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Dripping blood.

Species: Dog
Breed: Doberman
Age: 11-15 years
My 13 year old female, spayed,Doberman is in good health (with lots of benign tumors). She recently has been dripping small blood stains (not in the urine or stool). Any advice??




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hmm...this is a tough question to answer without seeing Munch as we don't know where the blood is coming from.

Here are a few possible places where she could be bleeding from:

  • Are any of the tumors ulcerated? Have a good look to see if any of them are bursting open.

  • Take a tissue and gently place it in between the folds of her vulva. Is there any blood tinge there? If so, I am concerned that she may have a tumor or an infection in her vagina.

  • Have a good look in her mouth. Are her gums red and sore? She could be bleeding because of gingivitis or tooth infection.

  • Take a tissue and gently wipe each nostril to see if there is any blood coming from her nose. If so this could mean a tumor in the nose or a problem with platelets which are cells that help us clot our blood.

  • Is there any swelling over her anal glands? These sit on either side of the anus. They can sometimes get infected and rupture and bleed.

  • Has anyone cut her nails recently? A nail cut too short will bleed.



I hope this helps you to find the source of bleeding.

I hope she is ok!

Dr. Marie.

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