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Hemothorax (Blood In The Chest), in Dogs: Symptoms. Causes. Treatments



hemothorax (blood in the chest) in dogs: symptoms, causes, &

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Hemothorax in dogs refers to a medical condition where blood accumulates in the chest cavity. It’s a serious medical concern because pressure that mounts on the wall of the chest can bring about respiratory distress.

This condition seems to affect all breeds and ages of dogs.

If your dog’s chest is showing signs of blood buildup, you should get help immediately. Consult your veterinarianto get a complete diagnosis and the best course of treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of hemothorax in dogs.

Hemothorax symptoms in dogs

Hemothorax in dogs can lead to a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptoms are:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Breathe very fast
  • Glaucoma and paleness of gums and skin
  • Being lethargic

Hemothorax in Dogs

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There are many possible causes for hemothorax in dogs. The most common causes of hemothorax in dogs are:

  • Trauma (affecting the chest region)
  • Ingesting rat poison
  • Problems with blood clotting
  • Liver issues
  • Congenital issues
  • Neoplasia

Veterinary Treatments

Your veterinarian will need to perform a complete physical exam if you are concerned that your dog may have hemothorax. The examination will include urine, blood and electrolyte tests.

Your vet will ask a series of questions about your dog’s medical history and also any recent circumstances or incidents that might have caused the condition.

A lab can analyze the chest fluid of your dog. X-rays, ultrasounds and other diagnostic tools are also available to help vets better examine your dog’s lungs.

Fluid and oxygen therapy should be administered in the hospital while your dog is being treated. If your dog has clotting problems, he may need blood transfusions.

It is essential that your dog has a peaceful and comfortable environment while they recover at home. Avoid using over-the-counter medications such as aspirin.

Regular follow-up appointments with your veterinarian are necessary for your dog to be fully recovered.

Have you ever seen your dog with hemothorax? What symptoms were you able to notice? Comment below to share your experiences.