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Bleeding – Vulva

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. Some regular clinics may be able to treat your pet.
  • Do not feed your dog unless the vet advises otherwise. Some diagnostics and medications are more effective if your dog has an empty stomach.
  • Keep your dog quiet, warm and calm.


Why it’s an emergency

Bleeding from the vulva when a dog is not in heat is associated with severe conditions

  • If your dog is not in heat and is bleeding from the area, she will require veterinary attention to determine what is the cause.
  • Bleeding from the vulva has a few causes. Some of the potentially life threatening and time sensitive problems we are worried about include pyometra, tumor, and clotting disorder.


First aid tips

Clean the area to prevent possible infection

  • You can use a clean cloth to wipe off the blood or discharge. If the bleeding is excessive, you can put on a diaper in the meantime to contain the blood.


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