Heart and Blood: Blood Disorders

Different types of Canine Blood Disorders:

In general, canine blood disorders are defined by two forms, genetically occurring or congenital and the other is acquired or caused by some pathological factor such as viruses, tumors, bacteria or poisoning etc. Canine blood has many parts with all functions of a dog’s body dependent upon these vascular components, i.e. parts of blood like blood cells, plasma and platelets. Deficiency or a defect in any component may lead to any form of dog blood disorder, which sometimes are of serious concern.

Some common types of dog blood disorders are described below:

Signs of Blood Disorders:

Any dog showing signs such as prolonged bleeding, intolerance to minor injuries, pale gums, lethargy, progressive weakness and dog blood in the urine or dog blood in the stool may indicate any of the forms of canine blood disorders described on this page. Veterinarians should be consulted without any delay for further diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

Thorough hematology and different procedures such as the determination of the blood cell count, PCV (packed red cell volume in the blood), detection of different proteins and factors may be required to diagnose any blood disorder.

Treatment usually depends upon making a confirmatory diagnosis. Symptomatic treatment is never sufficient to treat canine blood disorders, except in regenerative anemia. Treatment of canine blood disorders in most cases, is not only hard in terms of ensuring a complete recovery, but also is too expensive to continue for long periods of time.