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Bleeding – Nose

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Try to stop your dog’s bleeding and contact an emergency hospital ASAP

  • Try to stop the bleeding by using a towel wrapped around an ice pack and applying gentle pressure on the bridge (top) of the nose. Do not tilt your dog’s head upwards.
  • If the bleeding stops, it is no longer an emergency, though you should contact your regular veterinarian to make an appointment.
  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular animal hospitals may be able to treat your dog as well.
  • 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 nose (epistaxis) has many different causes. Some of the 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 vet

  • Keep your dog quiet as bleeding may restart if they bump into something or get really excited
  • Keep your dog’s head lowered on the journey to the hospital to prevent choking on blood.
  • Learn more about treating nosebleeds in dogs


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