First aid for bleeding
- If your pet loses a lot of blood, they may go into shock, collapse, or even die.
- If your pet is bleeding heavily, find where the blood is coming from, apply pressure and call your vet.
- Call your vet immediately if you can’t control your pets bleeding or you think they might be bleeding internally.
What to do if see your pet is bleeding
Step one: Find where the blood is coming from
- Check your pet for wounds, bleeding and bruises.
- Go slowly and carefully, even the friendliest pet can scratch or bite if they are painful. If necessary use a muzzle or towel to protect yourself, stop if you think you might get hurt.
- If your pet has collapsed, contact you vet immediately.
Step two: Apply pressure
- Once you have found where the blood is coming from, apply pressure to the bleed by holding a clean cloth or bandage over it.
- Don’t remove the bandage to see if the bleeding has stopped -this is likely to disrupt any clots and cause the bleeding to start again.
Step three: Contact your vet
- Phone your vet - they will tell you what to do next and book you an emergency appointment if needed.
- If you need to move your pet, do it carefully and avoid touching their injuries.
What to do if you think your pet is bleeding internally
Step one: Check for symptoms of internal bleeding
- If your pet is bleeding internally you may notice symptoms such as:
- Weakness/ collapse
- Cold feet/tail/ears
- Pale gums
- ifficulty breathing
- A swollen belly.
Step two: Call your vet
- Call your vet immediately - internal bleeding is often life threatening.
Published: March 2020
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Written by vets and vet nurses. This advice is for UK pets only. Illustrations by Samantha Elmhurst.