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Thrombocytopenia in dogs is defined as a reduced levels of circulating thrombocytes (platelets) below the normal range of 2 - 9 x 10-9/L.

Causes include:

- Rickettsia spp, Ehrlochia canis[1], Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia rossi[2], Anaplasma phagocytophilum[3]


  1. Giudice E et al (2010) Effect of desmopressin on immune-mediated haemorrhagic disorders due to canine monocytic ehrlichiosis: a preliminary study. J Vet Pharmacol Ther 33(6):610-614
  2. Scheepers E et al (2011) Serial haematology results in transfused and non-transfused dogs naturally infected with Babesia rossi. J S Afr Vet Assoc 82(3):136-143
  3. Cockwill KR et al (2009) Granulocytic anaplasmosis in three dogs from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Can Vet J 50:835–840
  4. Schnier LM (2010) A case of splenic torsion with progressive anemia and thrombocytopenia. Can Vet J 51(5):527-529
  5. Snead E et al (2011) Glucocorticoid-dependent hypoadrenocorticism with thrombocytopenia and neutropenia mimicking sepsis in a Labrador retriever dog. Can Vet J 52(10):1129-1134
  6. Brown MR & Rogers KS (2001) Neutropenia in dogs and cats: A retrospective study of 261 cases. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 37:131–139
  7. Flatland B et al (2011) May-Hegglin anomaly in a dog. Vet Clin Pathol 40(2):207-214