Castor oil is made from the castor bean. While the beans are toxic, the oil from them has wonderful medicinal uses in people and their pets. Castor oil is a popular remedy for tumors, cysts, and cataracts in pets.
While adults can use castor oil internally in modest amounts, it is not commonly used in pets internally. Castor oil has a laxative effect. However, there are other natural remedies that are more suited for constipation in pets.
Health Benefits of Castor Oil
1. Tumors, Cysts and Growths
Castor oil is used topically on tumors, growths and cysts in dogs and cats. The oil is massaged into the area of concern twice daily. A castor oil pack is an option, though may be difficult to implement for most pets. With a castor oil pack, castor oil is applied to several layers of cloth which are then placed at the site of concern and covered with plastic wrap and then a heating pad for an hour or more at a time.
Castor oil should be used with caution and care for tumors. It can make tumors swell initially. Sometimes tumors will open and drain. Aside from the concern of the mess this may make, if blood is lost in the process this can cause anemia in a pet. And excessive blood loss can cause death.
If a tumor does open up, the wound should be cleaned. Turmeric and/or honey can be applied to help stop bleeding and prevent infection.
Castor oil is also messy and precautions to furniture and carpets may be prudent.
Older cats and dogs can develop cataracts in the eyes. Typically eyes will have a cloudy appearance. To treat cataracts with castor oil, use an eyedropper and apply 1 drop of castor oil into each eye once or twice a day. It can take several months to see the desired results.
3. Fur Loss
Castor oil is used to promote hair growth. Depending on the cause of fur loss, it may promote fur growth in pets.
4. Dry Skin
Castor oil is a rich oil. Massaging castor oil into dry skin areas can be soothing and promote healing.
5. Dry Nose
Castor oil can be used to moisturize the dry nose of a dog.
6. Joint Pain
Castor oil, massaged gently into painful joints can provide pain relief. This is ideally only part of an overall treatment plan for arthritis in dogs.
Castor Oil Cautions
While the castor plant is poisonous, the extracted oil is not. However, if a dog or cat licks a significant amount of castor oil from the skin, it could have a laxative effect. If large amounts of castor oil are used topically on pets, the oil does absorb into the body and theoretically could cause loose stools.
Castor oil is a wonderful remedy for the owners of pets as well!
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