Bleeding can occur in many forms. Uncontrolled bleeding, such as that following a severe injury, requires immediate emergency medical care. If your pet has been injured and is experiencing severe bleeding or bleeding that will not stop, seek the nearest veterinary emergency hospital.
There are other, more subtle sources of bleeding that may require emergency attention, such as:
Blood in the urine
Blood in the vomit
Blood in the stool
Black, tarry stools
Bleeding from the mouth
Bleeding from the nose
Bleeding from the eye
Bleeding from the ear
Bleeding that will not stop from a toenail or paw pad
Please remember this least is not exhaustive. If your pet is experiencing any form of bleeding, please seek veterinary care or call and speak with one of our liaisons.
Toenails: Occasionally, while trimming your pet’s nails, you may accidentally cut into the area of the nail known as the quick. This very sensitive area contains blood vessels and nerve endings. If the nail is only bleeding mildly, you may apply styptic powder, flour or corn starch to the area and then apply gentle pressure with a clean paper towel. You may need to repeat this process. If the bleeding does not stop, a veterinarian should evaluate the nail.
Uncontrolled bleeding, unknown source of bleeding, black and tarry stools or bright red blood from the rectum, diarrhea with blood, bloody urine.