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Chihuahua has discoloration like bruise marks. normal or

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Chihuahua has discoloration like bruise marks. normal or something wrong?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

If you're seeing tiny spots of bruising (petichiae) or larger blotches of bruising (ecchymosis) a bleeding dyscrasia should be considered. Thrombocytopenia (decreased blood platelets) should be considered as might occur with idiopathic (unknown cause) thrombocytopenia, tick borne infections, Evan's syndrome (autoimmune hemolytic anemia + thrombocytopenia), or an anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning. Such a finding should prompt having your vet take a look at at your Chihuahua. A complete blood count including a platelet count should be performed.

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