Cuts and scrapes are a fact of life, for humans and animals. Yet they're a significant danger if your dog has Von Willebrand's disease, a condition similar to human hemophilia, in which blood cannot clot properly. Because of this, any injury, even a minor one, will cause the dog to bleed profusely. Without treatment, dogs can easily bleed to death following surgery or from what would normally be considered minor wounds.
Von Willebrand's Disease is an inherited disorder. Affected dogs are missing a specific element in their blood that helps the platelets to form clots. It's a substance that helps stabilize one of the blood's clotting elements, known as Factor VIII, which is vital to the clotting process. The missing substance is known as Von Willebrand's factor, after the Finnish physician who discovered and researched the condition in the 1920s. [...]
The Alaskan Klee Kai exhibits many of the best characteristics of its arctic working ancestors. A pressing question for potential owners then is, whether this small member of the spitz dog family is a healthy choice.
The Alaskan Klee Kai, a small breed dog related to the Alaskan Husky, is just a baby in the world of dog breeds. The breed was begun in the mid-1970's through the private efforts of Linda Spurlin. Since this is such a young and rare breed, public informational resources are limited and to some extent are subject to change with the growth of the breed. [...]