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I took my Rockford in yesterday for a blood test. He is 14…

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Hi! I took my Rockford in yesterday for a blood test. He is 14 but seems to be in great health. I was informed that his blood platelets are 7000. He has no bleeding or bruising at all and red and white blood cell count is within range. Is this possible? 7000 seems so low without any symptoms. Help!

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?

He is a do dog

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. The Expert will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?

Not really

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

It's unlikely as uncontrolled bleeding often arises when the platelet count is below 20,000 platelets/uL although some dogs won't bleed with 10,000 platelets/uL. When a low platelet count isn't accompanied by the expected bleeding, it's important to perform a hand count of the platelets. Automated machines can't differentiate between fewer large and many small platelets nor can they detect platelet clumping which results in falsely low readings. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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