Do Dogs Get Nosebleeds: Bella’s Nasal Cancer

Dogs don’t get nosebleeds as commonly as people do.

It would take quite a trauma for a dog’s nose to bleed from within the nose itself. In other words, a nosebleed in a dog is a reason for concern.

The potential reasons why your dog’s nose might bleed include:

  • clotting problems
  • foreign bodies
  • severe dental disease
  • fungal infection
  • but most importantly (and, sadly, most commonly) a tumor.

As Roxanne of Champion of My Heart puts it, “Assume all canine nose bleeds mean nasal cancer.

Do Dogs Get Nosebleeds: Bella's Nasal Cancer

Bella’s story

Ear hematoma

Bella’s problems started with severe head-shaking, which resulted in an aural hematoma. Coincidence? Perhaps, but Buddy’s case started precisely the same way. Aural hematomas most commonly happen because of allergies or ear infections. But maybe an irritation is an irritation …?

Bella’s hematoma was treated only to return. No ear infection was found.

Reverse sneezing

A couple of months later, Bella woke everybody up by what appeared to be hyperventilating and choking. It was assumed to be reverse sneezing.

However, Bella’s bout of reverse sneezing ended with a bloody nose.

Reverse sneezing is caused by an irritation of the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area.

The irritant can be

  • a foreign body
  • reaction to environmental irritants
  • post-nasal drip
  • exercise intolerance
  • tight collar
  • pulling on the leash
  • or just a sudden change in temperature

Typically, reverse sneezing is not a cause for concern unless it becomes severe or chronic.

Further reading: Reverse Sneezing in Dogs: Is My Dog Choking?

Foreign bodies, nasal mites, respiratory infections, and, yes, here it comes, nasal cancers could be behind severe reverse sneezing.

At the veterinarian

Bella’s mom rushed her to a veterinarian. They examined Bella but didn’t find anything.

A few months passed, and then Bella’s mom came home to another bloody nose with blood all over the floor. It wasn’t until then that Bella received her diagnosis—nasal cancer.

Always take your dog’s nose bleeds seriously.

Related articles:
Should I Worry About Dog Nosebleeds? Does a Dog Nose Bleed Easily?
The Easy Answer Isn’t Always The Right Answer: Buddy’s Nosebleeds. 

Further reading:
Nose Bleeds in Dogs

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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