Low Platelet Count

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    Hi, My dog, Memo, recently had bloodwork, prior to surgery to remove a growth on his eye, which showed a low platelet count of approx 50. My Vet put him on doxycycline and re-checked after 3 days. She now said the count is 6, prescribed prednisone, and wants to do a tick titer test and chest x-ray and other tests.

    The dog seems Ok and does not have any symptoms of bleeding or peticchia. I checked his eyes, gums and stomach where there is no hair. I read on-line that the platlet test is sometimes not performed correctly due to clotting? It seems that with that low of a count there would be other symptoms. My daughter had a low platelet count once and it was very obvious that there was a problem.

    My question is, should I get a second opinion on the blood work before doing all of these tests which might not be necessary? I would be glad to bring the dog to you if you have experience in this type of condition.



    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=tataylor]should I get a second opinion [/quote]

    Such a low platelet count is potentially life-threatening, even without current symptoms.

    Your best recourse is to consult a specialist (internist or hematologist) for a [i]diagnosis[/i]. At the same time set up an appointment with a homeopath for [b]treatment[/b].


    Thanks for getting back to me on this. It turns out my Vet was giving me mixed numbers on the platelet count. The actual low number was 6,000 (not 6) with clotting which she said indicated a higher actual number. After a few days on the prednisone his platelet count is now around 60 with clotting. It appears to be working. We will get another blood test in about a week and see how it is.

    Thanks for your suggestion. I will find a specialist if there is still a problem after his next test.

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