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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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Chow Chow

The Chow Chow At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin China
Life Expectancy 10 yrs
Height Range 17 - 19 in.
Weight Range 45 lbs (f); 60 lbs (m)
Colors Red, cream, cinnamon, blue, black
Trainability Chows are keen and very trainable
With Children Temperament should be a major concern when being used for breeding. No problems with well behaved children
With Animals Best with opposite sex
Climate Dry and cool climate is best due to heavy coat
Indoor/Outdoor In the heat always indoors and always need a fan on the floor
Exercise Reqd Moderate exercise
Grooming Reqd Fairly heavy grooming at least monthly; more with puppies
Chow Chow Information
The Chow Chow is a square balanced arctic type dog with a beautiful offstanding double coat. The hallmark of the breed is the blue tongue and stilted gait. The Chow was bred to hunt and guard. They are an aloof, independent character.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's favorite game to play?
Totally... they seem to know when we need their affection the most, or when we are in a good mood and want to play.
Joelle from Kinston, NC, USA
I don't think they so much read our emotions as it is them responding to the way we act or when our routines or way of behaving changes, then they notice something is different.
Will from Aberdeen, TX, USA
of course, body movements are words to dogs, our emotions can show all over us...and dogs read that, have great sense of energy
Debi from pilot mtn., NC, USA
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