Bleeding

Possible Causes: Car accident, animal fight, fall, severe wound, clotting problem, immune problem, rat poisoning

Some wounds may not bleed but still require attention. Keep the wound clean and see a veterinarian.

Arterial bleeding is an immediately life threatening situation. Arterial blood will be bright red and will bleed in spurts, be difficult to stop, and requires immediate veterinary attention.

Action Steps:

  • For any type of bleeding, place a clean cloth or sterile gauze over the injured area.
  • Apply direct pressure for at least 5 – 7 minutes to stop bleeding. Don’t apply a tourniquet unless absolutely necessary.