Now for the main reason I signed up for DT.
At six months old we had our Huckleberry neutered. Other than maybe a little more than normal swelling for a few days, and constant post anesthetic whining until 3AM, he did very well.
About three weeks later we noticed some blood on raw hides he would be chewing on. Then when he would tug and there would be blood, then on toys, then on Calamity's neck. On the third day while he was playing with a pit bull the owner very frantically started panicking thinking Huckleberry had injured his dog, if you knew Huckle you would see the humor in this. So I looked closer at his mouth thinking it was baby teeth but his gums looked bruised around all his teeth. I took him to the vet.
At the vet we found no other bruising (him and Calamity clash like titans), however just rubbing on his gums and blood would easily flow, he had no baby teeth. Of course our immediate thoughts were Von Willebrands but he was just neutered three weeks ago and his labs, surgery, and post-op were fine, but as we all know now that doesn't matter when is comes to vWD.
They took him in the back and drew blood, then they took him a second time to redraw. I took him home with strict instructions of no dog park, no rough play, soft food, and soft chews. After having him home for about 10 minutes, I noticed what I thought was his collar being too tight then I realized it was large hematomas from the blood drawls. I took him back to confirm what the knots were from, this was Friday prior to Thanksgiving. Phone calls were made to prepare for possible transfusion at the local University Veterinary Medical School, which luckily wasn't needed. Attachment 19708
His clotting time came back normal ruling out any rodenticide poisoning. Calamity and him would make contact for seconds before we could break them apart and she would have blood all over her.
We would soak his food, purée boiled chicken with chicken broth and freeze it plus doggie ice cream to feed him. Yell at him and Calamity (and lots of soft treats) to stop them from playing. Finally after three days his neck/chest stopped bleeding and six days his gums stopped.
It took almost two weeks to get his vWD back from Cornel University and to our dismay it was negative. I know there are questions on the validity of the factor assay level but its mine, and our vets understanding, that its in question if in the grey area, which his wasn't. His was 105%, borderline is 69%.
Our vet has now referred us to the U of MN Veterinary Medical School. We, the vet and us have also read the information on the VetGen website and determined that it would be a waste of money to do the DNA test since he wasn't even borderline, see below chart. Attachment 19709
Since a few days after Thanksgiving, Huckle hasn't had any bleeding episodes. Under careful observation we have slowly introduced his normal activities because we have struggled with quality vs quantity (how do you keep a puppy from playing for the rest of his life). We would allow him to slowly play with Calamity with close supervision, took him to the dog park during slow times for short times, soaked raw hides, then back to raw bones. He is now back to normal routine without any bleeding.
We were/are going to wait until after the first of the year for further testing at the U.
The only thing that changed during this time is that when we got him at eight weeks we put him on grain free Salmon and Sweet Potatoes dog food for all stages. A week before the bleeding, we switched the food, same brand Pure Vita, grain free Bison with sweet potatoes for all stages.
Has anyone ever experienced this, have any suggestions or advice??
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