A bruise is a traumatic injury of the soft tissues that results in leakage of red blood cells. Extreme reddish-purple discoloration in the skin. Often bruises are caused by external injuries, such as a hit to the body. Cats and dogs don\\\'t bruise as easily as humans do, because of their coat. If you notice excessive bruising, it may be caused by an internal medical condition in which a veterinarian should be consulted to determine the cause.
How to Recognize
A bruise can have a reddish, purplish, or blackish color. If your pet appears to get a lot of bruises and/or bruise frequently, your pet may have an underlying condition that causes excessive bruising.
A bruise is usually caused by external trauma, but excessive bruising is due to an internal medical condition, such as von Willebrand\\\'s Disease or Canine Thrombocytopenia.
Your veterinarian will take a blood sample and perform a series of blood tests.
Canine Thrombocytopenia may require corticosteroids or spleen removal, but there is no treatment for von Willebrand\\\'s disease. If your pet suffers from excessive bruising, make sure children and other animals do not play too roughly with your pet.
Excessive Bruising Affects