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The Disorder That Can Turn Everyday Fun Into a Life-Threatening Event

Symptoms of the disease include bleeding from the mouth or nose, bleeding in the digestive tract, blood in urine, anemia and excessive bleeding that accompanies everything from loss of baby teeth to major surgery.

vwd blood clotting disorder in dogs

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common inherited blood clotting disorder in dogs and is the result of an insufficient amount of von Willebrand factor, a plasma protein that helps blood to clot; VWD can result in excessive, serious bleeding from even a minor skin wound
  • There are three types of von Willebrand's: the most common is Type 1, which is the mildest form of the disorder; Types 2 and 3 are much more serious
  • Symptoms of the disease include bleeding from the mouth or nose, bleeding in the digestive tract, blood in the urine, anemia, and excessive bleeding that accompanies everything from loss of baby teeth to major surgery
  • Diagnosis of von Willebrand's disease is done through blood and bleeding time tests, as well as a DNA test that identifies symptomatic dogs and those who are carrying the disease but haven't yet shown symptoms
  • Caring for a dog with VWD involves managing the disease and its symptoms; the goal is to control bleeding, reduce the number of bleeding events, and correct any underlying conditions that might be contributors to the disorder

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