Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Cardiovascular Disorders

Von Willebrand’s Disease

General Information
Von Willebrand’s disease is a disorder characterized by prolonged bleeding due to abnormal blood clotting. Dogs with this disease lack normal amounts of a blood protein that is necessary for the blood platelets to stick together during blood clot formation. This blood protein is called von Willebrand’s factor, and the low levels are the result of a hereditary genetic defect.

While more than 25 breeds of dogs have been affected, Scottish Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, and Airedale Terriers are some of the more commonly affected breeds. Some affected dogs also have abnormally low thyroid levels.

In addition to abrasions, lacerations, or other trauma, dogs with von Willebrand’s disease may bleed in response to parasites, viral or bacterial infections, giving birth, surgery, or other physical stress.

Important Points in Treatment
1. There is no “cure” for von Willebrand’s disease. Treatment is symptomatic and depends on the severity of the bleeding episode.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.