Intestinal hemorrhage, or HGE, in a dog is a type of internal hemorrhage, similarly referring in many places to both types of bleeding. You have to be very aware that your dog is not suffering from one, because if you are not careful and do not examine it regularly, you will only discover it when it is too late.
In this article, we will tell you what symptoms an intestinal hemorrhage presents and when you have to reinforce the attention you give to your hairy to detect it in time.
What causes HGE in dogs?
An intestinal hemorrhage in a dog, as in any living being, usually occurs when a wound is suffered. There are times when your friend takes a heavy blow, you examine him and you see that nothing has been done. No bruises or bleeding lesions, but does that mean he's okay? No, because the attack may have damaged a vein, intestines, spleen or liver, for example.
Silently, your dog may be bleeding little by little. We do not want to alarm you, just to warn you. If your dog is run over by a car and gets up as if nothing will happen, if it falls from a height but keeps playing as if it were nothing, do not neglect it, take him to the veterinarian to have a complete exam. Prevention is cure. In these cases, it is advisable to be cautious.
An internal or intestinal hemorrhage caused by severe trauma is the most common way to suffer it, but there is more. Your dog may be suffering coagulopathy or having a tumor. In any of these three cases, knowing the symptoms of this internal bleeding is the way to act as soon as possible and start the corresponding treatment.
Symptoms of intestinal bleeding, how to know that the dog has it?
You have to know what symptoms an internal hemorrhage has to detect it in time. In Barkibu we always recommend that you spend some time in a day or a week to pamper your dog, to examine his teeth, to see how his pads are, to comb his hair in search of parasites and also to check if his stools and his urine have the color they must have and that they do not show blood stains. It is your responsibility, this and also vaccinate him.
During these exams, you should also look for symptoms of possible bleeding. Even if you have gone to the doctor and you have ruled out this possibility, you should not stop looking at your dog every once in a while if he has just taken a hard blow. The first thing you have to do is check his gums. A healthy dog has pink ones; that they are pale means that either he lacks iron or he has a problem related to the blood, like hemorrhage, for example. For this reason, it is essential to know its color when it is healthy.
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It is also good that you know his body temperature when he is in good health, because when he suffers an internal hemorrhage his body temperature drops. To give you an idea, a dog is between 37.6 and 39 degrees, more or less, if nothing is happening. If he catches an infection, his temperature rises, but if he has intestinal bleeding it will go below 37, another sign that something is not right at all. Here we tell you how to measure the temperature without a thermometer.
The hemorrhages that he suffers will end up manifesting physically with time. If you have not been able to check his gums or body temperature in time, he will end up bleeding through his anus or penis, or through his mouth or ears. When we are talking about a bowel hemorrhage, it is most likely that you will find blood mixed with his stools.
In addition to the physical symptoms, internal bleeding affects the behavior. When he is losing blood, your dog will be very discouraged, downcast, sad and without energy. He will not want to play with you and will breathe in a strange way, as if he had done a lot of sport and could not do anymore. If you see that his behavior changes suddenly, you have to act. The behavior of your furry is a clear indicator of his health.
Treatment for intestinal and internal bleeding in dogs
Although it seems from this article that an internal hemorrhage is a very serious thing, the truth is that it is quite frequent and does not always have fatal consequences. Sometimes, if the bleeding is mild, even if he expels some blood when defecating, he may be able to heal himself if his immune system is strong. But that the cause of this bleeding is something serious or slight does not decide things for you. Never medicate your dog without professional healthcare aid.
In the presence of the minimum symptom, you have to go to your veterinarian or make an online consultation with us. It will be the specialist who will initiate the corresponding treatment according to the reason of the hemorrhage. We repeat, in case of internal bleeding you never choose to use a home remedy, because what if it turns out to be cancer?