We just discovered that our 3 year old Doberman male is severely affected with Von…

We just discovered that our 3 year old Doberman male is severely affected with Von Willebrand’s (9% normal factor). We’ve left him in tact (due to the possibility of a show career) but now that door has closed. But we need to have him neutered (also because he has benign prostate hyperplasia that is contributing to his bleeding, according to the vet). Since he has VWD what should we do? Can a severely affected dog still have surgery? Or are there reliable non-surgical alternatives that will shrink his prostate? Thank you very much.

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Laura
2 years ago

Hi Mary, the problem with the clotting factor test is its inherent inaccuracy. It only tests the clotting factor on that specific day. Please, do the genetic test ASAP, and ask your breeder what the status of the litter and parents were. They should know, as it’s a basic test recommended by the DPCA.

Laura
2 years ago

Hi there Mary! First off – did you find this out via DNA, or through the in-office ALISA test? If the former, your breeder NEEDS to know (assuming they didn’t test all the puppies, as they should have). If the latter, you need to get a DNA test from either Vetnostics or Vetgen – it’s an in-home cheek swab you mail out. You need to talk with your breeder about this, and you need to let your vet know so they can have all the needed blood for transfusion.