If your dog vomiting blood isn’t an emergency, what is?
Vomiting itself signals a problem. Visible blood in the vomit takes it into another dimension. If a person was vomiting blood, they’d be scared and they’d be in pain. Is that different for a dog?
How much blood is too much?
Any kind of bleeding is an emergency in itself based on the amount of blood loss. And then there is a consideration for the reason behind it which in itself can be an emergency as well.
Does it look like blood?
Blood in vomit can either look like blood or it can look like coffee grounds.
In general, blood that looks like blood comes from bleeding in the stomach or upper part of the small intestine. Blood that looks like coffee grounds is partially digested and comes from “lower down” the GI tract.
If your dog is vomiting blood, they might also show signs of
- loss of appetite
- and changes in the stool
Severe blood loss in itself can lead to anemia; a body cannot function without blood.
What can be behind bloody vomit? Anything from:
- GI disease
- foreign bodies
- trauma, infections
- clotting disorders
- inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
- metabolic disorders
- liver failure …
Further, any severe vomiting can cause enough damage to the tissues to cause bleeding.
Depending on the amount of bleeding or the underlying cause, vomiting blood can be life-threatening. Severe blood loss alone can cause to organ failure.
Blood in vomit requires prompt medical attention. What if your dog got into rat poison? What if they had internal bleeding from a serious medical condition? At the very least, call your veterinarian.
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