Thrombopathia is a disorder of small blood cells called platelets. Under normal conditions and in response to an injury that causes bleeding, platelets clump at the site of injured blood vessels, they also facilitate blood clotting and release substances active in repairing tissue and inflammation. Canine Thrombopathia is a platelet dysfunction whereby the “clumping” does not occur. Therefore, dogs with this condition are more susceptible to bruising and hemorrhage. This disorder is believed to be common in the Basset Hound breed and is an autosomal recessive trait.
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