diet for about 5 years. She just has quite a few now and one is quite big and has other ones on it. Any advice on if curcumin have any effect here and the best way to use it?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Dear Nell,
      In my opinion the best way to deliver it is in Apocaps.
      I see about 20-30% of dogs on curcumin have some shrinkage of their lipomas. Sometimes they go away, but not always.
      Dr D

  22. Kathy on September 11, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Our chocolate lab Roscoe, 12 yrs old has been to an oncologist for pets. We were told his spleen is enlarged a d he has way to much protein in his blood. Our vet sent us to the specialist because Roz would have a bloody nose, or blood from his mouth, and then blood was oozing from his penis. The dr put him on cancer meds that were very expensive and he had some improvement, but we just couldn’t afford it. I am looking for some homeopathic things that I can do to help us. He has started to lose control, and become lethargic. I have been searching the internet and read about tumeric and castor oil and other natural things to help. Can you give me some advice please? Thank You

  23. marianne on August 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    My 115 pound GSD was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August of 2011. I was not given much hope for him. I decided against chemotherapy, but agreed to an anti-inflammatory, Piroxicam. I also have been giving him K9 Immunity Plus from Aloha Medicinals, probiotics, q10, maritime pine bark extract, bach flower essences for prostate support, yogurt, and a home cooked diet, and raw when available (venison). I recently added selenium. Now wondering if tumeric should be added. It is more than one year since the diagnosis, and he shows no signs of the disease. Any advice? Thanks.

  24. Linda Fisher on August 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I received a bottle of Apocaps and have a question. It contains curcumin but I am finding info that it may be bad for dogs with hemangiosarcoma due to increasing the chances of bleeding.

    I have started giving Yunnan Paiyao to help deter bleeding but not sure if giving the Apocaps with curcumin would increase the possibility of bleeding.

    Also, can I not give Apocaps with Artemisinin? Seems it would only help? Are the two together a no deal?

  25. Thomas Khoo on July 23, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Dear Dr Damian Dressler,
    I am a distributor of supplements in Singapore and I want searching the net for curcumin use in dogs. We have a product called sanador equigesic that has bioavailability of more the 400 times compared to the standard curcumin in the market. You can find some information in my website. I thought you may be interested in the product. If you need more information please contact me.

  26. Allie on July 22, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Resending….hoping for some advice.
    Hi there….any advice would be warmly received. My dog Sunny has an oral fibrosarcoma on her upper jaw. We had surgery in Jan. 2012 and vet removed mass and tried to take large margins. It is now June and it has grown back and is very aggressive. Her face is now bulging. We are doing low dose chemo (cyclo) and an anti-inflammatory. We also are giving her K-9 immunity chews (6 a day) Omega 3, probiotics, and recently introduced resveratrol at a high dose. She currently gets 700 mg a day and we are bumping that up to 1400 mg asap. Wondering your thoughts on what we are doing and also if we should start curcumin? Wondering about the dosing of it? I had researched it and hadn’t started curcumin because of its possible interference with the chemo drug she is on. We are desperate at this point and will try anything. Thank you for your time and caring.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on July 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Dear Allie
      Sorry to hear about this.
      I’d be thinking about Apocaps and Neoplasene under veterinary supervision.
      I’d also be wondering about matrix 3 cisplatin impregnated beads.
      Did you read the Guide? Diet? (btw I prefer a more pure beta glucan like the old K-9 immunity caps without chew stuff added).
      I hope this gets you started
      Dr D

  27. Allie on June 28, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hi there….any advice would be warmly received. My dog Sunny has an oral fibrosarcoma on her upper jaw. We had surgery in Jan. 2012 and vet removed mass and tried to take large margins. It is now June and it has grown back and is very aggressive. Her face is now bulging. We are doing low dose chemo (cyclo) and an anti-inflammatory. We also are giving her K-9 immunity chews (6 a day) Omega 3, probiotics, and recently introduced resveratrol at a high dose. She currently gets 700 mg a day and we are bumping that up to 1400 mg asap. Wondering your thoughts on what we are doing and also if we should start curcumin? Wondering about the dosing of it? I had researched it and hadn’t started curcumin because of its possible interference with the chemo drug she is on. We are desperate at this point and will try anything. Thank you for your time and caring.

  28. Carey on June 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hello, 3 weeks ago we took our 4 year old male Rottweiler into the vet thinking he may have fractured a leg bone, torn a muscle, something because he was limping for almost 2 weeks. He showed no signs of pain when I moved the leg, applied pressure in all different locations from toes to high upper hip and no response of pain. The vet did and exam and came to the conclusion that our Capone tore his ACL in his right hind leg. We where given a 3 week supply of anti inflammatory’s and he was doing well on them, the last week I was giving him only 1 po qd to see if it was healing and his was limping worse. I started back up on bid and the limping was a little better. Today I brought him back to have the x ray done and blood work done to be able to have the surgery and the vet mentioned that the leg is much harder then before and the x ray showed a large mass on the x ray and the vet said that he had Osteosarcoma and had 8 weeks or so to live. Now, he shows no other signs of spreading (ex hard breathing, no appitie, sleepy ect), his only symptom is a weak rt hind leg. I was reading that there are many types of this kind of cancer and that bone bx, blood work, chest x rays ect would need to be done to show what type of Osteosarcoma it is and poss tx if any. I worked for a Dermatologist for many years and have seen very severe cancers. None of the patients we had in the last 4 years of my working there had passed away after being dx with Melanoma stage 4. I know that if you can catch it before it spreads, you have a high chance of survival. I also know a lot about Tumeric, we had given it to many patients with severe psoriasis and seen amazing results. In our research on Tumeric, we noticed many articals stating the amazing results with certain cancers, ex: help breast cancer from spreading, showed pancratic cancers clear up completely. I only know about it in use of humans and when I was told of my beloved dogs diagnosis (after a few hours of tears) I thought of tumeric and thought it may help. My question to you is, do you know of Tumeric showing progress in a dog dx with Osteosarcoma? Again, I do not know of the type of Osteosarcoma Capone has but maybe it will help. I am taking him for a second opinion tomorrow, maybe the vet I take him to tomorrow knows of something like tumeric or another herb that shows good results. Any thing you can offer us, we greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

  29. Sue on June 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

    My dog was bitten last year by a brown widow recluse spider. The affected area was treated, healed but left a black lump. However, last week it started bothering him and we ended up in the vets with a very swollen leg and wound weeping blood. After 2 large antibiotic injections, constant cleaning and some TLC, the leg finally went down but vet still unsure what it is or what is causing it. Have been told if swells up again we may have to put him down!! There is a large lump around the black lump and this is new, it is not painful now and has a little puncture wound that has still not healed in the last 10day! I have used a bread poultice, which did draw out some stuff but no not much and nothing came out second time round. Am wondering if I can put turmeric paste directly on the wound and would this help heal it? So don’t want to have him put down!

  30. Mike on June 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I have a 12 year old female wolf hybrid who has developed a large tumor under her arm pit and smaller ones on her belly. I just read about tumeric and need to get an aproximate dosage for her. I have 500 mg capsules. Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on June 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Dear Mike
      Turmeric is not a cure for cancer. It can be used as a supplemental aide to help dogs with cancer. The right way to deal with this issue is to find out what your dog has, just as you would if you had a large tumor under your arm pit. This way, with a diagnosis, you can best tailor the treatment to do the best thing for your dog. The doses used in dogs are scaled from people and you can use (under veterinary supervision of course) up to 3 caps twice daily.
      I would be using a superior supplement like apocaps however, which contains the curcumin along with other apoptogens, also under veterinary supervision and guidance.
      I hope this helps
      Dr D

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  32. Tom on April 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I bought ten pounds of turmeric and keep it in the freeze. Hope this is ok, as I did this two years ago and it still tastes fresh. I give an amount that they will eat easily, perhaps 600 mg to my four dogs with their meal once a day. They are a shar pei (dad) and pit bull (mom) and a brother and sister shar pit. We get lots of exercise, as I have a scwinn 1000 watt scooter and harness them with leashes to the front every day several miles into the desert at night. Don’t use the batteries except in ruts. The scooter is charged by a wind mill on a pole alongside a pine tree. We trim the pines, and make tea out of the needles in the direction of a new trail. The tea I use to dampen the dry dog food with a can added, or sometimes I make lentils and rice with vegetables. I am not going to tell you about the occasional jack rabbit.
    I take the turmeric in an oo capsule with the smaller end of the cap I fill with bromelain three times a day. I drink the tea separate from my chow, however 🙂
    On the scooter, we are a ‘fource’ to be reckoned with. I always carry a pocket stun gun on the trail, but have never been attacked by a stray off leash dog. They seem to respect our odd running habits.

  33. MAP on March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

    When my dog was 5 years old (58lb black lab x) she tore her back left acl. I did manage to get her into surgery soon, but the vet stressed strongly that this was only a temporary fix, often times the other leg will tear, or the repaired leg won’t hold up forever, as well that arthritis will set in a lot sooner. Well it’s been 3 years and only 2 weeks ago did I see her leg becoming lame again, however when it warmed up outside she started using it again. So I put this down to arthritis. I started research online for ways to help with inflammation etc. TURMERIC came up and I have to say, it’s a really great anti-inflammatory herb, I have even started giving my mother it for her arthritis. I am still waiting to see just how effective it is but so far she doesn’t act like her leg is bothering her in any way! I am so excited about natural approaches to my dogs care as vet bills can be VERY expensive. Another great thing I give my dog is Apple Cider Vinegar (organic with the mother Braggs brand), this has an alkalinizing effect on the body I think (or so I have read) and an alkaline body resists disease more so than one in an acidic state. My dog suffers allergies, so I am also waiting to see if this has any effect on her allergies which I have not been able to peg to any certain thing. This might not work for all dogs, but my dog is a glutton and will literally eat anything I give her lol. The ACV threw her for a loop, but she just looked at me then continued eating.

  34. Linda Cooper on February 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Dr. Dressler, I have just finished your book. I can totally relate to the term Analysis Paralysis. My 13 year old chow/lab mix had an oral tumor downsized 3 weeks ago. It was too deep into the tongue to be completely removed. Because I told the vet I would do no chemo or radiation the mass was not sent for diagnosis. I feel this was a major error on my part as I now realize that even if you plan to treat “naturally” it is important to know the type of cancer. Due to the breed and my dog’s totally black tongue I imagine this cancer to be malignant melanoma, but of course, do know know for sure. My vet never mentioned the vacinne for melanoma or I would have probably approached things differently. I took her to a TCM vet a few days after the surgery. She put her on IP6, Wobenzyme, Canine Hepatic Support and Max’s Formula (Chinese herbs). I have added 7000mg of fishoil daily, turmeric sprinkled on the food, and melatonin at night. She is eating greatv(is on your cancer diet) and her energy level is good. I want to get the Apopcaps but not sure if I need to quit all these other supplements or can i still use them in conjunction with the apocaps (although I understand they should not be given at the same time). Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you for your most wonderful book. It is a wonderful blend of mental, physical and spiritual that is most uncommon in the medical field.

  35. Shwetali on February 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Can Curcumin be given when chemotheraphy is on?

  36. Regina on December 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I anticipate your answer about my dogs tumors. Can you help?

    Thanks, Regina

  37. Lacy Butler on December 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    My 3 1/2 year old Shar-pei was diagnosed with Familial Shar-Pei Fever and renal amyloidosis. I plan on purchasing your book, as the cancer diet will help with many diseases.We have started her on a variety of holistic and western treatment options and I ran across curcumin in my search. Would this be damaging to her kidneys or sensitive tummy and what would the dose be for ~30 pound pup? Also, where would I find it? Thank you for everything you do!

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Dear Lacy
      I am sorry, this is not a good dietary choice for renal amyloidosis.
      There are also medical considerations with curcumin you need to discuss with your vet (it inhibitis COX-2 which may or may not be the best thing for your dog).
      You need to consult with a veterinarian who knows about this stuff and also knows your individual dog’s medical history, etc.

  38. Regina on December 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I have a Lab/Australian Shepard mix . She has 3 tumors, one in her neck, one on her top front leg joint and one on her stomach. I have been giving her Curcumin in capsule form for about 2 weeks. Her tumors are getting bigger but she is not showing any discomfort. It is scaring me about the change. What should I do?

    Thanks so much!!!

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Dear Regina,
      please see your vet ASAP!!!
      Dr D

  39. Nikki on November 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Dr Dessler,

    I have a 7 year old Vizsla who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She’s a prednisone, pancreatin, beta glucans and curcumin. This is all under her vet’s supervision. She currently gets 500mg of curcumin since I wasn’t sure what the proper dosage should be for a 50lb dog, is that sufficient?

    Thank you Best regards,

  40. vicki on October 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I have a female collie who is 12 years old, seemed to be very healthy and I just happened to notice her gums were pale, we ran bloodwork and all appeared good except a low end PCV. A couple weeks later she paled again and we ran bloodwork again and did an xray the spleen was enlarged and after an ultrasound we removed the spleen. Anyway it appears she has a hemangiosarcoma and there was at least a nodule on her liver in the ultrasound. We had to go back in a week later cuz she herniated for some reason the stitches broke down and there was another mass forming and a small spot already on her liver.
    Can she be treated with the Apocaps and I have turmeric powder I can start her on in the meantime. We did start her on garlic and melatonin, we have her on milk thistle too. It was also was suggested to use Vit D is this ok to use with this type cancer I thought i read in your book, no.
    She is fed raw and has been most of her life and before that homemade. She is eating well but we are keeping her activity level down while she heals from surgery. Oh I put the tumeric in small capsules to give if she won’t eat it in food. To get the 2 grams, she weighs 58 pounds, do I just weigh it on a kitchen scale or is the a comparable measurement in tsp.
    Thanks so much, oh I already have your books.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on October 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Dear Vicki
      it was quite astute of you to notice her pale gums! Great job. I would double check with your vet on liver function. If liver function is adequate, apocaps is no problem. Your vet can see the product information here:
      There is litte benefit in oral vitamin d supplementation- the levels in the blood are too low when given orally for anti cancer effects. Get sunlight several times weekly for 10 minutes at least each time for active vit D. I would hold off on the turmeric until after healing as curcumin may have some blood thinning effects. The capsules will give you mg, and 1000 mg is 1 gram. Kitchen scale is not usually sensitive enough to measure grams. Be sure your pet care is under veterinary supervision too.
      Hope this helps

  41. Phil on October 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Dr. Dressler,

    Not sure if you can take the time to help me further on this, but I’ll ask. I have begun the YB as you suggested. He’s been on it for 5 days so now I’ll take him off for 5. I planned to feed him lots of fish for the oil and Omega 3, but I’ve also read that these may act as blood clotting inhibitors. So I’m torn which way to go. Obviously I want to fight the cancer, but I also do not want the internal bleeding to get worse. I guess this is one of those mental battles you go through on a regular basis. Any suggestions? By the way, he continues to play and has a great appetite. Still well under weight, but alert.

  42. Phil on September 23, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Dr. Dressler,

    Thank you for your help. I’m looking forward to reading the book to see how else I may help him to enjoy his remaining life. He’s been an extraordinary companion, even my local vet comments in ways that I doubt he does with all pets he sees. I’ll go by your dosing and plan to follow up so you can hear the results.


  43. Phil on September 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I have a 14 year old Samoyed that has a large tumor, probably on the spleen but possibly the liver. He is otherwise healthy. He eats well, plays, and has full interest in his normal activity. However, the tumor bled a couple of days ago (internally), his gums paled, and he nearly died. Somehow the bleeding must have stopped and he has been regaining strength. He is a bit weak in his hind legs, but is completely alert. At 53 pounds, he’s lost weight, especially considering that the tumor is most certainly a few pounds itself. What should I dose him? I will buy the guide and read it, but I’m hoping for information from you now that I can start him on immediately. Any help is appreciated!

    • DemianDressler on September 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Dear Phil
      I am sorry your Sammy is experiencing this.
      bleeding tumors usually require surgery during an exploratory (after doing lab work and imaging). This is step one. A biopsy can be taken which will inform us of the right conventional treatment plan. I would start with yunnan baiyao under veterinary supervision:
      Once you get the book you can focus on the other steps…
      dr D

    • Diane on March 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Dr. Dressler, i have a 12yr old jack russell (20lbs), she started holding her back leg up while standing and skipping when she walks. I have taken her to 2 vets and have gotten 2 different diagnoses (1 said it was a luxating patella and recommended me to see an OrthoVet. I took her to a different vet for a 2nd opinon. He did an ortho exam and could not find antyhing wrong, x-rays were good and so were blood tests (liver enzymes elevated, but he said that was probalby due to the steriod shot and metacam she was on, both did not phase her). He acts normal, walks fine, healthy appetitite, but after 6 weeks still holding her leg up. It seems like her leg is colder to the touch than her other leg. I have stopped her walks in fear of doing more damage and hope it heals. I have also started her on a high protein grain-free diet, adding a little turmeric. she has been taking fish oil and glucosomine for a long time. What is your opinion? Thanks so much.

      • Dr. Demian Dressler on March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Dear Diane,
        I am sorry, I cannot diagnose a lameness over the internet. When in doubt though, check the patella and the lumbosacral area of the vertebral column.

  44. Willy on August 27, 2011 at 8:15 am

    My australian/border collie cross 7 year old female was diagnosed with CCL (torn knee ligament) 4 weeks ago. She was limping severely and the vet recommended surgery. After a week she also lost some movement in the other hind leg, and had difficulty walking at all. My neighbor the accupuncturist tried that on her and thought it was more of a lower spine problem. She has come back quite well after 5 treatments, but had to go out of town for 10 days, so have relied on the vet’s anti inflammatory Metacam. After some research we are now giving her Glucosamine and Condroitin with MSM, and also Turmeric for pain. She can walk slowly, but sits frequently, with difficulty getting up.
    My question is, am I doing the right combination of natural meds? I am still away from home for another week and don’t want to see her in pain. Is there something else I should try? It seems funny that her whole rear end is not working well if she has a torn ligament? Thanks for any comments, Willy

    • sarah on November 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

      i have a miniature poodle almost 2 years old, how much turmeric I can give him. Can i cook his ground beef with turmeric?

      • Dr. Demian Dressler on December 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        Dear Sara
        please consult with your vet on all doses and recommendations. I would suggest Apocaps which has the active ingredient in turmeric (curcumin) in a highly bioavailable form…and it is labeled for dogs over 5 lbs…and has a variety of other beneficial compounds.
        If you do not want to use Apocaps, send us the body weight and we will give a dose to discuss with your vet..
        Dr D

  45. Grosric on July 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hi, I am taking care of my mom’s dog after she had a stoke. My mother never took the dog to the vet or gave him any vaccine shots. She fed him regular commercial chip food and gave her food scraps such as fruit, vegetables, bread, etc. Kendy is now 21yo (human years) and still a happy, active and very alive dog. He’s lost some theta but he’s still have good appetite and behaves like a puppy. Recently he’s developed somme skin tumors and vocalizes a lot. He’s a small which is a mix of many, many breeds and we call them “Puertorrican Sato”.
    How much turmeric can I give him?

  46. ema on July 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    hola como ha funcionado la curcumina para hemangiosarcoma? Mi sobrina de 23 años murio de angiosarcoma en el mes de diciembre. necesito saber si ha tenido exito con la curcumina
    atte: ema

  47. Heather Leifheit on June 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    D. Dressler,
    I have two labs both are 11 1/2. One, Abbey, has a tumor attached to her heart and x-rays show fluid and/or tumor growths in her lungs. I have started to give her tumeric along with Essiac tea and enzyme supplements. I have a hard time trying to get her to eat when I put these herbs into her food. I use the powder pill form and fold it up in a treat. From what I’m understanding, this may or may not be beneficial to a dog in this form?? Can you give me any advice? I read stop giving dog food but EVERYTHING I have made for her she turns her head to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Heather

  48. Chers on May 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Dr D,

    My dog Kia (10 yrs old shih-tzu) has lymphoma and is given 8 wks to live. She’s currently on amoxil and prednsone. I’m still hopeful. I read about turmeric and I sprinkled it on her food and she seems to like it. How much should I be giving a 15lbs dog? Thanks in advance 🙂


  49. Dan & Molly on April 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Dr D, We have 2 Great Danes (male) Max weighs 180 lbs and (female) Sage weighs 140 lbs, we are having some issues with both dogs. Max is having inflammation which is causing him to drag his back paw at times and Sage has a few bumps that seem to be getting bigger every year. The ages of our Danes (Max) and (Sage) are: 7 & 4. What dosage of the Turmericforce would you recommend for them?

    • DemianDressler on April 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Dear Dan and Molly,
      if you want a superior form of plant based NSAID constituents, I use Apocaps in my patients. The reason is that curcumin at high bioavailability is contained in this supplement, along with luteolin, silymarin, and apigenin. And plus, I created the preparation, so I trust it. My two cents…don’t forget to keep your vet in the loop on all medical choices with your dogs. For dogs like these I usually use about half the labelled dose.
      Dr D

  50. thelma on March 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    My 13 year old mixed lab has a large tumor on his liver. He had stopped eating, lost a lot of weight, and became weak in his hind legs. The vet says he might not live past a month–diagnosed Feb 2011. I began giving him chicken cooked with turmeric, garlic and cardamon–sprinkled with cinnamon to enhance his smell. He began eating and has not stopped. He has gained all of his weight back plus more; goes for walks; can go up and down the steps in our home without problems; playful; eyes bright. I actually think the tumor has shrunk! He definitely does not look like he’s on death’s door anymore.

    • DemianDressler on April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Dear Thelma,
      this is great news! Have you started the cancer diet? There is a lot of useful information that has taken years to compile in the Guide. It is an easy read and I think it can make a big difference.
      Dr D

  51. Karen Atutis on March 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    A friend went to the health store to buy some curcumin for my dog who has cancer. They sold him cumin in bulk, and told him to sprinkle it on his food.. They said that cumin is the same as curcumin. Is that true.?

    • DemianDressler on March 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Dear Karen,
      no, unfortunately that is not true. Curcumin is found in turmeric, not cumin.
      Your friend should look into the Guide!
      Dr D

  52. Rod Tozour on March 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Doctor Dressler: Our beautiful, healthly 6 yr. old labador retriever Hallie just had a needle biopsy of a bump on the side of her head which is a mass cell tumor. We are frightened and Tuesday 8 March 2011 she will have it removed. Hopefully it will be a stage 1. We have just bought shark cartlidge, tumeric, and 1000mg omega 3 capsules and only have given her the omega 3’s so far. She is on Kirkland Supreme dog food which contains alot of good nutrients. Any ideas to help Hallie and us would be greatly appreciated. I just am in the process of printing the cancer diet that you have allowed us to download. Of course until we get the biopsy back in i guess a week after surgery, we wont know what to do. She acts like a puppy and is full of life and we want to keep her that way. All of the cancer treatments seem scary let along more of an expense then we can afford. PLEASE give us some ideas of what we should do. I can’t wait until we get the cancer news updates from you. Sincerely Rod and Debbie Tozour

    • DemianDressler on March 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Dear Rod,
      so sorry to hear about Hallie.
      So, let’s take a breath. Fist, as you know, this may be a Grade 1, and a wide excision almost always cures this cancer. Second, you are doing the difficult and time consuming job of trying to figure out the best supplement plan, which is kind of tough for most. You really should consider reading the Guide, which is an easy read, and will end up yielding more in the end than doing the three years of work it took me (after 10 years of practice after vet school) to assess the different supplements out there…just a wee thought…
      Hang in there meanwhile, and sending you my best,
      Dr D

  53. Lizzie on November 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I have a 5 yr old boxer who was just diagnosed with cancer. X-rays showed fluids that spread to the lungs. I was told nothing can be done for him. He is a happy,energetic, still eating with no problem and he is going to the bathroom with no problem. For the past 2 days i’ve notice his breathing is heavy. I checked his guns and still pink. Anything that I can do

  54. Eileen Brennan-Porter on November 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    My 14 yr old Australian Shepherd mix was diagnosed with a urethral mass a year or two ago, discovered after elevated ALP liver enzymes. It was not conclusive if it was TCC, but I started her on curcumin 800mg daily.

    My local vet referred me to a specialty vet who prescribed Tramadol for her arthritis pain because an NSAID like Rimadyl (which my local vet was pushing hard) would be too hard on her liver (I also had her on a glucosamine supplement). The mass remained stable for about a year but her symptoms have been more pronounced in the last month. It wasn’t conclusive again if her urinalysis detected a urinary tract infection, but rather than subject her to another needle test we decided to try an antibiotic to see if her symptoms subsided.

    In the meantime we did start her on Rimadyl for the inflammation, to see if it helped with her arthritis as well as inflammation from the thickened urethra. I also got some Milk Thistle extract to support her liver and the vet prescribed Pepcid AC for stomach upset.

    After 2 weeks she didn’t seem to have any obvious relief from Rimadyl of the weakness and pain in her hind legs, and she seemed much more listless, so Sunday I took her off everything except the antibiotic. This morning (Monday) she seemed brighter and more alert, so I’ve decided to finish the antibiotics and started her this morning on the Apocaps, leaving her off the Rimadyl for now, and will wait to see how it goes.

    My question is should I still give her the Pepcid AC or would that interfere with the Apocaps? She has always had a very sensitive stomach. And should I resume the Glucosamine?

    Sorry for the long entry, but I’m shooting in the dark and don’t want to do unintentional harm to this fantastic little spirit. She still wants to be here despite all her troubles, and I want to give her what she needs to have as good a quality of life as I can for however long she has left.

    Thanks very much for any help you can give

  55. D. Hatch on September 14, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I have a 11 yr old golden retriever that was just diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma of the spleen. You mentioned taking Tumeric for Hemangiosarcoma of the skin, but is it also safe for this type?

  56. Kent Graham on June 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

    What is the correct dosage of Turmeric for a Dachshund weighing 21lbs?
    He is 10 years old. He has had disk problems in his back and he has had two previous back surgeries. Will Turmeric help at all with the disk problem in his back?

  57. Marta on March 25, 2009 at 4:33 am

    How much Can I give a dog with a liver tumor? 3 of her liver values are normal right now acording to her blood tests. Two vets have said they do not think she would survive surgery- because it is so large.
    Hard part she has no symptoms and it was found at a routine physical.
    Thank you,

  58. Dr Dressler on March 9, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    the dose for an average large adult dog is roughly 2 grams two times a day, taken from human studies.


  59. Joanne Walsh on March 9, 2009 at 4:33 am

    How much of this spice should you be giving your dog each day!

  60. Karen on March 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Dr.Dressler – I am currently giving my golden tumeric bid for his brain tumor along with other supplements. He was given 3-6 months to live on Sept. 4, 08. Today is 6 months and he is still a happy, active boy. We are taking it day by day. Thank you for your website,
    Karen Bender, Springfield, NJ

    • Dr. Dressler on March 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks a lot Karen, I hope it helps.

  61. Anu on March 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Iam from India. We have been using turmeric in our cooking for the last 5000 years. There was a company that tried to patent it, but could not because of the public uproar.

    Iam a strong believer in capitalism. If a company has genuinely put in the effort to make a drug or any other product, then of course, it needs to make cash off of it. But not with something that has been around for 5000 years.

    That said, anytime I make boiled chicken for my dog, I do add a dash of turmeric. She loves the flavor and I love that it is good for her. Talk about win win!

    • Dr. Dressler on March 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Anu!
      Good to see you!! (on the blog as well as in the pet hospital)

  62. Lynn Rosenberg on March 4, 2009 at 5:02 am

    I wish I had known about you when my dog had cancer. He ultimately died from it. I adored him and it was very difficult to lose him.

    I’m curious if your business is only online, and if you have a practice, what city do you practice in? I’m in L.A. Of course, I have no dog now but I’m hoping to get another, however challenging that might be (given my strong attachment to my late dog).

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