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It is certainly one of the most traumatic and unsettling experiences when you see your Golden starting to bleed from the nose. Scientifically known as epistaxis, nose bleed in Golden Retrievers can be caused by a simple blade of grass. On the other hand, it can also be a signal that your dog is suffering from a serious health issue.
Causes Of Nose Bleed
As we said, nose bleed in Golden Retrievers can be caused by a variety of factors. These are the most common:
- A foreign body is present in the nose
- Trauma to the snout
- Cancer of skull or nasal passages
- Fungal infection
- Coagulation issues
- Dental problems
- Problem with blood proteins
- Tick-borne disease (Rocky Mountain spotted fever)
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Liver failure
- Ingestion of rodenticide (rat poison)
- Bone marrow disease
Symptoms Of Nose Bleed In Golden Retrievers
- Either continuous flow or slow drips of blood from Golden’s nose
- Whining or crying
- Continuous rubbing of the nose
What To Do In Case My Golden Gets a Nosebleed?
Most importantly, you need to stay calm and try to calm your dog, as excitement and elevated blood pressure will only make his heart rate faster and bleeding worse. The next step is to try to stop or slow down the bleeding.
You can do this by placing an ice pack on your dog’s nose, more accurately on top of the muzzle. The cold will constrict blood vessels in the nose, which will stop the bleeding. It is of utmost importance that you do not administer any medication unless you are specifically advised to do so by a veterinarian.
Also, remember that your dog will probably swallow a certain amount of blood, which will cause vomiting or black stool. This is common with a nose bleed and doesn’t necessarily mean there is internal bleeding.
Treatment Of Nose Bleed In Golden Retrievers
The first thing veterinarian will do is to ensure that the affected dog can breathe properly and to prevent further loss of blood. A full treatment will begin after the underlying cause of nose bleed is identified. Since there are so many possible causes for a nose bleed, the treatment will warry based on the underlying cause.