• I recently palpated a mass in my 12yo Boston terrier’s abdomen. After an X-ray revealed a mass it was confirmed to be splenic in origin via ultrasound. There was some evidence that it may have had some bleeding already and so likely to be a Hemangiosarcoma (although technically I was told it could still be benign). We are hesitant to put her through the splenectomy due to her age (and history of grade 4 murmur) and high likelihood that it would not improve overall longevity. However, I was wondering if she should be on any baseline pain management or if we should consider trying the herb Yunnan Baiyao. She seems to be relatively pain free but I worry we just might now be able to tell.

    Hi Andrea,

    I am sorry to hear about this. I recommend that you call and talk to your local Banfield Veterinarian about these questions. They know your pet’s full medical history and they will be able to give you the best advice on this. They can also give you some tips on how to tell if she is in pain. If either of these things will be of benefit your vet can recommend the appropriate pain medications and the dosage for the herb.

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