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Dog Coughing Blood

Dogs are one of the most adorable and affectionate pets to have domesticated and are probably the most common household pet all over the world. The fact that there is such a variety of dog breeds – with their own tendencies of temperament, skill and overall attitude means that a person will be able to, with a little research, find a dog that perfectly suits his or her purpose. Noticing your favorite pet to be suffering from some kind of medical ailment is a rather disturbing scenario and for it to be coughing up blood is generally indicative of some serious medical concern. When you see your dog coughing up blood, it is important to remember to maintain a calm mind as there is a high likeliness that the condition be a temporary and minor one as well. Avoid jumping to any conclusions until a thorough diagnosis has been carried out by the veterinarian. Some of the more common causes of dog coughing blood include ulcers present in the gastrointestinal tract, bleeding tumors present in the stomach, esophagus and upper small intestine bleeding within the stomach as a result of the presence of some kind of foreign bodies as well as vomiting of blood that has been previously swallowed as a result of a nose bleed, bleeding in the mouth or blood licked from a wound. Some of the more prominent symptoms that the owner should keep an eye out for include abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, substantial weakness of the animal as well as digested and dark blood in the feces.

A dog vomiting blood is very different to a dog kennel cough or even a dog chronic cough because of the presence of blood. It is essential that the root cause of the occurrence be identified as soon as possible to help provide the most effective treatment for the problem. Although treatment will depend specifically on the situation, in most cases the primary focus will be to stabilize the subcutaneous fluids for dehydration fluid. The diet will also play a key role in the treatment plan and, especially in the case of ulcers present, will be essential for the recuperation of the animal. Prevention against the onset of gum disease, another causing factor, can be accomplished by ensuring that the animal’s teeth and jaws are regularly brushed to avoid the development of any oral complications. In the event that the digestive tract is being damaged and shred as a result of the animal ingesting a sharp object, the veterinarian will usually prescribe the administration of a laxative to help pass the object out of the body.

 
  Submitted on July 14, 2010  
 
 
 
 
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