Von Willebrand’s Disease

We offer testing for this disease which can be highly heritable in some breeds. The disease is similar to hemophilia in people and can result in life threatening bleeding. As many as 50% of Dobermans are affected with this disease. Often dogs that carry this disease in their genetic makeup go undetected until an emergency situation arises during a routine procedure such as a spay or neuter. In some cases, the disease may become apparent when a small superficial injury results in significant blood loss. Knowing your dog’s condition ahead of time can make the difference between life and death. Some animals show no signs of the disease but are carriers of the genetic problem. If these dogs are allowed to reproduce, they can pass on the disease to their offspring. If you are considering breeding your dog, you should have him/her tested before proceeding. Commonly affected breeds that can be tested include: Doberman Pinchers, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Manchester Terriers, Poodles and Pembrooke Welsh Corgis.