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Bleeding – Mouth

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

If the bleeding recurs or if new symptoms occur, contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP

  • Now that the bleeding has stopped, the situation is more manageable at home. Keep your dog’s head lowered to prevent them from choking on blood.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If they become very lethargic or the bleeding worsens, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm to prevent any further injuries to the area.


Why it’s medium priority

Wounds in the mouth that have stopped bleeding will usually resolve on their own

  • Bleeding from the mouth is commonly due to injuries or a foreign body stuck in the mouth, but it has many different causes.
  • Wounds in the mouth can cause infection, so it’s best to have your dog to be seen by a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and prevent infection.
  • 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

  • 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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