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vWD is a genetic bleeding disorder in humans and dogs diagnosable by a simple blood test to detect Von Willibrand Disease so safety precautions can be taken.


vWD is caused by a missing or defective von Willebrand factor (vWF) which is a critical clotting protein. It can be a life-threatening disease, especially in dogs that don't know to "be careful"...


Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the most common hereditary blood-clotting disorder in both humans and dogs. An acquired form can sometimes result from other medical conditions.  There are three types of von Willebrand's, from the most common (Type 1) which is also the mildest, to Type 3 which can include bleeding from the mouth or nose for no apparent reason.  While this would be noticed in a dog, bleeding in the GI tract might be overlooked unless owners are diligent about stool removal.


Signs of potential Von Willebrand disease are bloody stools and/or blood in the urine.  It pays to watch your dog urinate at least once a week, preferably first thing in the morning. Other signs are anemia (pale gums and inner eyelids) or excessive bleeding from a simple cut.


It is important to know if your dog could have a blood disorder, especially prior to any surgery. Although veterinarians have blood on hand for emergencies and are prepared to deal with a bleeding disorder, it adds little to the cost and you should ask for a copy for your dog's health file. If there is an accident at home, your advance knowledge of von Willibrands disease could save your dog's life. EST 1998 1806r20S08


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