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Myeloproliferative Disorders in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Myeloproliferative disorders in dogs happen when the bone marrow produces too many cells. Technically, the condition is seen as a type of blood cancer.

The condition produces a wide range of symptoms. Additionally, the condition can unfortunately affect all breeds of dog.

Unfortunately, the cause of the condition is unknown.

If you see the signs of the condition in your dog, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Myeloproliferative Disorders in Dogs

The condition produces a range of symptoms. For instance, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Anemia
  • Acting lethargic
  • Weakness
  • Losing weight
  • Infections
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Enlarged liver
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Inflamed lymph nodes
  • Anorexia
  • Acting aggressive

Causes of Myeloproliferative Disorders in Dogs

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The cause of the condition is unfortunately unknown. This means that it is idiopathic.

Treatments for Myeloproliferative Disorders in Dogs

Firstly, your vet will ask about your dog’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about your dog’s full medical history.

Thirdly, your vet will carry out a full physical examination. Blood and urine tests will also be taken. The subsequent results of the tests can show any abnormalities with your dog’s blood cells. Additionally, your vet can use X-rays to examine specific organs that might be affected by the condition.

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for the condition. However, antibiotics can be effective if there is any infection. As always, if your vet prescribes your dog any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.

Severe cases of the condition can require your dog to undergo a stay in hospital. This is so your dog can benefit from treatments like intravenous fluid therapy and blood transfusions.

Additionally, in some cases chemotherapy can be recommended. Your vet will talk to you about whether or not this is a suitable option for your dog.

Have you ever cared for a dog who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your dog recover? Let us know in the comments section below.


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