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What to Do If Your Dog Is Bleeding

Some dogs don’t notice when they’re hurt and your first clue may be the blood trail she leaves. To stop bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a piece of gauze or cloth for several minutes.

Even if the gauze is soaked with blood, don’t lift it to see if the bleeding has stopped, because the gauze actually helps clot the blood. Just add extra layers of gauze. Depending on the area of the body and the size of the wound, it may take 10 to 15 minutes for bleeding to stop.

If ice is available, place it around the area of the wound to slow blood flow. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can bandage the wound and arrange to get the dog to a veterinarian for assessment.

Blood from an artery is bright red and sprays from the vessel in time with each beat of the heart. A dog can lose a great deal of blood quickly if an artery is cut. Blood from a vein or from small vessels under the skin is burgundy-colored and pours slowly or seeps from the wound.

Never use a tourniquet to stop bleeding because it can cut off necessary circulation to the area.

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