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Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia in Dogs


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Overview


Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT) is a serious autoimmune disease in dogs where the body attacks its own blood platelets like a virus.


Symptoms


Common symptoms include lethargy, weakness, increased breathing, easily bruising, bleeding in the mouth, pale gums and bloody stools. Diagnostic testing includes blood tests, urinalysis, chest x-rays and an abdominal ultrasound.


Treatment


Treatment is expensive and depends on the severity and health of your pet. Most common forms of treatment include immunosuppressive drugs, oxygen therapy, fluid therapy and blood transfusions.

Cost to Treat: $500 to $1,000 per treatment


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