Cyst Remedies for Pets

| Modified: Oct 18, 2018
Cysts in pets are not an uncommon problem. They can be caused by a variety of factors. Fortunately, natural remedies for cysts work very well for pets, including dogs, cats, and even rats. Home remedies for pet cysts include turmeric, castor oil, spring water and dietary changes.

Home Remedies for Cysts in Pets


Turmeric is a simple and inexpensive solution for cysts in pets. Turmeric can be used internally or externally to cure cysts in pets. More information about turmeric for pet cysts can be found on this page.

Castor Oil

Castor oil, the kind you will find on pharmacy shelves, can be applied topically to the cysts of your dog or cat.  

Spring Water

Giving your pet spring water instead of tap water may be the solution to his cyst problem. Tap water often contains chlorine, fluoride, and traces of many other chemicals. It is best to use a stainless steel bowl for your pet's food and water. Plastics can retain bacteria and leach chemicals into the water.

Essential Oils

Lavender or frankincense essential oils can be used for cysts in dogs, if your dog is not overly sensitive and if the essential oils are properly diluted. Essential oils should not be used on cats, kittens or puppies, as essential oils are too strong for them. Many consider essential oils to be toxic to felines. Use 5 drops of essential oil for each teaspoon of carrier oil (castor oil or coconut oil) and massage into the cyst twice a day.

Dietary Changes

Dietary changes can help pets with cysts and a variety of other ails. Commercial dog food often has fillers, msg, wheat and other ingredients that are not part of an animal's diet in the wild. Domesticated animals do will with a more natural diet. Substituting with a grain free and high quality kibble may work. For serious cyst problems it may be necessary to make your pet's food yourself.

Have you used a natural remedy to heal cysts in your dog or cat? Please send us some feedback!

Coconut Oil and Turmeric  

Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 08/17/2017 29 posts

My 20# dog has a fat deposit the size of an egg by his stomach. I've read some of the threads and people are giving turmeric and coconut oil as a cure for fat deposits. I try to keep my dog on a low fat diet which is what I've read to do when a dog has a fat deposit. I would like to try coconut oil but I'm afraid it may make the fat deposit bigger since he'd be eating so much fat. Has anyone tried coconut oil and had the fat deposit get bigger? Does anyone know why coconut oil works even though it's a fat?

Replied by J

Coconut oil is absorbed differently. That is why it became a health fad for people. Humans found they lost weight when they added coconut oil to their diets.

Low fat diet is not the way to go. Dogs need healthy fats just like humans. They NEED omega fatty acids. Keeping a dog on a low fat diet will give the dog heart disease and skin issues like itching and flaking.

You should really do more research on holistic remedies for dogs before you give your dog a heart problem.

Cotton Thread and Clear Nail Polish  

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Posted by Marilyn (Greenwich) on 10/18/2018
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My 13 year old dog had a large skin tag the size of a quarter growing on her elbow. Though ugly, I didn't want to put her under the stress of anesthesia just to cut off a benign skin growth. I researched and found two methods on youtube which I used simultaneously.

First, I tied a cotton thread, wound twice as tightly as possible and then knotted off around the very base of the skin tag. Then I coated the skin tag with clear nail polish. If you go to youtube, you'll find a kindly man who has treated many dogs with these two methods (separate videos). Urls are below.

At the 3 day mark, I tied another piece of thread to ensure as the skin tag had shriveled considerably in size and you need it tight to cut off the blood supply to the skin tag. I also coated it again with clear nail polish.

It took a week before the large skin tag had completely shriveled up and turned black. I then sterilized some good scissors under a flame and then snipped the dried tag off at the base being careful not to snip her skin. She had no pain when I snipped it off and there was no blood. Also, it doesn't appear that tying a string around the skin tag caused any pain or discomfort at all. She didn't lick the skin tag once the whole week.

It can also work on other growths besides skin tags like cysts and tumors.

The videos I watched first before attempting this: (the string method) (clear nail polish method)