We have seen many dog owners freak out over their dog bleeding. Obviously, this is a reason for concern, except if a female dog is menstruating. There are many things that can cause external bleeding.
Infections, traumas, poisoning (castor bean poisoning), and some diseases might be the reason why your dog is bleeding.
Causes of Dog Bleeding
Evidently, the cause of bleeding determines why your dog is bleeding. If your dog has ingested rat poison, he will bleed within days or weeks after the event. If you see your dog ingesting this poison, you should take him to poison control immediately.
Trauma is another very common cause of bleeding. This can be caused by being hit by a car, being hit on the head with a ball while playing, brawling or fighting with other dogs, or falling off a car. Your veterinarian will probably take an X-ray to evaluate clotting times and blood counts.
If we consider disease, there are many that can cause bleeding. For instance, gingivitis can cause your dog’s gum to bleed. Conjunctivitis will cause the eye to bleed.
Mouth or throat cancer can also cause bleeding from the nose due to the breakdown of the nose cartilage.
Parasites such as ticks, fleas, and mites can make your dog scratch incessantly. This will cause your dog to bleed.
What to Do if Your Dog is Bleeding
One of the first reactions to seeing blood gushing out of our pets is to lose it a bit. The first thing then would be to stay calm and look where the bleeding originates. If it is a surface scratch, you can easily clean it with a gauze or a clean cloth.
If the injury looks severe and the bleeding is abundant, take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.
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