Clotting Disorders of the Platelets in Dogs
Patients with prolonged buccal mucosal times should be given special preparation before any surgery to prevent excessive bleeding during procedures. In addition, veterinarians should minimize injections to the patient and apply extended pressure after intravenous injections, intravenous catheterization, and invasive procedures.
Patients may be given a platelet transfusion to increase the number of platelets. This is also appropriate treatment if the underlying cause is von Willebrand disease. Patients should be transfused with platelets as a preventative measure or if it is noted that they are bleeding out. If your dog is anemic, whole blood or packed red cells should be transfused.
Animals with acquired thrombocytopathies should have the underlying cause of the disease treated. This means withdrawing them from certain medicines if necessary.
Living and Management
Thrombocyopathic pets may bleed at home, but it is very rare that they will bleed to death. Restrict your dog's activity during a bleeding episode, and try to avoid feeding hard foods to your dog, as some foods may cause friction to the gum tissue, resulting in bleeding. If a hereditary disorder is found to be underlying the clotting disorder, it is advisable to have your dog fixed so that it cannot breed.
A cell that aids in clotting
One of the proteins in plasma used for clotting
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
A bloody nose
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The end of the gastrointestinal tract; the opening at the end of the tract.
A type of test that is used to count the number of organisms in a particular sample.
Fibers that bond items together that would not normally be combined.
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