Causes of bleeding in pets can range from very small like broken or deep cut toe nails to very large like trauma injuries. Toe nail events may be stopped using a styptic pen or an application of corn starch or flour. Persistent bleeding, bleeding from an unknown cause (such as from the nose or urethra), and bleeding from any source of trauma are always justifications for an immediate veterinary visit. If there is a visible wound, the application of pressure may help control the bleed but if the pet is painful this effort could result in someone being bit ... which only results in more bleeding! Tourniquets should never be used except to allow for the placement of a light compression bandage such as an ACE bandage. Bandages should be used only as a means to transport a bleeding patient to our office for wound assessment and hemorrhage control.
If too much blood is lost, a transfusion may be needed to replace the oxygen carrying red blood cells.
Even evidence of un explained bleeding under the skin like bruising or blood blisters warrants immediate investigation.
Don't let bleeding issues leave you feeling drained. If your pet is having any evidence of a bleeding problem, please call us today.