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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Yunnan Baiyao for Dogs: Chinese Herb for Bleeding Dog Cancers

Updated: July 29th, 2019


Yunnan baiyao for dogs with cancer may sound weird because it’s used for bleeding problems. But in certain cases, it is really useful.


yunnan baiyao for dogsToday’s article is about an herb from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): yunnan baiyao for dogs with cancer. Yes, the chinese herb, also spelled yunnan paiyao, can be used in some cancers.

Bleeding Cancer Causes

Some canine cancers are associated with bleeding, like internal hemangiosarcomas.  Hemangiosarcomas are tumors that occur in the linings of the blood vessels, so they can be pretty bloody.

But even other types of cancers can bleed. For example, sometimes chemotherapy drugs increase bleeding tendencies. Sometimes tumors rupture, and internal bleeding results.

Again, not every tumor is bloody. But when they are, finding a way to control that internal bleeding is a good idea.

Especially nice would be something that can be given in a capsule at home.

A Supplement That Stops Bleeding??

Conventional veterinary medicine teaches us that there is no such thing. But hey, let’s remember: there is more to healing than what we may have been exposed to here in the West.  My alma mater is consistently ranked number one or two best veterinary school in the nation, but I didn’t learn about supplements until I started my own studies.

Yunnan baiyao is a good example. This is a well-known treatment in China. Its name means “The white medicine from Yunnan province.”

It’s well researched in China, and, perhaps more importantly, has been used for thousands of years. Our Western medical researchers are beginning to show interest, and so far, most studies here show that there are reasons to study it more.

Yunnan baiyao is a blend of herbal ingredients, not one single plant. Here in the West, we’re used to thinking about individual treatments for individual problems. Supplements are usually made of only one ingredient.

That’s not the way TCM thinks about remedies or treatments. With their thousands of years of experience, they often make blends of several different components. Yunnan baiyao is no exception.

The precise recipe is a guarded secret in China, but the ingredients include various yam roots, ox gall bladder, pseudoginseng, and sweet geranium.

How Yunnan Baiyao Works (we think)

It seems that yunnan baiyao activates the platelets, the tiny blood cells that help form clots. Why is this important?

Well, because blood clots are the first step in a scab. When platelets are active, they form little plugs, or little corks. That’s the way they stop a hemorrhage.

Think of the last time you cut yourself. Remember how the blood flowed, and then slowed down, and a red oozy mass formed? That’s your platelets in action.

So we think when a dog takes yunnan baiyao, the herbal formula activates the platelets, which slow bleeding down and help stop it.

Keep in mind that this remedy is not fully understood, and there are some veterinarians who just don’t think using it is worth it. But there are plenty who disagree and feel that as long as it’s safe, using it in serious cases is warranted.


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When To Use Yunnan Baiyao

I wouldn’t recommend using yunnan baiyao without consulting with your veterinarian. It might not be necessary for your dog’s specific case. But if your dog is having internal bleeds, or if your dog has the bloody cancer called hemangiosarcoma, your veterinarian might want to use it to help control bleeding.

How much to give?  The following dosing is a bit rough.  These are general guidelines that you should check out with your veterinarian:

  • For dogs under 10 lbs, give 1 capsule by mouth one time a day.
  • For dogs from 10 to 30 lbs, give 1 capsule by mouth two times a day.
  • For dogs above 30 but less than 60 lbs, give 2 capsules two times a day.
  • For dogs above 60 lbs, give 2 capsules three times a day.

Do not give Yunnan baiyao on an ongoing basis.  It is best to give it on alternating days, or for a 5-day on, 5-day off cycle that repeats.  You should also be aware that there is some evidence that this medicine may elevate liver markers if given daily for prolonged periods of time.

Best to all,

Dr D

Editor’s Note: Where to Buy Yunnan Baiyao

It is not as easy to get yunnan baiyao online as it once was. If your veterinarian doesn’t sell it (and most who recommend it do), the best bet is to check your local supplement store, particularly if they stock other TCM remedies. If they don’t stock it, you might ask your veterinarian to order it for you from Jin Tang http://tcvmherbal.com/. You can also try Pine Street Clinic: https://pinestreetclinic.com/products/yunnan-baiyao


Further Reading & References

Brennen McKenzie, MA, MSc, VMD, cVMA, Yunnan baiyao for patients with hemorrhage, neoplasia, Veterinary Practice News, December 11, 2017

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s discussion on Yunnan Baiyao

Institute of Traditional Medicine Discussion of Yunnan Baiyao

Tansey C, Wiebe ML, Hybki GC, Patlogar JE, Murphy LA, Bianco D, Nakamura RK. A prospective evaluation of oral Yunnan Baiyao therapy on thromboleastographic parameters in apparently healthy dogs. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2018 May;28(3):221-225. doi: 10.1111/vec.12712. PMID:  29727528

Morris BR, deLaforcade A, Lee J, Palmisano J, Meola D, Rozanski E. Effects of in vitro hemodilution with crystalloids, colloids, and plasma on canine whole blood coagulation as determined by kaolin-activated thromboelastography. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2016 Jan-Feb;26(1):58-63. doi: 10.1111/vec.12345.  Epub 2015 Jul 28. PubMed PMID: 26220153.

Ness SL, Frye AH, Divers TJ, Rishniw M, Erb HN, Brooks MB. Randomized placebo-controlled study of the effects of Yunnan Baiyao on hemostasis in horses. Am J Vet Res. 2017 Aug;78(8):969-976. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.78.8.969. PubMed PMID: 28738008.

Lee A, Boysen SR, Sanderson J, Wagg CR, Chalhoub S. Effects of Yunnan Baiyao on blood coagulation parameters in beagles measured using kaolin activated thromboelastography and more traditional methods. Int J Vet Sci Med. 2017 Apr 12;5(1):53-56. doi: 10.1016/j.ijvsm.2017.01.004. eCollection 2017 Jun. PMID:  30255049

Wiinberg B, Jensen AL, Rojkjaer R, Johansson P, Kjelgaard-Hansen M, Kristensen AT. Validation of human recombinant tissue factor-activated thromboelastography on citrated whole blood from clinically healthy dogs. Vet Clin Pathol. 2005 Dec;34(4):389-93. PubMed PMID: 16270265.

Frederick J, Boysen S, Wagg C, Chalhoub S. The effects of oral administration of Yunnan Baiyao on blood coagulation in beagle dogs as measured by kaolin-activated thromboelastography and buccal mucosal bleeding times. Can J Vet Res. 2017;81(1):41-45.

How One Company Brought Traditional Chinese Medicine To The Modern World And Made Billions, Forbes, Michael Schuman

Yunnan Baiyao – What’s the Clinical Evidence? by L. Graham


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  1. Nena Stewart on October 14, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Great info and wish I had discovered this a month ago! My lab/Aussie mix has splenic hemangiosarcoma. Had spleen removed when hematoma ruptured. That’s when it was found. Have been treating her with CBD oil, Red Cell Canine, Nepal Support and Turkey Tail Mushroom. Would it be safe to add Yunnan Baiyao?


  2. James on July 27, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I just learned that there are TWO different versions of Yunnan Baiyao on the internet and that you want to be careful about which version you buy. The version that says “jiaonang” on the box is apparently meant for the domestic Chinese market and is of a different quality and may contain additional ingredients that aren’t listed on the box (and it’s much cheaper because of this). What you want is the version that says “Yunnan Baiyao Capsule” on the box and NOT the one that says “Yunnan Baiyao Jiaonang.”

  3. Belinda on June 25, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I have been purchasing Yunnan Baiyou supplements (blue lettering). My friend who’s dog passed away gave me all of his un-open boxes of Yunnan Baiyou Jiaonang (green lettering). Is there a difference between them?

  4. Bill Kennedy on May 28, 2019 at 7:11 am

    How long should yunnia be given ?

    • Molly Jacobson on May 28, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Hi Bill! Please ask your vet for specific advice about your dog’s case, but in general, yunnan baiyao should be given as long as there is a potential bleeding problem.

  5. Ann Levitzki on April 15, 2019 at 4:08 am

    My 13 1/2 old female beagle was diagnosed with tumors on her spleen (most likely hemangiosarcoma) and a 1cm mass in her bladder (most likely TCC). I have been giving her Apocaps with a small amount of peanut butter for about a month now. She no longer will eat the peanut butter. So I started opening up the Apocaps and mixing it with about 1 tbsp. of plain tuna. Then I realized that might not be good due to the antioxidants in the tuna. Can you please advise at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you ,

    Ann Levitzki

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on April 15, 2019 at 6:50 am

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for writing 🙂 Any kind of food will work, as long as your dog will eat it– peanut butter, cheese, cream cheese, pill pockets, bone broth, or even the dog’s wet food 🙂

  6. Kathy on March 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    My German Shepherd had his spleen removed Monday and I received terrible news today than it was cancer he’s only 8 years old. They said he won’t live more than 2 months. Someone please help me

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on April 1, 2019 at 7:21 am

      Hello Kathy,

      Thanks for writing. As we’re not veterinarians here, we can’t offer you medical advice. However, we can provide you with information based off Dr. Dressler’s writings

      In the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, Dr. D highly recommends that you become your dog’s Primary Healthcare Advocate. You know yourself, and your boy the best. There are a number of factors that you have to take into consideration (finances, your dog’s personality, your personality, treatment options, age, etc) before making a decision, as each dog and their health situation is different.

      There is no “one right fit” with cancer treatment. This is where Treatment Plan Analysis can be really beneficial. Here’s an article on how to end treatment plan analysis paralysis https://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/make-decisions-dog-cancer-treatments/

      You also have to factor in your guardian type. Do you want your boy to be as comfortable as possible? Are you okay with handling the side effects of particular treatments? How important is quality of life? Do you think he would be the same after surgery? Here’s a link to an article on guardian types that you may find helpful: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/blog/why-your-personality-is-so-important-to-your-dog-with-cancer/

      As Dr. D writes in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, there are a number of treatment options, besides chemo, surgery, and radiation, in the Full Spectrum Cancer Care that you could consider, under your vet’s supervision– Nutraceuticals, Diet, Brain Chemistry Modification, and Immune System Boosters and Anti-metastatics.

      In addition, you do have to take into account your boy’s life expectancy, and gained life expectancy (How much time is gained with treatments). In addition to Chapter 20 of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, and these articles on Life Expectancy, you may find this video on Life Expectancy to be helpful 🙂 Here’s the link: https://www.dogcancerblog.com/videos/life-expectancy-vs-gained-life-expectancy-in-dog-cancer-treatments/

      We can’t tell you what the right choice is because we’re not vets, each dog and their situation is different, and we don’t know your boy. But you do. And once you figure out what is most important to you both, you can then make a more informed decision 🙂

  7. Gretchen on March 28, 2019 at 11:57 am

    You can buy it online many sites like Amazon but if you wish i would be happy to mail you 5 boxes. My dog has passed after hemangiosarcoma. No strings attached I would just like someone to have them who could use them. 5135784050 Gretchen

    • Gretchen on June 16, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      UPDATE : the above Yunnan Baiyao boxes are no longer available.

  8. Kathy Wieland on March 27, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Loved the new add.

  9. Howard Miller on March 26, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I was recommended to use Yunnan Baiyo by our trusted veterinarian here on Long Island, New York for a bleeding tumor in our 14 year old Shephard Collie, Milo.
    It was effective in curbing the internal bleeding. I ordered it from California and the supplier was very accommodating.
    Several veterinarians/surgeons suggested euthanizing our beloved dog as the tumor looked malignant and likely had a poor prognosis.
    A needle biopsy didn’t show malignant cells but that was attributed to the needle ‘missing the spot.’
    I refused their suggestion and found us rushing into surgery some weeks later when the tumor starting causing a major problem.
    To my absolute joy and the surgeons shock the pathology was negative and we went on to have two more of the most wonderful years with Milo!
    I will be eternally grateful to all the good people who dedicate themselves to caring for our pets who bring us so much joy.

  10. CRIS LEWIS on March 26, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Any suggestions on WHERE to get the yunan supplement??

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on March 26, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Hey Cris! Dr. D recommends this site for TCM formulas, including yunnan baiyao: http://tcvmherbal.com/

    • SHERRY L HAAG on July 21, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Our golden was diagnosed with HSA beginning of April given only a month or so after splenectomy and large tumor removal surgery. After much research and lots of google searches found a support group on Facebook who had lots of experiences with the disease and lots of helpful information. I started YB, turkey tail mushroom and a immune mushroom mix. we went to home cooked natural foods ,veggies , fruits and bone broth. 4 months later she is healthy , blood count normal and back to her laid back lazy girl self. She is 9 1/2. WE enjoy every day we can get. It is a bit more work making her food but well worth it. I get Yunnan Baiyao from Walmart’s on line. The mushroom mix, turkey tail, and immune health I get from Chewy.com. they have many different kinds of holistic vitamins and supplements. Be sure if you give Turkey Tail , which comes very recommended, you give milk thistle for liver support and health. . I recommend you check out the Hemangioma support group on FB. They are a very helpful understanding what we are going through group.

  11. Anita Adam on March 24, 2019 at 4:18 am

    My dog was recently diagnosed with a terminal tumor on her heart and high liver enzymes on 02/06. My vet prescribed Yunnan Baiyao capsules to take daily. Blood was drained from around her heart and she was given a steroid injection to reduce the size. Her prognosis was given for a few weeks. I have been giving her plain baked chicken or turkey to improve her appetite. Occasionally she has the desire for her dog food. After research, I just added reishi and turkey tail powdered mushroom capsules and milk thistle capsules for her liver. Her spirits are high, she’s playful and enjoys her food. Hypothetically, how long will it take to shrink the tumor, reverse the swelling and lower her liver enzymes. On average, what can I hope for a life expectancy? She is 12 years old, but appears much younger. I appreciate your time and look forward to your response. Thank you, Anita Adam

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on March 25, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Hello Anita,

      Thanks for writing! As we’re not veterinarians here in customer support, we can’t offer you medical advice. Those are really good questions that you should ask your veterinarian because they will be able to offer their medical opinions based on your girl and her current treatment plan 🙂 In the meantime, you may find some of these articles on Life Expectancy and Life Quality to be helpful!

      As Dr. D writes in the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, there are a number of things that you can do for your dog with cancer. Conventional Treatments (Surgery, chemo, radiation), Nutraceuticals, Immune System Boosters and anti-metastatics, diet, and brain chemistry modifications. This is what Dr. D calls the Full Spectrum Approach 🙂

  12. Karen on November 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I am a proud owner of a 15 year old golden retreiver. In september he had a smalk amount of blood from his right nostril after a hike (he is in great condition). He has had no further issues until the last 2 weeks, with a nosebleed almost daily. He recently went ti see our vet and started him on an antibotic, which made him sick. He is now taking Yunnan Baiyao. My question is how long does it take for the medication to show results. Also curious if benadryl will help with his mucous discharge??
    Thank you!!

    • Robert on March 26, 2019 at 10:40 am

      After a hike – are you sure he doesn’t have a leech up his nose?

  13. Jayme S. on November 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Hey Dr. D (and everyone!),

    We ended up trying this for our pup and discovered there are actually bunch of different versions of Yunnan Baiyao out there. After having some not-very-nice customer service experiences with some online stores trying to get it, we eventually found this place and have had a good experience (what they’re selling is authentic, they’re super nice, and it arrived the next day), so I thought I’d pass their info along:


    Thanks for this great blog!


    • Molly Jacobson on November 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks for that Jayme! There’s also this source Dr. Dressler recommends other veterinarians use for yunnan baiyao and other TCM formulas: http://tcvmherbal.com/

  14. Marilyn on November 3, 2018 at 3:44 am


    I have a 12 year old cocker spaniel who has been diagnosed with a 6 cm mass on his spleen. It has not ruptured and we opted against surgery. The only systems we had was one day he starting throwing up and diarrhea pretty bad. We took him to the vet and before the ultra sound they said maybe just a virus. About 3 days later, same systems. We took him back and they did an ultra sound. This is when the tumor was discovered. Since we decided against surgery, our vet gave us Cerenia for the upset stomach, Gabapentin for pain and YB to help stop the bleeding. The first time we gave him the Gabapentin, it was awful. Like he was in a daze and on his last moment. He turned around and now about every 3-4 days he was get an upset stomach and diarrhea. It seems to subside within 24 hours. When this happens, I do give him one Cerenia 24 mg. Since 10/25 I have been giving him YB every day. I am convinced this is helping him. Based on his diagnos, anything else holistic you may recommend? We are just taking one day at a time but do not want him in pain. Thanks for any advice you can add.

  15. mary ellen hurst on October 24, 2018 at 3:30 am

    I have been giving my dog Yb for a week and 2 days ,every other day.Do I stop at 15 days and stop giving it to her or keep on going with every other day for good.She is 54 lbs and has a bleeding tumor.I believe YB has helped tremendously!Please any help here would greatly be appreciated.

    • Dog Cancer Vet Team on October 25, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Hello Mary, thanks for writing. We’re not veterinarians here in customer support so we can’t offer you medical advice. However, we can provide you with information based off of Dr. Dressler’s writing 🙂

      As Dr. D states in the article above, it’s best to give yb on alternate days, or for a 5-day on, 5-day off cycle that repeats. He does say that there is some possible evidence that yb may elevate liver markers if given daily for prolonged periods of time.

      But because we are not vets, and we don’t know your dog and her health situation, we can’t advise you on whether you should continue giving yb. You should consult with your veterinarian and get your dog’s liver markers checked– they will be able to advise you on what to do 🙂

      We hope this helps!

  16. Kathy on October 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Today I took my nearly 13 yr Shih Tzu to have a Abdominal Ultra Sound and a esphogical scope.
    For several weeks he had a nasal noise and was hoping he had something in his nasal cavity like something he’d eaten or maybe a piece of fabric from a stuffed animal.
    When the Dr called me I was totally blown away.
    The Ultra Sound shows a very large Mass on the left adrinal gland almost as large as the kidney. The right adrinal gland also had a mass half the size on the left gland. They didn’t do an aspirate or biopsy due to the looks and size of the Masses. Just presume it’s more than likely cancer.
    So hes home tonight with me and I just wondered if there could be a Chinese herb that can help extend his life.. he eats well, has good bathroom habits, plays with his little toy at night. He is tired a lot though and wants to sleep. Can someone help me so I can get a good sound advise if theres Anything out there that could shrink his mass. Thank you..K

  17. Gretchen Eckerle on August 30, 2018 at 5:52 am

    I had a golden mix named Liberty with hemangiosarcoma, after her emergency splenectomy she was given 3 months without chemo and 6 months with chemo, we opted for the chemo. My vet was spot on, she lived another 6 months before she had another rupture, this time on her liver, and this time we put her to rest, she had been through so much. But I had 6 beautiful months to spend with her and to give her the extra royal treatment. The reason I’m writing today is we have left over Yunnan Baiyao, 5 unopened boxes and one opened. I do not want these to go to waste if they can help another dog. If you are interested please call me at 513-578-4050, all I ask is that you pay about $10 for shipping, you can even pay after you receive them, because I know it’s hard to trust strangers these days. The expiration date is not until 08/21 so they will be good for a while. Once someone calls I’ll post a reply stating they are gone. Good luck everyone, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through so my heart goes out to all of you.

    • Gretchen on June 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      UPDATE to my post, someone has obtained the Yunnan Baiyao I had so they are now gone.

  18. Kelly Portscheller on August 11, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Can I give my lab apocaps along with yunnan paiyao?

    • DogCancerBlog on August 16, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Hello Kelly, thanks for writing. We’re not veterinarians here in customer support so we can’t offer you medical advice. However, we can provide you with information from Dr. Dressler’s writings.

      Apocaps is not the same as yunnan baiyao, which is a Chinese blend of herbs used to help control bleeding. However, many veterinarians use both at the same time, and they could complement each other, depending upon the specifics of your dog’s case. The two supplements do not interfere with or overlap each other, and generally there is no need to adjust the dose of either one.

      If you are wanting to include Yunnan Baiyao in your dog’s treatment plan, consult with your veterinarian first as they know your dog, and will know if Yunnan Baiyao can work with your dog’s current treatment plan.

  19. Brigette Hewitt on May 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Dr. D,
    My sweet Scottie girl Izzy has osteosarcoma on her skull. It started on the left frontal plate, just above her brow bone. She was diagnosed in February and tomorrow, we will be 12 weeks out from diagnosis. Because of the location, of course you know amputation or removal of the bone was not an option and because of how far it had already gone prior to diagnosis, our veterinarian did not feel chemo was an option or that it would do any good.

    We are members of many FB groups from Scottie pages to Osteosarcoma in Dogs. Members from these groups have shared what has worked and helped prolong and give quaily of life for their dogs. We are on the following:

    Gabapentin and Rimadyl for pain
    Immunocal (protien whey isolate) to build immunity by increasing production of gluthione
    Artemenisen and Butyrx (sp)
    Essiac tea
    CBD oil
    Science diet cd for unrinary support (she gets a small amount of this because of the carbs)
    Goat yogurt
    Cottage Cheese

    She has had nosebleeds as the cancer has moved into her sinuses. We are wondering if the yunnan baiyo will help with the nosebleeds. Our veterinarian has been very supportive in the homeopathic methods we are using.

    Do you think it would be okay to give her the yunnan baiyao?

    I look forward to hearing you opinion on this.

    So far she has a good appetite, has pep in her step. The nosebleeds are what fighten us at this point. If you also know of any homeopathic veterinarians in the Lubbock, TX area, I would appreciate any info you can give me.

    Thank you for your time in reading this and hopefully giving me input.

    Brigette Hewitt
    Lubbock, TX

    • DogCancerBlog on May 7, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Hi Brigette, thanks for writing, and we’re sorry to hear about your Scotty girl Izzy. It sounds like you have a lot of support and great team members. Dr. D doesn’t always get to monitor these comments, so we wanted to get back to you here with a little help. In general, as Dr. D points out in this article, yunnan baiyao can be helpful for stopping bleeding, so if your vet thinks it is a good idea, go for it!

  20. Robert Trapal on May 1, 2018 at 3:45 am

    My dog was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, the vet had supplied 1 month of Yunnan Baiyao to help control the bleeding. But the vet moved to another state and I was not able to find more!

    Fortunately, after some googling – I was able to find a online vendor for Yunnan Baiyao and it really helped my dog.

    https://yunnan-baiyao-store.com/ is the site, I hope this can help someone’s baby

  21. […] you are taking care of a dog with cancer and bleeding is an issue you’ll want to look into Yunnan Baiyao it is a Chinese herb that helps […]

  22. Gretchen Synclaire on March 12, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    This is such an amazing formula. I read over and over and over again how this Chinese Medicine has cured so many deeply loved pets. I hope every one who needs this medicine can find it.

  23. Tami on March 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    My vet told me 2 capsules 3 times a day. From what I’m reading it states 5 days on and 5 days off. I mentioned this to them and was told they have not heard of the liver effects. My dog was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma on the heart. Unfortunately I am only able to give 2 treatments a day during the week. Is this enough for him and will long term hurt more than help?

  24. Heidi Keitz on March 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hello to all and blessings to you and your dogs,my guy was just diagnosed this past Tuesday after getting dental work done,the cost of surgery at this time is not feasible for me as I’m spread out with vet bills with my 19 almost 20 year old sun conure who I’ve had for 18/19 years and her kidney disease/failure,but that’s another story,my vet did prescribe the Yannan Baiyao but in a smaller dosage than listed here,I need to find a more reasonable place to purchase this so I can give my guy a better chance,my vet just charges to much to mail it.
    I’m hoping I don’t lose this site it’s very informative and I want to add it to my daily places to check,
    Wishing you the best,

    • Diane on March 11, 2018 at 2:38 am

      Hi Heidi, I’ve been using Yannan Baiyao for my fur baby for over a year now and it has helped with the bleeding from his nasal cancer. Hope this helps you. All the best to you and you dogs.

    • SHERRY L HAAG on July 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Walmart carries it at decent rate

  25. dsull3306 on February 6, 2018 at 9:10 am

    If the capsules are too big, can I open it and mix with food?

    • Courtney on February 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Yes, you definitely can!

  26. Daniel on February 2, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Hey, have a doubt can we use yunnan baiyao tong shu? For Hemangiosarcoma?? Please suggest???

  27. joanne grant on January 20, 2018 at 12:58 am

    please try the Budwick Diet for dogs ..my dog has problems .9 months now she is doing great.

  28. Natalie Lense on January 15, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    My e bully is doing fantastic. He is out living all expectations….my HEALTHY 130lb boerboel just ate one pill…is she in any danger???????? HELP????

  29. Kryzia on December 29, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Dr. D,
    My dog has an ear hematoma– would this be appropriate to use?

  30. Andy on December 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I just want to provide feedback on using Yunnan Baiyao. Our lab came down with Hemangiosarcoma on his heart. Broke our hearts. They gave him several days to a week to live. That was in March 2017. After much research we started him on Yunnan Baiyao, two morning, two at night (90lb lab). He made it till Aug 25th, a full 5 months. You know what? He got another full summer and he was HAPPY. I recommend this to all of you for your dogs with bleeding cancers. And always remember this: for the years of love you get, you must endure a few months of sorrow at the end. As far as I’m concerned, it was well worth it. See you at Rainbow Bridge, buddy.

    • Karen Schultz on December 16, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I have an 8 yo boxer diagnosed this week with the same condition. Did u give your lab this dosage continuously or took a break at 5 days? My heart breaks for all those affected.

  31. Maria on June 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    My 10 year old Lab/golden Timber was just diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma, they did an ultrasound on Saturday and found she had a tumor on her spleen that burst and she’s bleeding internally. My Dr. Suggested I start her on yunnan baiyao. He’s hoping she gets strong enough for the surgery to remove her spleen. She is also breathing heavy. She is not eating as she normally does and sometimes seems confused. When we walk she stops and sits as if she doesn’t know what to do. Some nights she won’t even go out. I want to do what’s best for her, but I don’t want her to suffer. Is the surgery the best course for her? She also has some lesions on her liver. She’s my best friend and I don’t want to lose her.

    • melissa on November 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Maria, my lab is my best friend in the world as well and he was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma three months ago when a tumor I didn’t know he had ruptured literally on our way to a check up with the vet. He exhibited no signs that anything was wrong so thank God we had that random appointment. He was rushed to surgery and within an hour he had a lobe of his liver removed long with several lesions. His other organs were clear, but about three weeks ago I noticed that he was having the symptoms you mentioned- he wasn’t eating normally, didn’t want to go out, and was having these sporadic bouts of shallow breathing which seemed to pass. I had him on CBD oil and stopped it when I thought it overly sedated him, but started it again a few days ago. I also ordered Yunnan Baiyo and it got here just before he had another episode which I am attributing to a bleed. He’s been on it for three days and I can not believe what I am seeing. He’s not breathing heavily, his gums are bright pink, and he’s not winded every time he stands up. He even went on a little walk yesterday. I truly believe this is a miracle pill. Despite the fact that we all have been given a grim prognosis, I feel like when we give up, they give up. I highly recommend the YB as well as CBD. We are determined to beat the odds over here! If anyone wants to talk, message back and I will provide my email address- this isn’t easy, but I’m not accepting a death sentence for my guy and neither should anyone. Only God knows when time is up, not vets or surgeons. Bless you all- #cancersucks

  32. Power System on July 8, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Just like finding out that a loved one has cancer; being told that your family pet dog has this disease is equally as devastating for sure! Pets can develop cancerous tumors and like humans early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment that may eradicate it therefore curing your beloved companion of this particularly nasty illness.

    Due to the excessive number of different types of cancers; it is best to initially discuss the various dog cancer treatments available with your vet to ascertain which treatment will work the best. Your vet will devise a unique treatment plan specifically tailored for your dogs condition and needs based on temperament, symptoms and progression of the disease.
    yunnan baiyao capsules

  33. Susan Kazara Harper on June 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Diana, we’ve been trying to keep up with the posts. What is the latest news about your girl?

    • diana on August 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Hi, Yes Sasha is home. The surgery was a success. She only needed it done on the one nasal passageway. The vets recommended not changing anything since she is a healthy dog. Turns out it was just a nose bleed that wouldn’t heal (thus far). Bloodwork done since the incident has been normal. She is due for more bloodwork in september. So weird. I just feel very fortunate that we were able to afford all the tests and treatment.

  34. Diana on June 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I have a 12 year old Siberian Husky currently on her 6th night in ICU at a Veterinary Hospital. After blood tests, xray, ct scan, rhinoscopy and biopsy—-there is still no visible or clear reason as to why she is suffering intermittent nose bleeds to the point of transfusions. The biopsy did show inflammation, and she was on a daily dose of 325mg of aspirin for 6-8 weeks that’s our only clue (its been a week since her last aspirin). Today she needed surgery to limit blood flow to her nose, hoping the lack of traffic of blood her body can heal and clot?. If this doesn’t work they will do the right nostril, and if that doesn’t work then…I don’t know I guess there are no more options because we don’t know the cause and what to treat. And really the surgery is just to buy time if it is just some kind of tear that happened in an artery that just won’t heal. (maybe she sneezed the irritant out already)
    So my question is…when we get her home…..How do you treat the I don’t knows? The maybes? I figure a healthier diet filled with food that fights inflammation? supplements?, .She already is on Yunnan (the past 4 days so we will continue that). Do we get her apocaps? What if its fungus and not cancer? What if it was just a bad sneeze? Am I on the right track? Is there something better we can do? What should we do next?
    Thank you Dr. Dressler for your commitment to animals with cancer, thank you to anyone who reads this and worries about animals and their well-being, and to anyone who can offer me any knowledge! I want my dog home and happy!

  35. […] The Dog Cancer Vet: Chinese Herb for Bleeding Dog Cancers […]

  36. Dimitri on October 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Dr. D,
    Shelby is a 15 year old Bichon with large tumor pituitary dependent Cushing’s and a torn mitral valvie in her heart. She’s on enalapril, vetmedin and furosemide for the heart and her vet stopped the Vetoryl when an ultrasound showed a mass with pockets of fluid in the liver that is consistent with hemangiosarcoma. Due to the heart condition she is not a candidate for surgery, nor a needle aspiration/biopsy due to the risk of bleeding. I have her on the cancer diet recommended in your book, plus Everpup. I am nervous about giving her Apocaps due to the liver situation, and it’s not clear whether I should only give her Yunnan Baiyao if I suspect she’s bleeding internally (which is hard for me to tell), and if so, for how long? The literature in Chinese Traditional Medicine talks about using Yunnan Baiyao only when there’s active bleeding, not prophylactically, and then only for a limited time up to 10 days. I’ve also read it could speed up metastasis although stopping any bleeding is obviously more important. Under these circumstances, could I add Apocaps, keep the Everpup going, and only add Yunnan if I am convinced she’s bleeding? If not, could I selectively add just certain ingredients that would not affect the liver, such as curcumin and certain mushroom extracts? Thank you in advance for any suggestions! Your book is tremendously helpful.

  37. donna d on October 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Dr. Dressler – I found your blog very helpful. My dog is on Yunnan Baiyo and has hemangiosarcoma. I also have her on IP6, however further reading is telling me that it can effect blood clotting in the body. Just curious of your opinion. Donna

  38. Ryan on February 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Hi Dr.,

    How does Yunnan fit into a regime that includes anti-angiogenesis supplements? For instance, angioblock/vacustatin (bindweed) is designed to cut off the ability of tumor’s to grow by inhibiting vascular formations. It seems like bindweed and others like it could shrink/prevent tumors but also lead to bleeding. While Yunnan could allow more tumor growth but prevent bleeding? Please help with any advice..I am confused and trying my best.


    • curious on February 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

      does anyone here have info on this?

  39. Tammy on June 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Hi Dr. Dressler,
    Our dog Owen, 9 year old GSD mix has been living 1+ years after diagnosis of a massive Hepatocellular Carcinoma. He was entered in a study for a Transarterial Chemoembolization procedure and although it didn’t shrink his tumor (16cm), it has definitely killed some of the tumor and allowed him a great quality of life so far. We have your book and it has helped us immeasureably with Owen and our other dog with t-cell lymphoma greatly-thank you. Recently, Owen developed nose bleeds–short bleeds that would resolve in 30 seconds or so. We took him to his oncologist who suggested YB and recommended a capsule per day. As we began the regular use of YB, his nose bleeds began to become more frequent. He was on it for a month or so and he was now having bleeds multiple times per day, every day and would last much longer. Just for the heck of it we decided to stop the YB for a week or so and see how it goes. The nose bleeds have completely stopped. Does this scenario make any sense to you? Is this because it is better to cycle on/off rather than take continuously?

    Thank you,

  40. Joni on June 4, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Oh, also Dr. Dressler, would there be a problem giving your apocaps along with the TCM Concentrated Stasis Breaker or any other Chinese herbs? If I give your apocaps, should I stop all the other supplements I’m giving: curcumin, milk thistle, Vit A, E, C, Standard Process’ Immune System and Thyroid Support? I also give Ubiquinol and Hawthorn berry for his heart, Bilberry with lemon grass for his eyes, and Soloxine. Sorry for the omission. Thank you.

  41. Joni on June 4, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Dr. Dressler, our 15 y.o. sheltie had an ultrasound to examine his adrenal glands but during the ultrasound, the specialist unexpectedly found a small bladder mass in the pole of my sheltie’s bladder. He suspects TCC and wanted to biopsy the mass via cystoscopy. Unfortunately that procedure was too expensive for us to do. Our sheltie has had two urinalyses: one was positive for blood, the second wasn’t. The UA culture and sensitivity revealed no infection. We will repeat the UA in a month using a full catch rather than mid stream. Bloodwork, xrays, ECG were normal, echo showed minor to moderate mitral insufficiency, heart otherwise normal. The mass is technically operable but, again considering the expense and with all the potential risks explained to us, we decided not to put our boy through that. Statistics would point towards TCC. We could treat him with Piroxicam and misoprostil on the assumption it is TCC but that treatment can be extremely rough on a very old dog. Under the circumstances, we’ve opted to treat him through nutrition rather than standard medications. I am working now with a wonderful holistic vet and she has prescribed several Chinese herbs: Concentrated Stasis Breaker and Yunnan baiyoa, along with two others. I am feeding our boy your anticancer diet as well. My questions is this: Even though we do not have a definitive diagnosis, although a strong suspicion, should I have my sheltie on your diet and should I go on and purchase the apocaps? Will the diet and apocaps harm him if his mass is not cancerous? Thank you for considering our dilemma.

  42. Carol S on May 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Our 7 yr old male German Shepherd was diagnosed with Hemoabdomen secondary to diffuse metastatic neoplasia, suspect Hemangiosarcoma. Xray showed nothing but fluid in his abdomen so we took him to a ER for the ultrasound. Both places recommended we put him down then because he had 24-48 hrs at best. He has made it 11 days so far, the little red pill perks him up and he feels much better. I just gave him the second and last one we had, he is getting the Yunnan Baiyao 2 pills 2-3 times a day. The swelling in his abdomen has gone down drastically and he is still drinking and eating, and going outside. He has been breathing heavy for 2 days now. Is there anything else you could suggest? He is still 88 lbs and had no symptoms except belly swelling for a few days prior to his diagnosis.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Dear Carol,
      sorry to hear this tough news. There are a number of steps you could consider, although this sounds kind of advanced. I’d start with this post:
      I hope this helps
      Dr D

      • Susan Harper on June 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

        Dr D, I just heard from Carol that her dog, Milo, lost his fight Wednesday. Sigh. Susan / Dog Cancer Support Team

  43. Kim on May 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Oops 65 lbs 🙂

  44. Kim on May 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

    My dog has been bleeding through her nose. A LOT! The vet gave me this to try and it did stop the bleeding. I have been giving her 1 capsule twice a day and she seems to be comfortable. But to day we noticed a lot of her fur in coming out. Can this be a side effect? I didn’t know to give her a break on this. Should I go to once a day or every other day? She is an 85 lb. Doberman and we believe she has cancer.

  45. Brooke on January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Dr. D,
    My 11 year old Rottie, Minnie, has been diagnosed with Splenic Hemangiosarcoma as of January 4th of this year. The cancer was on her spleen and had spread to the left lobe of her liver. My vet consulted with other vets and they consider her to be a good surgical candidate. On January 10, Minnie had her spleen removed and part of left lobe of her liver resected. My vet and the surgeon said I had approximately 2-4 months. She’s now 3 weeks out from surgery, but she’s just not herself. She tires easy and is not happy that often. I’m thinking some of that could be what I’m feeding her. She’s a picky eater and she gets pancreatitis, so I need to keep her diet low fat. I’m in the midst of reading your book, and I see the diet you prescribe which I plan on trying. As of now, I’ve been feeding her organic grilled chicken breast, organic ground turkey, organic minced fresh spinach and organic pureed pumpkin. I use the pumpkin to make her eat the spinach, which she won’t eat by itself. I also give her 2 tablespoons of low fat organic cottage cheese once a day. Supplement wise she’s getting 5000 mgs of fish oil a day, Vitamin E 800 IU’s a day, Milk Thistle, 2 Turmeric pills, 2 tsp. of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, 9 K9-Immunity pills a day, a whole food vitamin called “Spark” made by Rocky and Belle and a digestive enzyme/probiotic called K-9 Zyme made by Earthsong Ranch. Where am I going wrong? I read all these different things on the internet about pumpkin and carbs, what to give, what not to give, and I’m just simply lost at this point. I’m meeting with a holistic veterinarian tomorrow, but whatever advice you can give would be beyond appreciated!!! This dog has been my savior for so long. The ultimate friend! I want to give her the best until the end! Please help!!!

  46. Deborah on January 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I have a 12 year old American staffordshire terrier who has been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. Her spleen was removed back in October right after hurricane sandy hit. My vet recommended YB which she’s been on since 11/19 (1 pill every 12 hrs). My vet is not a holistic vet but he said its worth giving it a shot. I’ve noticed that her gums have been pale and she’s been quite lethargic for the past 2 days. After her surgery I switched her diet to Orijen (senior diet) and wellness (wet food also senior). She’s also getting metacam once a day in her food. I didn’t know until today after reading your article that I should give her the YB for 5 days on and 5 days off. Could that be the reason for her lethargy and bad appetite? Should I stop the pills for a few days? She has an appt with her vet tomorrow. Thank you.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on January 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Dear Deborah, getting your dog in is a good choice. I worry about bleeding from a metastatic site somewhere…
      Dr D

  47. Estelle Nelson on January 9, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I have a 14 year old Cocker mix diagnosed with epitheliotropic cutaneous lymphoma in July 2012 but was manifesting the skin lesions back to February 2012, just not diagnosed by the vet, being treated for skin infections. He began chemo in August 2012 also Prednisone, the oncologist now states there is no more chemo he knows to give and only Pred 20mg/day being given. He has moderately enlarged lymph nodes, but it seems mainly confined to the skin which is extremely severe, almost compleete hair loss, skin shedding, bleeding, draining tumors, lesions, scabbing on 95% of the body. What do I do now? He eats well, is mobile, sleeps alot. I startedTransfer Factor tri formula plus a month ago, fish oil caps, home cooked diet . What would be the most important thing I could do now?

  48. Joanne Riddle on August 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    My 12 year old Italian Greyhound recently had his mandibular and sublingual salivary glands removed. There was an additional mass deep in the glands that was removed as well. He has now been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. However, xrays and ultrasounds found no tumors on his spleen, or liver, or kidneys, etc. Only thing was a small spot on his heart but he was diagnosed with heart disease 2 years ago and is on blood pressure meds. We opted for no further surgery and no chemo. There is still a small part of the tumor that remains in his neck that I was told by the vet is very deep…close to the trachea. He is on a high protein, low carb diet. The tumor has bled a small pocket in his neck again. Not sure what to do next…maybe try the Y.P.???? Our vet said his tumor is not textbook…so we are confused as to next move, if there is one.
    Thank you

  49. Alisa Mullins on June 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    My dog, Keeley, had surgery on March 9 to remove his spleen. He had several small tumors (hemangiosarcoma) that had metastisized to his liver (small tumors that the vet described as “nodules”. He was doing great until a couple of weeks ago when he got extremely lethargic and lost his appetite. He was diagnosed as being anemic and feverish. He was treated with antibiotics, a B-12 injection, Pet-tinic, cold laser therapy, and yunnan baiyao. He’s made an amazing recovery, but is still running a bit of a fever. Is there anything I can do for his fever? He eats a healthy diet and is currently on Apocaps, mushroom combo, IP6, papaya and bromelain, and American ginseng supplements. He used to be on astragalus and aloe vera juice as well, but I took him off those when his appetite waned and haven’t added them back yet.

  50. Akiko on May 28, 2012 at 6:54 am

    My dog is 8 years old. Veterinary found mass in her spleen and remove it. The mass seem like to be cancer(may be hemangiosarcoma). The biopsy result will know next month. I would like to know about herb and diet for keep cancer don’t spread rapidly to another organ. Thank you very much

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on May 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Dear Akiko
      I am very sorry to hear about your dogs mass. Hopefully it is not hemangiosarcoma but this is common. To answer your question: have you read the Guide? This is a complicated question which is answered in the book in detail. You should be considering chemotherapy, apopcaps, beta glucans, dog cancer diet, among other things. Please discuss these with your vet.
      All my best
      Dr D

  51. Anne Stewart on April 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    My 12 year old dog has oral squamous cell carcinoma. My vet said the tumor was too large to remove, He debunked it, but it didn’t help very much. She bleeds from her mouth and has a lot of mucus with a tinge of blood from her nose. I have ordered ES Clear for her and was just wondering if the yunnan baiyao capsules might help with the bledding. She drools a lot and that is when I see the blood.

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on April 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Dear Anne,
      please take a little time and read the Guide. There is much there that can help and it is easy reading. The yunnan might help but won’t if your dog is accidentally or intentionally chewing the tumor. It should be debulked. I would be thinking apocaps/neoplasene/low dose palladia, among other things…please read about these items and discuss with your vet.
      I hope this helps-
      Dr D

  52. Sheryl Novle on March 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    My dog doesn’t have cancer but she has a serious bleeding disorder. I hace a three year old Sheltie with type III Von Willebrands disease. She has been an in-patient in a veterinary clinic twice in the past two weeks for severe nosebleed. The bleeding stopped after cryoprecipitate. She started bleeding again tonight. It was suggested I try Yunnan Baiyao. I’m praying this will stop her bleeding. I can’t sleep and was looking online for help. Would you please tell me how long it will take for me to see the bleeding stop. Is there hope with her serious disease?

  53. Marian Carcache on January 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    My dog has a tumor around her liver. I have had her 14 years and she was a year or two old when I rescued her. I just ordered the herbs I have been giving her since we found the tumor and someone who knew her story was sweet enough to include a gift with my order, Yunnan Baiyao powder. I have read about it, but don’t know what does to her in powder form. Help please? Marian

    • Dr. Demian Dressler on February 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Dear Marian,
      we take the doses from human doses. First talk with your vet about what you are doing. Then just drop the human dose based on your dogs weight in pounds. You could estimate a human to be about 150 lbs.
      There are a lot of supposedly effective products out there that are not so hot. I would do my research very carefully…
      Dr D

  54. Steve on December 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Dr. D,
    I have a 9 year old Golden Retriever that had his spleen removed 10 days ago. A biopsy revealed a hemangiosarcoma (2 cm). We caught this early. All other organs looked good at the time of surgery. My vet suggested Yannan Baiyao but he is not bleeding at this point. Should I hold off or start him now? Will it do hime more harm than good by starting him early? I’m also going to follow your cancer diet.

    I can’t believe this has happen to me again. Rusty is my 3rd Golden only one of which made their 10 birthday. Your advice is appreciated.

    Thank you,

  55. Emily on October 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hi there,
    my 14 year old Siberian husky was recently diagnosed with a large tumor on her liver that was bleeding on/off. My holistic vet prescribed Yunnan baiyoa, but I don’t think his dosage was correct. He prescribed 1 pill 2x’s daily and was vague about length of time to keep her on. Could you help by suggesting property dosage. She is 45 lbs. Is 5 days on, 5 days off standard? Should I increase the dose to 2 pills 2x’s a day?
    thank you!

  56. jody on September 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Dr. Dressler,

    Hope you are well.. I have an 8 year old boxer american bulldog mix — Molly. I had a grade II mast cell tumor removed from her back out thigh area with clean margins. I saw she had something small elsewhere at the time, but failed to mention it until after the surgery (she had so many lumps checked, this was the smallest most minuscule and hidden one that i forgot 🙁 🙁 )… turns out that little one (size of pencil eraser or smaller) is a mast cell as well. My vet sold me Wei Qui Booster and Jing tang — Max’s formula. I didn’t see yunan paiyo in the ingredients. what do you think? She wasn’t prescribed prednisone either. She is on Benadryl and Pepcid… Should I do surgery again? Haven’t had any ultra sounds or scans either.

    Thank you so much for the support and knowledge that you give to all of us animal lovers… so so appreciated!
    with gratitude,


    • DemianDressler on September 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Dear Jody,
      One critical thing to think about is what the mitotic index is of this grade 2:
      This is one critical determinant of whether you should treat this tumor as an aggressive malignancy or not. Get the second mast cell tumor out of your dog with wide margins. Your vet should be talking to you about checking internal organs for mast cell tumor in the spleen or other areas within the abdomen too. Don’t worry about yunnan baiyao at this time. You should read the Guide if you have not- there will be upcoming questions where the information will be invaluable. Don’t forget diet and deliberate life quality increases daily, along with antimetastatics, immune support, apoptogens, and also the consideration of chemotherapy.
      I hope this helps

  57. Omeria Engel on September 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hello Dr. Dressler,

    I just found your website and am seeking your advice. We have a 12 1/2 yr old female rotti. Up until this past May when we lived in NJ she started with a little nose bleed. Long story short, we moved to Florida in June and have been keeping in touch with her vet in NJ (wonderful) At any rate Athena has cancer in her snout. Dr prescribed 20 mg prednisone 2x a day then she knows we rather try natural. So I took it upon myself after reading about it and lowered the dose of prednisone to 10 mg in the am then last night I gave her Turmeric Curcumin now this afternoon her snout is bleeding again so I gave her Yunnan Baiyao (1) after the bleeding started.

    My question is can I give Athen the Turmeric then when (if) her nose bleeds give her a Y B? We don’t want to give hert the prednisone. Guess our vet feels that at 12 1/2 who much longer will she have. “-(

    Dr. had Athena having acupunture treatments which helped her arthritis tremendously and a tumor (the size of a grapefruit) together with her spleen was removed 2 yrs ago it was not cancer!

    She truly was very healthy no meds except for synthroid for her thyroid now this ugly prednisone.

    Please help our baby Athena….She really is my baby….I never had any 2 legged ones.

    Thank you….OE

  58. T Worthy on August 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Where is a safe and reliable place to order YB online? My 11 yr old Black lab mix has Hemangio and is suspected of having a slow bleed. He is on monometric cyclophosphamide and piroxicam, had a splenectomy (non-emergency) and is otherwise doing great. He is beginning to show some decrease in hematocrit but not dangerously anemic…yet.
    T Worthy

  59. Buffy on August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hi Dr D,
    I have a cocker spaniel . Last week we did a needle aspire and it came back mast cel. After needle aspire it would not stop bleeding, I try to keep it clean and after a few days i remember when I had a sun conure at the vets office they always used styptic powder and I start putting it on. Not sure why vet number 1 or oncologist never mentioned to use styptic powder to stop bleeding .The problem is: it would stop bleeding at least for some time , but then it start bleeding again, after the needle aspire. Before that it never was bleeding. Vet would not operate as it is to large and refered us to oncologist . Oncologist would not do a surgery for a same reason, too large . First chemo was last Thursday. We are waiting to get smaller in size . It is by her tail. Last 2 years she was taking Immunity, by organic pet superfood , dry food taste of the wild/ grain free/, she eats a lot of green veggies/ low glycemic index. But it was growing soooo fast.
    Now I gave her some Milk Thistle , continie giving her ” Immune” , she is taking Pepsid 10 mg X 2 times a day, a littile colloidal silver I am adding to her water, a ,lots of green veggies with a chicken , Prednisone 10mg 1&1/2 once a day. I stopped giving her metoclopramide and cerenia , as she does not have naausea. Oncologist also giving us DHA 200 mg , but I was reading if mast cell bleeds do not give your dog omega 3 fatty acids. My question, what do you think should I be giving her DHA? What is the best to do to prevent and stop bleeding ? Continew Styptic? It will take awhile to get yunnam baiyao by mail . I could not find a place who sells in capsules , just a powder. Do you recommend a web site where I could find in capsules . Should I give her Yunnan Baiyao orally? Also I was reading somewhere make sure it does not have ox bile .
    Also I was reading recommendation on giving pets with a mast cell Turmeric.
    Please help us ….
    Thank you

    • DemianDressler on September 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Dear Buffy,
      sorry to hear this news. I wonder if your pooch is perhaps licking the area? Could this be making the bleeding continue? If so you might look into getting an elizabethan collar. There is topical yunnan product you can apply directly on the site as another option.

      Also, I would suggest you use the higher potency apocaps which has the silymarin in milk thistle, the curcumin in turmeric, as well as a variety of other beneficial constituents. As always, have veterinary supervision when you change the treatment plan…

  60. Elizabeth Salz on August 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Dr. D~
    Thanks so much for your quick & informational response. Max, my 10 1/2 year old basset with cancer is still with us & I know it’s due to following your guidelines suggested in your book. We are doing everything we can to keep his quality of life good & I thank you for doing all this research, writing the book & even taking time to answer my email.

    My question for you is in regards to your response to my email above. Max was diagnosed with metastatic sarcoma (I probably spelled it wrong,…oops) with multiple tumors on his spleen, liver & in his stomach. Some tumors being up to 7 centimeters big. They did NOT do a biopsy. They just ‘closed the book’ so to speak. Surgery was not an option because multiple organs were compromised.

    My question is, you recommended oral Neoplasene, which I looked into. My vet has never heard of it but he asked if there was a protocol for it. I have no problem paying for a phone consultation with you or whatever needs to be done. It may not be an option with how advanced his cancer is but your book has gven him a new lease on life so I wanted to check with you. Please let me know about this or if I can contact you via phone. You have given me hope where there was NONE & I highly value your expertise.

    Thank you again for everything you do.
    Warmest regards,

    • DemianDressler on August 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Dear Elizabeth,
      your welcome. Guess I’m still confused a bit. You can’t say something is a metastatic sarcoma without a biopsy. Maybe then did a little core biopsy or a fine needle aspirate or something? Basically you need to get some of the cancer to make the call, not look at an image or physical exam. Did they do something? You might want to request the pathologist report to take a look-see. Cancer type is important since we cannot weigh options all that well related in particular to chemo in this case.
      Anyway, most vets have not heard of the stuff I talk about, so that is not surprising. If you are going “alternative”, consider gettting a vet involved who is more familiar with at least some of this stuff. Don’t be afraid- high caliber vets will not take offense. If not, have your vet call terrance fox at buck mountain- he will talk to your vet. don’t you call though…the “terr bear” gets a little picky with who he is talking to from time to time. Terrance is the one who make Neoplasene and has the protocols all written and available on his website. You can order it at the buck mountain website, and could get the IV form too.
      Hope this helps,

  61. Elizabeth Salz on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    ***I also have him on lots of krill oil & everything recommended in your book. Thanks~

  62. Elizabeth Salz on August 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Dr. D~
    My 10 1/2 year old BASSET was given from a few days to 3 weeks to live 2 weeks ago & a friend told me about your diet. I switched him to your diet & things seem to be going well. He has a cancerous tumor on his spleen, liver & in his stomach. I also have been giving him Apocaps, 3, 3x per day, oyster shell calcium, spirulina, & I just got Yunnan Baiyo because he is at risk for “sudden death” or bleeding out & his stomach is bloated. The dosage said 2 capsules 3 times a day. I saw it should be every other day or 5 days on & 5 days off. Any help? My vet thinks I’m nuts. Also, what about K9 Immunity & an holistic doctor told me to give him vitamin C as that helps kill the cancer. I’m willing to do anything to help my dog, including flying you out to San Diego. 🙂

    • DemianDressler on August 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

      Dear Elizabeth,
      so sorry to hear about your Basset boy.
      One question I have is what kind of cancer is this? Has there been a biopsy? The reason is that the conventional treatment options rely heavily on a specific diagnosis. In order for us to do a treatment plan assessment, this information is very valuable. We can look at data- median survival times, how many respond to treatment, what side effects may be experienced due to treatment, what the rough odds are of these side effects, etc….these are important considerations when considering the right approach to your dog, including the use of chemo and radiation.
      Have you seen a vet oncologist?
      Don’t worry about your vet thinking you are nuts. Just show him a copy of the paperback Guide. Things are changing and sometimes the first step in change is disbelief.
      All under veterinary supervision:
      Under these circumstances I would use the YB daily.
      Vit C orally is a waste of your time. Melanoma and nasal tumors seem to have the most evidence for Vit C (IV) and it may be that combining it with Vit K3 is may increase efficacy. Other than these, there is not a lot of direct evidence for efficacy.
      I would siggest you also look into oral Neoplasene (have your vet call Terrance Fox at Buck Mountain), as well as artemisinin. Under these circumstances I might use Apocaps, artemisinin, and Neoplasene all together, especially if no chemo being used. Again, have your vet involved.
      K-9 immunity is a beta glucan containing immune stimulant which has decent evidence for helping white blood cell counts and activity. I use it in my patients. Get the old formulation (plain, no flavoring or fatty acids), combine with Transfer Factor.
      Don’t use spirulina right now. There are reasons to use it but not at this time.
      I have to go do consults with east coast vets until early september…don’t think a timely trip to San Diego would work.

  63. sue scandrol on July 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    My 12 yr old golden recently had surgery to remove a 10 pound internal bleeding tumor. I was told he had multiple blood filled tumors that couldnt be removed. He also had his spleen removed a year ago. I started him on Yunnan Baiyo 3 capsules BID. Due to the bleeding risk of any of the additional tumors, I was under the impression that I should keep him on the herbal treatment long term. I also give him(Reishi/ashwaganda/astralgus/vitamin/shark cartilage and alfalfa) I give him 1/2 the dose suggested of the noted. **Could any of the noted herbs interfere with the Yunnan? **Should I give him the dose thats listed on the bottle?+ **can my dog stay on the Yunnan long term? Thank you

    • DemianDressler on August 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      Dear Sue,
      I doubt there will be interference, although I am wondering about your choice of supplements overall. Might be worth your while to check out the Guide for some clarification on supplements that may be more useful. In my patients, assuming liver and kidney function are okay, I usually use a half dose of apoptogens, a more well rounded immune support approach with a blend of medicinal mushrooms and modified citrus pectin, avoid the vitamins, avoid shark cartilage, as some ideas to get you started. I am not aware of adverse effects related to prolonged use of YB. Don’t forget to have your vet supervise treatments..
      Dr D

  64. Chris on July 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Bruce, Our golden had a cardiac hemangeosarcoma that had ruptured and she was in cardiac failure. We rushed her to the ER and gave her 2 Emergency Yunnan Baiyao pills (the red ones that are like GOLD!) The ER Cardiologist said she had 1-2 hours tops so we figured we had nothing to lose. 14 hours later she popped up and fought us to get out of her gurney. She ran out the back door to relieve herself. We ended up keeping her on Yunnan Baiyao for the duration. She had one relapse 3 days after her ER visit at home and we gave her an emergency Red pill and 4 hours later she was back with us, but her cardiologist, internist, and our holistic vet decided to put her on 1 capsule 3x/ day. After 3 months the hemangeosarcoma solidified and started to shrink. (We did use other supplements including a mushroom formula, and ozone therapy, and monitored her blood pretty regularly.) In her case I do not believe it helped spread any cancer. That being said, I’ve read what you’ve read and have a dog with a mass in his brain now and our new holistic vet suggested yunnan baiyao to help shrink the mass and I’m nervous about doing it even though we’ve had a very good response to it before with constant use. He doesn’t have any bleeds, and isn’t in danger of bleeding, the vet said she’s seen it help shrink cancers in other dogs she’s worked on. Just wanted to put that information out there. My recommendation is to go with your gut. I’ve found my gut is rarely wrong. It’s scary though sometimes.

  65. ROBERTA on June 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    hi my yellow lab was just diagnosed with mast cell tumor and a hemangiosarcoma on her spleen measuring 6 cm. She is on 20mg prednisone a day in two divided doses, pepcid ac, benadryl 50mg at night and k9 immunity. Should i be giving her y.b. on a regular basis or just if she shows signs of weakness? I am confused as to its use in her case. she is 10 years old and the only way we knew she was sick is her mast cell skin cancer on her hind end was bleeding like a scrap sore. she is drinking lots of water and peeing from the prednisone but otherwise happy

    • DemianDressler on July 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Dear Roberta,
      have you read the Guide? Are you following the diet? Apoptogens (1/4 labeled dose with pred under veterinary supervision)? I would use y.b. continually in this case. No surgical removal of the mass possible? Chemo is not an option?

  66. bruce on January 11, 2011 at 5:48 am

    my golden has internal hemangeosarcoma and has recently had her spleen removed. i have recently decided to give her the yunan paiyo and then backed off when i read some info. that it may spread cancer. the question is do i or don’t i, i am having mixed feelings. she was given approx. 4 mos. to live, but i feel like there is much more that can be done to help her. she is 7 yrs old and has recovered excellent from surgery, it has only been 10 days, but she is back to her old self.

  67. Elpea on April 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    It worked for my 40lb pooch who is two months shy of 15yr, he has a very large tumor on his hind leg which began to ooze and bleed(suspect it is mast cell tumor but didn’t want biopsy or anything invasive since he is elderly). Our vet gave him antibiotics for 2 weeks, antibacterial soap, and Animax. It got better but within a week it oozed again. Then I remembered Yunnan Baiyoa that many of my relatives had used for very bad cuts with good results. I googled and found it was safe for dogs (Thanks, Dr D). I sprinkled a thin coating of powder several times a day and whenever it was oozing and soon it dried up. It doesn’t look as red and angry anymore. Of course we are not looking for it to miraculously disappear but it has made him less uncomfortable.


  68. Sarah on December 5, 2009 at 4:29 am

    YES! Try the yunnan baiyao! I lost my goldendoodle Ellie in 9/09 to hemangiosarcoma. We found out about Y.B. right at the very end and I wish so much that we had learned about it earlier. There is no doubt this herbal mixture saved Ellie more than once. It was just too late for it to be a long-term answer. You need to know there are the regular pills PLUS small red emergency pills that can help with extreme anemia and shock – you may not need the emergency ones unless things get very serious. If you have a blister-pack of regular pills, there should be an emergency pill right in the middle of the pack — it’s very easy to overlook. If there is no holistic vet near you that can sell you the Y.B., you may be able to get it from a Chinese herbalist (if there is one nearby). You can certainly get it online, but I suggest you get this ASAP. If you do not have a holistic vet nearby that can help you with dosing, etc. . . then you should at least try to find one that will give you info over the phone or via e-mail. You will not regret trying this amazing herb! Please also consider K9-Immunity!

  69. Barb on December 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

    My 10 yr. old golden retriever Jackson, was diagnosed with an oral tumor called acanthomatous ameloblastoma in July 2009. Surgury was not deemed appropriate. Believe me, we would have done anything to take this thing away for him. We have been using palliative care since and up until three weeks ago, we were all able to manage it pretty well for him.
    But then the bleeding started out of his mouth and our vet said that the tumor was eating away the gingiva in his mouth. We’ve been periodically using ice packs and pressure in his mouth and on the outside on the tumor when the bleeds occur but my vet had no other suggestions to stop the bleeds. Under the guidance of a woman who’s been using essential oils to help with canine issues, we used cypress oil in diluted form inside and outside on the tumor. He also was taking Inisitol IP6 and a herbal tincture hoxsey as well as a chinese herbal mix to support immunity. But as the bleeding increased and clots came out of his mouth, I backed off of all of it and he’s a bit better with the bleeds-less frequently and less blood. But perhaps it’s gone on too long now since his gums are now beginning to pale a bit indicating anemia. Should I consider giving him yunnan baiyao to halt the bleeding and something to help with the anemia? We are feeding him very wet Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food. Everythingihng he takes must be in a soup form. He is tired, yet he still loves to walk around outside and look for chipmunks in our landcaped stone walls and he still loves his meals and the sound of the cookie jar opening. He is such a dear, sweet boy. Thank goodness you are here helping people through these issues. My helplessness with this comes from my vets inability to offer much, since surgery and medications are not appropriate for him.
    Please let me know if you think the yunnan baiyao is appropriate for him as well as something for anemia. THANK YOU.

    • Dr. Dressler on December 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

      Barb, these are very tough. Use the yunnan paiyao with your vet’s supervision. Another idea is injectable Neoplasene available from Buck Mountain. Have your vet call Dr. Buck, who makes it. It can be injected in the tissue around the tumor. For more ideas, check out the Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
      Dr D

  70. m johnson on November 15, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    my 12 year old dachsund has just been diagnosed with a cancerous mass around the adrenal glands invading the vena cava – he has cushing disease and pericardial effusion.. retroperitoneal hemorrage.

    I am going to a second opinion since the emergency clinic recommended authanesia.

  71. Judith Conigliaro on October 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    My dog has a cancerous bladder tumor. I opted for non-surgical remedies which have slowed the progression down and she has already beaten the odds big time. However, while walking my dog, she tends to “mark” a lot and after marking quite a few times, only blood comes out from her vulva area. Perhaps Yunnan paiyao would aid in clotting the capillaries in the tumor?

    • Dr. Dressler on October 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      Judith, it is worth a try. Please use under veterinary supervision. Good luck and hope it helps,

  72. Martha on October 6, 2009 at 8:34 am

    On the topic of alternative treatments do you know anything about an enzyme called serrapeptase?
    It is supposed to stop ‘unhealthy inflammation and clear inflamed dead tissue’and supposedly has been effective in treating animals when more conventional treatments have failed..

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