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Bleeding – Mouth

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

If bleeding doesn’t stop, contact your regular veterinary clinic ASAP

  • First thing you should do is keep your dog still and calm. Encourage them to lower their head. Wait five minutes. If the bleeding has stopped, you can monitor at home. If not, you need to contact your regular veterinary hospital. 
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If the dog becomes very lethargic or the bleeding worsens, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • If you are going to the vet soon (i.e. within 12 hours), do not feed your dog, as some diagnostics and medication are more effective if your dog has an empty stomach. 
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm.


Why it’s high priority

Wounds in the mouth can cause severe infection, and need to be checked by a vet to determine the cause

  • Bleeding from the mouth has many different causes. Wounds in the mouth can cause severe infection.
  • Based on the signs you’ve selected, your dog needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Some of the more severe problems we are worried about include gut damage, clotting disorder, and foreign body.


Home care tips

Keep your dog’s head lowered and apply some pressure on source of bleeding

  • Keep your dog’s head lowered to prevent choking on blood.
  • If safe to do so, you can use a clean towel and apply some pressure on the source of the bleeding


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