This disease causes blood to have trouble clotting, making surgical procedures for our furry friends risky.
What would you do if your 1-year-old, apparently healthy pup was out-of-the-blue diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening health condition?
Unfortunately, this isn’t a hypothetical question.
Clotting Disorder Symptoms
Be aware that clotting disorders are not uncommon.
The telltale signs tend to be:
- Prolonged blood spotting after minor procedures, such as nail clips
- Bleeding from an injection site
- Bleeding from the gums after chewing
- Regular evidence of blood in pee or poop
- Easily bruised skin
Some breeds are more likely to have Von Willebrand disease than others. A few of those predisposed include:
- German shepherds
- Golden retrievers
- Miniature pinschers
If you suspect your dog has a clotting problem, contact your vet immediately.
There is no cure for Von Willebrand disease.
However, once a case is diagnosed, this gives you back some power because you know minor injuries can lead to prolonged blood loss, so visit the vet right away. Also, it’s good to avoid unnecessary surgery. Even dental extractions can cause problems, so take dental care seriously and start brushing those teeth to keep them in good condition.
When surgery is unavoidable, your vet can give an injection for 4 consecutive days ahead of planned surgery, which stimulates increased production of Von Willebrand’s factor. In addition, your vet will blood type the dog and order blood products ahead of the op, just in case they bleed.
Then there’s prevention. Do you or do you not change the dog’s lifestyle?
Reducing the risk of injury is important, but so is leading a full and active life. If you stop an active dog from running and playing, this has a psychological impact on their mental health. In addition, they’re going to gain weight, and we know that obesity has a negative impact on health. This dilemma is an example of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. What to do for the best?