Alternative Medicine for Pets/my boston terrier has a lump


Hi my female boston had some blood in her urine and I gave her a bit of applecider vinegar in plain yogurt for a week and it went away but today I notice she had a lump on her belly a little smaller than a golf ball where her spay scar is at but a bit to the left side. I also notice she has thining of her coat. I dont think it hurts her shes running around but the mass doesnt move or feel like it moves its very hard. thank you Dina

I apologize for taking so long to get back to you.

My first question to you is, what are you feeding your dog? My suggestion is: put her on a raw food diet if you haven't already. A raw food diet will bring her into and keep her in proper upper pH. I have had many clients whose dogs have had large lumps disappear over time by using a raw food diet. There are many great, prepared, balanced, frozen raw diets available today. A very good one that we carry at our shop which is also comparatively reasonable in price is Northwest Naturals. There are many others.

Another question is: do you get her annual vaccines? My suggestion is (emphatically)Don't. The explanation is too vast to give to you here, but if you are interested in learning more, you can read my book, "Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet" either in print form by going to my site: or if you would like the Kindle version by going to: . If you don't have a Kindle, there is a free app you can use on any computer or tablet at:

The book contains a lot of great information and is not pricey, especially considering all of the money it will save you over the life of your girl.

If you have the lump checked out by a vet and find that it is not a hernia of some kind (which it may be), and you would like to eliminate it naturally, I would recommend that you follow the above advise, plus schedule a phone consultation with a wonderful holistic vet that I know named Dr Gerald Wessner. His phone number is 1-352-245-2025. He is awesome. Leave  message if you don't get anyone (he spends a lot of time out on his large animal practice). Tell him Sue Griffin referred you. (No, I don't get a kick back, I just like him to know that you have probably already gotten some of what he will tell you already).

I hope this helps. Keep me posted.

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Susan R Griffin


I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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