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Diagnosis and Treatment Of Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (for veterinarians)

Thrombocytopenia is a common disorder in small animals.There are several causes, which can be grouped into four categories.

These are accelerated platelet destruction, decreased production, increased consumption, and sequestration. Specific disorders in each category are listed in Table 1. Of the causes of thrombocytopenia in which the platelet counts are less than 30,000/ul, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT),disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, and bone marrow disorders are most common.


Learn much more about destruction of platelets by the immune system:

NB: Vaccination is believed to be one of the chief triggers for this disease. I, and many vaccinologists, believe that any pet who has have ever had this type of serious immune dysfunction should NOT be vaccinated. Consult with your veterinary homeopath to maintain your pet’s overall health. This will optimize the immune system and prevent potentially fatal vaccine reactions. Fortunately, my patients with this disease have responded well to homeopathic therapy.–Dr. Jeff



Please note: The information provided here is intended to supplement the recommendations of your veterinarian. Do not disregard veterinary advice or delay treatment based on information on this site. Nothing can replace a complete history and physical examination performed by your veterinarian. -Dr. Jeff