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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!How can I assist you with Bella's white cell count number?
I do understand your concern but Italian Greyhounds are a breed that can be slightly lower than average with numbers such as the white cell count. If she is doing well otherwise then I would simply recheck in a few weeks and monitor closely.If she is a dog that has a history of being on the lower end of the curve then this might be a simple trough but again sight hounds have been known to have some differences in their blood values and I simply monitor as long as there is no alarm or cause for concern.CLICK HERE for an article on this from a few years ago
I have a dog that actually tends to have a slightly high phosphorus level and it is almost every other year when we check it the number is *****% above normal, I worry but then recheck it and it is back in the curve againI do understand your concerns, I am a worrier for my pets as well but this is one of those occasions it is explained by breed
Her previous bloodwork didn't include the cbc and it was also a different lab so variations can be seen from one lab (in house) to another (antech)
Yes and it can be dietary as well so please make sure she is on a well balanced, organic diet with no by products
The first was a CBC and chemistry to antech (the same lab I use) while the second appears to be in house but could simply be another format without the information on top
Does this information make sense? I typically will recheck a CBC in 2 weeks when I have a low number but especially since hers is just outside the range and she is a sight hound I am not concerned either...I never truly worry until the repeat bloodwork confirms the changes unless the increase/ decrease is significant then I would be more aggressiveI believe Merrick has by products but give me a moment to reviewI hope this helps calm your concerns but if there is anything else I can clarify please don't hesitate to ask
Were you able to open the attachment I gave you?There are normal variations and I do have several patients that simply ebb and flow a little below normal regularly for years. I have one cat that is now 15 that has been doing this for about 6 years now
I am the same way with my pets believe me, someone else works them up when they are ill for the same reason.I would repeat for peace of mind which is worth the money, about 2 weeks after this oneWith the very slightly lowered white cell count I wouldn't worry about susceptibilityFor the phosphorus nothing comes to mind but you might want to talk to your vet about a multivitamin supplement for the phosphorus because a low phosphorus can lead to a low calcium level over time and we don't want that either
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Yes, the elevated PCV is also very normal with the breed as well :)
You as well, good luck to you both :)
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