A unilateral nosebleed is what pushed us from the ‘wait and see if it is allergies or rhinitis’ to the CT scan.  The ER vet, while trying to be cautious, pretty much spelled it out for us.  If your dog is bleeding from one side of their nose, they have a problem.  He said it can be other things besides cancer but it is normally bad.  His abruptness was appreciated but not extremely helpful at 12am.

Nunya had different type of discharge from her nose during the cancer experience.   Initially it was just ‘snot’ with lots of sneezing.  The sneezing turned into reverse sneezing and then we hit the bloody stage.

What we learned about her nosebleeds:

If we could control the panic and limit the sneezing, we could get a clot to form in there long enough for the bleeding to stop.  We really didn’t perfect this until the end.

We learned that if we would put our hand under her chin she would not do a head shaking sneeze that would blow out the clot.  We did not hold her face – just the feeling of the hand worked.

Staying calm was the biggest help.  If we did not panic, Nunya stayed calmer.  All the blood can be scary for the dog, and once their blood pressure goes up with the stress, it is much harder to slow down the bleeding.

The product Little Noses was helpful in stopping smaller nosebleeds.  A drop or two in the nose would help ease up the bleeding and allow the clot to form.  For worse nosebleeds that will not stop, your veterinarian will be able to give your dog epinephrine in the nose that will help stop the bleeding.  Our vet was nice enough to give us a diluted supply of epinephrine to keep on hand in the fridge to help with major nosebleeds.  Fortunately we did not need to use it frequently.

For those needing to compare, here is a gallery of photos from one of Nunya’s nosebleeds.  The images contain blood.

3 thoughts on “Nosebleeds

  1. thushari de silva says:

    My dog is about 13 year’s old. He started bleeding from nose so doctor told that his having a cancer and doctor gave the injection course but ones a week he starts bleeding for about 5 hours his very week now day before he started bleeding for about 5hours and even yesterday he was bleeding for 5 hours I really don’t no what should I do , I don’t have anybody to get help also can you please help me on this matter how can I stop the bleeding and what should I give him to get the strength back

    Thank you so much


  2. Rocio says:

    Hi: my bichon started bleeding from one of his nostrils like 1 month ago and yesterday we were told he has a tumor and I’m very sad. He had a Ct scan done How is your doggie?

  3. Staci says:

    For those of you who have gone through this, was an issue immediately apparent on the CT scan? My dog just started having bleeding from one nostril. A CT scan was done but the vet did not see anything obvious jumping out at her. They are sending it to a radiologist to look at.

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