Abnormal Pet Bleeding

Abnormal Pet Bleeding and Signs of an Emergency
with Waldorf Emergency Care

Pet bleeding can occur for all kinds of reasons, and many of those causes can signal emergency situations -- especially if your pet's clotting ability has been affected. Here at Waldorf Emergency Care, any veterinarian on our trusted team can determine whether your pet is suffering from an emergency and provide immediate treatment as needed.

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Types and Causes of Pet Bleeding

Pets bleed for pretty much the same reasons that humans do. Animals may bleed from the skin, ears, nose, mouth, genitals, or anus. Most causes of pet bleeding are related to acute injuries such as a blow to the head, laceration, scratch, or a fracture that penetrates the skin. Even a foreign body that has gotten stuck in your pet's sinuses can cause a nasty-looking nosebleed. In other cases, poison ingestion, snakebite, or an internal abnormality is responsible for the bleeding.

When Is It an Emergency?

Unless you can definitely see that your pet's blood is coming from a small external wound, it's quite possible that you have an emergency on your hands. Examples of urgent bleeding issues include:

  • Rat poison ingestion, which can interfere with the blood's ability to clot
  • Blood in the urine, which may signal a stone or other urinary blockage
  • Bloody diarrhea, a sign of serious internal parasite problems or intestinal cancer
  • Bleeding from the mouth where no injury is apparent, a possible sign of liver failure or other diseases
  • Bleeding from the uterus, a symptom of a life-threatening infection called pyometra
  • A compound fracture that requires surgical repair

Our Emergency Team Can Help

Bring your pet to Waldorf Emergency Care so we can get that frightening case of bleeding under control. Our vet team can run tests to check your pet's clotting times, helping us confirm a case of poison ingestion. A complete blood count (CBC) test can identify underlying health conditions that need to be treated. Traumatic injuries can be addressed through suturing and other surgical techniques. If your pet has suffered a serious loss of blood, we may administer a transfusion and keep him in intensive care until the bleeding stops.

Need a Veterinarian Right Away? Visit Our Waldorf Emergency Clinic

Don't take any chances with your pet's life is he's experiencing abnormal bleeding. Call our Waldorf emergency clinic at 301-705-9700 for any first aid guidance and let us know your pet is on his way to our clinic for immediate care!


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