Low Platelet Count in Cats: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

April 8, 2011 | Healthy Cat | Leave a Comment |

How will Identify Low Platelet Count in Cats

  • The normal platelet count in the cat’s body is 600,000 platelets per microliter of blood. This volume could drop to 10,000 to 40,000 – a condition also known as “thrombocytopenia”.
  • This can be very dangerous as it can lead to excessive bleeding and, eventually, death.

Causes

There are a number of reasons why cats have low blood platelet counts.

The following are some of these reasons:

  • Leukemia.
  • Lymphoma.
  • Trauma or injury that leads to the loss of platelets.
  • Various ailments that could either limit the production of platelets or increase the destruction of platelets.

Symptoms

There could be many different symptoms that the cat will exhibit when it is low on platelets. Here are some of these symptoms:

  • Fever, especially high fever.
  • Red spots on the eyes.
  • Nasal discharge.
  • Coughing.
  • Bruising.
  • Heart murmur.
  • Bleeding inside the body, exhibited by blood in the urine.
  • Nosebleed.

Treatment

  • Cats should always be monitored for occurrences of hemorrhaging.
  • Since there are a number of causes and reasons why the ailment occurs, the final treatment will also differ.
  • Some cats may have to be transfused with blood if the body fails to produce enough platelets; this happens in severe cases.
  • Whatever the cause of the ailment might be, the cat might need antibiotics or other medications.

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