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Travel's white blood cell count is below the normal range. I cannot find any information why this could be happening.

Could it be because she is on a tremendous amount of antibiotics right now for her paw? She's been on clavamox for the past 4 weeks to treat a massive infection on a wound on her paw. The infection has gone, I believe, but the paw will not heal. The wound continues to be raw and oozing over 4 weeks. The wound starts to heal and dry out, and then all of a sudden, it's back to being raw and oozing. There is no bacteria or yeast in the wound, according to the last tests we ran. I am not sure what to do next.

Thanks,

Kelly

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What is Travel's WBC, RBC, Hgb, and the platelet count?

 

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I only know the WBC was low- 3.41. I don't know the others, but I know the WBC was the only thing the vet was concerned about. We're giving her strong vitamins and returning to run her blood again next week.

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Find out what type of cultures were done - they should have done an anaerobic one (no air) along with aerobic ones. If this was a deep wound, there may be bacteria growing that only likes to grow in an air-free environment. If they tried to culture it in the normal way, which would be on a petri dish, nothing would grow. They would need to use a tube with a broth for initial culturing of anaerobic bacteria.

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Ghs typically have lower wbc's than other breeds but, that's pretty low. Have you run a tick test (snap 4dx)??

Edited to add--you may need to biopsy that foot assuming you already cultured it prior to starting the antibiotics and the wound is still not healing.

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Is your vet referencing the WBC to greyhounds?

 

It's slightly low for greyhounds: 3.5 - 6.5 and other dog is 5.8 - 20.3 (Dr Couto) or 6.0 - 17.0 (Dr Stack).

 

Hada the podenco maneta, Georgie Girl (UMR Cordella), Lulu the podenco andaluz, Rita the podenco maneta
Angels: Charlie the iggy,  Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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