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What is Low Platelet Count?

Low platelet count is not more common in any specific breed of dog, nor more likely to be found at any age. It is, however quite common, as studies have shown as many as 5% of dogs admitted to veterinary hospitals have low platelet count. Platelets bind together to clot broken or leaking blood vessels and prevent unnecessary blood loss, so a low platelet count compromises your dog’s ability to control bleeding, which can lead to bruising and excessive bleeding.

Thrombocytopenia is the condition of low blood platelets in dogs. Platelets are produced in blood marrow and exist to control or stop bleeding (hemostasis).

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Symptoms of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

Unfortunately, symptoms of low platelet count often don’t manifest until the count has dropped to dangerous levels. If your dog is exhibiting the following symptoms of low platelet count, do not delay in seeking veterinary help.

  • Excessive bruising
  • Severe or prolonged blood loss
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Heart murmur
  • Urinary bleeding
  • Excessive coughing
  • Excessive nasal mucus
  • Sudden collapse
Types

Low platelet count may be primary or secondary, meaning occurring in the absence of or as a result of an underlying disease.

Causes of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

  • Severe blood loss, or hemorrhage
  • Increased internal destruction of platelets due to infection
  • Impaired bone marrow production
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Anemia

Diagnosis of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

Low platelet count is easily diagnosed with a complete blood count, which checks for abnormalities in red and white blood cell count as well as platelet and hemoglobin. Healthy dogs have a platelet count between 175,000-500,000 platelets per microliter of blood, and anything below is diagnosed as low. The veterinarian will take your dog’s recent history into account, so be sure to report any trauma involving bleeding, which may indicate that the low count is caused by hemorrhaging. A coagulation profile, testing clotting capability of your dog’s blood, may also be performed.

The veterinarian may need to take a sample of your dog’s bone marrow for analysis, through aspiration or biopsy. In more severe cases, x-rays and ultrasounds may be needed in order to complete diagnosis.

Treatment of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

In the case of low platelet count being a symptom of a more serious underlying disease, such as leukemia or lymphoma, the underlying problem will be treated. In the case of low platelet count being the primary issue, your dog’s platelet count will be directly addressed, possibly through a platelet transfusion or a blood transfusion, in the case of anemia.

Recovery of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

The prognosis for leukemia and lymphoma vary case to case. However, the prognosis for all other causes of low platelet count is excellent, and your dog has a great chance of regaining and maintaining a healthy platelet count. In any case, it is very important to limit your dog’s chances of a cut or injury that may lead to hemorrhage during recovery. Depending upon the severity of the case, you may be advised by your veterinarian to adjust your dog’s activity or switch to softer foods in order to avoid bleeding gums. You may be required to return to the veterinarian regularly during recovery in order to monitor your dog’s platelet count.

Cost of Low Platelet Count in Dogs

The overall cost will depend on the overall diagnosis. If the low platelet count is a result of a leukemia diagnosis, then the cancer will need to be treated. The cost can range from $455 to $4,800 which includes any possible pain medications and/or antibiotics. An additional $1,500 may be added if surgery is needed. If the low platelet count is a result of a lymphoma diagnosis, then it will need to be treated. The cost can range from $734 to $1,150 (which includes the cost of possible pain medications and/or antibiotics), with an additional $1,500 if surgery is needed. However, if the low platelet count is the only diagnosis then treatment can be a lot simpler and a lot cheaper. A platelet transfusion (or blood components) usually cost $150 to $420 per unit. However, if the dog requires whole blood, then it can cost $500 on average per unit. A dog can actually go through $1,000 of blood or blood components in a single day. This, of course, depends on the severity of the low platelet count.

Low Platelet Count Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tiffany
Greyhound
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have an adopted greyhound and she has had no health issues for the 5 years we have had her except for corns. She dislocated her toe on back foot about 10 days ago. Had x-rays & bloodwork. The vet was concerned that her platelet count was low (107)and redid labs 4 days later. Her platelet count was then 122. This is our 4th greyhound and I know their labs are different than other dogs. I have lab info on gh and platelets of 110-205 are normal. My vet wants to do more tests but I feel her labs are normal. This is the first bloodwork done since we adopted her so don't know what her normal numbers would be. I would like to hold off any tests until we get the toe fixed. It is now wrapped. Any suggestions for me? Thank you for your time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tiffany is not showing any signs of low platelets, there may be no need to have further testing, as that may be normal for her. I'm not sure what the reference range is for the 107 and 122 values, so I am not sure how low those numbers are on that lab equipment. If the levels are marginally low and she is clinically normal, it is worth talking to your veterinarian and let them know your thoughts. If there is any danger of her actually having low platelets, and she needs surgery for her toe, it would be best to make sure that things are normal before she has surgery.

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Bella
Maltipoo
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bruise, petechiae

Medication Used

prednisone

My Maltese Poodle mix dog has red bruises on her skin, they are found in the neck, side of the face, belly, legs, and top part of the neck. This has happened to her once before but I have no idea what it is. She also has red blood like dots. I recently took her to the vet and they did a blood test along with a physical exam and the vet perscribed prednisone along with some pills for her liver (low platelets). The test results indicated high MCHC, high RETIC, and Low PLT. Since that visit the bruising had stopped but today I noticed bruising again. I am very worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The bruising that is happening with Bella is probably related to her low platelets, and if you are noticing the bruises coming back, she should have recheck bloodwork with your veterinarian as soon as possible. She may need to have her medication extended or changed. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you so much for your time Doctor. She recently got spayed as well. I am worried that something might have gone in the operation and the doctors don’t want to let me know. They keep saying its flees but I am very skeptical. Do you think it could be flees? Is there a chance something went wrong?

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Harvey
Shar Pei and Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Low Platelets and Red Blood Cell

We have an approximately 10 year old Shar-pei/Shepherd mix. He started not wanting to eat much just before Christmas. He also vomited the day before we took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with a low platelet count and had a fever the first visit. It appeared a complete blood analysis was done. We were given 20mg of prednisone and an antibiotic. After the first week of treatment the platelet count went up and the fever went down. However, after the second week with just the prednisone and no antibiotics the count was back down and the red blood cell count was low. He also lost a tooth during this period. The prednisone was increased to 30 mg per day. The platelets dropped even further after a week of this to under 20,000 and the red blood cell count is also very low. The vet's diagnosis is cancer and no further treatment other than keeping him on the prednisone. Do you agree with this? It seems no tests for other immune disorders have been done. Also, does the initial fever suggest that it could be more immune related? Should we seek a second opinion? If so, will this upset our current vet and possibly damage that relationship for our other pets?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about the blood work that was done, or examining Harvey, I can't comment on what might be going on, but if a thorough blood panel wasn't done, that and tick titer testing would be things that would normally be done in a dog with a fever, and decreased blood cell counts. It really isn't ever offensive to ask for a second opinion, as more heads thinking about a case that doesn't seem routine is always better. You can either ask your veterinarian for a referral to an internal medicine specialist, or you can seek a second opinion on your own. Given that the diagnosis at this point doesn't seem to be a condition that you can cure, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get another opinion - the worst that happens is that you find out another veterinarian agrees, the best that can happen is another treatable diagnosis. I hope things go well for Harvey.

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Zora
Australian Shepherd
2 in march
Mild condition
3 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

excessive bruising

We have been battling a low platelet count since Sept. She had excessive bruising and I brought her to the vet. Her count was extremely low (the number escapes be, below 50,000). The vet put her on Predinsone, Cool the Blood, and Melontonine. Every 2 weeks we took her back for another blood test, each time her count went up. After each result, we would back down the pred. Eventually she was off the pred. I was to continue with the cool the blood and stop the melontonin. I ended up running out of the cool the blood and did not fill it. Two weeks later, she had the bruises again, much worse than before. Back to the vet and her count was extremely low again. We went back on the same meds. We were down to every other day on her pred, just got the latest count and she is back down to 40,000. But there is no bruising this time. The vet wants her back on full strength pred again. Is there something else she should be looking at? Is is harmful for a dog to be on Pred for long periods?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Considering the symptoms and the response to treatment is seems that Zora is suffering from an autoimmune disease which would be managed using prednisone and cool the blood. Prednisone has immunosuppressive properties and cool the blood (Qing Ying Tang - a Chinese blend of herbs) is used in western medicine to treat autoimmune diseases and vaccine reactions. Placing Zora back on prednisone and cool the blood until an improvement has been seen then may be tapering off the prednisone again to see if the cool the blood will handle the condition. The side effects of long term prednisone use include susceptibility to infections (particularly urinary tract and skin), skin lesions and demodectic mange. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Keiba
Australian Cattle Dog Mix
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
blood in vomit
Vomiting
Lathargic

1 year old Aussie mix has been throwing up blood for three days and will not eat. She was taken to the vet and her platelet counts are low but they cannot figure out what is wrong with her. They are going to do a bone marrow test. What could this be? And is there a chance she might die?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia) is concerning and possible causes are normally grouped into three different possible paths which may include an increase in destruction (infections, autoimmune disease etc…), a decrease in production (bone marrow disorders, liver and kidney disease) or an increase in use (for clotting due to internal bleeding). This is a very serious condition and may result in death if a bleed is unable to be controlled. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ace
Japanese Spitz
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

doesnt eat much

Medication Used

immunol himalaya
Papi doxy

I have a mixed Japanese spit and chinese breed dog. He is 2yrs old. Last year he was not eating well and has been vomiting a water and sometimes the food that he eats which is very little. I was concern so I took him to his vet and I was told to do a CBC, we tried it and his was only 33, we did the antibiotic treatment and went back after 2 weeks, it went up to 88 but the vet said the normal should be 200. So we tried it again and it went to 101 so we continued but after 2 weeks it went down again, tried it again and its still not going up and just this past 3 weeks we went to do the treatment again and its still low a 64. I a worried my dog will be overdose of meds so Im not sure what to do. The vet said we should continue with the meds again. My dog has not experience the excessive bleeding nor is he being tired more he is even more hype and is playing well. Although, his eating habits is just really low, he eats quite small and not the regularly dog who garble his food.He weighs 7.2kls and that has never change for the past yrs it will be just around 7kls like .2, .4, .5. And never went too up or low. Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low blood platelets may be caused by an increase in destruction (infections, autoimmune disease), decrease in production (bone marrow disorders, liver disease, kidney disease) or an increase in use clotting etc… Without examining Ace, I cannot give an idea of what the underlying cause is; further examination is required by your Veterinarian which may include blood smear, bone marrow biopsy among other tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
German Shepherd
18 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

LOW PLATELET COUNT IN CBC

Hello . i neutered my dog around 2 months before . after that without any specific reason my dog fell ill and some wounds were formed in his mouth and little bleeding form the wounds and im sure he did not eat any solid object or bone . so i took CBC and CBT blood tests and suddenly came to see he has very low platelets . the vets in my country can not find the reason for his low platelet count . i want to email you my dogs blood tests and sonograhy so you can help me . if you can give me your email so i can email you all the documents i would be gratefull . right now he is taking milk thistle for his liver and prednisolone

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Coco, I can't comment on a diagnosis or treatment for him. If his liver enzymes were also elevated that may indicate a toxic event, and his low platelets could be due to a tick borne disease or an immune mediated problem where his body is attacking his platelets - that condition can be due to a toxic event as well, or is sometimes called idiopathic, where the cause is unknown. The standard therapy for low platelets is steroids, sometimes cyclosporine is given, depending on the severity, and possible platelet transfusions as supportive care. With low platelets, if the cause is not evident, we will often treat and make sure that we are getting a response. I'm not sure what treatment options are available in your area, but he may benefit from hospitalized care. I hope that he responds to the steroids and milk thistle and recovers normally.

my dog is a morkie and weighs 8 lbs She is 6yes old. He platelets are at 14,000. She is on prednisone. She was taking 7-1/2mg a day. She was just increased to 10mg a day. Last month se was bleeding rectally and was put on an anibiodic and they ran tests. She isot getting etter and I do not know what to do

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darla
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

excess thirst, fever,

My 1 year old golden retriever has lab results of
lymphs 11.39 k/ul
monos 6.78 k/ul
wbc 28.33 k/ul
is this serious? Vet says could be leukemia and cancer. She has a fever and has been on medicine since Sunday. Started about 3 weeks ago with loss of appetite which is better now. Excessive thirst as well....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Darla’s blood counts are concerning and further diagnostics should be carried out, without examining her and checking lymph node size etc… I cannot give you a definitive path forward but her white blood cell counts are very high: lymphocytes 11.39k/ul (reference: 0.4–2.9k/ul), monocytes 6.78k/ul (reference: 0.1–1.4k/ul), white blood cells 28.33k/ul (reference: 5.0–14.1k/ul); you can tell from the reference ranges that the counts far exceed reference range. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Theo
Doberman Pinscher
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms at this time

CBC results: Platelet count low, 97 10^3/mL (170-400); Neutrophils low, 53% (60-77); Eosinophils high, 14% (2-10); Abs Eosinophils high, 1372/mL, (0-1200). All other findings within normal range.

Does this CBC result suggest any correlation or common desease?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. A CBC is typically assessed with the rest of the bloodwork, and the physical condition of the dog, to come up with a list of possible diagnoses. It is not possible to narrow down any disease process with just that information. However, a low platelet count and a high eosinophil count may support a parasitic or tick-borne disease, or it could be normal findings for him. It would be best to discuss Theo's lab results with your veterinarian, as they know more what is going on with him.

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Maggie
Maltese
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Low PLT

I am emailing to ask for a second opinion. I took my dog in this past week to have a spay completed. She was a month shy of 1 year and physically healthy. I had preblood work completed just in case. Her WBC was 4.9 and PLT 72. They continued with procedure discrediting the readings as a error in the machine. Blood work was not completed a 2nd time to factor out the machine error. I was not called to ask if I would like to continue despite the low levels. My question is what do PLT and WBC count show as far as good candidate for surgery. I work in healthcare and know for certain that if I were to get an off O2 level of heart rate my first thought would not be to discredit the machine I am using. Just need some guidance on these levels as I am in process of filling claim since my dog was pure bred.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure from your email what the outcome of the surgery might have been. Platelet levels are often low on common lab machines, and we typically check those low values with a manual count, or estimate, to assess for clotting, and platelet numbers. If her platelet numbers were actually 72, that may have indicated a bleeding disorder or clotting problem.

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Olaf
Australian Shepherd
3 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Thirst

Medication Used

Doxycycline

My dog had a CBC performed and I was told his WBC, RBC, and platelets were all extremely low. He has no other symptoms except he's maybe drinking a bit more than normal. Otherwise he is bright, alert, and energetic and has his normal great appetite.

His results are as follows:
WBC. 1.6. L 10^3/mm^3
RBC 4.00 L 10^6/mm^3
HGB 11.3. L g.dl
PLT 29. L 10^3/mm^3

They performed a tick borne illness test which came back negative. Also performed an ultrasound which was normal: Liver, spleen, normal, no evidence of mass.

Exam results: no lymph node enlargement, abdomen is soft, no masses or organomagaly, pulse is strong and synchronous.


Could the CBC test results just be wrong? She did struggle getting blood from him originally.. And she did make a comment about his blood clotting well right when she did finally get it. If he didn't have hardly any platelets would his blood clot at all..??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different processes (clotting factors etc…) involved when it comes to blood clotting and platelets are caught in fibrin deposits which help stop bleeding from blood vessels, but blood can still clot in a receptacle with a low number of platelets since their function is not in use in that instance. Low blood platelets may be caused by a decrease in production, increase in use (clotting for example) or an increase in destruction (infection or immune mediated disease). If your Veterinarian or yourself has doubts about the blood test, it can be repeated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your advice! Is it extremely odd that he would be have low RBC, WBC, and platelet count but still have normal amounts of energy and normal appetite? I would think he'd be more tired at the very least but maybe not?

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Pixie
Dachshund
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pale gums
Didn't drink much water
Stool was dark and thin
Eating paper
Stopped eating dog food
Vomiting

For about a week I noticed my dog was vomiting quite often, started eating paper, and eventually stopped eating her dog food. Her stool was really thin and dark and she began to lose weight. We started feeding her vegetables which she would gladly eat. And just in case she wasn't drinking enough water I gave her some vitamin water. Other than that she seemed fine. Then I noticed her gums were getting pale. So I asked my mom if she could take her to the vet. I woke up one morning and my mother told me she took her to the Vet and the blood test came back RBC 2.11 - 10 to the 12th /l HGB 4.1 - g/dl HCT 11.90 - % MCV 56 - fl MCH 19.3 - pg PLT 2 - 10 to the 9th /l
the doctor said she needed an emergency Blood Transfusion or she could possibly have a stroke. My mother went with it. She was also received Famotidine inj. ,Dexamethasone Inj. ,2mg/ml and Sucralfate Tabelt 1g x10.. And I came up after and she seemed fine and her gums were getting color back in them. But we were recommended to bring her to a ER to be watched over night. So we agreed to it. Once we got there we gave her some water and she coughed like I've never heard before. And the Nurse saw her breathing and said she needed to be put in an Oxygen cage. We agreed to the $3200 estimate for 24 hour ICU care and to see the internist in the morning for a diagnosis. We were there for about 2 hours and when we left we all said goodbye she was wagging her tale and looked fine. She was givin Epinephrine 1mg/ml(.5) inj, atropine sulfate 0.54 mg/ml(.5) inj, furosemide 50mg/ml(.4) inj and hypertonic saline 7.2% As soon as we got home we got a call that blood was filling in her lungs because of the transfusion and her heart murmur. And it was either cough up around $10000 to try and save her or come and have her Euthanized..... This all happen so quickly it took us an hour to decide and get back too her. And we had to put her down. She died within 5 hours of the Transfusion Basically.... my only questions are. #1 Did she NEED the transfusion before seeing an internist to diagnose her? because it ultimately killed her(I heard she possibly received to much blood). #2 I am by no means a medical expert but theoretically could she of just coughed up the blood in her lungs and returned to normal breathing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be traumatic losing a loved one this way, it is difficult for me to fully comment as I haven’t examined Pixie so I cannot comment fully but from the information you have provided a blood transfusion was required especially if she was having respiratory difficulty since there wouldn’t have been enough red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. Whilst it may seem coughing all the blood out may seem a logical explanation, the truth is that the blood (like any fluid) would pool in the wrong places reducing the gaseous exchange capability of the lungs and further reducing the oxygen levels in the blood. For further information on Pixie’s passing you should take her for a necropsy to help you understand what occurred. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ronja
Golden Retreiver
2 1/2 years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My dog has been diagnosed with immune mediated trombocytepenia, but we are concerned that the dog still have low platelet count after long periods of prednisolon:
13/6 - 71.000 (start 40mg prednisolon/day)
27/6 - 637.000 (reduce dosis to 20mg/day)
12/7 - 292.000 (no change in dosis due to decrease in PLT)
27/7 - 246.000 (no change in dosis due to decrease in PLT)
31/8 - 259.000 (reduce dosis to 15mg/day)
5/10 - 149.000 (no change, but new test after one week)
13/10 - 191.000 (keep dosis at 15mg/day, as it increased but still low).

Our dog is really affected by the prednisolon. Would you have any recommendation on how to continue treatment? We really want to get rid of the prednisolon, but do not want to jeopardize the health either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Corticosteroids are considered to be the treatment of choice for immune mediated thrombocytopenia, treatment may be with just corticosteroids or together with another immunosuppressive medication like cyclosporine. Whilst many owners do not like their loved ones to take corticosteroids, they are a vital tool in the treatment of many different conditions like this one and I would recommend you continue treatment and discuss with your Veterinarian about your options. I’ve added a link below to an interesting article on the subject which covers different treatments etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/attachments/CoC_Canine%20Primary%20(Idiopathic)%20Immune-Mediate%20Thrombocytopenia.pdf http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/overcoming-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenges-canine-immune-mediated-thrombocytopenia

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Toby
Shih Tzu poo
5
Fair condition
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Fair condition

5 year old Shih Tzu Poodle mix chronic ear infection took him to the groomer yesterday and after having his hair cut short, we found multiple bruieses on him and has red blood from his rectum after BM Took him to the vet AP_spp postive Ec negative Hw negative Lyme negative no platelets seen on smear...39k/ul plateltes hct 46.4% RBC 7.40 HGB 18.16/ulMCHC 39.0/g/ulear cyt L 21+y 3+c r...he's on antibiotics for ear infection and also doxycycline 100mg Q12 hours x 7 days for 30 days and vet dx was anaplasmosis. His diet boild chicken rice sweet potatoes or pumpkin. How long does it take for the platelets to go back up so I don't have to worry about him bleeding to death?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It will take a while for his body to respond to the treatment but you should start seeing some improvement in platelet counts after a week or so but each dog responds differently to treatment. Generally you should see some improvement after two or three days of treatment in Toby’s general self, but if you have any concerns you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miley
Doberman Pinscher
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 9 year old Doberman Pinscher, started bleeding from her nose in large amounts and the whites of her eye were filled with blood. We immediately took her to the vet. They tested her blood and it came back at 0 for blood platelets. They gave her a chemo shot and the next day she still tested at 0. We’ve tested her everyday for 4 days, and she’s finally at 145 for blood platelets. The vet put her on Prednisone 20mg, twice a day, for 4 days and then slowly less and less for 6 weeks. She also, suddenly has a large tumor on her side and the vet wants to surgically remove it this week as long as her blood platelets are at a good enough level.

What do you think she has? Is it fatal? And do you suggest surgery so soon?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery would come second to the thrombocytopenia, the platelets need to be stable for surgery is considered; according to Slatter’s Textbook of Small Animal Surgery (link below to page 1034), patients with platelet counts above 20,000uL may be considered for surgery but other factors like clotting factors and overall health need to be considered on a case by case basis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://books.google.com/books?id=B_nh6zSr4wUC&pg=PA1034 (under Thrombocytopenia)

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kakai
Pug
10 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Low appetite

Medication Used

liver guard for appetite stimulant
doxycline antibiotic and immuno pro for immune sys


my pug is 10 month old platelet count 121 normal value 200-900
and neutrophile 0.41 normal value .60-.70
my vet dr told me my pug has viral infection called distemper virus, she gave her doxycline antibiotic and immuno pro for immune system and liver guard for appetite stimulant. my question is what can i give to increase the platelet count of my pug. and is there any suggestion for the treatment? thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Kakai has distemper, treatment is supportive and symptomatic with fluids, antibiotics and treatment of any neurological symptoms. Platelets are produced after hormonal stimulation from the liver and kidney’s; platelet levels can be low due to an decrease in production, an increase in destruction or an increase in use (clotting for example). If there is an infectious destruction of the platelets the levels will increase during and after recovery, to see the type of low platelets cause, a bone marrow aspirate can be performed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shelby
Jack Russell Terrier
5
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting/Abnoraml Breathing
drooling,
Heart racing
Lethargy

We rescued a 5 year old Jack Russell this past January. She was severely infested with fleas and had a skin infection as well as two (of many) warts that needed to be (and were) surgically removed. We took her to see a vet because, besides a skin allergy, she was experiencing routine periods of a racing heart and breathing heavy along with lethargy. She is only five and should be full of energy especially being a JRT. I have had a CBC done on her three times since January and looking at the history today see that her white and red blood cell counts are steadily dropping and her platelet count went from 354 to 60 in just over a month's time. She was on a special vitamin for anemia for just over a month but it does not seem to be doing anything. The vet we took her too is a state funded clinic and told us that our little Shelby needs further testing. We lost our beloved little 16 year old JRT this past year to cancer and the medical bills were astronomical (but worth every penny). My question is, are there things that I can do at home for Shelby to try to address these numbers or are these numbers red flags?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The platelet count numbers are grave and need to be addressed as soon as possible; there are three main reasons generally for a reduction in the level of circulating platelets which include increase destruction, increase in use (usually clotting) or a decrease in production. The underlying cause needs to be addressed immediately, there is no ‘at home’ treatment to help especially as we are not 100% sure of the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pogo
Labrador Retriever
1.5 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

P

Medication Used

Liver tonics, and other liver related tablets

Hi, my dog is 1.5 years old suffering from a condition called bebesis which apparently is a parasite in his blood. Due to which his platelet counts hav reduced to as low as 36000, he has given on food, has become very dull and inactive, according to his blood test reports his liver seems to have started to damage. I really hope there is a cure for this and is there a chance of survival in such cases?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The treatment for Babesia canis is two doses of imidocarb given two or three weeks apart which should be given together along with supportive therapy as required. Normally, when treated promptly the prognosis is good; however individual factors will also have a bearing on the overall prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/babesiosis

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Lala
Thai Dog
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check Read more at

My dog has CKD so creatinine levels are often high (currently 2.0, but 1 month ago was 1.20). BUN normal. Platelets have always been normal. Her blood test this week shows a decrease in platelets to 121,000 . No blood parasites found and all other results normal. Her treatment for some time now has been Hills KD dog food plus 4 RenAvast daily. Also daily subcutaneous infusions of Ringers solution She shows none of the listed signs/symptoms of a low platelet count. She will have another blood test next week but is there anything I can do in the meantime and what are any possible causes of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually symptoms of low platelet count present once counts get below 80,000/ul; low blood platelets are caused by either a increase in destruction (infection or immune based conditions), increase in use (for clotting) or a decrease in production (bone marrow, liver or kidney disease). It is possible that the kidney disease has an effect on the production of platelets, a bone marrow aspirate would be useful in this instance. Just keep monitoring the levels, and see if there is an improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
Maltese shitzu
5years 9months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

on easter sunday we seen what looked like a rash on precious body on thursday we took her to vet, we ended up at emergency vet checking for rat poison but found out her platelet count was low-no rat poison, her count was 6000 on friday on the saturday it was 9000, they told us we could take her home once it gets to 50000 because the bleeding will be under control, it shouldnt re-occur should it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for low platelet counts, the cause would determine if there would be a recurrence or not. Low platelet counts may be caused by an increase in use (for clotting), an increase in destruction (infection or immune-mediated conditions) or a decrease in production (bone marrow disorders). You should speak with your Veterinarian regarding the cause and the probability of recurrence. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jinx
Boxer
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

low platelets

One week ago symptoms of bruising on abdomen, in mouth, dark tarry stool and low grade fever in our 14 month old female boxer. Platelets were 30,000. Vet started Clavamox and prednisone, all symptoms cleared in 48 hours. One week later still on prednisone, finished Clavamox and completely symptoms free, eating very well, active, no GI symptoms. Platelets are 21,000.
Vet wants to send us to a specialist to start Vincristine. Is it possible that she may respond to the prednisone and platelet level will start to climb over the next week? Why doesn't she have any symptoms if her platelet count continues to drop? Is the prednisone just holding things together enough that she isn't symptomatic but she is still deteriorating?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A reduction in platelets maybe caused by either a reduction in platelet production, an increase in platelet destruction or use of platelet for clotting; finding the cause of the reduction in circulating platelets is key to treatment. If there was a reduction in the production of platelets for example, it may take time for platelet levels to return to physiological levels or the further reduction in platelets due to clotting. You may wait to see if platelet levels increase, but increasing circulating platelets is important and must be addressed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our 8 year old boxer Cali has been on prednisone, mycophenolate and omeprazole since July when her platelets bottomed out at 25K. Had bruising and petichia, no other symptoms. Started on 30mg pred twice a day. Platelets increased to over 400K after a month.She was on that dosage for 3 months. We have been steadily decreasing pred, 25% at a time. Now down to 10mg, and 10mg in evening. She's at 325K today. Will be decreasing to 10mg am and 5mg pm. New bloodwork in 2 weeks

Thank you Dr. Turner. I should have also mentioned that all other lab values (other than platelets) were normal. She also had a negative abdominal X-ray.
Your response was very helpful.

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Enzo
American Staffordshire Terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

Medication Used

Doxycycline

Would a positive Lyme test cause low platelet count? PLT count 116
Also had a low WHite cells count. Unsure how long the dog has been battling the Lyme disease.
, started doxy today, when should I recheck platelet count? After the 30 days of doxy?
Is a transfusion usually necessary for a PLT low count?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The usual platelet count in dogs is between 200,000 and 600,000u/L, generally if platelets are below 100,000u/L it becomes more of a serious concern. The low platelet and low white blood cell count would be caused by the Lyme Disease. Platelets are renewed in the blood stream on a regular basis since the life span of a thrombocyte (platelet) is around a week. I would recommend taking a blood sample every two weeks if you have a major concern about the platelets, until the levels are within physiological range. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skylar
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia

Low platelet count

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts) is caused by either not enough platelets being produced, too many platelets being destroyed or too many platelets being used; these may be caused by infection, poisons, infections, immune-mediated disease or trauma. The platelet, red and white blood cell counts as well as liver enzyme and kidney function tests would help lead to (or exclude) a diagnosis. Your Veterinarian would be able to carry out these tests for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wyatt
2
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Redness

My 2 year old English lab / beagle mix got his check up done a week or two ago. He was very healthy overall, but the vet said his platelet count was a bit low. He had 161k and she said normal is around 175k and up.

I really haven't seen any symptoms that would indicate he is sick. He is extremely active and lively. Hi neck is a bit red where his collar rubs but with white fur it's easier to see redness.

What should I know about his count? What should I look out for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the situation with his collar, remove his collar and use a harness to walk him until it heals up. For the low platelet count 161,000/ul is quite low and below normal which is something that needs to be monitored; usually clinical symptoms will present when the platelet count is less than 100,000/ul. Low platelet count can be congenital or acquired; most probably Wyatt’s is acquired. Acquired thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) is caused by either an infection, immune reaction, by a toxin or pharmaceutical product. I would recommend getting another platelet count done in a few weeks to see if the platelet count is increased or decreased. If in the meantime you notice any bleeding (from gums or nose) or blood in his stool or urine, lethargy or fever, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bruno
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Hi my dog was diagnosed having parasites on his blood typically not saying what direct disease it is. He's been confine up to now near the clinic in our house. He's been there for 1 week. He also undergo on a blood transfusion in the past 4days. Because the vet said that hes platelets goes into critical level. My concern is, is there is any available medical treatment available that could let us treat him in home. The vet clinic doesnt give him full medical attention due to the number of patients that was also confined in the said clinic. Please give me some advice on how can normalize the platelets of my dogs and get it back to normal. Thank you and God bless you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern and worry that Bruno isn’t receiving the attention that you would prefer. There are numerous parasitic diseases and other diseases transmitted by parasites affecting the blood; without more information I wouldn’t be able to comment. The best way to increase the number of platelets in circulation is to treat the underlying reason for the destruction or lack of production of platelets; in addition to this treatment, symptomatic treatment (intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy etc..) may also be required to keep Bruno stable until the underlying condition is successfully treated. Unfortunately due to the critical nature of Bruno’s condition, this wouldn’t be something to be managed at home by an owner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxxy
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Papules

Just received phone call from our veterinarian. Our 10 1/2 year old Akita mix had blood work done the other day because she had what appeared to be a blood blister on her lower lip and a rash on her underbelly. (We also came from a 3 mile hike through high grass with her three days prior). They said her platelet count was extremely low 40 to 50 K ... On top of that just over a year ago we discovered she was a diabetic and had thyroid issues.
Is this fixable and what will her quality of life be like?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Establishing the cause of the low platelet count will help to determine the prognosis. Low platelet counts are due to decrease in production of platelets, increase in destruction of platelets (i.e: disease) or use of platelets for clotting purposes. Also, platelets may be destroyed by an immune response; this may be tested using an ELISA test kit, however it wouldn’t be able to distinguish between a primary or secondary immune-mediated condition. The quality of life would be dependent on identification and treatment (or management) of the low platelet count, management of the diabetes and thyroid problems. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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female sweety
9 Years
Mild condition
3 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

platelet count result 48 thou/mm3 Ref. Range is 211.00-621.00

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Low platelet count which develops in older dogs may be caused by a variety of different conditions. These may include destruction of platelets due to an immune-mediated response, rickettsial infection, some types of tumour or be the result of medial treatment. During the examination carried out by your Veterinarian; tests for infectious disease, x-rays (to check for tumours) and full blood count (red blood cells, reticulocytes etc…) which give an indication of blood cell production by your dog. From this a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We adopted our female lab mix four years ago as an adult. She originated in GA, but would up at a rescue in PA. She is now 9. A year ago, her platelets were a step before a blood transfusion. She was anemic. Her platelet count was 20,000. The only thing we noticed was that she went from eating everything in sight to no appetite. At that time, the vet suspected Ehrlichiosis....She recovered on antibiotics and prednisone. However, a recent blood test yesterday....one year later, revealed another drop in platelets to 39,000. We are going to repeat the med regime again and hope she responds. Repeat bloodwork in 10 days. I do remember the last time, it took time to get her blood platelets up again. I'm hopeful. Additionally, an xray of the face and skull revealed nothing. And this time 'round, she is not anemic. I'm hopeful we can get her back to normal. However, should this not work, we will likely consult with an oncology vet. But since we adopt and rescue the seniors, we keep in mind that it's all about their quality of life and quality of care. If anyone has anything to offer, I'd welcome your comments. Thank you. Donna

the melatonin is NOT working for my dog . his count is stable but vet said now going to try cyclosporine, preditsone and melantonin didnt work...

Really want to spread the word. My vet discovered MELATONIN given has a dramatic effect helping platelet count increase! My golden went from 50,000 count to 110,000 but we couldn't get him into normal levels..2 weeks of being on MELATONIN brought him to 332,000...!!! It has saved his life...PLEASE ASK YOUR VET ABOUT MELATONIN!! ANY DRUG STORE HAS IT. My golden 95 lbs is on 6mg am and pm..
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Nessie
Mixed
3 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Heart worm prevention

My dog (mix of boxer, Labrador, pit bull and hound) got her blood lab results and it shows that she has very low PCT levels and PLT levels. What does this mean? Her PCT levels are at 0.020% and her PLT levels are at 23.000.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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(PLT) Normal platelet count in dogs is between 211,000 and 621,000/ul meaning that a platelet count of 23,000/ul is very low; (PCT) which would be platelet haematocrit measures platelet volume which when used together with the platelet count gives an indication of platelet size. Low blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) may be used by an increase in destruction (infections, immune system), increase in use (clotting) or a decrease in production (bone marrow disorders); for treatment to be effective, the underlying cause needs to be identified and treated as well as management of the thrombocytopenia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bosco
LABRADORE
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

2 episodes of, mildly lathergic, wet nose

Medication Used

Vet gave him doxycycline plus a platelets boster

Hello doctor! Sir there was dog in the neighbourhood who was infected with distemper. My labradours when close to her but my dogs are fully vaccinated. One the very next day of the contact when got both my dogs the 3rd shot of their vaccines. Now on the 4th day of contact one of dogs had 2 episodes of vomiting plus he is coughed just one this, mildly lathergic. We took him to the vet he did cbc and it shows that his platelets count was 8,000 only. Is there a chance of them getting distemper even thou they are fully vaccinated!?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms and low platelet count are consistent with distemper, but other infections or immune mediated disease may also cause these symptoms. Normally, vaccinated dogs are protected against distemper, but 10% of dogs may show symptoms following a disease challenge. Symptomatic and supportive care would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turbo
Japanese Spitz
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

low platelets
occasional seizures
no energy
Vomiting blood
Appetite loss

Medication Used

Immunol
doxycyline hci
liv.52
ambroxol hydrochloride
anti-microbial
Metoclopramide Hydrochloride

My dog had fleas that we didn't notice. His platelet count is low, vomits blood and occasionally have a seizure or paralysis thing. I'm really concerend. I want to know what is probably the cause and how severe it is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low blood platelet counts may be caused by a few different causes including: infections, parasites, autoimmune disease, clotting disorders, liver disease or kidney disease. Platelet disorders are usually categorised as an increase in destruction, increase in use or reduction in production; a bone marrow biopsy may be useful in helping to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loulou
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

foaming at the mouth,
Seizures

Medication Used

Carbamazepine
Delursan
Zentonil

Hello Doctor,

First of all thank you in advance for your advice.

My dog suffered from a liver infection like 12 days back. As described in the symptoms part, he had a first seizure in the morning (Sunday 9th of April) and we took him on the spot to the vet. He was given injections but then during the course of the day he got 4 successive seizures at 5-6 hours interval. The next day he was taken to the vet again and he had a blood test. He was given a dosage of half carbamazepine while we awaited his results (Monday 10th April). The seizures stopped completely that day. The results were obtained the next day (Tuesday 11th April) as follows for abnormal values:
AST/SGOT = 77 U/L (normal range13 - 15)
Alkaline phosphatase = 221 U/L (Normal range 10.6 - 101)
Platelets = 197,000 /ul (Normal range 211,000 - 621,000)
WBC count total = 185,000 /ul (Normal range 5,000 - 14,000)
WBC count (DIFFERENTIAL) Segmented Neutrophils = 85.9% (58 - 85)

He was then put on Zentonil and Delursan plus the carbamazepine for 10 days. His food was changed as well and he was given PURINA Gastrointestinal food. His seizures stopped completely and the dog came back to his normal. After the 10 days of treatment, I had my dog have another blood test (Thursday 20th April) and the abnormal results were:
AST/SGOT = 24 U/L
Alkaline phosphatase = 105 U/L
Platelets = 129,000 /ul
WBC count (total) = 145,000 /ul

I was wondering why his platelets count got lower while his WBC count (total) got a bit higher. Is this a results of his medications? He has been put on carbamazepine for a further 10 days to be on the safe side and he has not been put on any other medication. Is this okay? Can you please help me understand the situation of my little dog?

Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A decrease in platelet counts is may occur in cases of liver disease; whilst the numbers are low, they are not critically low given the overall condition. In increase in white blood cells would be in response to inflammation and infection which is again a usual finding in this condition. The response to treatment and the progression of the condition is as can be expected; it is possible that the platelets will decrease more, regular monitoring of platelet levels is therefore important. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello Doctor,

Thank you very much for the reply.

After how many days do you recommend me to carry out another blood test for my little dog?

Thank you so much :)

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Sadie
Goldendoodle
13.5
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

Medication Used

flea and tick preventative
Heart worm prevention

Our dog has a low platelet count-- 80,000 last year, down to 30,000 this year. She's otherwise healthy, just in for her annual exam and "senior" blood work. She has good energy, eats well, "bathroom" habits normal, nice pink gums, no bleeding or bruising (white short coat, so her skin is easy to see). Recommended treatments come with side effects which I hate to introduce since she is currently happy and healthy. Just not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low blood platelets may be caused by an increase in use, increase in destruction or a decrease in production; without knowing which it is hard to direct treatment. If Sadie is otherwise healthy it isn’t a big concern but is still significantly below physiological range. I am sure your Veterinarian has already checked for the usual culprits so I am unable to suggest anything further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Loss of Appetite
Incontinence
low platelets
Disorientation
short of breath
Low iron
Lethargy

Medication Used

Ener 4 Plex Vitamins

My 10 yr old lab/collie mix has a swollen abdomen and had been diagnosed with a tumor on the spleen, and one on the liver. However, his blood work came back to low for surgery (in particular, platelets among other things). He has been on vitamins, iron supplements, and beef liver for two weeks. Tuesday he was really bad and I rushed him to the vet where they put him on an IV, glucose, and an antibiotic. He had his blood work redone on Thursday with no improvement. He has good and bad days. Some days he is happy, trotting, barking, and himself. Others he can't stand up, and is laying in his own urine. His breath is short and rapid constantly. Some days he has a big appetite and others he won't eat a thing. Vet wants to wait another week for surgery but Boo seems to be getting more swollen and just plain worse. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately many times thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and splenic disorders (tumours, splenomegaly, torsion etc…) work hand in hand which result in the thrombocytopenia caused by the spleen which cannot be corrected because of the thrombocytopenia. Some Veterinarians may attempt blood transfusions to boost platelet counts for surgery but is risky; I would take each dog as it comes, but a decision needs to be made soon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Honey
Pomeranian
8 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

None at first but now she seems tired and down.

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Others
Prednisone

Took my dog in on Saturday morning for a teeth cleaning. Hours later vet called saying that she had found some abnormalities in her blood work. Her platelet count was on 32,000 and they found little red spots on her. Also, the sites where they had drawn blood from had bruised badly (neck and leg). Said they needed to do a tick test and a ptt and pt test. Unfortunately it would take a week for them the get the results. And by this point they had done another count and her platelets where on 19,000. Vet recommended we took her to an ER where they would get results immediately. We took her to the ER and the vet confirmed the results but did say that she seemed fine. She wasn't showing any sign and but they would keep her overnight to watch her. That night vet said her clotting factors were ok. Ptt high-normal 1.02, blood count on 53, bruise on neck was about 4x2, she had more spots on her belly, platelets had gone down to 4,000 and on x-rays her spleen and liver looked a little. Vet said that if she got worst they would start a chemo drug. That night, vet said that her liver lobe seemed bright on the xray. They would have to check further the see if it was inflamed, infected, twisted or if it was cancer. Recommended doing an ultrasound but that it wouldn't get done until Monday because of Easter. Said if she didn't get worst and stayed the same we could take her home for a little bit in the morning. On Sunday, vet said she was doing ok so far. Bruising ando spots were the same. She was eating aND drinking. By this point she had a catheter for medication. Her RBC had gone down from 53 to 44. Said we could take her home for a little and then bring her back. While at home, she seemed even more tired and down. All she did was lay down and sleep. She did eat some. Her bruises got a little bigger so we are back at to ER. We are waiting for the now. Will come back to update. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low platelet counts may be down to a decrease in production (liver disease, kidney disease, bone marrow disorders), increase in destruction (infectious or autoimmune disorders) or an increase in use (clotting etc…). The low platelet count would be attributable to small haemorrhaging around the body. Infections, cancer, poisoning, trauma, internal bleeding and other cause may cause a reduction in blood platelets. Further testing is required to determine the underlying cause: ultrasound, liver biopsy etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is Dr. Callum single? He's so cute!!!!!

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Snoopy
LABRADORE
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

low platelets

Medication Used

N balaza

How we can increase platelets by homely food?.My doogie have only 98,000 platelet.He was under treatment.but now doctor tell us no need of any medicine.its recover slowly.Now he hesitated to have food and water.but we r giving forcefully.pl help me out doctor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many foods which are reported to increase blood platelet counts in dogs, however I have no scientific literature show effectiveness of any. The problem with low platelet counts is the reason for the low count; increase in destruction, increase in use or a decrease in production are the types of causes. By determining the underlying cause and treating it, the platelet count will increase. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank u Dr

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Sia
Toy Poodle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

low platelets

my one year old female poodle was diagnose in november with ehrlichia. She was treated with doxycicline and prednisone. from 9,000 she went to 200,000 in a week. her treatment was for 28 days. in December i checked on her blood and was on 178,000. then in February went very down to 64,000 She was treated again with doxycicline and prednisone for 21 days in one week she was 245,000 I was so happy but today two weeks after she finished her treatment her platelets came in 70,000. The weird fact is that she coagulate very fast. I personally took her blood cause Im a vet tec and the blood as soon as we took it it was coagulated. So I really don't understand what is wrong with her. She is eating better, gain weight and very playful. I dont want to give her more meds but I really need to know what is going on with her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Sia has chronic Ehrlichiosis which can be difficult to treat and is characterised by the recurring thrombocytopenia with or without symptoms. Clotting can occur in dogs with thrombocytopenia as fibrin and clotting factors all participate in coagulation which may increase the viscosity. Continued treatment would be required with the aim of treating the conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.cvbd.org/static/documents/digest/CVBD_Easy-to-digest_no_7_ehrlichiosis.pdf

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Emma
Blue Heeler
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic, Not eating, Heavy Drinking, Urinating.
Diarrhea
low platelets
Vomiting

My dog Emma has been not feeling well for about a week. Took her to the vet and they first thought she had pancreatitis. Ended up at the emergency vet and has a 104 fever and still isn't eating or drinking. Still has diarrhea, vomiting, and the just discovered a low platelet count of about 24,000 to 30,000. They did x-rays, blood tests, fecal examine, urinalyses and came up empty handed. There was a thought of possible infection in the small intestine from the x-rays but cannot locate cause or exact location. I love my girl dearly but can only do so much. They have been giving her anti nausea and anti diarrhea along with fluids by iv catheter. Just wondering if you have seen or could possibly understand what could be going on with her. Even the specialty vets are stumped. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of low blood platelet count which are focus around three separate scenarios including increase in use (controlling of bleeding - internal or external), increase in destruction (infections, immune-mediated, parasites) or a decrease in production (liver and kidney disease, bone marrow disorders). Bone marrow aspiration will indicate if the problem is with thrombopoiesis (production of new platelets). Primary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia is a condition with an unknown cause and is treated with steroid therapy to suppress the immune system. Further testing would be required to identify the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/immune-mediated-thrombocytopenia

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Jasymyn
Alaskan Husky
6 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

abdominal pain
Decreased Appetite
Depression
Lethargy

We did a cbc of my 6 year old husky mix and discovered she had low platelets. The original reason we took her to the vet was because she had no energy and was very lethargic and calm compared to her normal self and she had abdominal pain that caused her to yelp if she tried to go down the stairs.
What would cause abdominal pain and low platelets? The vet did not think she had any internal bleeding. Also, her condition improved dramatically for about 1 day so the vet didn't recommend any ultrasound or x-rays to be performed and then my dog did a complete downward spiral the next day. What could cause this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for abdominal pain and low blood platelets including infections, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, abdominal haemorrhage, poisoning or tumour in the spleen. Further diagnostic tests would be required to determine a diagnosis; an x-ray or ultrasound of the abdomen would be an important next step in determining a cause. Also checking Jasymyn’s stool for black tarry faeces which would be indicative of gastrointestinal tract bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kurei
Labrador
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

low platelet count

Hi, our dog named Kurei experienced collapsing four times. We had his blood checked and then here is the result hemoglobin - 84 and platelet count - 40. What does that mean? What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low platelet levels of 40,000/uL is considerably less that the physiological range of 200,000 - 600,000/uL. There are various reasons for a reduction in platelets including increased destruction (infection or other cause), increased use (clotting) or decreased production; the cause needs to be identified and may require a bone marrow biopsy. Haemoglobin concentration is more useful when used together to total blood counts to see the number of mature cells circulating in the body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bunny
Pug
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Platelet Count 41000
Homoglobin 13 %
Slight Blood in Stool Got high Fever 105 F
Weight 17 kgs
Pure Vegetarian only Bread and Milk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Firstly, unless a vegetarian diet is prescribed by a Veterinarian, I would recommend feeding a complete diet offered by one of the major brands which is designed specifically for your breed (Royal Canin Pug Adult diet for example). The low platelet count and low hematocrit could be due to destruction of the cells (by infection or an immune response), decrease in production or they are being used or lost due to clotting or internal bleeding. The blood in the faeces; the colour will determine the origin: light red colour mean it is from the lower intestine or rectum, if it is dark black it is from the stomach or upper intestine. I would look at the kidney and liver function in more detail as both red blood cells and platelets are produced according to endocrine secretions from the kidney’s (and liver for platelets). Also, the increase in temperature may indicate an infection; a PCR test can check for ehrlichiosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Hgb-130
Hct-0.40
Rbc-4.55
Wbc-13.40
Plt-208
Seg-0.63
Lym-0.36
Eos-0.01
Bun-7.12
Crea-50.50
Sgpt-34.70
Bacterial infection/ low platelet. Pls come for the prescriptions.

I need opionion on this.thank you

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Bruno
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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Blood In Urine
Vomiting

Excessive vomiting and blood in urine led to blood tests results of which showed very low platelet count of 9 th/mm3 normal range described as 200-600.
Blood urea also high 29.3mg/dL

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. The platelet count is count is extremely low; the blood urea level of 29.3mg/dL is just outside of reference range (8-28 mg/dL). The increase in blood urea may be caused by liver disease, kidney disease or dehydration. The cause for the low level of platelets could be due to decreased production of platelets by the bone marrow, damage to platelets by the immune system, splenic disorders, or they are used for clotting purposes. The production of platelets is regulated by thrombopoietin which is produced by the liver and the kidneys. Other causes for low platelets could be due to infectious disease, reaction to existing medication or from a tumour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello doctor!
Sir there was dog in the neighbourhood who was infected with distemper. My labradours when close to her but my dogs are fully vaccinated. One the very next day of the contact when got both my dogs the 3rd shot of their vaccines. Now on the 4th day of contact one of dogs had 2 episodes of vomiting plus he is coughed just one this, mildly lathergic. We took him to the vet he did cbc and it shows that his platelets count was 8,000 only. Is there a chance of them getting distemper even thou they are fully vaccinated!?

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Sophie
Dog
2 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Anemia
My 2 year old wirehaired terrier had blood work. Her RBC 1.77 low PLT 196 low MPV 14 high MCV 83.5 high HCT 14.8 low. I have to go to a specialist. My vet thinks she may have bone marrow cancer. If its not bone marrow cancer which I'm praying its not. What other causes could this be? She was a rescue dog only had her 2 months. She did need a blood transfusion a month ago. She was underweight and was recently spayed by the rescue center before we picked her up. The first week we had her there was bloody mucus all over my kitchen floor. This is when we began our journey with her needing her first blood transfusion. I tried to save her life by rescuing her. I am very sad that I may lose her.
Sasha
Dog
7 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Lethargy
just found out our 7 month old, boxer puppy has low platelets and vet is totally confused as to why. All other tests in cbc was normal, shes been recently spade, she even did 3 blood smears to confirm, any ideas or suggestions for helping find an answer? Her count was 123,000, started her on Doxycycline in case its tick born. She is weak when standing, not eatting or drinking. sleeping constantly, possible nightmares (crying, barking, kicking while sleeping)
Millie
Dog
9 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Bleeding
Can using a flea treatment, k9 advantix , be the underlying cause of my little girls Thrombocytopenia. It was applied on September 2 of this month, her gums started to bleed yesterday, at vet bloods were taken and her platelet count was 2. She was taken to a veterinary specialist where she's being treated, and looking for the cause of her Thrombocytopenia.