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I know vwd is a blood clotting disorder in both dogs and humans, resulting from a surgery, injury, etc... I have a friend who lives in South Caralina and one of her two dobes who was a year old just quit eating, and eventualy died. Her vet did an autopsy because he never figured out what the problem was while the dog was alive. He said after that the dog died from vwd. I have since been researching more on it and can't find anything abut those type of symptoms associated with vwd. All I keep finding is that it is a lack of blood clotting properties, and after injuries, or surgeries they won't quit bleeding. I guess my question is, is lose of appetite also a symptom of vwd? We are both tring to find where it is, but we arn't anywhere.(If this makes any sense).

It sounds as if the vet maybe a little confused as most are about vWD. I personally have never heard of a dog that quit eating and died being diagnosed as vWD matter. I've had personal experience with clinically effected vWD bleeders and just plain vWD effected dogs. Both always eat no matter what. This sounds very suspicious to me unless there was a surgery involved and complications from that, which may have something to do with the vWD.

Most dogs that are effected show no signs of vWD. In fact I think if you take a poll here that many of the pet owners have NO CLUE what there dog is. It is also false that it shows up under surgeries or injuries. Most effected dogs go through neutering, spaying, earcropping, tail docking, and dewclaws without a problem. You never know when it may rear it's ugly head. Something as simple as bumping into things could cause huge hematomas that you cant stop the bleeding. Mind you this same dog could have been through the list of surgeries above and not showed any signs.

The bottom line BREED RESPONSIBLY and only buy from RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS THAT HEALTH TEST!

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Stacey talked to her vet in more detail, and come to find out he seems to think (although he didn't find anything) that the dog ate something that possibly cut the intestinal wall and caused internal bleeding, which wouldn't have stopped itself anyway. He told her it not have been vwd, just a speculation.

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Dogs will eat the strangest things and not think anything about it. It is heartbreaking when that happens, and all too often we find out too late to do anything to save them.

One evening when Red was a puppy I heard a crunching sound from behind my chair. I knew he had something and I looked to see what it was. When I saw it, I literally freaked out, rushed him into his crate and started combing the rug. It was the plastic case for a glass mercury bulb thermometer with the thermometer inside it! Bits of plastic and glass were all over. I very carefully picked up all the pieces and looked especially for the bulb. I never found it.

I called my vet in a panic. The absolute two worst elements in the home for a dog to ingest - glass and mercury. The vet calmed me down and said to keep a close eye on him for the next week for any abnormal behavior and check his stool each time for signs of blood. As the days passed, I became more satisfied that he was ok. That was 5 years ago.

To this day I am grateful that we escaped a bullet, and blame my self for leaving the thermometer out on the bathroom counter. He had started counter surfing and I was careful in the kitchen, but had a lapse in the bathroom. The plastic case probably helped. BTW - I now use a digital thermometer and it goes back in the cabinet after use.

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I bet you did freak out! I would to. I don't think there is any way to avoid ALL mishaps like that, we just have to be as careful as possible. Back when we remodled our house a couple of years ago, the house had lots of little gaps for critters to come through. I had put those bait stations around for roaches. Came in the house one day and a pup we had had gotten one, and chewd the top of the plastic case off. I had a quick panic but as I looked closer I saw that none of the bait had been touched, so I assumed he didn't get that far yet. None the less I watched him for a couple of days and all was fine. I hate that panic feeling!

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Oh, he did that a couple of years ago. Only he did get about half the bait. I was a lot calmer when I called the vet, and again it was just keep an eye on him. I didn't know exactly when he got into it, and the vet wanted to know if he was acting strange in any way, and he was not. Then he math calmed me down as well, as I actually wanted confirmation from the vet. Apparently it takes an ounce to kill an 8 ounce rodent, and I had (at the time) a 147 pound Doberman.

We started Red on a weight reduction program last October and at his last weighing he was down to 110.