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One of our dogs has been bleeding from the nose for an hour.

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Hello. One of our foster dogs has been bleeding from the nose for an hour. It will coagulate in her nose and then start coming out of her mouth.

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We live in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and she is a rescued African street dog. She is about nine months old and was spayed about three weeks ago.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with this dog. Such profound epistaxis (nose bleeding) at such an early age is most consistent with an anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning, a tick-borne infection such as ehrlichiosis, or, less commonly, idiopathic (immune-mediated) thrombocytopenia (a lack of blood platelets). I don't know what resources you have where you are but checking clotting times, testing for the tick-borne infections common there, and assessing the thrombocyte count are how the diagnosis is clarified. If this isn't possible, vitamin K dosed at 2 mg/kg by injection today and then orally daily thereafter - usually 2-4 weeks- is indicated for an anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity; doxycycline is prescribed at 10 mg/kg daily for 2-4 weeks for most tick-borne infections; and a glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisone is prescribed at 2 mg/kg daily for thrombocytopenia until the platelet count normalizes. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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