First, thank you so much for your posts, concerns, ideas and possible causes for Chloie's high white cell count. Been researching ever since I have read these posts.
Chris, I do see that tick born disease can cause high WBC. From what I can see, as of now, she does not present any of the other symptoms. Since I will be discussing this with all Vets that I have had associations within the past. I will surely be asking about this possibility. My real concern is about their understanding of this situation. So, I will also be contacting our Internist at the Veterinary Hospital.
I do know that the Vet that treated Chloie last Friday will not be in the clinic till this coming Friday. So, I am not sure if there will be a way for me to discuss this with her. She did not seem to be very concerned and, as I stated before, she did mention Chloie's ear infections. But, I did not hit the alarm button. Even though I did realize that the values that she gave me were twice as high as normal. I was more concerned, at that time, about Chloie's surgery and how the WBC would reflect on that possibility. I wanted to just get this growth off of her neck.
Here is an article that I found regarding canine high white blood counts and the possibility of disease:
•White blood cells are often referred to as leukocytes. Their normal value in a dog, according to Peteducation.com, range between 6,000 and 17,000 per microliter of the dog's blood.Types
•There are several sub-types of white blood cells in a dog such as neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes and monocytes. The blood test used to determine their numbers is called "differential white blood cell count."Benefits
•A differential white blood cell count analysis will help the veterinarian determine exactly which white cells are elevated.Causes
•The most common cause of elevated white blood cell count in dogs is infection. However, there may be other causes such as stress, allergies, auto-immune disorders
, viral disease, parasitism, and some forms of cancer, such as lymphosarcoma or leukemia.Considerations
In some cases, sending blood work to a pathologist may provide more information in difficult cases where an exact diagnosis cannot be determined based solely on physical findings and in-house lab work.•Sponsored Links
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Obviously, I will be delving into this much more deeply tomorrow. As for Chloie, today was just another day. Excepting she is getting more easy cheese because of the added pills. She is not showing any of the symptoms that have been discussed during my readings today. Of course, I have checked her gums and they are nice and "pink". I did make an attempt to measure this mass so I will have a baseline for tomorrow. I am still thinking that it looks to be a "little" smaller or less swollen.
Thanks again for alerting me to the possible problems that I had not considered as of yet. Now I am on alert!