What to do if your dog gets a brain tumor

September 8th, 2023 at 10:17 am EST

Most of the veterinary conditions that your dog or cat may get actually respond to alternative remedies.

Even brain tumors.

One 'alternative' treatment that some people have seen success with is the cannabinoids (the medicinal ingredients in the cannabis plant).

We now have our own medicinal cannabinoid, Dr Jones' ULTIMATE CBD for dogs and cats. 

It is designed to help your animal's health in a natural way and has been tested by veterinarians for safety and efficacy. The cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout the body, so this may offer an effective solution for many conditions. It's here:


Brain Tumors in Dogs

Source: veterinarypartner.com


The meningioma is probably the most common cause of seizures in dogs over age 6 years of age.

The meninges are the membranes that line the skull and vertebral column, effectively surrounding the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord.

Meningiomas are generally benign, meaning that they do not create cancer. They do not spread to other areas of the body or invade and destroy tissue local to them. The reason they are a problem is that there is a limited amount of space within the skull. The brain and its bath of cerebrospinal fluid take up almost all the room and when a tumor begins to grow, the brain tissue is compressed. Inflammation can result leading to more swelling and soon nerves of the brain are damaged. 

Signs of Meningioma

  • Seizures are the most common sign

  • Walking in circles

  • Blindness

  • Dragging toes

  •  Drunken gait

  • Behaviour changes

  • Ataxia

  • Head Tilt

  • Nystagmus ( eyes flickering back and forth uncontrollably)

  • Paralysis (partial or full)

Oddly, meningiomas contain high numbers of progesterone receptors. In dogs, the number of progesterone receptors a meningioma contains correlates to more aggressive progression. This means that anti-progesterone medications may be helpful. In cats, there is no such correlation. Anti-progesterone therapy is still under investigation at this time.

• 95% of canine meningiomas occur in dogs over age 7 years.

• Dogs with long noses (particularly collies) seem to be predisposed.

• In dogs, most meningiomas occur in the front of the skull. This is the area where the olfactory lobes (which control the sense of smell) are located. Altered sense of smell may easily lead to a behavior change or appetite change.

Conventional Treatment


If the goal is palliation, in other words just keeping the pet comfortable and minimizing seizures, prednisone can be used to relieve swelling in the brain tissue and anti-seizure medication such as phenobarbital or potassium bromide can be used to control seizures. Prednisone is surprisingly effective in shrinking a meningioma simply by decreasing tumor blood flow. In one study the tumor’s blood volume was 21% reduced within 24 hours of beginning prednisone. Eventually, the tumor will grow too big to respond to these tactics but for a time they are usually effective (3-6 months survival in one study).

A more definitive therapy involves surgical removal of the tumor and/or radiation therapy, both very expensive treatments.

Alternative Treatments

1. MCT oil/Keto diet - no carbs, fat, and protein. 1 teaspoon of MCT oil/10lbs daily. This can decrease incidence of seizures, and lower cancer growth by limiting glucose.

2. CBD oil - natural anti-inflammatory, can help for cancer, and decrease seizures. Dose of 3mg/10lbs twice daily. Avoid THC as it can increase seizure activity.

3. Medicinal Mushroom Reishi: studied for serious brain tumors in people, proven immune boosting – 400mg/30lbs daily

4. Vitamin D was shown to be beneficial in people for long term survival, brain cancer treatment. Dog dose of 100IU/10lbs daily

5. Ivermectin for Cancer. Current studies showing it to be beneficial for brain cancer. Dog dose of 1mg (.1cc) per 10lbs daily

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. This is a treatable disease, albeit scary sounding. In practice I even had clients with dogs diagnosed with a brain tumor having successful surgery.

P.P.S. About our CBD Supplement

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  • Aid in normal brain and nervous system function: Can help reduce duration and frequency of seizures

  • Help maintain brain health and resilience to degeneration

  • Maintain a normal functioning immune system: May help strengthen immune response in a weakened immune system

  • Support and maintain your pet's musculoskeletal system: Anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce swelling in joints

  • May help improve movement and reduce pain

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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