Blood-Clotting Disease: von Willebrand’s

What is It?

Von Willebrand disease is an inherited bleeding disorder.

What Causes It?

Von Willebrand disease is a genetic condition. This inherited condition is a lack of a specific protein, called von Willebrand factor, needed to help platelets stick together to form clots. Blood clots are essential for sealing blood vessels that would otherwise bleed excessively.

There are 3 types of von Willebrand disease increasing in their severity with type number.

  • Type 1 – von Willebrand factor is abnormally low but fully formed.
  • Type 2 – von Willebrand factor is abnormally low, malformed and don’t function properly
  • Type 3 – von Willebrand factor is almost nonexistent in the blood.

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What Are The Symptoms?

Long lasting bleeding post injury, spontaneous bleeding from the nose, mouth, vagina or blood in urine, excessive postpartum bleeding.

Is it Life Threatening?

Yes – especially for pups with Type 3.

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How is It Diagnosed?

A test called the buccal mucosal screening test collects a sample of blood. The level of von Willebrand factor in the blood will be measured in a lab.

What Are The Treatments?

There are no treatments for von Willebrand disease. Dogs can continue to live with this condition and manage their symptoms.

If your dog requires surgery let your veterinarian know of the von Willebrand diagnosis.

There are many medications unrelated to von Willebrand disease that can interfere with platelet function.

Before giving your dog, anything talk over the risks and benefits of potential medications with your vet. You can book an appointment with a licensed vet, who can meet you virtually – 24/7, by clicking here.

Responsible breeders will screen their dogs before breeding pups. Always ask for health screens for health conditions, especially if the breed is prone to von Willdbrand disease.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pup’s condition, please make an appointment with your veterinarian. Or, consult a virtual vet here.