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Bleeding injuries in pets

Arterial (high pressure) bleeding

1st aid transThis occurs when an artery is cut. Arteries carry blood under high pressure so you will see a jet of blood shooting outwards or blood filling up very quickly under the damaged tissue causing swelling. Arterial bleeders need to be stopped very quickly as it does not take long for an animal to pump out its blood supply through a damaged artery.

Arteries are located deep in muscles and are usually on the inside of limbs, so they are not normally damaged if it is a shallow wound to the outside surface of a limb.

Venous (low pressure) bleeding

Veins carry blood under a much lower pressure so do not squirt out blood- they tend to ooze out blood instead. Veins tend to lie just under the skin surface so they tend to be the first blood vessel damaged in an injury.
 

DO NOT APPLY A TOURNIQUET UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
- APPLY PRESSURE TO THE WOUND

 Applying digital pressure

Grasp the affected leg above the level of injury and squeeze with your fingertips into the deeper tissues on the inside of the leg.

Applying direct pressure

Look for symptoms of shock

The animal is starting to go into shock if some or all of these symptoms are noticed:

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