To prevent major blood loss, heavy bleeding must be treated promptly, especially if it is bleeding from an artery.
Who falls ill?
Dogs can lose blood through accidents in road traffic, but also through cuts, gunshots, or bites. If there is an increased tendency to bleed due to a coagulation disorder, spontaneous bleeding, for example from the nose, can also occur.
How do you recognize it?
External bleeding is usually noticed immediately, internal bleeding only becomes apparent later, mostly through paleness, apathy, possibly also signs of circulatory shock (cold legs, racing pulse, delayed filling after pressure on the gums). A blood test can detect a clotting disorder.
What should I do?
Minor bleeding usually stops on its own. Pulsating arterial bleeding (pulsating, bright red blood pouring out) is dangerous and should be stopped temporarily with a pressure bandage while the dog is taken to the vet. If necessary, a clean hand towel or handkerchief can be pressed onto the wound during transport or, if necessary, an affected leg can be tied off.
How to prevent it?
To avoid accidents, especially if there is an increased tendency to bleed, you should consciously avoid dangerous situations and leave the dog on a leash.