Health - Von Willebrand's Disease

von Willebrand’s disease
von Willebrand’s Disease is a type of hemophilia (bleeding disorder) in dogs, caused by a lack of a specific blood clotting factor.

Hereditary von Willebrand’s disease is complex, the symptoms can range from:

  • Abnormally long bleeding time due to a cut toenail
  • Hemorrhaging during minor surgery
  • Spontaneous nosebleeds
  • A wide assortment of presentations in betweenInjuries that are followed by bleeding may or may not require a transfusion.

Even a small wound may necessitate veterinary treatment. Carriers of this disorder can live their entire lives with no outward indications of this disease. Only through testing of all prospective breeding stock and selective breeding is there hope of eradicating this disorder.

The test is simple and inexpensive, and will show if the tested dog is a high, low or non-carrier of the disease. The common sense procedure of not breeding from high carriers, and of not breeding low carriers to other low carries may eradicate vWD forever from our breed