Can dogs eat apricot seeds? Can they be used to treat mast cell tumors in dogs?

Original Question: I was wondering if a 66 pound Boxer is able to have apricot seeds and if so how much? I'm trying to help treat his cancer since his first chemo attempt hasn't worked. I'm looking for a few home remedies to help him and this is a famous thing I found online. He's on Prednisone Benadryl, Pepcid supplements and he is also taking milk thistle, fish oil, flaxseed oil and coconut oil. Diagnosed with a mast cell tumor. - Felicia

Can dogs eat apricot seeds? Can they be used to treat mast cell tumors in dogs? Mar 5, 2018

Hi Felicia,

I’m sorry to hear that this is happening.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I can add much value here. I have searched both an extensive veterinary and human database for any research trials performed investigating the benefits of apricot seeds for dogs when it comes mast cell tumors. I have not found a single peer-reviewed study that has looked into the effects of apricot seeds for cancer in dogs.

Apricot seeds would be a supplement and therefore are unlikely to cause harm, but may not be of value. The Internet is full of stories about a single case that responded to a supplemental treatment. These stories tend to catch popularity but without a study evaluating the effect of the treatment on a population, it’s difficult to know its worth. I know that apricot seeds contain cyanide but it’s in such a low concentration that you’re very unlikely to experience a toxic effect unless a large quantity is ingested. My only other concern is that if the seed or pit is large, it could create a blockage that would be devastating. In short, I don’t think there is harm, but it’s unknown whether there would be a benefit. For more information about other alternative therapies, have a look at our video, about integrated care as a treatment plan for dogs and cats with cancer.

I hope you experience positive results going forward.

Dr. Clayton Greenway

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Apricot seeds would be a supplement and therefore are unlikely to cause harm. They contain cyanide but it's in such a low concentration that you're very unlikely to experience a toxic effect unless a large quantity is ingested. My only other concern is that if the seed or pit is large, it could create a blockage.
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