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Yunnan Baiyao for Dogs
When Carson was sick, we had so many qustions. I desperately wish we had known about this book. It's compassionate, informative, and helps humans find ways to support and help our pets in their times of greatest need.
All we want when they're sick is help them feel better and stay longer with a good quality of life. This book helps us know how to do just that.
How We Learned about Yunnan Baiyao
When our 14-year-old Husky Lab mix, Carson, began having trouble breathing, we immediately took her to the veterinarian. We treated symptoms for months and finally started running tests, having x-rays done, and more tests. When our local vet had run through all of his available options, he recommended endoscopy through an urban veterinarian 45 minutes away. We followed up and shortly after that, Carson was diagnosed with cancer in her nasal cavity. It was in the tissue, and she was already an old dog who had never responded well to anaesthesia, so we made the decision to treat her symptoms and keep her comfortable and happy as long as possible.
Nearly a year later, she was still with us and among other things, we believe one of the leading reasons she stayed a strong (relatively) healthy dog for so long, despite the tumor growing in her nose was an herbal supplement called Yunnan Baiyao. The urban veterinarian recommended it after the endoscopy to help her recover and told us to keep her on it until the very end, which we did faithfully.
Have you ever heard of Yunnan Baiyao?
The Internet says Yunnan Baiyao "promotes circulation," and according to our veterinarian and our own research, there's even more to it than that. It also reduces pain, promotes clotting and has a reputation for its ability to stop a cancer patient (human or animal) from bleeding out. While some of the information online is unsubstantiated medically, this herbal treatment was used by Vietnamese medics during the Vietnam War to stop bleeding in injured soldiers, which adds weight to the argument that it is effective in clotting.
Another Story of How Yunnan Baiyao Can Help
As I wrote, we gave this to Carson in capsule form. We were syringe feeding her pureed wet food toward the end and could have used the powdered form to mix into her food. Regardless, it isn't available right now in capsule form on Amazon now. So I'm sharing this link where you can
- Learn more about the product and dosages so you can use the bottled form linked above on this page or
- Order it in capsule form if that's easier for you.
How Yunnan Baiyao Helped Carson
We had Carson on two Yunnan Baiyao capsules per day for nearly a year, which held her day to day bleeding from the nose in check. As further proof of how well it worked, one morning, she went into a sneezing fit, followed by a steady flow of blood from her nose. In each package of capsules, there are 16 regular dose pills and one super dose. We had been saving the super dose pills (which we affectionately called "power pills") since the beginning of her illness, and that morning we used a power pill to help prevent bleeding from the added trauma of the extensive sneezes. Within an hour, the bleeding had all but stopped and visible clots began to form near the entrance to her nostrils (gross, but good). Within a day or two her body took over regular control of that clotting and she had several more months of quality life.
I am not a doctor or veterinarian, and I don't claim to have medical proof that Yunnan Baiyao works. However, with first-hand evidence like this, I believe it's worth talking with your veterinarian if your dog has recently been diagnosed with cancer so you can have as much quality time with him/her as possible.
© 2013 Monica Lobenstein