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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog has a nose bleed,which seems to be getting worse.

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My dog has a nose bleed,which seems to be getting worse. what should I do ?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'll follow up for Dr. Jo for you. Unfortunately, a bleeding tumor in the nasal sinus(es) or nasal cavity is the most common cause of epistaxis (nose bleed) in a dog of Rascal's age. Thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets) due to tick-borne infections or idiopathic (unknown cause) and poisoning by an anticoagulant rodenticide should also be considered but there should be a history of exposure to ticks or such a rodenticide in those cases. Rascal's vet will want to perform a complete blood count and scope Rascal's nose to be able to clarify why Rascal's epistaxis has arisen and now worsened. This isn't something you can manage at home. If bleeding won't stop, an on-call vet will need to pack Rascal's nasal passage(s) with epinephrine-saturated cotton.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.