White blood cell counts are important in dogs because they are a critical component of the immune system and play a key role in fighting infections and diseases. White blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are responsible for detecting and destroying foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause illness or infection.
When a dog is exposed to an infection or other health issue, its body responds by producing more white blood cells. Monitoring a dog's white blood cell count can therefore provide valuable information about its overall health and immune system function.
In addition, white blood cell counts can be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatments for infections or other health issues. For example, if a dog has been treated for an infection, monitoring its white blood cell count over time can help determine if the treatment is working and if any additional interventions are needed.
Detecting changes in your dog's white blood cell count can be critical in identifying health issues before they become severe or spread to other dogs. Our device can help you detect changes in white blood cell counts, which may indicate that your dog is fighting off an infection, battling a disease, or experiencing other health issues.
Leukopenia is another term used to describe low white blood cell count in dogs, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer, or exposure to certain medications or toxins.
Dogs with leukopenia may experience symptoms such as weakness, loss of appetite, fever, increased susceptibility to infections, swollen lymph nodes, pale gums, easy bruising or bleeding, weight loss, and joint pain or swelling. If your in house testing shows your dog may have leukopenia, it is important to seek veterinary care for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Dogs with low white blood cell counts, or leukopenia, may not exhibit any specific symptoms initially. However, if the leukopenia is severe, it can compromise the dog's immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and other diseases.
Some signs that may be observed in dogs with leukopenia include:
Lethargy and weakness
Loss of appetite
Increased susceptibility to infections
Skin or gum infections
Pale gums or other mucous membranes
Diarrhea or vomiting
If your in house testing shows your dog may have leukopenia, it is important to seek veterinary care for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Leukocytosis is a medical condition in which the number of white blood cells in the bloodstream of the dog is abnormally high.
White blood cells play an essential role in the immune system, and their increased production is usually in response to an infection, inflammation, or other underlying medical conditions such as cancer. A blood test is usually performed to diagnose leukocytosis in order to identify the underlying cause and develop a proper treatment plan. If your in house testing shows your dog may have leukocytosis, it is important to seek veterinary care for proper diagnosis and treatment.