It can be difficult to determine if a dog has internal bleeding. The dog can’t tell you if he has pain and you can’t see it from the outside. There are definite signs that a dog has internal bleeding though. If you have reason to believe that there is a possibility that your dog could have internal bleeding, it is extremely urgent that you get him to the vet immediately.
Here is how to tell if your dog has internal bleeding:
Traumatic Incident- If the dog was involved in an accident of any kind, you should take the dog to the vet to be checked for the possibility of internal bleeding. Any type of traumatic incident leaves open the possibility of internal bleeding.
Heavy Breathing- Heavy or fast breathing that is unusual for the dog could be a sign that there is internal bleeding. Look for other possible signs in order to give the vet as much information as possible when you talk to him/her. This will allow for faster diagnosis and treatment.
Pale/White Gums- If the dogs gums change from pink to white or pale, there is a strong possibility that there is internal bleeding. If it is couple with any of the other signs of internal injury, your dog is in a state of emergency.
Lethargy- If you dog seems to be a little out of it, has a difficult time trying to stand or refuses to stand up, it may be a sign of internal bleeding. This is a classic sign that cannot be ignored. You must get the dog to the vet immediately.
Drop In Temperature- If the dog’s temperature drops (below 100 degrees F), he is in extreme need of a vet’s care. This is a sign of internal bleeding. If your dog exhibits this sign or any of the other signs, don’t take any chances. You should immediately get him to the vet.
Internal bleeding is very dangerous. It needs to be treated immediately. It can cause the death of your dog. Even though the bleeding is on the inside of his body, he can bleed to death. Any time there is a traumatic incident, the dog should be checked out thoroughly to make sure there is no internal injuries. The sooner it is found, the better chance your dog has for survival. The vet can give you specific instructions on how to care for the dog after the bleeding has been controlled. Follow his/her instructions to the letter so your dog will live a happy and long life.