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How old is your dog?
Are there bad teeth in the mouth (meaning that your dog needs a dental cleaning)?
Is the blood just small amounts, or heavy bleeding?
Okay. Unfortunately, boxers are extremely prone to developing cancers. If the teeth look good on basic oral exam, there is no way that a tooth root abscess could cause these symptoms. CT scan is definitely the way to go, but rhinoscopy may be cheaper and may give you the answer. At least with rhinoscopy there is the option of taking a sample of the tissue while the dog is under anesthesia. It is possible this is behind the soft palate and could be a benign polyp, and rhinoscopy would shows that. Either way, he will need referral to explore this further... there isn't really a cheap way to solve this one, unfortunately.
I sure hope it ends up being something benign and fixable!
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