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Dog Nose Bleed during Winter

Published on: May 19, 2022 • By: LucasSouza · In Forum: Dogs
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LucasSouza
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May 19, 2022 at 04:23am
Hello, my name is Lucas and I have a 12 years old Shitzu. My dog has always suffered from really agressive skin problems, mainly Malassezia. Because of that, he has been taking itraconazole for years. But in the last three years he started to suffer from nose bleeds, always on really cold and dry days, such as today in my country. Last year he suffered a continuous nose bleed, that could not be contained, and only stopped because the vet managed to cold his nose with a fan. After that we tried to search deep what could be causing those nose bleed episodes and every single exam (tomography and other nose exams) he did accused he had no problem at all on his nose. So, I would like to ask if anyone have faced a situation like that, and what could be done to prevent new nose bleeds. Thanks in advance.  
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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May 19, 2022 at 11:19pm
Hello!   Frequently, repeated nose bleeds in dogs can be fungal.  I wonder whether the antifungal drug, dose and administration are appropriate at the given time, or whether a fungal culture and / or change of drug is needed.  This is outside my expertise but veterinary pathologists are often very clued up on it and may be able to liase with your vets if required.  A tumour could be another possibility - again, if your vets are out of ideas, a pathologist may be a good person to ask for information as to how best to demonstrate this.  Another line of enquiry may be blood pressure, although this usually has signs additional to the nose.  I would be fascinated to hear how your vets' investigations progress.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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May 19, 2022 at 11:23pm
Furthermore, I wonder which is your country?  There may be parasites involved in this pathology, but again speaking to someone who has an awareness of infectious agents where you are ay be the most helpful way forward.  I always found local pathology labs to be very keen to help with technical aspects of diagnostic problems and I am sure that your vet will know who to ring if such assistance is needed.
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