Q: Grandma, My dog has a hard exposed lump on one side of her head. It doesn’t have any smell and any indication of drainage. Is it possible to use castor oil to shrink the lump?
A: Dear P, If you may not already know, many dogs will suffer from lumps and bumps on various areas of the body during their lifetime. Some are visible, while some are found underneath the skin. Determining what these lumps are can be very tricky, which is why it’s very important to get them evaluated by your trusted veterinarian first before giving them any home remedies that you think might work.
Dog lumps, whether it’s on the head, the thighs, or the back, should be examined by a veterinarian to determine whether the tumor is malignant or not. Although the majority of growths are usually benign, it’s still best to seek professional help so you would know if you could resort to natural home remedies for dog skin and head lumps. Nevertheless, if your pet is suffering from either cancerous or non-cancerous growths, the following natural home remedies for dog skin and head lumps may be beneficial.
HOME REMEDIES FOR HEAD AND SKIN LUMPS ON DOGS
1. Castor oil – Although there is no scientific study to back up the health benefits of castor oil on tumors, many dog owners who have tried this product find castor oil to be very effective in shrinking skin lumps and bumps in dogs. Castor oil applied to a lump daily can help soften the growth and relieve irritation.
2. Turmeric – Turmeric contains curcumin, the spice used in curries. This substance is said to have beneficial effects on malignant growths seen in dogs. 
3. Thuja – Made from a type of tree, thuja is a safe homeopathic treatment that is available in pellet or liquid forms. Give your dog a single dose of thuja orally and wait for an improvement after two weeks. You may give your pet a second dose if no improvement was seen after the first two weeks. 
4. Blood Root – Several studies suggest that the alkaloids found in Blood Root are excellent candidates as chemotherapeutic agents. Hence, if your dog is suffering from a malignant growth on the skin, using Blood Root may very well help cure your pet. 
5. Vitamin E – This is one of the safest natural remedies that you can try at home. Simply puncture a standard vitamin E capsule using a sterilized needle and squeeze the vitamin E oil directly onto the lump. Perform this procedure three to four times a day for about two to three weeks until you notice an improvement.
6. Vitamin D3 – Giving 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 twice a day may help dogs with malignant tumors alleviate their condition. Vitamin D3 has been found effective in inducing cells to differentiate into normal cells.
7. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – Available in capsule and loose powder forms, MSM is available in almost all drugstores. MSM is a sulphur supplement talked about by many cancer researchers. Some medical experts are pointing to MSM as one possiblility that some cancers go into spontaneous remission.