What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
Affected puppies may bleed abnormally when teething. You may notice extensive bruising or bleeding that does not stop following a traumatic event. Dogs may spontaneously bleed from their nose or gums or have dark purple discoloration of their skin.
When do signs and symptoms develop?
This disease is typically diagnosed in puppies or young adults when they are spayed or neutered and have a problem with clotting. However, it can be diagnosed at any age.
How do vets diagnose this condition?
Genetic or laboratory tests are performed to diagnose this condition.
How is this condition treated?
Currently, treatment for thrombopathia focuses on prevention, vigilant monitoring, and quick treatment of spontaneous bleeds. Dogs with thrombopathia are at great risk for uncontrollable bleeding during surgical procedures: your veterinarian should be informed so that appropriate blood products are at hand in case a transfusion is required.