I’d like to give Turmeric a go for my dog’s lipoma……..
My dog has a lipoma in his neck, it started about the size of a golf ball and has grown to the size of a grapefruit over the last few years. The vet always said it was not a good candidate for removal due to it possibly being attached to his major neck veins. So we were just to watch it. Basically I have been watching it grow and grow and thought there was nothing I could do to save him from it eventually closing off his throat.
I just found the info on turmeric and decided to give it a try. I asked my vet but he had zero information on it. He had his first dose of it this morning with olive oil and gobbled it up. I did not add pepper as I had read it is bad for dogs?
My question is can I pre-mix a batch in a squeeze bottle and then measure it out each meal onto his food or is it better to mix the turmeric with the oil at the last minute? I am concerned about it not being as effective if pre-mixed. Also, should I really be adding pepper?
Doug English (BVSc)
Lipomas when big are best shelled out surgically which is simple surgery, small ones may respond to turmeric but not absolutely. A lower carb grainfree diet is helpful though.
If you do feed turmeric then it needs pepper. There is no evidence that pepper is “bad” for dogs or anybody else, and there are thousands of anecdotal positive accounts of pepper being fed with turmeric amongst the Turmeric User Group (TUG) facebook page.
You can read more details about the importance of adding piperine (ground black pepper) to aid the metabolism and absorption of turmeric towards the end of my article “Turmeric for Animals”.
If you are making the Turmeric Golden Paste then it’s fine to leave it in the fridge and add it to each meal as you go. Golden Paste should keep for up to four weeks, refrigerated – best used within two weeks.
Doug English (BVSc)
Editors Note: Lipomas in dogs are one of the most common benign tumours found in dogs. Veterinarians generally disregard these fatty growths and do not recommend removal unless they are causing a problem. For many dogs they are part of the natural aging process.
There is some anecdotal evidence (personal accounts) from members of TUG where people have reported success with the Golden Paste against fatty lipomas, but once again there are no guarantees.
Have you had any successes treating lipoma in dogs with turmeric? If so please leave your comments below.