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I am curious about this, it isn't a problem we have in tibetan spaniels so I have nooooo experience with VWB. We do joints and eyes in tibbies and I know how to get those tests done and when. I don't know how and when to go about VWB testing. Can somebody enlighten me for my general information. What sort of test is it and does a specialist have to do it or evaulate the results? LoL, Sorry if this is a silly question, I'm being a bit lazy at the moment (supervising nursey cleanout) so I thought I would ask before I got really into the subject and spent a lot of time trying to look it up.

I do not at this moment have any plans for breeding but I have always been in the habit of testing even non breeding dogs. Mostly for more infomation on the ones who are actualy being bred. All of Wonder's littermates for example were tested for PRA and were OFA'd even though they were all altered. Saleen's breeder has not requested that she be tested for anything but I would feel better if she were. It wouldn't do for her to have a health issue I don't know about since I do have big big plans for her in performance events... Well after I'm done being :preggers: and have taken yet another year off from dog sports to get used to parenthood.
 

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Cheek swab. Done by Vetgen. It is a simple recessive gene so if both breeding parents are clear then offspring will be clear by parentage.
 

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Oh, that sounds simple enough, thanks. Am I correct in assuming then that there isn't an age restriction on how soon you can do the test. Saleen is not quite 11mo old.
 

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Oh, that sounds simple enough, thanks. Am I correct in assuming then that there isn't an age restriction on how soon you can do the test. Saleen is not quite 11mo old.
As soon as a dog is weaned. I think you can order the test from the OFA web site.
 

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Wow really a cheek swab? Maybe dogs are different but my mother has VonWillebran disease and it's a series of blood tests to test the factor that will not clot...when I was tested I was boarder line, they calulate the % of the factor in the blood. btw if vWB does show up you probly should test for thyroid. (we have both dieases) My favorite thing to say to my mother when we're talking about health problems is "if we would have been dogs they probly wouldn't have bred us!!!

In humans there is also different types there's a type that is just like hemophlia (different tho) in the way that you can bleed to death internally/externally what we have in our family is the not so bad one we'll only bleed to death if we are stabbed (horribly thought) or have surgery/broken bone something pretty bad, but just a scatch and you wouldn't know it.

The factor also changes during pregnancy it doesn't show up and type O blood can have a slightly lower factor but still be fine. (again I'm not sure if this would be the same for dogs..)
 

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ok I understand they are testing the DNA with the swab and finding it (my bad). I guess if the dog had it then you might go the blood draw route...
 

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wow thats interesting, I don't know anything at all about this issue. I am going to have to read about it eventually but at the moment I can only read and retain a limited amount, which I blame on pregnancy - that annoys my hubby LoL. So I am putting off doing any meaningful research until I can think more clearly. Hummm, then again I may never think clearly again LoL, whats a girl to do?
 

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If you find out anything interesting e-mail me. We have had a hard time getting straight answer to some questions. All the Drs we've talked to have different answers and treat us like we're a specimen. I've found out more info on the disease on a Doberman site than anywhere...wierd huh? Also not sure if this is different for a dog but the human infusions my mother had (after a heart surgery) is like $7000.00 an infusion. We had trouble with the insurance wanting to pay for 14 of them. I'm sure it's cheaper for a pet but I wouldn't want to own a pet with the disease and not be able to pay to have to stop the bleeding. Jen
 

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When the test is given, there is a score that comes back based on the clotting factor. Maximum score is 172. Any score below 60 indicates vW. Emma had a 158 so one can't get much better than that.
 

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When the test is given, there is a score that comes back based on the clotting factor. Maximum score is 172. Any score below 60 indicates vW. Emma had a 158 so one can't get much better than that.
In Poodles, VWB is caused by a simple recessive gene. The test breeders are using is a cheek swab, genetic test that determines whether or not a dog is a clear, carrier or affected.

http://www.vetgen.com/canine-vwd1.html

You sound like you had a blood sample pulled and analyzed. Your bitch may have good clotting function, but she could still be a VWB carrier. If bred to a carrier dog, you will get affected puppies.
 
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