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Dolly is a little over 16 months now and has never had a nose bleed. I work from home and have been watching her all day (or she watching me :D) and decided to walk to get some lunch with her.

We walked about 2 miles to a local eatery outdoors and everything was fine. Half way back home she turned and looked at me with a "keep up" look and I noticed her tongue was blood red, upon further inspection I noticed she when she dipped her head down blood would run out of her nose in a pretty heavy way. It was on her tongue due to draining from her nose to her hanging tongue while walking.

I called the vet and took her in, they gave me a few meds and said to keep an eye on her, but appeared to be completely unsure what was going on. No outside issues.

Any thoughts what is going on?
 

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With such a young dog........I don't know but lets get rid of the obvious...she is NOT getting a whole lot of fish oil is she? Did the vet pull blood to do a CBC/Chem? I would sure start there to make sure she does not have a clotting issue. What about von Willenbrands? I know cancer can also cause that but she is terribly young for that. There are some tick diseases that can also mess up platelet function. Any chance she got into aspirin?
 

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With such a young dog........I don't know but lets get rid of the obvious...she is NOT getting a whole lot of fish oil is she? Did the vet pull blood to do a CBC/Chem? I would sure start there to make sure she does not have a clotting issue. What about von Willenbrands? I know cancer can also cause that but she is terribly young for that. There are some tick diseases that can also mess up platelet function. Any chance she got into 8aspirin?
I give her a 1400mg of fish oil (1400mg fish oil concentrate,900mg Omega-3 fatty acids, 647mg EPA, 253mg DHA) tablet twice a day with her meals.

The vet did nothing but prescribe a few medications: - EDIT: She did take a scope and look as far up her nose as she could.. There was nothing at all she could see.

750mg Cephalexin (twice daily with meal)
Epinephrine & Saline (one drop a day in nose)

I'm 100% sure she has not been near aspirin as I've been with her all day (in fact, she was in my lap the majority of the morning) and it was with me until the walk. She sleeps by the bed and our medicine cabinet is locked due to our teenagers.

I vacuum and groom her every few days to cut down on the shedding and have found zero ticks and fleas. She is also on Frontline Plus.

I'm a little miffed since the Vet wasn't 100% sure and didn't feel the need to do anything much further than the meds due to her young age. :confused:
 

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I would push back. A nosebleed in a dog is VERY uncommon unless something is wrong. I am not sure but that seems a bit high to me on the Omega 3s.
 

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My first go to question was are you using fish oil?

Are you also using Vit E - E is needed moderately as FO can cause deficiency - but both are blood thinning.

Vit K deficiency too - this can occur do to above as well as past abx. killing off the good bacteria

At this age I would suggest blood work too - CBC should incl. reticulocyte count

Canine reticulocytes

Nose Bleed in Dogs | petMD

Why do Vets script abx. for everything..........sigh
 

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my experience with this , not personally but through a friend who had a Weimeraner was that there was a tumor in the nose . This was missed by her vet . Went to a specialist and they referred her to U of Guelph , where it was diagnosed.

Did you notice if it came from one nostril?

Could your dog have inhaled something that was caustic ?

Has it ever happened before - keep your eye on it for sure.
 

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I don't want to alarm you, but I have been told that a bleeding nose in a dog always means some kind of internal injury, and should be x-rayed asap.

I don't know if that is true or not, but I would take it seriously, and see if x-rays can be done.
 

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You have an excellent vet school right in your back yard as well!
 

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Yes, why all the fish oil? Stop it for a while.
Can you get a second opinion vet?
I have a vet school in my backyard too, not too impressed with it.
Overpriced and have had some incorrect diagnoses.
Who want students working on their pets?
Wishing you the best.
 

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Regular Nose bleeds =canine ehrlichiosis

I had the same problem with my german shepherd. Nose bleeds were regular, almost every week, the doc finally diagnosed it as canine ehrlichiosis and told me he needs complete rest for a while, mo walk in the park and running around while on medication. Hope it helps.
 

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Any more update on Dolly?
 

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Yes, please keep us posted. I said a prayer for her. I hope you get everything straightened out and it's nothing serious. My thoughts are with you and Dolly.
 

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When Frieda started with nosebleeds, it was aspergillus, a fungal infection. The nose bleeds were only from one side though which is typical of aspergillus.
 
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