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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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A sudden short lived nose bleed when the dog went to the

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A sudden short lived nose bleed when the dog went to the groomer for a bath, and grooming yesterday. None since.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Chloe. Hopefully she simply became stressed and hypertensive which resulted in capillary bleeding in her nasal cavity. If bleeding doesn't recur and Chloe is normal otherwise there's no reason to pursue the etiology of her epistaxis (nose bleed). Watch her carefully for bleeding from any orifice or evidence of bleeding under her skin - petechiation or ecchymosis. Watch for an increased respiratory rate - greater than 40 breaths/minute at rest - which could indicate internal bleeding into her chest cavity. My primary concerns for such bleeding are tick borne diseases which cause thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets), idiopathic but probably immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, and an anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity. All of these disorders can be tested for and Chloe's nose can be scoped under anesthesia in order to look for a bleeding tumor or fungal granuloma in her nasal passage(s).

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.