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When a dog is producing nucleated red blood cells what can

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when a dog is producing nucleated red blood cells what can cause this? platelet count is low (105). alk phosphatase is high (262) total billirubin is high (0.8). liver & gallbladder ultrasound was clear. chest ultrasound was clear. drastic weight loss 40lbs since april. "colonel" is a patient at tufts vet in grafton, ma. dr's are not sure where to go next. "colonel" is NOT eating! liver enzimes are high so he is being treating for infection w/ Batril. have any one had a patient w/ these #'s? desperate dog owner in *****@******.*** thanx for any advice, lisa
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.

I am sorry that you have been waiting for a response. I recently just logged onto the site and noted that your question hasn't yet been answered. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years’ experience and would be happy to work with you if you are still needing assistance.

Nucleated red blood cells are usually seen when there is bleeding or red blood cell destruction and the bone marrow is releasing young red blood cells into the circulation. Is Colonel anemic? Are they thinking he maybe has an autoimmune anemia or thrombocytopenia (low platelets)?

immune mediated anemia

immune mediated thrombocytopenia

Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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