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How to Get Rid of Growths On Dogs for Under Five Dollars

Updated on February 9, 2016
I removed a benign tumor from my dog's nose using castor oil. Read on for specific techniques to help remove bumps and warts from your dog.
I removed a benign tumor from my dog's nose using castor oil. Read on for specific techniques to help remove bumps and warts from your dog.

As most of you probably know, there are many different kinds of warts, bumps, and growths that can develop on an animal. When you find one on your pet, the first step is to identify the growth.

I'm not a vet. I'm just a pet owner with years of experience with dog issues. Personally, I keep my dogs on a natural diet and give them lots of love and attention. When I found a weird-looking bump on the bridge of my dog's nose, I went into panic mode. The growth was very solid and about 1/8" high. It just looked liked the rest of his nose, but it was obviously a growth.

The growth on my dog looked like this one, but was on his nose. Imagine how scared I was when I noticed it!
The growth on my dog looked like this one, but was on his nose. Imagine how scared I was when I noticed it!

After I calmed down, I began to realize that my dog was older and that bumps will occur as time goes by. It happens to most dogs. So I just put it out of my mind, as it didn't seem to change even after many months. I can't remember how long it was until I noticed it again. We'd just moved into a new house and he was all excited and running around the kitchen. When I finally looked at him, I noticed that he was trying to look over the bridge of his nose but he couldn't.

I knelt down to see what was bothering him and saw that the original growth was four times as big and had turned blue and blood-red! If you're a pet owner, then I don't have to explain the fear that ran through me. I decided to search for a way to treat the growth myself. I got on the computer and found an answer.

I found information about people whose tumors and other growths were healed with castor oil treatments. The results sounded promising and non-invasive, so I decided to try it on my dog's growth.

What You Will Need

• Cotton balls.

• Castor oil (be sure it's safe for internal use).

• A small bowl.

• Very warm water.

My Castor Oil Regimen for Removing Bumps

I gave my dog this treatment and his bump shrank until it was gone.
Notes
1. Pour some hot water into a bowl. The water should be extremely warm, but not burning-hot. Heat plays a major role in this treatment.
Heat plays a major role in this treatment.
2. Sit the dog on your lap. Dunk a couple of cotton balls into the water. Squeeze out the excess and lay them on the tumor. Hold until the cotton begins to cool.
If your dog does not like this be gentle and talk to him as you're doing it.
3. Dip more cotton balls into the water. Squeeze out the excess and pour some castor oil onto the warm cotton. Apply to tumor. Leave in place until it begins to cool.
 
4. I repeated this treatment ten times, three times a day, for one week.
By the end of the fourth day the tumor began to shrink. At the end of the week it was completely gone.

Answers to Questions From Readers

 
• Depending on what kind of growth it is, sometimes it goes away in a few days, and other times it may take a few weeks.
• It's perfectly safe to use castor oil on the eyelid. Just know that if it gets into the eye, the animals vision might be blurred for awhile but it will clear up.
• If the tumor is inside the dog's nose or mouth, it's a little more difficult to get rid of but the castor oil should still work.
• The tumor doesn't usually get bigger before it gets smaller. If your dog's bump gets bigger even after a few days of this treatment, I suggest taking your dog to a vet to see what's in the bump.

The Same Treatment Worked for my Warts!

I might also add that I had a couple of warts on my face. After the dramatic results I got with my dog, I decided to try it on myself and the warts completely flattened out. I still have faded marks from where the warts were, but the warts themselves are completely gone.


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      Peggasuse 5 days ago from Indiana, USA

      This method is perfectly safe to use on her face. If she has multiple growths, then just do two or three at a time. When they disappear, do the same with the next two or three. That's the way I would do it.

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      Peggasuse 5 days ago from Indiana, USA

      Yes, it should work on papillomas as well. And yes, I did it that many times because I wanted it go away as fast as possible. You are going to have to calm her as you're doing it. Stroke her back, talk to her, whatever you have to do. If she gets up and walks away from you, just get her, make her sit and continue the treatment. I'm telling you, you need to be persistent if you want the treatment to work. Do the best you can...

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      Azalea 5 days ago

      My 12 year old has warts, fluid filled lumps and fatty lumps all over he's face. Do you think this method would be save to use on he's face? Thanks

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      Liz 5 days ago

      Does this work for canine papillomas too, and did you really do it 10x each session, 3x/day? I can't get her to sit still that long...

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      Peggasuse 13 days ago from Indiana, USA

      To Charlene Fipps: Edible castor oil (the kind that you can take internally) is NOT poisonous to dogs or people.

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      Charlene Fipps 2 weeks ago

      Is Castor oil poisoning to dogs?

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      Peggasuse 3 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Yorkiemom: That's GREAT news! I'm so happy for the both of you.

      As far as continuing the castor oil treatment, I'd do it until it looks healed. Don't worry about the blood. Whatever comes out of the growth is not suppose to be there anyway so it's good that's it's coming out. And yes, it will stop leaking when it's totally drained. The fact that the growth has shrunk considerably is a very good sign. As it drains, it should get smaller and smaller and then start to close up. Keep doing the treatment until that happens.

      Have a great day :)

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      Yorkiemom 3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much! She is doing better today. She finally had a bowel movement this morning and she ate some on her own. I did give her yogurt yesterday and she seemed to like it. I noticed that the drainage was a little bloody today. Her tumor has shrunk considerably, but how long do I continue to do the soaks and castor oil? Should the leakage stop after a few days?

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      Peggasuse 3 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Yorkiemom: First of all, the fact that it's draining is a actually a good sign. If you read a lot of the posts here, you'll notice that when the growth opens and drains, it means that the castor oil treatment is working to eliminate it.

      As far as her appetite, maybe try to give her something that she likes instead of her dog food, just to get her to eat something. Or you can mix something into her dog food to make it more tasty. Sometimes I'll mix dry dog food with little pieces of chicken or beef (cooked plainly with just a little salt for taste) to get my dog to eat. Once I even gave her a half teaspoon of vanilla ice cream and then she decided that she was going to eat her dog food, right after that.

      When her stomach is upset and she won't eat at all, I'll get a container of strawberry yogurt and give her a whole teaspoon, about once every couple of hours. That seems to help her digestive track and she eventually gets her appetite back.

      It's good that she still drinks and goes outside without a problem. I'd keep an eye on her and see how it goes after a few days. Coax her to eat, anyway you can, and be sure that she doesn't go all day, without water because dehydration would be bad.

      I think about how any of us humans would feel if we had the same symptoms. I imagine it doesn't feel good to have liquid draining out of your body. So maybe it's just a bit painful for her and that's why she's not active and not happy.

      So try to entice her to eat, and watch her carefully. I would try the yogurt first....

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      Yorkiemom 3 weeks ago

      My 14 year old yorkie has a lipoma on her stomach. She has had it for 12 years now. It's never bothered her until recently. It has gotten bigger and is now leaking. I decided to try the castor oil and heat on it. It has opened it right up and a lot of liquid is coming out. My question is, is it normal for her to now not want to eat and lay around? She seems uncomfortable, but will still get up and go outside and she drinks water. What can I give her to make her more comfortable? The drainage does not smell bad, so I do not think it's infected. I'm worried about her lack of appetite. Any advice would be appreciated!!!

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      Peggasuse 3 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: I understand. So it's you who has decided that your pet is too old to have surgery, and not the vet. Well, the only thing I can tell you is that if you trust your vet, you should have him remove the growth, if nothing else is working. Or at least, that's what I would do. And I would ask if the vet would offer a payment plan (if you don't have the money) to pay for the surgery.

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      Suds 3 weeks ago

      oh the reason I didn't want to have the surgery is because my friend who brought her dog in for a tumor surgery cost $1300 and it was the size of a quarter and mine is more than double that size and my dog is 12 years old and showing his age and I didn't think that made him a good candidate for that expense.

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      Peggasuse 4 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      If I were you, knowing that it actually is a tumor, I would go to a different vet because that kind of an operation isn't that serious. Other than that growth, is your pet sick or just older? Because if it's just age, a good vet should be able to handle that and remove the growth.

      Seriously, go to another vet....someone who knows more than the one you have.

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      Suds 4 weeks ago

      when I took him in for the shots in the spring the vet said it was a tumor that we might want to get cut out, so it seem to match what you were dealing with. I wonder if there something harsh or we can use because it maybe is fast growing and so keeping up with my treatments. Like I said in earlier Messages to you he is too old for a surgery to be a good option for us

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      Peggasuse 4 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: Sorry to hear that the treatment isn't working. At this point, I would take him to a vet and let the vet diagnose it. Usually, the castor oil treatment will work on most growth but there's always an exception.

      Check it out with a vet and see if the vet can figure out what, exactly, the problem is....

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      Suds 4 weeks ago

      I wrote you previously and I'm writing back because we've been doing this for seven weeks and it continues to bleed and drain and yet it doesn't seem to shrink at all. It's a rather large growth and is constantly draining but still quite large. I took pictures every week, so I've been able to use them to compare. I'm getting discouraged because I do the treatment so thoroughly and Iallow about 20 to 30 minutes three times a day to make sure I do it well, help!

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      Peggasuse 4 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Sam fol: It's starting to break down after only one day? That's great news! Just keep doing the treatment until it's totally gone.

      And yes, it's ok to apply castor oil to the open wound :)

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      Sam fol 4 weeks ago

      Hi we have just started this treatment on out 5 month old puppy. She has a histiocytoma on her nose. Today, the second day it has started to break down and bleed a little! Is this ok and should I carry on ? As in should I apply

      The castor oil to an open wound ?

      Thank you

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      Peggasuse 4 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Fallon Phelps: Well, I'm not sure. But I looked up your question and found this study. You might want to read it too.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12209174

      There are a number of sites that say the castor bean kills rates but truthfully, the castor bean and even in plant form, is dangerous to everyone. Still, you can buy bottles of edible castor oil and kids have been taking that for years. So it sounds to me like you're safe.

      I would try the castor oil treatment on your pet, and just blot off the excess each time you finish a treatment...

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      Fallon Phelps 4 weeks ago

      Can this method be used for tumors on pet rats?

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      Peggasuse 5 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Tania: Those kinds of growth have also been known to disappear using the castor oil treatment. The only way to know for sure is to try it for a week or two and see if the growth has changed. Usually, you'll see results.

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      Tania 6 weeks ago

      What is it's a benign tumor that's under the skin?

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      Peggasuse 6 weeks ago from Indiana, USA

      To Tracey Lillis: Well, obviously, you can't allow your dog to run around in dirt and expect to keep the area clean. If you took your dog to the vet and the vet cut out the growth, he would probably put some sort of bandage over the dog's paw. But still, dogs are notorious for ripping off bandages.

      I would suggest that you clean the paw (maybe give the dog a bath first), use the castor oil treatment that I outlined in this article, and not allow her to run around in the dirt at all. Dogs end up with the weirdest infections when they are allowed to play in dirt....

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      Tracey Lillis 6 weeks ago

      Hi Peggasuse. My mastiff puppy has a growth under her toes (inbetween foot pad and toes). It is fleshy and black. The vet I sent a photo of it to, says it may be a epithelioma. I was wondering how to keep it clean if it starts to drop off when she runs around in the dirt all day? Thanks. :)

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Pitbullover: There's no need for a bandage. After the treatment, just blot off the excess castor oil if any, and keep it exposed.

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      Pitbullover 2 months ago

      Hello, I was just wondering if you should place a bandage over the growth after your instructions in this article.

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: Sure, it's entirely possible that the drainage can come from an area, an inch away. After all, you can't see what's under the skin. It's possible that the body has created a sort of sack which is accumulating all that infectious stuff.

      As long as it is draining, that is a very good sign. When it seems to be all drained out, I would try pressing on it a little, from both sides, to see if you can make any more come out.

      I have actually seen this happen on another dog I had, and also on a person that I knew. So, just so you know, it's not unusual...

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      Suds 2 months ago

      thanks for all your help and encouraging responses. The one question I still had below was have you ever heard of it draining from an area about it inch away from the tumor? That's what's happening in my dog, a small hole on a little red spot came after I started the treatment and that's where the drainage is happening in large amounts

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: There's really no need to put peroxide or Zinc on the area because castor oil IS a Disinfectant....

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: It's fine if you put him in the shower, just to wash off the mess. But then afterwards, I think you should follow the treatment the way I outlined it: warm up the area, put on castor oil, and then warm up the area again, and again put on the castor oil, doing that for a few minutes.

      The reason for that is that the area has to be kept warm ALL the time so that the castor oil can penetrate quicker. To keep the area very warm, I believe, is the secret behind this treatment.

      So you can keep doing what you're doing but also, follow the instructions in the article, just to make sure you're doing everything you can to get rid of the growth.

      To your other question, various amounts of different fluids will most likely spew out of that growth. Don't worry about what comes out. Just be happy that it's breaking down, and whatever is in there, is being released....

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      Suds 2 months ago

      Also another question I have is, instead of packing it with very warm water I have been putting him in the shower and spraying the showerhead right above and around the area and sometimes directly on the area when it looks really gross and full of blood and pus

      I do that for about 2 to 3 minutes with the warm warm water then I put on the castor oil

      When I have been worried about infection I have also sprayed it with hydrogen peroxide or added a coating of Bacitracin Zinc.

      I wonder if it's helpful if I post a picture of it, because it's so large

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      Suds 2 months ago

      I was thinking that was the case but most people talked about draining blood and not draining mucus. And I thought it was weird that the drain was next to the tumor in a different spot. Have you ever heard of that? The tumor has drained some as well.

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Suds: It sounds to me like the castor oil treatment is working. The fact that it broke open and is draining, is a good sign. It doesn't necessarily mean that the dog's leg is infected. It just means that the castor oil has made the bump burst, allowing all the bad stuff to come out of it.

      I would just continue the castor oil treatment until the leg is totally healed. If you read all the other comments on this site, you'll see that this same thing has happened to many people who have tried the castor oil treatment. That's what it's supposed to do....drain and heal.

      If it were me, I wouldn't take the dog to a vet. I would just continue using the castor oil treatment until the bump was gone and the area was healed.

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      Suds 2 months ago

      I meant I need some advice. The growth dog which looks like a hystiocytoma, is a large red bull be 2 to 3 inch raised lumpy mass. I have been trying the sheet and castor oil for a week now and it did start to get crusty year and have more cavities in it and was bleeding. Now it is weird because a little red patch developed about a half inch away And it drained first blood and now a mucousy substance from it. Do you think that it's possible that it's infected the leg of the dog, and I would need to take it to the vet for antibiotics? When I went in for shots in March the bump was there not quite so large and the vet said you might want to have that tumor removed sometime. He's a 12-year-old dog and I really don't think I want to do surgery on him because his back legs are very very shaky and he doesn't walk long distances anymore

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      Peggasuse 2 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Patricia: Wow! That must be a really strong root! I understand why you stopped after some of it dropped off. I did the same thing when the growth on my dogs nose shrunk down to half it's size. I stopped the treatment and a few days later, it was totally gone.

      But, like people, every animal is different. So I would keep on doing the treatment the way you have been, until you're sure the root is gone as well.

      Also, thanks for mentioning me on your new instagram page. I appreciate it. :)

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      Patricia Ganswind 2 months ago from New Zealand

      We started an instagram page for our so amazing friend in the hope to share and direct people to your page - it's

      https://www.instagram.com/new_zealand_dog/

      or

      @new_zealand_dog

      I am still doing the castor oil treatment - it's been around 8 months now. In the meantime about 6 months ago (so 2 months after using castor oil around New Years) part of the "thing" on his eyelid has come off leaving the root behind. We were so happy and with the holidays we took a break believing he is fine now and everything will decrease, such as the left behind root kind thing on his eyelid. Hmmm this was obviously a bad idea...after 2 weeks or so it started growing again so we restarted the treatment and are on it ever since (since end of January). It's 5 months now and it looks similar now, estimating that it will come off any day. We have found that doing the treatment 3 + times a day is the best. Since we work from home we can afford it. But since we stopped the treatment for a few weeks the "thing" must have gotten stronger so that it takes longer this time. We will follow through until it is gone and beyond.

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      Peggasuse 3 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Poornima Wagh: Yes, I would use the castor oil treatment on the growth. Because it's on the eyelid, be sure the water is comfortably warm but not hot. It's the heat, coupled with castor oil, that seems to break down the growth.

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      Poornima Wagh 3 months ago

      My dog Buddy has a cauliflower like growth on his lower eyelid. It has very very slowly grown a little since early 2014. Can I use castor oil on this growth? Do I use heat? Can you let me know how to use the castor oil and heat? Thanks.

      Poornima

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      Peggasuse 4 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Mark: That's a very large growth. If it's just a fatty growth then it's possible that the castor oil treatment might work, but I think it may take a long time to disappear. If I were you, I'd try the castor oil coupled with heat, three times each day for a month and see if it's gotten any smaller. Even just a slight difference in size should encourage you to continue the treatment.

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      Mark 4 months ago

      We took our lab adore two a vet about the lump on her stomach and couldn't do anything about it so does anyone know a home remedy to remove a tumor that is about six inches long and about 5 inches wide over the past two years that growth has gotten as big as it is now started out about the size of a silver dollar and grew from there the vet said it was a fatty growth.

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      Peggasuse 4 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: Good idea. The whole trick to the castor oil treatment is the HEAT. So if you apply it a little longer, it sometimes works faster. Thanks for posting that tip :)

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      Kat 4 months ago

      So glad to find this! Our large dog is almost 9 & has had a bump on his rear end a while, maybe a year. We too figured "old dogs gets bumps". It's hard so we knew there was no pus, just a growth. Well it started to weep some, we squeezed a little with no result & shortly after it got worse. Slightly larger & swelling in 1" radius around it! :( Not as swollen as the bump, but noticeably raised. We lanced it & still nothing.

      I started your treatment along with a couple drops of Frankincense EO every night & we are seeing improvement in under a week! Wanted to share a trick for keeping heat on the area! I've been using the long barley filled cloth heat pack from CVS on top of a & wet rag & cotton pad with castor oil . Works great at keeping that heat on for 15 min or more!

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      Raquel 6 months ago

      Peggasuse, thank you so much for your thoughtful and sensible reply. I will look into it further to be sure I'm using the right kind.

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      Peggasuse 6 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Raquel: You should read the back of the bottle and see if there are any instructions about how much to take orally. If it does give instructions, then it means that it's the kind of castor oil that you want to use. If you're not sure, I would go to any pharmacy and ask the druggist if that castor oil can be taken my mouth. That's the safest advise I can give you because I can't see the bottle that you have.

      From what you've written in your comment, it does sound like the castor oil you should use. But I can't be absolutely sure, so going to any pharmacy and finding out is better than making a mistake...

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      Raquel 6 months ago

      Hello! I'm so grateful to have come across this article. I am hoping to remove a wart on my dog's back that has been there for quite some time. I currently have some organic, cold pressed, hexane free 100% castor oil that I use for my scalp and eyelashes. It doesn't say anything about internal use on the bottle. Would this be safe to use for this sort of application? Thank you in advance!

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      Peggasuse 6 months ago from Indiana, USA

      Stimulant Laxative Castor Oil is the right kind to use because it's castor oil that's taken orally. Go ahead and use that, following the instructions that are in the article....

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      lisa yeo from singapore 6 months ago

      Been searching for Edible Castor Oil but not sure if Stimulant Laxative Castor Oil is ok. Most bottle dont mention if they are edible and I just want to make sure I dont buy and use the wrong castor oil on my dogs. If this is not correct, can you give me the brand and name. Thank you

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To BSmith04: This is great news! It's like you said: consistency is the answer.

      If you've already used peroxide once, than that's enough because you don't want it to close. You want it to stay open and drain. The castor oil should take care of the rest. It's ok that the wound is left open. I think it's better that air gets to it.

      And yes, all that stuff that's coming out is what it's supposed to do when the lump is breaking down, and it's a very good sign. Just keep using the castor oil on the whole area and eventually, even the hard perimeter should soften up and shrink.

      Thanks for reporting back. It gives others hope that the treatment really works if you just stay with it :)

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      BSmith04 7 months ago

      Yesterday marked week two and the cyst popped!! Didn't get everything out, and it's still pretty large, about an inch in diameter, but down from the over 2 inches it originally was! Lots of brownish/red fluid (blood I'm assuming?) with what looked like coffee grounds and white chunks came out. Couldn't tell if it smelled bad because of my sinus infection! I'm assuming this is normal progress and am encouraged by it. I tried to squeeze out as much as I could while continuing to apply a warm compress but my girl was getting really uncomfortable with me doing this as it progressed. Now the lump feels hollow in the middle and hard around the perimeter. I'm thinking I will focus the castor oil and warm compress treatment to the perimeter of the lump now, assuming that the harder area is stuff that still needs to break down.

      Anyway, just wanting top post our progress to encourage any others. Consistency and diligence! Chevie's lump has gone from a round, raised golf ball lump protruding from her head to a flattened, slightly raised lump half the size in two weeks.

      Any tips on natural topical treatments or ways to prevent infection as she now has an open wound? I used peroxide immediately after but don't want to continue using that as it will prevent the skin tissue from healing.

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Smackie13: If there's one thing I can't do is tell you how long that growth will take to go down. With my dog, it took about a week before it was totally gone. But that growth was only the size of a pencil eraser.

      With some dog who have larger growths, it might take a month but there's no way to tell. You just need to keep doing the treatment.

      Since the vet said it was benign, at least there's no rush to get rid of it. And maybe your dog doesn't like it because he can feel it breaking down.

      Again, there's no way to tell what all this means. My best advice is to just continue the treatment. I'm pretty sure, according everything I've read and even the comments on this page, you should see some positive changes by the time a month is up.

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      Smackie13 7 months ago

      Thanks for the encouragement. It's been a week and no change, but because of my work schedule I can only do 2 treatments a day. Still keeping my fingers crossed, cause I really don't want to have my dog sedated or pay $400.

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Janusz: Well, I would wash my hands, before and after the treatment. But I never had to wear gloves when I took care of my own dog. The growth was solid. But if it's broken and leaking fluid, sure, you should probably wear gloves. Otherwise, it's unnecessary.

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      Robert Janusz 7 months ago

      should gloves be worn with castor oil treatments

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Smackie13: Just keep doing the treatment. It usually takes more than 3 days to see results. But if you continue, and do it exactly as I described, you should see a reduction of the growth within a week or so. Just don't give up....

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      Smackie13 7 months ago

      So hoping this works for the growth my dog's leg. The vet diagnosed it as a benign cell growth. They wanted over $400 to remove it. I saw this and decided to give it a try. This is day 3 and not much is happening yet except that at first she didn't mind the treatments and rarely licked it, but now she is not real happy when I do the treatment and she keeps licking it. We'll see what happens.

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To BSmith04: I am SO happy for both you and your dog! That castor oil really is amazing, isn't it.

      That was a great idea you had...to keep your hand over the cotton while it was on him. And apparently, it worked well because oozing is a good sign. It usually means the growth is breaking down and that's what you want to see.

      Thanking for sharing this experience. It will help others to not give us hope, no matter what anyone else tells them. There is always hope, as long as you keep trying :)

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      BSmith04 7 months ago

      @Peggasuse, thanks for the tip about the cotton rolls! I wasn't even thinking about how the washcloth wouldn't be sterile after each use. I'm pretty sure I can find cotton rolls at a beauty store, but what I ended up doing was taking that tip and just unrolling about 3 cotton balls each time and soaking them together, then once adding the castor oil applying them to the large lump, I would cover it with my palm to keep the heat in. While my palm is covering it, I soothe her and lightly massage the lump with my palm. She will let me do it at least three times per session now.

      It started to ooze out a little on day 3, I squeezed what little I could out, then cleaned the area with hydrogen peroxide. I have been doing the warm compress + castor oil treatment at least twice a day now and have to report that it has significantly shrunk in size!

      Good luck to any readers out there. With commitment and consistency, this treatment works!

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To shamanstorm: You're welcome. I hope my advice helps your baby as well as it has for many who have accessed this article...

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      shamanstorm 7 months ago

      Thank you Peggasuse. I don't want to hurt my baby. I appreciate you sharing this natural remedy and am ready to get started with my girls treatment. Thank you again :)

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To shamanstorm: I would just use very warm water because heated oil can get too hot.

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      shamanstorm 7 months ago

      can I just heat up the oil or do I have to use hot water compress then castor oil with another hot water compress?

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To BSmith04: I don't know if they sell this anymore, but it use to be that you could get boxes of cotton in rolls. That way you could pull off as much as you need. Go to a drug store and see if they still sell that kind of cotton.

      If you can't get that, then gauze is better. I wouldn't use a wash cloth because you'd have to throw it away after every application because there would be germs on it, so you wouldn't want to use that again.

      When it was oozing, did you try to press on it so that the rest of it would come out? Sometimes that helps to get rid of what's in there.

      According to what I've read on the internet, growths like that are generally benign but it's certainly not something you want to be growing on your pet.

      I would do the castor oil treatment daily, several times a day, and watch to see if it starts to shrink. It might take awhile, since it's so big, but it's worth trying. Make sure that the water you use is very warm...not hot but just VERY warm. The heat from the water, coupled with the castor oil, is suppose to break down the growth. I would give it a month and see if it's gotten any smaller. Even just a little change means that it's working...

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      BSmith04 7 months ago

      Here goes nothing! My cocker Chevie has a lump that has been slowly getting larger and recently started oozing. My assumption was a sebaceous cyst, but after it oozed out it actually got larger! Today I cut her hair to discover it is 2 inches wide, looks like a golf ball! Found your article and after reading ALL of the posts over the past four years, have decided to give it a try. It was hard to cover the mass with cotton balls as it is so wide and she only sat still long enough for me to do one application of castor oil this evening, however I will keep at it and let you (and other readers) know how it goes! Thinking I might need to use a wash cloth or buy some gauze in order to apply to the whole surface area. Thank you for your post and thanks to everyone who has posted their success stories with this remedy! Here's hoping...

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Lily Perez88: You have to get edible castor oil. You can find it at Walmart, a drug store or at a health food store. I'm not sure what kind of castor oil you have, but as long as it's edible, you can use it. If you're not sure, just ask someone at the store where you want to buy it. Edible castor oil is ok to use on anyone, a person or an animal...

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      Lily Perez88 7 months ago

      I need your help. My cat has a tumor in his paw. I read your article and I want to try what you did on him. However, I have a few questions because I looked at Castor oil and their are so many choices which one do I pick? It always says do not use on animals. Can you please advise? I really need your help!

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      Peggasuse 7 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Ethan: I usually get mine at Walmart. Just be sure that it's edible castor oil. If you're not sure, just take the bottle to the counter and ask them to be sure that it's edible.

      If you don't have a Walmart near you, then you can probably get it at any health food store or drug store, but it's going to be a little more expensive. Walmart seems to be the cheapest, price wise...

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      Ethan 7 months ago

      What brand of castor oil do you recommend?

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      jeanne mckenzie 8 months ago

      thank you I will try this

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To jeannemckenzie: When you do the treatment, at the end, just blot off the excess. It's ok if he licks it as long as there's not a lot to lick. If he was to lick up too much, the worst that could happen is that he'd get a little case of diarrhea. But castor is basically safe to ingest.

      To criscornfield1955: I don't know of anything else to use but it's perfectly safe to use in or near the eye. The best time to do that would be at night, before he goes to sleep. That way, his vision won't be blurry by the time he wakes up.

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      criscornfield1955@gmail.com 8 months ago

      My lap has one exactly the same size and color it's below the eye corner not near his tear duct .he never rubs it. Doesn't seem to cause any discomfort at all. It's hard. He's 8/12 .is there any thing else I can use besides castor oil?

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Avishai: Well, I can't really recommend more than I have already. But if the vet can't help then, if it was my pet, I would try everything possible to get rid of the problem, since it doesn't seem like it can get much worse.

      I would continue the castor oil treatment and see how that goes. It might take longer than a week, since the mass is so large. I think it's possible that it might be breaking up and that might be causing his breathing to seem like it's getting worse. But it's always possible that after it does break up, his body might be able to expel it, and then his breathing could go back to normal.

      All you can do is try. There is no limit to how long you can use castor oil. If the treatment is the only option you have left, then I would just continue it. Don't give up hope. There is always a chance that things will get better.

      Good luck...

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      Avishai 8 months ago

      After 5 days of putting a couple of drops into the nostrils, twicw a day, his breathing became a little better, and 3 days later, got worse again. You recomended using it for a week. Do you thing I should try it longer ? Is there any limit on the duration of such a treatment (inside the nasal cavity) ?

      As I said before, it is a malignant tumor in the nasal cavity and it's a big mass. I didn't find any artical about using castor oil inside the nose for tumors and vets can't help us.

      Thank you

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Avishai: Sorry, I don't have any more information than what I already told you. If he's having breathing problems, maybe you should take him to the vet, if you've tried everything else...

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      Avishai 8 months ago

      There is one point I don't completely understand. The tumor is inside the nasal cavity and spreads towards the eyes and the brain, which means there is the skull seperates between the outer surface (of the head) and the internal areas, where the tumor is. Do you think the oil from the outer surface be able to get to the tumor through the skull ?

      Do you have any other usful ideas ? (my dog has severe breathing difficulties right now)

      Thank you

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: That's great news! It's hard to predict how long it will take but that's why I always suggest that you keep doing it and not worry about how many days it has already been. You did the right thing by continuing....

      To Avishai: Well, it doesn't hurt to try the castor oil treatment on the tumor. I would, and then see if you get any results. After awhile, if it's working, you should see some sort of unusual discharge being expelled from the nose...

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: That's great news! It's hard to predict how long it will take but that's why I always suggest that you keep doing it and not worry about how many days it has already been. You did the right thing by continuing....

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      Avishai 8 months ago

      It's not a brain tumor. It is a tumor called Adenocarzinoma located in the nasal cavity and it spreaded towards the eyes. If I want to attack it through the external surface the oil shoud have the ability to penetrate trough the nose bone (because it's inside).

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Avishai: Yes, it is acceptable to put a couple of drops into the nostrils, twice each day for a week. I've read articles that suggest this will have a positive effect and help break up the growths.

      In addition, if you use the drops, also put some castor oil on a cotton ball and massage it into the area of the face where the growth is located. So technically, you are treating the outside area and the inside area of the growth.

      On your second question, I really don't know if castor oil would work on brain tumors because I'm pretty sure that castor oil cannot penetrate bone. What you can do though, is do a search on the internet about natural cures for brain tumors. From what I've read, if you can catch it in time, there's a chance that you might be able to destroy the cancer cells with certain herbs that come in capsule form. I would try that and see if it works....

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      kat 8 months ago

      One month of doing this 3 times a day; not missing a treatment and the wart is all but gone..totally flat to the skin, no bump at all and it was almost as big as the eraser on a pencil. I did not do the 9 treatments tho, just once, three times a day. The first 2 weeks it got crusty and black. It bled a little then fell off. What remained was the same bump, only a bit smaller. I was kind of discouraged but kept doing it. This last 2 weeks it never got crusty, black or bloody it has just been getting smaller each day...quite amazing!!

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      Avishai 8 months ago

      Thanks a lot for your help.

      1. Do you think it would work through the bones of the skull that exist between the surface and the tumor ?

      2. What's your opinion about droping the oil directly into the nostrils ?

      Thank you

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      Peggasuse 8 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Avishai: If you know exactly where the tumor is (inside the nasal cavity), then you could use the treatment on the outside of that exact spot.

      Earlier this year, I came upon a article online, about this same type of problem. The owner used a similar treatment, but on the surface on the face, where the growth was. After awhile, the article said that the dog began to sneeze and finally expelled parts of the growth out of it's nose.

      If it was my pet, I would certainly try this. You might also search the internet for additional articles relating to treating growths inside the nasal cavity with castor oil.

      Good luck :)

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      Avishai 9 months ago

      Do you think it would work for a nasal cavity malignant tumor ?

      The way of treatment specified above cant be used for nasal cavity. How would you do the treatment for that internal area of the body ?

      Thanks a lot

      Avishai

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      Peggasuse 9 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Deweysmom: Yes, it should work on both types of growths. If you do the treatment repeatedly as I've described in the article, you should see results. About the fatty tumors, depending on their size, it might take a week or it might take a few weeks, if their very large. If they're still small, I'd work on them before they get too large.

      Happy Holidays to you :)

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      Deweysmom 9 months ago

      THANK YOU for this post! I'm going to try this on my Golden, he has a bump that looks very similar to the one in your picture (and almost in the exact same spot). He also has a few "fatty tumors" that the vet said are nothing to worry about. Would this work on those too?

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      Kat 9 months ago

      I wonder if I am putting too little oil. I wet the cotton, place it on the open bottle, tip it and place that on wart.

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      Peggasuse 9 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: Ok, first dunk the cotton ball in very warm water. Squeeze out the excess water and apply it to the growth until it's not warm anymore.

      Then, dunk the cotton ball again, squeeze out the excess water, press your finger into the middle of the cotton ball to make a sort of cup. Then pour some castor oil into that cup. (Don't put the cotton ball on the bottle.) Apply this to the growth and hold it there until it's not warm anymore.

      Then do all this again, and then again.

      Each time you do the treatment, you should do it three times. So that means that if you do three treatments every day, that would total 9 times. You usually do have to do it enough times so that the castor oil can get into the growth and start to either shrink it or break it down.

      Try it the way I described above and give it a week. See what happens...

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      Kat 9 months ago

      We are coming up on 2 weeks Sunday in treating my dogs wart that is right by her nose. Has anyone else had a take this long to go away? My dogs is back and crusty but there has been no blood on the cotton ball for several days now. The part that attaches to her nose and under the black still has a pink color to it. We are doing the treatment 3 times a day, each time, once dabbing the cotton in hot water and and once dabbing it in hot water then the oil.

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      Peggasuse 9 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: Glad to hear it :) It's an amazing cure...

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      Kat 9 months ago

      I am not surprised by this as castor oil is simply amazing and I have been using it to regrow hair on my eyebrows that stopped growing due to over plucking. It IS coming back! Today my dogs wart is getting black and it is Day 3.

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      Peggasuse 9 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Kat: Well, you must be doing it right if it's starting to get crusty. That's a good sign. It usually means that the growth is breaking down. I would keep doing it until it starts to look healed....

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      Kat 9 months ago

      So, you did this 1o times in a row, 3 times a day? Not sure my dog will be that patient. I have been doing it 3 times a day for 3 days now and yesterday it started bleeding a bit and seems to be crustier. I am thinking that means it's working?

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      Peggasuse 10 months ago from Indiana, USA

      Hi Lisa,

      As to how much castor oil to put on the cotton ball, just soak the ball in very warm water again, and then press your finger into the center, so that it sort of makes a cup shape. Fill that cup with castor oil and then apply to the growth. Keep it on there until the cotton ball is cold. Then do it again, as described.

      Nothing bad will happen if you put a little too much. But if you put too little, it's going to take longer to shrink...

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      Lisa 10 months ago

      Hi there!

      I just started the treatment just as you shared on my dog's paw.

      How much castor oil do you put on the cotton ball? Do you dab it on, or put a glob on?

      Thank you!

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      Peggasuse 10 months ago from Indiana, USA

      Hi Sandy :)

      Well, usually, if it starts to bleed, it means that the growth is breaking down and that's a good thing. Just keep doing the castor oil treatment, and it should heal.

      As you know from the article, I'm not a veterinarian but I know how to do research and try to figure out what the growth is. From everything that I've discovered, that kind of growth is called a histiocytoma.

      But also, from my research, I discovered that castor oil works well on many different types of growth and is totally harmless to the animal. After trying it myself with my own dog, I was convinced that castor oil really works. Thus, the article was written because of my own personal experience.

      I wouldn't worry about the minor bleeding. The growth doesn't always break up like that. Sometimes it just shrinks. But other times, it actually breaks down, causing a little bleeding.

      In your case, I'd just wipe off the blood and keep doing the castor oil treatment. It should look better soon.

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      Sandy Bissell 10 months ago

      Hi, great info, thank you. I was just wondering how you determined that it was a histiocytoma? The picture you used looks just like the one on my dogs head. It doesnt seem to bug her, as she doesnt scratch it, but sill me thought I would put some cream on it to try and get rid of it. The size did go down somewhat but, there was a couple of drops of blood that appeared about a half hour later. It still doesnt seem to bug her, but I dont want to leave it like this. Any other information you have would be great. Thanks again. Sandy

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      Peggasuse 10 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Patricia: Well, it is ok to put a couple of drops into the eye. I would do it at night, before bed, because it causes blurry vision for awhile. I'm not sure about the olive oil. So I would just stick to the castor oil for a couple of weeks and see how it looks after that.

      According to other people's accounts, many times it will look worse before it looks better---as if the growth is trying to break up.

      If I were you, I would just stick to the castor oil and see what happens in a couple of weeks...

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      Patricia Ganswind 10 months ago from New Zealand

      Hi there, thank you so much for making this information available :) Our dog has something slowly growing on his eyelid for about 3 months. I started doing the treatment with castor oil one months ago and 2 weeks through I discovered that he has a sort of root inside the eyelid going down (away from eyelid). So I made sure that I put the cotton ball with oil on his eyelid while eye is open in the hope that some of the oil infuses the root as well. Meanwhile the thing on his eyelid is decreasing however the root has developed a kinda Tumor looking like thing at the end of the root which is very red. So for the last several days it is not decreasing is size but maybe growing slowly? His original thing on the eyelid instead looks like decreasing still even though it is already very small. Basically this is all connected and I am wondering if I should put a couple drops of castor oil straight into his eye? So that it can infuse this thing inside his eyelid. I started putting olive oil in his eye(2 days ago) since I read about it somewhere just recently. This morning I saw that he had a rash around his skin around the eye (under the fur). I don't know what it is so I spared him the treatment completely today so he can rest and heal naturally. I am hoping to continue a treatment tomorrow but just hoping that I hear from you at your earliest convenience - THANK U SO MUCH!! So happy to have found your page :)

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      Peggasuse 11 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Teriwitter: I wasn't sure how to apply it to the inside of the nose, so I looked it up on the internet and found the following article:

      Posted by David (Atlanta, Georgia) on 03/04/2012

      The Castor Oil works wonders for Sinus Polyps!!!!!!!! I was in the proceess of getting ready for my first surgery to have my polyps removed.

      After extensive research, I started applying castor oil drops 'inside' my nostrils each night before bed. I use about 3-4 drops in the nostrils. Within the week, my polyps have shrunk so much I can no longer see them when looking up my nostrils with a mirror! I can breath out of both nostrils now!

      I'm also noticing that my sense of smell is slowly starting to return. I'll continue this regimen until I can completely get my sense of smell back so hopefully by May/June of 2012 I'll be 100% again. :)

      This article came from a site called http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/sinus_polyps.html

      If I were you, I'd try this first before going to a specialist. Castor oil is amazing stuff. It couldn't hurt to try it before you do anything else...

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      Teriwitter 12 months ago

      We have had our dog at the vet twice now for what we thought might be allergies. She has more difficulty breathing through one side of her nose and the vet thinks it might be pollyps and referred us to a specialist. Could castor oil help for this and how would you apply it?

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      Peggasuse 12 months ago from Indiana, USA

      To Barbara doe: I'm so glad :) Thanks for posting your success on this comment page. It gives other pets owners hope that many time, natural remedies DO actually work.

      Thanks again.