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Bleeding – Mouth

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency veterinary clinic ASAP and do not feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions and first aid advice in the meantime. 
  • Some regular animal hospitals may be able to treat your dog as well, if they are open and can see you right away.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Some diagnostics and medications are more effective if your dog has an empty stomach.

 

Why it’s an emergency

Profuse bleeding that does not stop may lead to shock

  • Given the amount of blood, your dog needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Bleeding that does not stop may lead to shock and is a time-sensitive issue.
  • Bleeding from the mouth has many different causes. Wounds in the mouth can cause severe infection. Some of the more severe problems we are worried about include foreign body, tumor, and clotting disorder.

 

First aid tips

Keep your dog calm and their head lowered until you get to the emergency vet

  • Try to keep your dog’s head lowered on the journey to the hospital 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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