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vonWillebrands Disease

Von Willebrand's Disease is the most common in a group of diseases known as "clotting disorders" or "bleeding disorders," which are often collectively referred to as hemophilia in humans (and the term "hemophilia" is commonly used in dogs as well). In order to understand von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), it's important to have a basic understanding of how blood normally clots.

When there is an injury or other trigger for bleeding, the body responds to "plug" the bleeding source in the injury. One major component of the response is the accumulation of platelets, cellular components that physically "plug the hole." A second part of the clot formation response is a series of chemical reactions involving specific molecules known as "clotting factors," which, to think of it simply, help glue the platelets together and to the tissue/blood vessel. Those clotting factors are numbered in sequence from I to XII (1 to 12 in Roman numerals), and they follow the numbered sequence in the way they react... Factor I interacts with Factor II, and the result interacts with Factor II, etc. Obviously, with so many components involved in creating the clot that stops bleeding, the failure of any single component could severely impair the clotting process. In fact, there are a wide variety of clotting disorders, each affecting a particular step in that process. In the case of von Willebrand's Disease, there is a reduction in the concentration of a protein known as von Willebrand's Factor, which stabilizes Factor VIII and helps the clot form.
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Featured Breed -

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd At a Glance
Recognized By AKC, CanKC, UKC, CKC, KCUK, FCI
Country of Origin United States
Life Expectancy 13 - 15 yrs
Height Range 20 - 23 in (M); 18 - 21 in (F)
Weight Range 50 - 65 lbs (M); 40 - 55 lbs (F)
Colors Red, Red Merle, Blue Merle, Black; with or without white markings, with or without tan/copper points
Trainability Excellent. Natural for obedience.
With Children Very good
With Animals Good
Climate Tolerates cold well
Indoor/Outdoor Enjoys indoor compaionship but needs lots of outdoor room
Exercise Reqd High. Needs plenty of outdoor exercise and interaction
Grooming Reqd Moderate, due to dense coat
Australian Shepherd Information
The founding registry for the breed is the Australian Shepherd Club of America. This organization is responsible for the development of the breed and breed standard, and they maintain their own registry and shows. The ASCA maintains a stringent code of ethics among members, so many respected, reputable breeders will dual-register with both ASCA and AKC.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What breed do you think makes the best companion, and why?
This Week's Question:
Where does your dog sleep?
I think it depends more on the individual dog that the breed of the dog. I really think it is more about how the dog is raised that makes it a good friendly companion
Teres from Naples, ITA
Hands down the best breed we ever had was a French Bulldog. He was always so funny and so loving and so sweet. I hope we can find another one just like him!!!
Farina from Argentina
I have ben an obedience trainer for over 25yrs. In my opinion there is nothing like a German Shepherd as a loyal, devoted and extremely intellegent companion. Excellent family and childrens dog. They are very in tune with their owners feelings.
Judith from Mena, AR, USA
Aussies! Because they are licking your tears away when you cry, and forcing you to play when you are scared to go outside, and acting the clown until you remember how to laugh again.
Angela from Columbia, MO, USA
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