Tumor-Shrinking Herbs for Dogs

By Terrie Berry

Tumors can occur in dogs just as they do in humans. Several herbs are available that can help to shrink tumors in canines. Choosing to treat a dog with herbs rather than traditional medication is a personal choice.

Types of Herbs

Cat's Claw contains anti-tumor properties, which can shrink canine tumors. Another herb, Maitake, promotes healthy cell growth. IP-6 and Inositol are also anti-cancer herbs.


Herbs for people are dosed by average adult weight, which is 150 pounds. Divide the weight of the dog by 150; this gives you the percentage of the adult dose suitable for the dog. For example, a 30-pound dog divided by 150 equals 20 percent of the adult dose.


One of the best tumor-shrinking and anti-cancer herbs available is Essiac, which actually contains four herbs--sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm and turkey rhubarb. Together, these herb create a tumor-shrinking and anti-cancer synergy.

Essiac Dosages

Essiac is made into a tea and is purchased this way. Dogs up to 15 pounds are given 1/2 oz. per day, 15 to 40 pounds 1/2 oz. twice per day, 40 to 80 pounds 1 oz. twice per day and over 80 pounds 2 to 3 oz. two times a day.


These herbs are safe to use daily and can also be used in combination with any medications a veterinarian may prescribe for your dog.