Castor oil is an inexpensive oil made from the castor bean. You can usually find cold-pressed castor oil at your local pharmacy or online. Castor oil is used externally to treat cysts in pets and has been found by some of our readers to be quite effective.
How Do I Use Castor Oil to Treat Cysts in My Pet?
Gently massage some castor oil into the skin above the cyst twice a day.
If you are able to apply some heat after the castor oil application, heat will help the oil to penetrate the cyst. But if applying heat will cause stress to your pet, just try castor oil without heat at first and see how if that will solve the problem.
You can apply heat to the castor oil by using a blow dryer on a low setting for a couple of minutes. You can also hold a warm rice sock (heat it in the microwave) against the castor oil covered cyst for a few minutes after you apply the castor oil.
Castor oil can be messy. It can stain bedding or furniture, so you may need to take precautions to protect furniture while you use this treatment.
With castor oil use, the cyst may begin to look worse at first. Cysts can change color. They may have a discharge or bleed. If there should be an open wound, keep it clean with hydrogen peroxide. Raw honey or turmeric powder can be used on the wound.
Castor oil, used internally, can cause a laxative effect. While it is not harmful if your pet licks the castor oil that you put on a cyst, do know that it could cause loose stools. If castor oil is used on the abdomen, in sufficient quantity, it can have a similar effect.
Continue reading below to learn how Earth Clinic readers used Castor Oil on their pets and if it helped to shrink a cyst.
Cyst Remedies for Cats and Dogs