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Blood diseases in dogs

Canine blood diseases can result from underlying medical conditions such as cancer or other autoimmune disorders. Some blood diseases such as anemia are easy to cure because this condition involves dietary changes.

Adding more iron in your dog's diet eliminates anemia over time. Iron results in the formation of more oxygen rich red blood cells which eliminate anemia induced fatigue.

Von Willebrand’s disease

Von Willebrand's disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects your dog's ability to make adhesive proteins in his blood. These proteins are necessary so that your pet's blood can clot properly.

This condition is similar to hemophilia in humans. If your dog suffers from an injury, he could die because his body is not able to stop the bleeding. Clotting medications are needed after surgery or physical injury.


Anemia is the result of a low red blood cell count and is caused by a poor diet or by an underlying medical condition, such as cancer or hypothyroidism. Female dogs can also become anemic after pregnancy.

If you suspect that your dog is anemic, get her blood tested at the animal clinic. Your vet can also test your dog for medical conditions to rule out the cause of her anemia. Symptoms of anemia are weakness and fatigue.


Hemangiosarcoma is a type of cancer in the blood vessels and spleen. The symptoms include visible bleeding on the skin, nosebleeds and other signs of blood loss, such as fatigue.

Your dog may also have a pale color around her eyes and mouth, in addition to abdominal swelling. Some dogs die suddenly before symptoms are noticed by their owners.




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