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More on Curcumin and Dog Cancer

In the last post, I introduced curcumin, a useful tool against cancer found in turmeric.

In this post we will look at some of the effects and practicalities in the use of this remarkable substance.

Safety should always be questioned. Curcumin is exceptionally safe when given by mouth.  Read more here.

One of the complaints about it is that it is not absorbed significantly when taken by mouth (passes through in the feces). True statement. But…

Curcumin taken by mouth does have effects in the body after all, in spite of low levels being taken up in the blood.  It was shown in  a human clinical trial that large doses (over 3 grams) decreased the levels of a chemical signal with links to cancer development and progression.

This chemical signal is called prostaglandin E2. This signal was measured in the bloodstream.

This means that actually some of the curcumin taken by mouth does indeed have effects on the body.  Check it out for yourself here.

Curcumin, at least in test tube studies (in vitro), shows a most definite ability to cause cancer cells to end their life cycle.  Another way of saying this is that it is an apoptogen, or something that causes programed, healthy,  end-of-life for cancer cells.

One way that curcumin is able to do this is by injuring the mitochondria, or the energy factories in the cancer cells.  Here is an abstract about that.

Curcumin is able to shut down the activity of one of the central chemical signals involved in cancer development and progression (NFK Beta).  This molecule is perhaps one of the most important molecules in the whole field of cancer.

On top of that, it has effects to slow the growth of blood vessels feeding tumors,  helping to stop cancer expansion.

For more info on these different ways curcumin helps fight cancer, read on here.

In humans, most of the research has focused on intestinal cancers.  The reason is because the stuff, after taken by mouth, goes down into the intestine and contacts the wall of the intestine.

Since these intestinal cancers are less dependant on curcumin getting in the blood to contact the cancer cells, that is where the interest has been.

I believe curcumin has broader application than that. Since we know it has effects outside the intestine, and it is non-toxic,  it should be applied more for dog cancer.

Curcumin does not dissolve well in water.  This is one of the things that limits its absorption.  You can overcome this by mixing it with lecithin and water and making a slurry.  Lecithin is available online. It is very , very gooey, so you add some water to the curcumin-lecithin, about 4 parts water to 1 part lecithin.

You can put some low sodium bullion in it for flavor, or similar agents.

Many of the commercial preparations have bromelain with it, to enhance blood levels.  No problem.

Doses are approximate, and taken from human literature.  For a large dog, use about 2 grams two times a day, as an estimation.

Do not use curcumin with gall stones, stomach ulcers, or within 10 days of surgery.

There is a possibility it should perhaps be avoided with liver problems in some references.  I believe this effect is not likely based on serial blood tests in my hospital with its use, but discuss with your vet, as always.

There is more in how curcumin fits into the full spectrum plan in the downloadable cancer book on

Best to all,

Dr D

About the Author: Demian Dressler, DVM

Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is known as the "dog cancer vet" and is author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity.

  • Gita Madhu

    My dog has mammary gland tumour. My question is : do we give the turmeric raw or can it be cooked with the food as we do normally? We are Indians.
    I was briefly giving it to her for the ulceration around the mouth of the burst tumour by boiling it with milk-this is how we do in India for many ailments when we give “haldi” (turmeric)-she likes it well this way but I need some confirmation

    • Dr. Dressler

      you will increase the absorption by giving it with milk like you do in India. No wonder!

  • Gita

    Thank you so much as I take it I can give it with a little cow’s milk? Some people say milk is not good for cancer so I am worried. Last few days she is having distress and weak in rear portion-so now I want to begin turmeric in earnest (she is taking budwig diet, 1500 mg Vit C, floressence, aloe vera, coenzyme 10, echinacea and many things… from February when it began she made a lot of progress but last few days some distress-how much turmeric to give per day and how to know when you post an answer ?
    Thank you so much for all the information you are giving to us all

  • Rick

    Dr. Dressler,

    I have a pitbull who has been diagnosed with Lymphoma type B. He has lost a lot of weight, and I am looking for alternatives to chemotherapy. I am currently giving him 1000mg of Pau D’ Arco twice a day, and 50mg of Prednisone once a day. Can I give him Turmeric in addition to the current medicines listed above, and if so, how much can I give him daily?

    Thank you


  • In February, 2009, my 18 pound Shi Tzu was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma that that had metastasized to the bone. After a surgery removed most of the lump, we began metronomic chemo. The dog cancer specialist mentioned that turmeric was showing promise in some studies and suggested we try it.

    Both the specialist and our regular vet gave Tiger 5 months to live.

    A year has gone by. The remaining part of the tumor has actually shrunk, no primary tumor (which the vets expected to pop up) have been found, his blood work and x-rays are all normal. They call him “an amazing success story.”

    Tiger’s regimin is simple: 1600 mg of turmeric and 2000 mg of garlic oil given twice daily with peanut butter, honey, and cheese. HE receives his liquid oral chemo once a day. He has plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and rest. (The dog has a better life than we do!)

    May I also add that prayers from friends and family far and wide have been a blessing to his health.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Gina,
      That is great news!
      Keep up the good work-
      Dr D

  • Carla

    (sorry I posted my comment under the “supplement” blog – THIS is where is should be!)
    Dear Dr. D,
    I was informed by my vet on 2/12 that my 9 year old lab/golden mix “Zoe” most likely has a brain tumor based on the symptoms she’s been displaying this past week (droopy eye, lethargic, circling). It all started with a seizure on 2/7. Up to that point she was a perfectly healthy dog. This has all been happening so fast.

    We are going to meet with a neurologist early next week but in the meantime, I would like to start Zoe on turmeric. Would 1/8 tsp. sprinkled on her food twice a day be sufficient? She is 80 lbs. I’m not sure what grams is converted to tsp. She gets a mixture of canned food & dry food. Perhaps I should mix the turmeric up in her wet food? Would it be readily absorbable this way? And would it be better to use the Curcumin?

    I am also cutting back on her dry food b/c of the high carb content and will probably go off it totally. I need to be very careful with Zoe’s diet b/c she also has IBS. I’m so glad I found your website. I will probably be purchasing your book after I get an official diagnosis. I will do absolutely anything to help my baby girl. I’m not ready to lose her yet!! Thank you very much for your help.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Carla,
      please wait until you know what you are treating before starting on any treatment plan, and please additionally make sure your veterinarian is kept abreast of any interventions since he or she knows your individual dog. This is to keep your plan on the right track…
      Here is a conversion calculator:
      However, curcumin is the more desirable source of the active bioflavanoids.
      Curcumin’s bioavailability is enhanced with bromelain as well as lecithin. Commercial preparations contain bromelain and you can mix it with some warmed lecithin available on line. There is more info in the book too.
      here is some more information for you:
      Dr D

      Dr D

  • Denise

    My dog has osteosarcoma that has spread. I have been giving him a bit of tumeric once in a while (just the standard spice used for cooking-purchased from Whole Foods). Is this not the right form to be feeding? Is there a special medicinal form that would be more effective in inhibiting tumor growth?

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  • Eileen null Brennan-Porter

    Holly, my 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Scottish Terrier/Lab mix (42-45lbs) has a thickening in her urethra, possible transitional cell carcinoma, but since last September it has gotten only slightly bigger, if at all. This leads the vet to doubt cancer since that form is so aggressive and grows very quickly until the urethra is blocked.

    But we are treating it as though it is cancer with peroxicam. We started Holly on it last Wednesday or Thursday (she was at my brother’s while we were out of town and we picked her up yesterday Saturday May 1). Today (Sunday) Holly seems very lethargic. I had read about the turmeric, and a couple of weeks ago started her on one New Chapter brand 400mg soft gel capsule a day.

    My understanding is that it has the same Cox-2 inhibiting properties as the NSAID Peroxicam, without the Cox-1 inhibiting effects that cause stomach problems. My questions are these:

    Is it alright to give her this along with the Peroxicam? If so am I giving her enough?

    She has always had a sensitive stomach and I fear the Peroxicam is the cause of her apparent discomfort. What about cytotec?

    If I discontinued the peroxicam and increased the turmeric, do you think it would be enough to shrink the growth or inflammation? She also has numerous fatty tumors on her body, I had read it could also help shrink them.

    She has some arthritis and her liver enzymes are also somewhat elevated (started after 6 weeks on doxycycline), so I worry about the peroxicam doing more harm than good.The vet didn’t recommend rimadiyl because of her liver so I give her a glucosomine/MSM/condroitin soft chew for the arthritis. She is a very sweet, sensitive, intelligent soul and we want to do everything we can for her without causing her more harm.

    I appreciate any help you can offer for this beautiful little spirit.

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Eileen,
      If you are interested in using supplements with effects like this, you would be well advised to look into Apocaps.
      The problem with the curcumin in turmeric is that very little gets in the body. Hence the bioavailability mechanism in Apocaps. None of us yet have the cure for cancer, but this is a strategy that can help many dog life longer, better lives.
      I hope it helps!
      Dr D

  • Sandeep

    Dr Dressler

    What is your take on the application of turmeric based antiseptic and anti-inflamatory cream or ointment on the tumour bearing area ? Typical ingredients of the cream are extract of turmeric ( 16% w/w ) and small amounts of sandalwood oil. Other excipients include Stearic acid ( 15% w/w ) and small amounts of sodium hydroxide, Methyl paraben sodium, propyl paraben sodium ,sorbitol and water q.s as listed on the package. My dog has osteosarcoma of the pelvic bone, Can we apply this ?

    • Dr. Dressler

      Dear Sandeep, far out of the box do you want to go?? The main problem is penetration. I see very little that will get the stuff into the tumor. You would be better served using an oral product with bioavailability enhancer to deliver curcumin (Apocaps) to get the curcumin into the tumor itself. Are you doing this?
      If you are totally desperate, discuss with your vet mixing the cream with a DMSO-containing topical. An old one I recall is Domoso (used for horses usually). This is definitely experimental. You could also mix in some capsaicin cream into the mix (this stuff is from chile peppers and is a pretty good apoptogen). Again, this is experimental, and most definitely get your vet involved.
      I assume you guys are doing your Dog Cancer Diet and the other steps in the Guide?
      Keep in touch,
      Dr D

  • Connie Almy

    My rottweiler has been diagnosed with inoperable fibrocarcinoma (Spanish), we live
    in Costa Rica and options are non-existant. I have been dosing my dog with tumeric and adding ground fresh green peppercorns. There are several studies
    showing black peppercorns compliment and add to the absorbsion of the tumeric (curcumin), plus have their own cancer fighting properties. I have been adding
    the fresh green peppercorns because fresh should be better, perhaps having more piperine than the dried. Do you know what amount I should feed a 100 lbs. dog? I’m just guessing. Thanks for any help!!!!!

  • Sandeep

    Dear Dr Dressler,

    Thanks for your inputs. I would have tried but unfortunately my dog Alex passed away on 11th June 2010 at 8.30 p.m. The diagnosis had been late, earlier findings being arthiritis and later on Edema. I had thus changed the vet, only then the correct diagnosis came. I had put him on Arte ( artesunate ) immediately as soon as I came to know of the medicine, as he was past surgery. Dr Singh had very kindly guided me. I was also trying low doses of Noscapine for the past few days. He had become weak and finicky eater as vital time had been lost in the initial stages. He was uncomfortable for the whole day. I thought he had been in pain and gave him meloxicam and called the vet. He suggested Fortwin but before we could administer he began to sink and passed away. A dear friend and angel who will always be missed. I just was able to put myself together so posted. I only wish that some channel is opened by way of which constant flow of info and supplements can be made to some vets here in New Delhi so that we can fight this wicked disease in the future. I would like the subscription to continue so maybe I could guide others. You are doing a wonderful job. Best wishes and good luck

  • Lori

    Hi Dr. Dressler,
    I just stumbled across you while researching Mast Cell tumors in canines. My 8 yr. old chocolate lab “Huey” had a mast cell tumor removed about 2 1/2 mos. ago. His pathology report came back really good w/ clean margins and a score of 2, (bloodwork was also clean), so you can imagine my surprise when we had a new lump checked out (close to the original surgery site) and it was cancerous and also now involves his lymph nodes on one side. He was given 6 mos to live. I just didn’t want to accept that, so was doing some research on my own. Right now he is on prednisone, benadryl and pepcid. The new tumors have actually almost gone completely away and the lymph node feels smaller to me too. Chemo is not an option for us financially. I see you tout turmeric as a hopeful aid in slowing down the tumor growth. Can you tell me if it’s safe to administer with what he’s on currently and if so, what would the dosage be? My vet is not into the whole holistic thing, so I can not seek her out for these questions.
    Hoping to have our beloved Huey Boy around for a while longer!


    • Dear Lori,
      good question. The active ingredient you are going for is curcumin in the turmeric. However, the body has some problems getting this cancer fighting supplement into the blood once it is taken by mouth. For this reason I created Apocaps for my patients, which has curcumin. If your dog was my patient, I would use Apocaps. Make sure all of the medical decisions made for Huey are done with a vet’s supervision. Check out this link!! And please get your Guide! It will surprise you how much you can do!

  • Eileen Brennan-Porter

    Dear Dr Dressler,

    Don’t know if my recent post went through, but just in case, wanted to write again rather than wait and see–time is precious. I sent a message last May (above), and since then did recently start Holly on Apocaps.

    Her prior elevated liver enzymes were a worry, but the specialty vet finally gave in to my local vet and we started her on Rimadyl beginning of November, hoping it would help both the arthritis symptoms and the inflammation of her urethra. But after over 2 weeks she had no obvious improvement in any of her symptoms and seemed drugged and lethargic.

    so I took her off Rimadyl and put her on Apocaps instead when I read taking both was not advised–but how long do you think it will take before we know if the Apocaps is making a difference (it’s been about a week)? Is Pepcid AC–prescribed along with the Rimadyl– not recommended with Apocaps?

    A recent ultrasound showed that the thickening/mass on her urethra had grow slightly, but the only way to be sure if it’s TCC is to go in and get cells and I don’t want to put her through that at this point–especially if it wouldn’t change anything we’re doing for her.

    I want to do everything I can for her and it’s so hard to know what’s best, especially when she is so reserved and dignified about her undeserved situation.

    We have never used any pesticides or herbicides around her, have always fed her the best food (mostly organic), never left her anywhere for too long, so she didn’t have extended periods of having to hold her pee–all the supposed risk factors of TCC. The only possible link is she might have to that is some possible Scottish Terrier in her lineage (we found her on the side of the road in the Shenandoah Valley).

    We also started her on antibiotics for possible bladder infection based on her symptoms, and her urinalysis showed some crystals in her urine (another indicator of infection), but so far that has not made any obvious difference either.

    Any input you might have would be so appreciated.

    • Dear Eileen-
      I usually give up to 3 weeks for the Apocaps. You also might try Metacam or Deramaxx instead of Rimadyl if you are going to use an NSAID. You might want to try a very low dose along with Apocaps but your vet of course must be involved and also must keep an eagle eye on those liver (and kidney and PCV) markers. Have you also started her on the cancer diet (different than a normal maintenance diet) and the supplements and everything in the Guide? I would really get it and read it. It is an easy read and you will get a lot of info, more than I can get to here…

  • michella

    My boxer has mass cell 2 cancer how do i give it to her and do you think it whould work on her how much and where do i get it

    • Dear Michella,
      So sorry to hear about your Boxer.
      I use this supplement as the curcumin supplement in my patients. Remember to always get veterinary supervision when you are making changes in your dog’s health care plan. I assume also that it will be removed and biopsied? Has that been done already?
      Dr D

  • Nancy

    My dog (11 lbs, 9 years male pomeranian) has Oral Melanoma Sarcoma on fourth premolar n the hard palate. It was 1.5 cm when 1st discover, become 3 cm while waiting for the confirmed diagnosed (within 2 wks), now abt 4 cm and also spread sideways.

    1. Question abt Apocaps. I read he summary of your clinical study on Apocaps, the dog with oral melanoma sarcoma did not show any positive effect with Apocaps. Should I try it anyway? Is Apocaps can be grounded to powder and sprinkled it to food? Can apocaps can be use alone or should only work with Krill oil? My dog can only take liquid (I blended his food) and put it on with syringe.

    2. Question abt Turmeric. I started added turmeric on his food (I just gave him too much-almost a teaspoon: but will use less in future). But, do you think I can also dilute the powder in water and swab it directly to his cancer? Will it shrink the cancer faster?

    3. On his histopath report, the pathologist found it difficult to get definitive diagnosis due to the extensive secondary changes in the mass. The main differential diagnosis was amelanotic melanosarcoma. Poorly productive flat bone osteosarcoma is conceivable. But, my oncologist have also suspect that it could be fibrosarcoma. Oh.. it confused me!, So, what in your professional guest is the right treatment for my beloved boy?

    Nancy – Hayward, CA

  • Sandy

    My golden retriever just turned 8. In July she suddenly became ill. The vet determined she had a large tumor on the spleen that was bleeding. Her condition was complicated by the fact that she has kidney disease. She survived the spleenectomy, but the biopsy report indicated the tumor was cancer. The vet does not recommend chemotherapy because of her kidney condition. I feel helpless against the cancer. Is curcumin safe for dogs with kidney disease? I am going insane trying to find a way to treat the cancer threat. Cancer diets and kidney diets seem to collide.

    Thank you for any advice you can give

    • Dear Sandy,
      there is much more that can be done. You are correct in that you need to cut the protein by about half for dogs with kidney disease and also cancer. Yes, curcumin is safe but there are much better supplementation approaches that use the acive ingredient in curcumin (the curcuminoids) as well as other apoptogens. You should check into apoptogens. You should also consider that doxorubicin has minimal kidney effects, and there are still other chemo options. You should however continue to educate yourself on how to minimize chemo risks, as well as on anit-metatstatic supplements, immune support, and life quality steps that can help your dog’s brain chemistry. You can read more about each of these topics in the Guide and for bits and pieces you can review the blog posts here. Use your vet’s guidance, and don’t be afraid to get the info you need!
      Dr D

  • Shin

    So your product Apocaps for a 65lb dog would be: 9 capsules daily x 30= 270.
    With 90 caps per bottle I would need 3 bottles per month which would come at a cost of $180 a month total. How many people can afford this??

    Shame that maximum profit is the name of the game in our world.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Shin
      the cost is that way because of the ingredient costs. 2.2 pounds of luteolin costs almost $2000, and the same with apigenin, and these are just two of the ingredients. Sorry. I hear you but we are using costly ingredients that have beneficial effects.



    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Larielynne,
      although curcumin has beneficial effects I would hesitate to say it will prevent cancer across the board. The truth is that if it did, we could all just take curcumin and the world would be free of cancer for ever, which is a great thought but does not seem to be happening. It does have some anti-cancer effects in lab animals and in test tubes, and does little harm. The doses are in the Guide, and please consult with your veterinarian on specifics for your dog. Large dogs can take several grams a day, but do check with your vet as curcumin, like anything else, can rarely have side effects. I hope this helps-
      Dr D

  • Michael

    I just stumbled on this post. We have a tweleve year old Bernese Mountain dog. She is in very weak condition, down to 60 lbs after 110 lbs about a year and a half ago. She has an exposed tumor on her back side that is oozing and smells. The vet says she is too weak to operate on. Two years ago she had a Mast stage 3 tumor removed from her side. Would turmeric help her at all?

    • Dr. Demian Dressler

      Dear Michael
      is the vet abosolutely certain? Weight loss does not preclude surgery, and it seems his tumor is causing the problem. Also consider Kinavet or palladia (oral chemo) with an oncologist, Apocaps, Neoplasene, the dog cancer diet, benadryl, some antibiotics, and famotidine. Your vet will know about most of these. Curcumin is in Apocaps as well as a host of other beneficial compounds. There is a lot of information on dog cancer supplements in the Guide, for both your and your vet if needed.
      Please keep the vet involved with the decisions.
      All my best
      Dr D


    My Labrador/mix Dog who is 14 years old was diagnosed 5 months ago with anal cancer ….vet said nothing could be done and gave my dog 3 months to live, i have been using 900milligrams of Turmeric (Super Bio curcumin) since the diagnostic and dog is not only moving better from hip problems but seems to be doing better …noticed dogs health improvement within 14 days since begun use of turmeric many months ago ..Changed vets and new vet is into holistic/vitamin therapy ……Thanks 🙂

  • Shelley

    I have a 7 year old Boxer named Pugsley. 2 years ago he was diagnosed with a hemangiosarcoma in his testicles(removed by neutering) and 2 mast cell tumors, type 2 and 3. Type 2 on his ear and type 3 on his hind hock. After much discussion about amputation (the hind leg was inoperable) and chemo (not affordable, very fixed income!) I put him in a trial phase for Paclical Vet/chemotherapy. It was a blind trial and after 3 administrations his liver function deteriorated so treatment was stopped. He ended up not getting the Paclical Vet, but CeeNU. Prior to the beginning of the trial I found your web site and it got me doing a lot of research. I changed his diet from Pedigree dry food to a raw diet, including ground broccoli, celery, parsley (all for the high concentration of flavonoids) and ginger. I added chicken liver and beef heart (trimmed of fat). I make “Pug patties” out of this mixture, hamburger size, and freeze them for a 2 week regimen. Pugsley weighs 104 lbs. (he is a BIG Boxer!) so I feed him 3 patties per day with broth and one raw chicken leg or thigh. He also receives 3 daily doses each of 25 mg. benadryl, 400 mg. cimetidine, 4800 mg. Omega 3 Fish oil and 1000 mg. (1/4 tsp.) turmeric with each “Pug Pattty”. The tumors began shrinking before the Paclical trial was started and have continued shrinking to this day. The one on his ear is almost gone, and after a visit to his vet 2 weeks ago the one on his leg was determined to be scar tissue from a slice biopsy. No indication of any hemangiosarcoma could be found. My vet pronounced him a cancer survivor! All of this has gotten my vet very interested in cancer treatment, including the alternatives. I have referred him to your web site. Thank you for helping us all doc!

  • sadie

    My 12 year old poodle weighs 7 lbs. She has oral melanoma, and I have been treating her with curcumin, beta glucan 1 3/ 1 6, catsclaw, and shark cartilage for about a month now. Recently I read that adding black pepper would help her get theses herbs into her bloodstream better. I just ordered 10 mg black pepper extract tablets. What is your opinion on my treatment, and what dosage/ ratio/ should be given/ how many times a day? Thank you!

    • Pat

      How much curcumin are you giving her? My 21 lb dog also has recurring oral melanoma.

  • Gloria

    What is your feeling about Tumeric raising body temperature ? and is it an issue? The preparation i am using with my dog is with Bromelain and is like 425 mg. How many capsule should I give a 60 lb dog?He had a nerve sheath tumor between his brachial plexus and spine, and had a left foreleg amputation. Also will tumeric thin the blood? I am also giving him an omega three supplement and we cut a toenail too short and he bled profusely. He takes no other meds.

  • Sandy

    My dog has several large lipomas and I’ve been wondering about using turmeric essential oil diluted in a carrier oil, to massage them. Do you know of anyone who has tried this method?

    • Susan Kazara Harper

      Hi Sandy, My first question; are you sure the lumps are lipomas (soft, fatty lumps which are harmless), and have these lumps been aspirated or biopsied by your vet just to make sure they are benign? It’s always a good idea to get this done.

      Following that, there are articles which claim topical application can be beneficial against lipomas, and I can’t confirm that. My caution would be using a turmeric essential oil. Essential oils as a rule should not be taken internally, and our dogs love to lick, especially things on their body. So if you try it, even in a carrier oil such as olive oil you may want to consider using a high-quality turmeric powder mixed in carefully. It will stain, and your dog will want to lick it, so please take precautions.

      • Sandy

        Thank you Susan, that’s very helpful. Yes, they’re definitely lipomas and I’m giving her turmeric extract already which seems to have stopped them growing. I might try a massage with 1% turmeric essential oil on a bump on her shoulder where she can’t reach to lick it.

        • Susan Kazara Harper

          Sounds like a plan Sandy. Good luck.

    • billy Mac

      did you make a topical cream? I’m trying to find out same info

      • Anna69

        Hi. I just wanted to say, I have a 3 yr old staffie with mast cell tumors and I mixed ùp a thick paste of tumeric and olive oil which I massage into the masses when they are looking inflammed. I definitely see a big improvement when left on overnight. The only issue is that the tumeric stains EVERYTHING he lays on so I bandage it up overnight so it can really be absorbed. Its not going to get rid of the tumors altogether, but I was amazed at the improvement.

  • Leah Landes-Reynolds

    I have a dog that is approximately 5 years old. Roughly four years ago, he was “diagnosed” with osteosarcoma, although it seemed that most tests came back inconclusive at that time. He was put on a course of Deramaxx and I was told he wouldn’t live much longer than a few months. The mass on his front leg did eventually shrink, but never completely resolved. Given his longevity and through my own online research, I have wondered if he didn’t have osteochondroma or another form of benign tumor instead. It has recently started growing again and has become increasingly painful. He is back on Deramaxx. I am wondering if turmeric wouldn’t be a better alternative for him. Or, is it ok to use turmeric in conjunction with the Deramaxx? He is approximately 70-80 pounds.

  • Anna69

    Hi. My beautiful 3 yr old Staffie is losing his short fight against the dreaded grade 3 mast Cell tumor that have come up aggressively after surgery to remove the original one 4 months ago. I have been told he cannot be saved this time around but I want to do everything I can to help him fight. I know Turmeric has cancer fighting qualities and I’d really appreciate some input on this, ie- how much I can give him, is it safe with all his other Meds. As time is really of the essence here I would really love to hear from people asap

  • Susan Kazara Harper

    Hi Anna, This is heartbreaking, and you’re doing everything you can for your boy. Three is so young! Yes,Turmeric has been shown to have very good effects in helping with cancer. Apocaps, the nutraceutical Dr. Dressler formulated has Turmeric as a main ingredient, as well as many other high-quality ingredients which have been shown to help turn hon the process of “apoptosis” (natural cell death) in cancer cells. Please check out which explains how Apocaps works. They are available from and from Amazon. If you give your boy the best nutrition possible, he will be as strong as possible during this fight. You can download a free Dog Cancer Diet from the main blog page. Just enter your email and you’ll get an instant document giving the best foods to feed, and those not to feed. Our hearts are with you and your boy. All the best.

  • paul hedemark

    Dear Dr. Dressler,

    My 12 year old PW Corgi was just diagnosed with a quarter sized Sqaumous cell carcinoma located unfortuanately on the back underside of the tongue. We will be seeing an oncologist next week I hope. What questions should I ask and also what might you recommend homeopathically? Thanks for any help☺

  • Susan Kazara Harper

    Hi Paul,
    I’m sorry about this diagnosis, any cancer diagnosis is tough, and it’s always worse when it’s our own beautiful dog. There is a good blog to look at
    The Dog Cancer Survival Guide book has a great couple of pages on “Questions to Ask Practitioners”, but too long to post here. Basically you want to ask things like “what is the diagnosis”, “What is the grade and/or stage of the cancer” “What are the treatment options” “What are the possible side effects” “what will this mean to my dog with/without treatment” “What do the options cost” “how do I know if my dog is in pain”, etc. You might want to let your vet know you want to investigate complementary treatments to help. Ask if your vet can refer you to anyone. Write down the answers. We wouldn’t recommend homeopathic treatments within a blog, because 1, it’s not our speciality, and 2) homeopathy can be very effective, but it’s very individual to the character of the human or animal who needs the treatment. I don’t know what state you’re in, but you can google “veterinary homeopath” and perhaps find someone in your area. Now please remember, whatever numbers/prognosis you get, remember you dog is not a number. The number quoted are based on median survival times, which means some go a whole lot longer and some of course don’t. But start to write down the questions you already have. You can download The Dog Cancer Diet from the main blog page, so please get good, real nutrition started as soon as possible. There is a lot you can do. Good luck!

  • Ron

    If a dog has a spleen associated growth, is it not safer for the dog to abstain from removing the spleen due to risk of fatal bleed out and instead give the dog bioflavonoids, butchers broom and horse chestnut to strengthen the vessels to lessen the risk of a natural (non-surgically caused) bleed out?

  • Susan Kazara Harper

    Ron, Every dog and every situation is different. You’d need to weigh the options with your vet, your herbalist orhomeopath, and your dog. What works for one may be different for the next. And sometimes there is no right answer, just what we fell in our heart is the best option for our beloved four-pawd friend. Dogs can an do thrive without a spleen in certain circumstancs. Your veterinary surgeon will help you weight those options, and oyur heart will tell you what the best decision is for you and your dog. Good luck.