Dog And Puppy First Aid: Internal Bleeding

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.

Internal bleeding is a life-threatening condition, but it is not obvious like external bleeding. Internal bleeding occurs inside the body and will not be seen.


  1. History of trauma
  2. Swelling in an area of the body
  3. Coughing up/ vomiting blood
  4. Visible bleeding from ears, nose or mouth
  5. Dog is pale and cool to the touch


If any of these signs are evident, the pet should be immediately transported to a veterinary facility for professional help.

Remember: internal bleeding is not visible on the outside.

Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions