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Cocker Spaniel-low platlets. Treating with predisone now. Is

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Cocker Spaniel-low platlets. Treating with predisone now. Is this good & how long before taking effect? Can platlet count be restored? Just started doing this.He is 7 yrs old & has a LOT of skin tags he scratches. Is this dangerous & is there a cure to stop it from happenin again? Certain type of food needed or other way to get count up?
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry that Bandit has been diagnosed with a low platelet count. I imagine that your vet suspects an immune mediated thrombocytopenia as the diagnosis and unfortunately prednisone and sometimes other immune suppressive medications are needed to treat this condition. CLICK HERE for more information on this disease.

It is dangerous because without platelets your body cannot clot properly and puts him at high risk of hemorrhage so getting that platelet count up is key

If he gets a cut then controlling bleeding is a serious concern and so keeping him as quiet as possible is necessary to reduce risk of bleeding.

There is no cure, the treatment is used to suppress the immune response attacking its own cells and the hope is that over time it is controlled and the medications can be tapered or even discontinued.

I personally had a dog with IMT and she recovered from it and lived many years afterwards without any further relapses but I monitored her levels regularly and minimized vaccinations in the future to reduce risk of relapse.

The medications are the only way to get the platelet count to rebound and unfortunately no food choices will make a difference but it is always best to feed a high quality organic food with no by products.

I hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else i can assist you both today. You are definitely in my thoughts...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

Here is another article that goes over the highlights of this condition:

http://vetspecialistsofrochester.com/pdf/Internal-Medicine/Immune-mediated%20thrombocytopenia.pdf

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

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