Von Willebrand’s Disease

Knowing if your dog has this condition before an emergency situation arises can mean the difference between life and death. Similar to hemophilia in humans, von Willebrand’s disease can result in life-threatening bleeding. Many dogs that carry this disease in their genetic makeup go undetected until a minor surgery or small, superficial injury results in significant blood loss.

We offer testing for this disease, which is a highly inheritable trait in some breeds. As many as 50% of Dobermans are affected; other commonly affected breeds include German shepherds, German shorthaired and wirehaired pointers, golden and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Pembroke Welsh corgis, poodles, Scottish and Manchester terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs. If you have an at-risk breed, we recommend that you have your dog tested.

Some animals show no signs of the disease but are carriers of this genetic problem. If these dogs are allowed to reproduce, they can pass the disease on to their offspring. If you are a breeder, we strongly recommend testing for von Willebrand’s disease before breeding your dogs. Please call us to schedule this test.

Mexico Veterinary Hospital
48 Cornell Road
Mexico, New York, 13114

Phone: 315-963-1300

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Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday7:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday7:30am – 6:00pm
Friday8:00am – 5:00pm
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

*Phones get turned on at 8:00am weekday mornings *Monday our Doctor is here until 12:00pm for appointments. The reception staff is here until 5:00pm for medication pickup and answering the phone.
**We will have no doctor in the office 8/12 - 8/16, therefore we will not be seeing appointments during this week. A receptionist will be present to assist clients during this period.**