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Bleeding – Nose

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

Spot bleeding from the nose that has stopped bleeding will usually resolve on their own

  • Bleeding from the nose is commonly due to injuries or a foreign body stuck in the mouth, but it has many different causes.
  • Bleeding from the nose (epistaxis) is often due to injuries, but it can also be caused by medical conditions. Some of the problems we are worried about include clotting disorder, tumor and foreign body.


Home care tips

Keep your dog calm and quiet, and their head lowered if bleeding

  • Keep your dog quiet, as bleeding may restart if they bump into something or get really excited.
  • 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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