Hereditary Diseases in Welsh Corgis (Part II)

I continue the list of disorders that can be inherited by Corgis. While most of these diseases have no cure, they can be kept under control with the help of medication. Always remember that the vet will be your best ally when dealing with any illness.

May your dogs live long, healthy lives!

Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is a common inherited hemorrhagic dysfunction. It results when the von Willebrand factor is missing from the blood. Afflicted pets will likely be susceptible to nasal bleeds, gums bleeding, and blood transfusion will be considered before almost any type of surgical procedure. The majority of dogs affected by vWD may lead regular day-to-day lives, with rare blood-loss problems which could go unseen. Additional health issues, physical or even mental strain could aggravate the blood loss. With impacted pets, it is advisable to seek advice from the vet prior of administering any over-the-counter drugs. Medicines like aspirin and some antibiotics, for instance, modify the functionality of platelets, and really should be avoided in dogs with bleeding diseases. This disorder can’t be treated, however it is often kept under control. Your vet is going to explain all this with you as soon as the diagnosis is made. You will probably manage to deal with light hemorrhage by yourself by applying pressure.
The breeds of dogs affected by von Willebrand’s disease, besides the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, are the Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Scottish Terrier and cataracts

Cataract is the lack of transparency (opacity) of the eye lens. Cataracts will cause the eye to get cloudy, as well as it will obstruct light from hitting the retina. The most common cause for cataracts is aging, and also diabetes. Cataracts in young dogs are nearly always genetic.
In acute circumstances, the vet may eliminate the lens in order to slightly enhance vision.

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