Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Traumatic injury and disruption of blood vessels. In most cases the blood will eventually clot, the vessels will close and the bleeding will stop. However some animals may have clotting disorders and continue to bleed. Rat/mouse poison can also cause chronic bruising and hemorrhage from Vitamin K deficiency.
Symptoms: Bruising, hemorrhage.
Diagnostics: Physical exam.
Special Notes: Certain breeds and families carry recessive traits for hemophilia; these disorders should be ruled out whenever there is unexplained bleeding or bruising. It should always be determined whether rat/mouse poison was available.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment of trauma involves supplying nutrients for healing, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds for pain and healing.