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Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and assistant Sue Marcoe perform a buccal mucosal bleeding time (BMBT) test in a dog prior to an elective surgical procedure. This test measures platelet function and is especially helpful in dogs with Von Willibrand Disease or other blood clotting disorders.

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Trey, this procedure can be performed in felines as well. It becomes more challenging mostly due to the size of their mouth, but possible!

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This patient, while he is a very well behaved dog, was sedated! He had received pre-meds prior to surgery and that helped him cooperate as nicely as he did. Many patients will require mild sedation for this procedure just to keep them still enough that they do not disturb the forming clot. I have done this with no chemical restraint on board but the patient was critical and had little energy to fight.