Imagine this: It is 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night. You are awakened from your sleep by the sound of your dog throwing all over the bedroom floor. With a sigh, you crawl out of bed, turn on the light, and kneel down to clean. But wait, you see something dark in the vomit. Blood. Your heart is out of beat. Your dog is vomiting blood. Can a dog vomiting blood endanger his life? Do you need to take your dog to the emergency room right away?
What to do when the dog vomits blood
A dog vomiting blood can be a sign of a serious emergency or a minor problem. “It sounds crude, but you should look closely at the vomit,” says Kelly Diehl, DVM, ccuatui. ACVIM, scientific communication advisor for The Morris Animal Organization, a nonprofit that sponsors animal health research. “Is it just a thread or some red blood streaks? Is it a very red mass of liquid, like a punch? And is there anything like coffee grounds? “
A small amount of red blood in your dog’s vomit may be caused by a simple stomach irritation. “If [your dog has] stomach pain and [he’s] is already vomiting very much, the stomach becomes so excited [he] Dr. Diehl explained. “Occasionally, we see gastric bleeding in pets taking nonsteroidal drugs [anti-inflammatory] drug. So a dog vomiting blood that looks like just a few stains or red blood stains is not necessarily very serious. As long as the bleeding and / or vomiting doesn’t get worse, you can wait until the next day to contact your veterinarian.
Does your dog vomit blood and does any of the above?
In some cases, when a dog vomits blood, you need to see a vet immediately (or emergency clinic, if it’s after hours). A dog vomiting blood with a uniform bright red color is a sign of excessive bleeding. Black or dark brown blood that looks like coffee grounds shows the blood has been going for a long time, so this is very worrying. Dr Diehl explained: “Many people do not realize that the blood has been dried, partially digested. “It is almost always serious, even more serious than a red blood streak.”
Another factor to consider when your dog vomits blood is his attitude. Is your dog acting quite normal beyond vomiting blood, or is it very lethargic and debilitating? A dog vomiting blood is also seriously ill, so he should see the vet immediately, even if it is midnight.
In addition, dogs that vomit blood should be tested for other blood sources. “For example, if [your dog] ate something like rat bait, it could be caused [him] vomiting blood, but [he’s] Dr. Diehl said. “[He] may bleed in the mouth or nose and swallowed. Any type of bleeding that doesn’t seem to slow down, from the nose or mouth, or any other signs of bleeding, including a bruise on the skin or go out blood, is an emergency. You are not waiting – you are right in. “
The bottom line about a veterinarian’s attention when the dog vomits blood
The answer is easy for a dog to vomit blood during normal business hours. Call your vet, describe the blood stains you saw, and ask if your dog needs it right away or if you can use a wait and see method.
However, if your dog goes out of blood after work, consider the appearance and amount of blood, your dog’s actions and whether it has any known medical problems or is taking it. any medicine that can contribute to bleeding or not. “If there is really a lot of vomit that is red, streaky or speckled, you should come immediately,” advises Dr. Diehl. “When you see that much bleeding, you should go in, even if your pet looks okay. And if your dog starts feeling really bad, even if you only see a little bit of blood, you should go in right away. “
If you choose to wait until morning, always call your vet to report what you’ve seen, even if your dog seems to be feeling better. “Never just blow it out completely,” said Dr. Diehl. “Even if you don’t see any more blood, call and talk to your vet about your next step.”
Tell us: Have you ever dealt with your dog vomiting blood? What causes your dog to vomit blood and how do you handle it?
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This work was originally published in 2018.
Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years pursuing her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is a contributor to National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior and Happiness: Veterinarian Approach to Home Animal Care (April 2019 ) and is the author of That Rain of Cats and Dogs: Creating a Awareness of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to the veterinary and pet industry and is a former editor of many pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and Popular Cats Series. Before starting her publishing career, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary clinics, where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, and reptiles. , birds and a memorable baby lion. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and a small poodle Jäger. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.
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