Von Willebrand’s Disease

Von Willebrand’s disease is the most common hereditary blood disorder in dogs, predominately found in Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, and labrador retrievers.

Clinical signs of Von Willebrand’s include easy bruising, prolonged bleeding during estrus or venipuncture.

Diagnosis of Von Willebrand’s includes prolonged buccal mucosal bleeding time, low levels of Von Willebrand’s factor in plasma, DNA confirmation of the gene defect, and positive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

Treatment varies depending on severity of disease and can include plasma, or desmopressin.

Because Von Willebrand’s is an inherited disease, patients with this disease should not be bred.