First Aid for External Bleeding in a Dog

Dogs that are bleeding need first aid.

If your dog is bleeding, you will need to perform some first aid before transporting her to the veterinarian.

Please note, this article is for external, visible bleeding. If you suspect or would like to learn more about internal bleeding, visit this article: "First Aid for Internal Bleeding in a Dog."

First Aid for a Dog with External Bleeding

The first thing to know when dealing with a bleeding dog is that you should approach her with caution. Even your own, sweet-tempered dog may bite you out of fear or pain.

Get your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Call ahead if you can, so the staff will be ready to assist you as soon as you arrive.

Learn about first aid for other common canine emergencies here: "First Aid for Dogs: An Overview."

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