von Willebrand’s testing

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our girl is going for her second set of shots and the vet recommended doing the von Willebrand’s testing before her spay surgery. I read on this website that it's fairly unnecessary, so I am looking for opinions, experiences or information that might be pertinent on the subject. thanks a bunch!

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I'm not sure where you read that - I have not seen that in the time I've been on the forum.

I had Libby tested, and she was only half Dobe. I would think you'd want to test her first, to make sure she does not have any bleeding problems during surgery.

You should order your own VWD DNA test - it is just a cheek swab that anyone can do. Two companies offer the test - Vetgen and Vetnostics. The cost would be between $60 and $125 approximately... depending on the company. I use vetnostics now as they are in NJ and close to me... and cost less. Go on their website and look for the Doberman VWD dna test - order and follow directions when it comes. Very easy!! Results are pretty quick too.

A lot of vets are not aware of the vwd dna test and do a very inaccurate blood test called Elisa. I will say that any dog should have a quick clotting test done before surgery because vwd is not the only condition that can affect bleeding. 

Even it your girl comes back affected, chances are she would not be clinically affected. However, the vet would want to have plasma on hand in case of excessive bleeding... it does cost a good bit more for a spay.  If she is clear or carrier, there is no need for anything extra - a carrier does not have vwd and is not at risk for bleeding any more than a clear is. 

 

 

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I definitely agree with Fitzmar. Could I do it over, I would not let the vet do the test again though, and I would go the route Fitzmar suggests. It really is that easy. I had to change vets since the one that did the test will now not do any procedure without a pre-op plasma transfusion regardless of clotting capabilities on any given day. My new vet--who is, come to find out, highly regarded in my community--was confused why the other vet even did the test based solely on Juneau being a doberman. I do think that it is important to know, particularly with a major surgical procedure looming; if nothing else, you can tell the vet if she is a carrier/affected, and they can do clotting tests or have plasma on hand in the off-chance that there is a problem.

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thanks for the advice guys I really appreciate it! we're definitely getting clotting tests and routine bloodwork done before her surgery. I'm definitely looking into the vwd DNA, it just seemed a bit crazy to pay 250$ ( what my vet charges) to do blood testing for a rare disease that doesn't affect a large portion of the Doberman population.