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I was getting anxious waiting for the vet to call with Midnite's blood test results so I called. All values are normal except for the platelet count. Thryroid came back normal also. Platelet count is 116,000, normal being 170-400. The vet will be in and will call me tomorrow with the official results, but I need to know now. Should I worry? I'm not to happy with the research I have found on low platelet counts, but then again they are talking a couple thousand being low, so how low is he? I picked the worse time for him to diet, because now he lost the weight and this are making me really nervous. Any thoughts?

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Did the blood test say platelet clumping observed? Sometimes you get a low count on an EDTA sample and nothing is wrong.

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Did the blood test say platelet clumping observed? Sometimes you get a low count on an EDTA sample and nothing is wrong.

It says "Platelet count reflects the miniumum number due to platelet clumping"

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Ask the vet but I am pretty sure that is nothing. Beau had that and my vet told me his bloodwork was all good.

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It could be many things, really. Or, it could be nothing. Hard to say. I wouldn't worry yourself too much though, until the vet calls.

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So platelets are formed by the bone marrow and removed by the spleen. The red/white blood cells are also formed in the bone marrow, so if they are OK, you can probably rule out any problems with the bone marrow. So maybe its an issue with the spleen, a little virus, an unknown cause or nothing. Is your dog taking a medication that may affect the platelets?
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Did the vet call, is everything OK?
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It says "Platelet count reflects the miniumum number due to platelet clumping"
Mine ALSO said "Platelet EST Adequate" which is a visual observation of the smear, not a machine count, did yours?

https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/c...ram/plt_sm.htm

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They need to do a blood slide, which should be done with ALL CBCs, and do a manual platelet estimate. If there is any platelet clumping observed on the slide then it is likely adequate.

Until a slide diff is done I wouldn't put any stock on a machine telling me platelets are low. I had a CBC come back showing 50,000 platelets yesterday, I looked at the slide under the microscope and first thing I saw was a ton of platelet clumps

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Wouldn't the fact that the report said platelet clumping indicated they did a visual observation. I'm not concerned about mine. It looks like that is what they did which is consistent with the links

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