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lab/chow mix: my 6 year..nose bledding for about 5 days hes..vomitting

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my 6 year old lab/chow mix has been expierncing nose bledding for about 5 days hes on predasone and doxycycline hyclate and now is vomitting he has had blood test which show low platelets and is now waiting for a 3 blood test result what could this possibly be and is it harmful to people in the home?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 It's not harmful to the people in the home.


You need to see the vet again tomorrow for more diagnostic testing.


Let me know if you have more questions.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: do you have any ideas on what this could be?
Expert:  Dr. Diane replied 11 years ago.
There are several diseases that can cause low platelets (thrombocytopenia) with nose bleeding (epistaxis). Your vet has your dog on both an antibiotic and a steroid, but they may not have a definite answer yet. Low platelets can be caused by: immune-mediated diseases, certain toxins or drugs, cancers, and certain infections (tick-borne diseases, rickettsial diseases). If your dog is now vomiting, you may need to get him seen again by your vet before the rest of the test results come in. He may actually need a blood transfusion or platelet-rich plasma if he is not doing well. Best wishes to you...Dr. K

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