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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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Stray dog showed up and he has not been eating very much and

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Stray dog showed up and he has not been eating very much and is skinny. My concern is that I noticed a small amount of blood coming from his nose
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about this stray dog. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. Is the blood coming from one nostril, or both? Does he have a fever? Normal rectal temperature is between 101 and 102.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
The things that can cause weight loss, poor appetite and a nose bleed are tick borne disease ( usually there is fever), injury, respiratory infection (fungal, bacterial, viral), canine distemper. If this were my dog, I would take his temperature, feel his internal organs and lymph nodes, listen to his heart and lungs. I might run a few blood tests to try to find the problem. Once we have a diagnosis, and know the cause, we know the best treatment
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He may have a fever and blood is coming from the left nostril he seems to have lots of energy. Could it be tick fevor?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
That is one possibility, yes, especially if he has a rectal temperature higher than 103. Dogs with a tick disease need antibiotics.
I would start with a good physical exam, and some basic blood tests to find out what is wrong.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?