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I am sorry to hear this has happened to your dog.
How bad is the bleeding: very small drip here and there, or flowing much more?
What have you tried so far and how long has he been bleeding?
Is he on any medications right now and have you given any medications today?
Hopefully the alprazolam is calming him a bit. Ideally, direct pressure is going to be what you need to do, however that only works in a very small number of very well trained dogs. You can try placing some flour or cornstarch on the bleeding area which may help it clot, however that will be temporary and may require multiple applications. If it is a very slow bleed, it should stop on its own with some time. The only other way to stop it completely would require sedation, direct pressure for a few minutes, and potentially suturing the bleeding area closed. If you are unable to get to a vet, I would do your best to put pressure on the wound. You can try icing it as well, again this may be difficult with many dogs.
Water and salt may or may not be helpful. What I don't want is you to induce vomiting by giving any salt. I would hold on that for now. Where are you that you do not have a vet available in your area? As far as infection is concerned, I would recommend systemic (oral) antibiotics in these cases. I would worry about anything topical irritating the site and causing upset stomach as dogs are not good at spitting things out.
I recommend calling your vet to see if they can call in a prescription to a pharmacy near you for oral antibiotics, that way you can start them now. Just make sure you are able to speak with your vet to discuss the problem, I suspect they will be ok calling that in for you if you explain your situation.
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