What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog: Buddy's Nosebleeds


10-year-old at the time
Golden Retriever
neutered male

Dog Conditions - Real-Life Stories: Buddy's Nosebleeds

Buddy was a talkative dog; he'd communicate with whines, moans, sighs, and groans. That's why when he started snorting, everybody assumed he just expanded his vocabulary.

It wasn't until Buddy started sneezing so hard he almost blew his head off when his parents took him to a vet.

The veterinarian figured Buddy was suffering from seasonal allergies. It is possible though, in dogs, allergies typically manifest through their skin rather than sneezing.

When Buddy developed a hematoma, it fit in with the allergies theory--ear infections and allergies do often come hand-in-hand.

The hematoma continued having to be drained over and over and over.

It always filled back up. Even after surgery, the moment the stitches were removed, the ear flap filled with blood yet again.

Then, one day Buddy sneezed really hard and started bleeding from his nose. The vet technicians said they've never seen that much blood come from a dog who wasn't shot or hit by a car. Buddy bled so much that he needed a blood transfusion.

X-rays didn't show anything, but Buddy's blood pressure was high. The veterinarian figured that the high blood pressure was behind all that bleeding.

Once Buddy was put on medication, things seemed to have stabilized.

Until Buddy had another bleed. It wasn't as violent as the first time, but there was a steady gush of blood out of Buddy's nose. That's when it was decided that Buddy needed his nose properly examined with rhinoscopy.

What would you make off Buddy's symptoms? How do you feel about Buddy's initial diagnoses? What would you do if it was your dog?

Read Buddy's full story here.

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