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Q. My boxer has been having a nose bleed all day. What can I do and don't get payed until Friday

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Epistaxis (nose bleeds) in pets is typically of concern for a couple of reasons. 1) Fear that the bleeding can't be stopped and 2)Several life threatening disorders are know to cause a nose bleed initially.

This may be a potentially life threatening emergency and I caution this possibility up front..

For any nose bleed In a pet, stopping the bleed is of utmost importance. Whether this is simply done by causing vasoconstriction of the veseels that lead to this area (i.e. By cold compression of this area or intravenous medications that cause vasoconstriction like "Epinephrine" or "Norepinephrine" locally. There are some children's nasal products that contain these ingredients that is often used in the hospital setting to help control active bleeds until the underlying cause can be found.

I hope that your pet is ok and you can get him/her into the vet sooner rather than later. Companies that offer financial assistance like CareCredit.com would be beneficially to consult with in times like this where it is really best to get your pet seen now.

Good luck moving forward,

Dr. H


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