Yunnan Baiyao is a great method for treating your dog's cancer, but it can do much more for them than just that. Here's how to use Yunnan Baiyao for your dog.
The high cancer rate of 50% in large-breed dogs over 10 years old has been a worrisome statistic for many dog owners. Thankfully, the introduction of the medication Yunnan Baiyao into the U.S market has been a welcome solution for managing the disease.
As cliché as it may sound, dogs truly are man’s best friend. It is, therefore, devastating to see them lose their appetite, their playfulness, and their spirit due to illness. To see these friends in pain or in discomfort – unable to articulate the suffering they are going through – is heartbreaking.
For the dog owners who have been using Yunnan Baiyao to manage their dog's cancer, they realize the importance of the drug in stopping internal bleeding. This, in turn, relieves other symptoms that may occur as a result, for example, labored breathing.
However, there is more to the drug than people know.
Background on Yunnan Baiyao
Yunnan Baiyao is a powdered medicine formulated in the Yunnan Province in China. Currently, the Yunnan Baiyao Group - a company owned by the Chinese Government - makes the drug.
At the time of its introduction in the 1900s, the medicine helped to treat open wounds and bleeding areas.
Its application in the veterinary field in cancer treatment has been equally impressive despite the aversion to alternative medicine.
Some warning signs of cancer for the dog owners to look out for can include:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Lumps or signs of swelling
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Wounds that don’t heal
A sudden loss of appetite can be also an indicator that your dog has a medical problem that requires a check-up by your veterinarian. This safety-first approach can be crucial in the early diagnosis of cancer in your dog. Working with a veterinary oncologist to come up with a treatment plan as quickly as possible can be the difference in maintaining your dog’s quality of life.
There is a type of cancer called hemangiosarcoma, whereby tumors grow within the blood vessels of canines. Once these tumors erupt, your dog will start bleeding internally, and in some cases, can die instantly. Yunnan Baiyao can reduce internal bleeding in your dog and increase its chances of living a bit longer.
Despite this considerable impact, traditional holistic approaches to treatment remain overshadowed by the ‘mainstream’ approach to medicine and treatment.
Best-selling author and evolutionary canine nutrition expert Dr. Ian Billinghurst believes that holistic medicine does not get great reviews because of the lack of support from the scientific community.
Getting More Out of Yunnan Baiyao
With so much focus on ‘mainstream’ medicine, however, people fail to discover that Yunnan Baiyao does more than just help with canine cancer. It has several other uses.
Let's look at some of these uses together:
- Treating external bleeding
Since its inception, the drug has been important in stopping external bleeding in humans. This can also be applied to your dog as well. There are times when a canine will suffer scratches to the skin during play or (unfortunately) bite punctures when involved in a canine fight.
You can pour the powder form of the drug on the wounds and it will treat the bleeding and stimulate the healing process in the affected area.
- Anorexia treatment
In some case studies, using Yunnan Baiyao alongside other herbal formulations was crucial in improving the appetite and energy of the dogs involved.
Just like humans, dogs can suffer a loss of appetite when they are ill or due to other reasons, for example, stress. They need the energy and nutrients available in food to get better quicker.
- Improving immune system function
Yunnan Baiyao helps to boost the immune system function in your dog, which is important in fighting the ravaging effects of cancer in its system.
The internal bleeding and discharges caused by cancer can seep into other organs or even fill the lungs thereby making it difficult for the canine to breathe.
Excessive bleeding can lead to shock, which can make the dog collapse. An extra red capsule – called an insurance pill – is included in the medicine box to resuscitate the dog in an emergency.
Dogs can suffer from swelling due to injuries, arthritis or because of cancerous tumors such as hemangiopericytoma. Using this drug can help to reduce these inflammations.
Hemangiopericytoma is another form of cancer that develops on joints – especially the dog’s limbs. It appears as lumps and can grow for many years if they are not addressed immediately. There are instances whereby this cancer also affects a dog’s tail.
This type of cancer is treated through surgery and can involve amputation of the affected area. Unfortunately, hemangiopericytoma is known to recur in the same area where the tumor was removed. Using this drug can help with managing the after-effects of treatment.
- Promoting normal blood circulation
Since traditional Chinese medicine is concerned with the normal circulation of blood in order to prevent problems such as deep vein thrombosis, the drug can aid in decongesting your dog’s blood vessels.
Getting the Right Dosage
Yunnan Baiyao comes as a patch, in form of capsules or in powder form. The drug can mix well with other drugs and herbal medications. It is important to inform your veterinarian in case they want to prescribe another drug for your canine.
The prescribing veterinarian will provide the dosage your canine should adhere to. The drug is taken intermittently, which means you can either skip every other day. This is because excessive use of the drug can cause liver damage.
According to Veterinary Place, the dosage is calculated based on the weight of your dog. Therefore, a canine that is 33 pounds gets a capsule a day, whereas a heavier dog gets two capsules two times a day.
Other stated side effects of the drug include vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and allergies.
Take a Holistic Approach to Canine Treatment
It is unfortunate that dogs can suffer not only from deadly diseases but also from the pain of treatment. The challenge is in figuring out whether aggressive types of treatment will affect your dog’s quality of life.
Perhaps a more holistic approach to healthcare could be more beneficial. Take advantage of the many uses that provides.