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What does a high blood platelet count indicate for a 15 year old mini poodle who seems in fine health for his age?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the poodle?

He seems fine. But, at his last wellness check I was told he had a very high platelet count. I do not know what that means for him.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the poodle seem to hurt?

He has no pain that I can determine and was as frisky as a puppy on his morning walk walk. I received the message that all his blood work and other factors were ok except for the platelet count being "very high" in a phone message informing me of the results from his wellness checkup.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the poodle's name?

Marky.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Marky?

Should I have additional tests or xrays done now? At 15 I do not want to put him through a lot unless it is absolutely essential.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Sara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hi, this is Dr. Sara. There may not be anything wrong. If everything else was 100% normal, I would recheck the value. Make sure they are sending the CBC to an outside lab (Antech or Idexx; the 2 main veterinary labs) and not running the labwork in house. Many in house machines do not give accurate results. If the platelets are truly high, in an older pet I would think about Cushings disease. In this case, a value called Alkaline Phosphatase would be elevated as well. If that is normal and the platelets are still high on a recheck CBC, I would consider at least putting him on a low dose of aspirin or plavix to prevent blood clots.

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