How to Stop Nosebleeds in Dogs

How to Stop Nosebleeds in Dogs

You have noticed some blood coming out of your dog’s nose, maybe a few drops, maybe a heavy flow. What should you do? If your dog is suffering from a nosebleed, the first thing you need to do is to stop the bleeding. Then, look for symptoms to see just how serious the situation is, and take action accordingly. After that, make an appointment with your vet so she can find what the cause of the nosebleed was and treat that issue.

Keep Calm

You are worried about your dog, and that is understandable. But you need to keep calm. If you are agitated, your dog will become agitated. If he gets excited, his blood pressure will go up, and that will increase the bleeding and make everything more difficult. So try not to let him know that you are worried, even though, as a good pet owner, you are.

To stop the bleeding, get or make an ice pack and put it on the bridge of your dog’s nose for three to five minutes. Make sure not to cover his nostrils so that he can still breathe normally. Take note of whether the blood is coming from one nostril or two, and of the rate of the flow of blood so you can tell your vet later.

Look For Serious Symptoms

As you are holding the ice pack with one hand, use the other to slowly and carefully open your dog’s mouth. If there is blood in there, or if his gums are very pale, you need to take him to the vet right away. He may have lost a lot of blood already.

Keep your dog calm even after the ice pack comes off, because a blood clot has now formed in his nose. If he moves around too much, it could rupture. If you can’t stop the blood from continuing to flow, go to the vet immediately.

After there has been a nosebleed you might notice that he has dark tarry stool, and dark vomit. Don’t be scared by this, it is a sign that your dog has ingested blood.

Causes

A nosebleed can be caused by a variety of things and you are going to want to get to the vet to solve it. It might not be serious, but it could be very serious, especially if these nosebleeds are happening a lot. Here are some of the causes:

  • direct injury or accident
  • trauma
  • something stuck in the nose
  • tumour
  • blood clotting disorder
  • rat poison
  • tooth abscess
  • infection
  • cancer
  • liver failure
  • erlichiosis
  • a condition transmitted by ticks

A nosebleed may not seem like a big deal, especially when you are able to stop it, and don’t see serious symptoms. But a vet will look for the cause of the nosebleed and will treat that problem, which just may well save his life. It could just be an irritated nasal passage, but I wouldn’t risk it if it was my dog. I would be making that appointment right away.