Nosebleeds? Bella’s Nasal Cancer

Dogs don’t get nose bleeds as commonly as people do.

A nosebleed in a dog is a reason for concern.

The potential reasons why your dog’s nose might bleed are clotting problems, foreign bodies, severe dental disease, rare fungal infection, but most importantly (and, sadly, most commonly) a tumor.

Nosebleeds? Bella's Nasal Cancer

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

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

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

A couple of months later, Bella woke everybody up by what appeared 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 to the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area. This could be a foreign body, a reaction to environmental irritants, post-nasal drip, or even things such as exercise intolerance, tight collar, pulling on the leash or just sudden change in temperature.

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

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

Bella was taken to a vet and they didn’t find anything.

Few months passed and then Bella’s mom came home to another bloody nose with blood all over the floor. And Bella was diagnosed with nasal cancer.

Always take your dog’s nose bleeds seriously.

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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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