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Multiple Dog Skin Tumors

by Russ Keller
(Mesa, AZ, USA)

Three or four years ago my dog started growing small lumps under her skin. The one on her shoulder has now grown to slightly larger than a golf ball. The one on her back, at about 1.5" diameter, broke through the skin and had to be surgically removed 18 months ago.

She also has two on her tail. The one on her tail broke through the skin months ago and I have been putting Neosporen on it to keep the infection down. The other one on her tail grew almost over night to over and inch and broke through the skin. Her tail is swollen to approximately twice its thickness and is very tight. The tumor is oozing blood and what looks like puss. It doesn't seem to bother her as her tail is still wagging.

Here's the problem: I don't have the money for surgery and/or cancer treatments, as it all goes to my wife's treatments. I didn't have a biopsy done on the one removed from her back because I didn't have the money for the labs nor did I have the money for treatment should her labs come back positive.

I read that a medicine called Neoplasene might work. I assume it would be priced reasonably.

My dog is a female 40lb, 12yr old, purebred English springer spaniel that was field-trained and hunted primarily in the Sonoran desert.

Now that you know my situation and my dog's history, what recommendations would you make, and if your recommendations include Neoplasene, where and how would I get it?

Above are pictures of my dog, her tail (I shaved the hair off), and the front shoulder bulge.

Thanks for your help.

Comments for Multiple Dog Skin Tumors

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Sep 20, 2011
My Online Vet Response for: Multiple Dog Skin Tumors
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Russ-
It is difficult to determine if all of the tumors are of the same type or not. The quick growing ones that are bleeding may be mast cell tumors. The one on the front of her chest/shoulder area may be a benign fatty tumor.

Neoplasene is an herbal mixture for cancerous growths and can be used topically or by injection. It is available from Buck Mountain Botanicals. But it is only sold to veterinarians. And it is usually holistic veterinarians that are the more experienced in using it. It would be best to find a holistic veterinarian near you in Arizona.

Personally, I have not seen that much success with Neoplasene, and from clients that I have referred that have used it, it did not 'cure' the cancer. I have seen homeopathic remedies make cancerous tumors heal completely, and I would advise homeopathic treatment for your dog. You would still need to contact a holistic veterinarian to guide you.

In the meantime, I would suggest that you start by:

1. Improving her diet. NO DRY DOG FOOD. Cancer cells thrive on sugar and carbohydrates, which is a large ingredient in dry dog food. She will need a diet high in protein and fats. See our page on the top 10 dog foods, and try some of the raw diets for dogs.


Sep 20, 2011
Part 2 of My Online Vet Response to Multiple Dog Skin Tumors
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

(Continued from above)

2. NO MORE VACCINATIONS. Even if her Rabies vaccination is due--DO NOT VACCINATE her. According to Dr Richard Pitcairn's book, Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, "giving a vaccination to a dog with cancer is like throwing gasoline on a fire!" (A holistic veterinarian can help write an exemption form for her, if that is needed, to exempt her from vaccination.)

3. Boost her immune system with suplements such as Immuplex from Standard Process. She would need one capsule in her food two times daily, and
OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder - add 1/4 tsp to her food two times daily.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Canine Tumors (Dog Cancer),
- Dog Warts,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Canine Tumors/Dog Cancer Section

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