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Kodee has a nosebleed?

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I have no idea what happened, but it looks to me like Kodee has a nosebleed. We've been in the kitchen, and it was fine. He ate a raw piece of chicken while I cleaned his ear and put his medication in it (ear infection), and I noticed blood on the floor right after. I thought it was from the chicken, although it seemed like a bit much for just that. I cleaned it up, took Kodee out to potty, and came back in. A minute later, more blood on the floor. So I checked to make sure it wasn't coming from his ear, which it wasn't. I finally figured out it was coming from his nose. I thought at first it was coming from a cut or something on the side of his nose (where the nostril is naturally "split", if I'm describing it right), but I don't know for sure. I think it might be coming out of the nostril instead.
It's hard to tell by looking, as his nose is black, of course, plus he won't hold still long enough. I dabbed at it with some gauge w/peroxide, then some dry gauze. It's not gushing, but it's dripping fairly steadily. I crated him just to keep him from bleeding on the carpet until it stops. Hope it stops soon, I hate for him to stay in his crate all night.
I want him in my room.

I'm not too worried, but wanted to make sure this isn't a symptom of something I don't know about (if it is a nosebleed and not a cut). He was just at the vet last week for a checkup and ear infection - no problems other than the ear, which is much better.

Anyone's dog ever had a "spontaneous" (from what I can tell) nosebleed? Do they recur?
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I don't think that dogs get nose bleeds as often as humans. The only dog I have ever had was Lakota and it wasn't the best news that you would want to hear, but it wasn't the worst. He had nose bleeds because he had a Staph infection in his nasal cavity. I took him to the Vet and she did a quick look up the nose with the scopei thing they use for ears, didn't see andy thing bad, wanted to sediate him to do some Xrays, RhinoScope and possible nasal flush. So the Xrays just showed inflamation, no mass, she did the Rhineoscope no bad things just lost of inflamation. So she did the flush and sent some gunk off to be cultured. He had Staph and something else.

Some pretty long dosages of Antibioitics and he was better.

I would call the Vet and have it checked out. to me nose bleeds on dogs are not normal.
I've had this happen. I don't want to scare you, but I would get him to the vet. The sooner, the better - even if it stops.

Nosebleeds can be a sign of at least two things that I know of, personally - Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia and aplastic anemia.
Again, I don't want to scare you if there's a chance that it could be coming from a cut in his nose. But please, have him checked out as soon as you can.
No chance of a tick infection right (ehrlichia causes thrombocytopenia)? The staph infection sounds like a better bet because of the ear issue maybe?
Another outside chance is either Hemophilia (there are several types) or


I thought maybe Staph infection because of the recent physical stress. Staph is that nasty opportunistic bug that is pretty much every where, but is just waiting for that dip or stress in the immune system to jump on and make a home.
OK, thank you everybody. Just a minute ago I took a flashlight and a treat to get him to be still, and got a good look at his nose. He has a cut just on the inside edge of the nostril. I have no idea what happened - I was in the room with him and didn't notice anything until it started bleeding. I'm very relieved that it wasn't a nosebleed - thank you for the advice!
Glad that is all it was.

A few years ago on a yep Friday the 13th, I was going to let DeeDee outside. I had a bungie cord attached to the wall to help secure the gate in the house. She knew that if she pawed at the gate it would open, I just got the gat open when she pawed, hit the bungie cord, made it stretch and when it retracted, it actually got stuck in the center on her nose. It hooked her just like a fish, she started pulling and swing her front feet to get it out. I grabbed her by the scruff, told her to wait. Accessed the situation figured i would take it out like a fish hook the opposite direction it went in. It worked and her nose bled for about 20 mins to 1/2 hour. I am calm while things need to be done, then sorta collapse afterward. I went on a mission to get all bungie cords out of the reach of the dogs.
i'm glad he's okay!
That's great news! I'm SO glad that's all it was!!

Could he have somehow caught it with a sharp or ragged nail, while he was scratching, or something? Or maybe he was rubbing his face on something? Gunner will do that when his ears flare up on him. He goes around rubbing his face and head on everything, so it's not a big stretch to think that something could have cut his nose.
Happy to hear your pupper is okay!
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This is maybe a stretch, but could he have poked it with the chicken bone while he was eating a chicken thigh? That is honestly the only thing I can think of. Other than that, I can't come up with any explanation. Reminds me of my kids - things are fine, then suddenly out of nowhere they have a
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