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Understanding and Managing Hemophilia in Dogs

Vet Talks 3 min read
A photo of a dog laying down on the floor as a veterinarian investigates a hurt joint, to illustrate possible symptoms of hemophilia in dogs.

Dealing with bleeding disorders like hemophilia in dogs can be worrisome, as it can lead to uncontrolled bleeding, internal hemorrhage, blood loss anemia, and can be fatal if left untreated. But don’t let the worst-case scenario overwhelm you. 

Like nature’s own band-aid, coagulation is crucial to sealing your dog’s wound and for healing to take place.

With this comprehensive guide, we want to clearly break down the basics of blood conditions, covering causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and natural treatments for added support. No need to bust out a medical dictionary! We want you to understand what can be done to keep your little one’s tail wagging and the coagulation process working its magic. 

But what exactly is the coagulation process? When your little one gets a wound, coagulation takes place to transform the blood from a free-flowing liquid into a thickened gel-like state called a clot. Like nature’s own band-aid, this process is crucial to sealing the wound and for healing to take place. On the other hand, an issue in this process can cause much harm.

Common Bleeding Disorders in Dogs

Of the many bleeding disorders a dog can face, hemophilia is the most prevalent concern. This genetic blood clotting disorder comes in two types in dogs – Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B. Both involve a shortage of clotting factors in the blood that can lead to spontaneous bleeding that often occurs in joints and soft tissues. 

Understanding the origins of hemophilia involves exploring both genetic and environmental factors. Breeding practices can unintentionally pass on genetic traits that contribute to the deficiency in clotting factors that characterize hemophilia in pets. That is why dogs like German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Golden Retrievers have higher instances of this blood disorder.

Environmental factors can also influence the manifestation of hemophilia in pets. Exposure to toxins, certain medications, or infections during a pet’s early development may contribute to the onset of hemophilia or exacerbate existing genetic predispositions.

Diagnosing Hemophilia in Dogs

Recognizing the signs of Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B in pets is key for early detection and effective management. To spot this bleeding disorder early, look for the following symptoms:

  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Prolonged bleeding after injuries.
  • Joint swelling.
  • Unexplained bruising.

If you notice any of these signs, reach out to your trusted veterinarian immediately. Here are some of the diagnostic tests that can be used to help identify hemophilia in dogs:

Photo of a vet doing a blood test on a dog to illustrate possible diagnostic tests for hemophilia in dogs.
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): Assess overall blood health.
  • Clotting Time Test: Measures time for blood to clot.
  • Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT) Test: Examines clotting time.
  • Bleeding Time Test: Evaluates wound clotting.
  • Factor Assays: Identifies specific clotting factor deficiencies.
  • Genetic Testing: Confirms genetic basis for hemophilia.
  • Clinical History and Physical Examination: Reviews symptoms and physical condition.
  • Joint Aspiration: Examines synovial fluid for bleeding.

Treatments for Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders in Pets

Please follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for hemophilia care in your little one. Many treatment options are available, from clotting factor replacement therapy to prescribed medication. Lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet, exercise, stress management, and natural supplementation, can also go a long way for a healthy, happy pet with hemophilia. 

We recommend introducing supplements like the ones in our Blood Disorders Super Support Kit for natural hemophilia support. While not a direct cure, these three formulas will contribute to overall health and may help manage secondary complications. Here’s how each of the supplements can complement conventional veterinary care:

  • NHV BK-Detox: This supplement aids in detoxifying the blood and organs, promoting a cleaner internal environment for improved well-being.
  • NHV Milk Thistle: This extract is known for its liver-protective properties and can indirectly support hemophilia management by promoting healthy liver function. This vet-formulated supplement can also help protect your little one’s body from some of the undesirable side effects of long-term use of medication. 
  • NHV Turmeric: Contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help manage joint issues that can commonly happen in pets with hemophilia. Its antioxidant properties also support the immune system for overall health. 

Always involve your veterinarian in any decisions regarding your little one’s health. 

In conclusion, while dealing with bleeding disorders like hemophilia in dogs can be concerning, this guide aims to simplify the complexities. Early diagnosis is vital, and we’re here to help you through it. Follow your veterinarian’s treatment recommendations, and contact us if you have any questions about natural support.

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: January 4, 2024

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