There is a new canine blood platelet measuring device that reportedly is so accurate that it found no low platelet counts in a Swedish study of 27 Cavaliers, led by Dr. Jens HÃ¤ggstrÃ¶m. Until now, nearly all Cavalier platelet studies have concluded that as many as half of all CKCS may have a congenital blood disorder resulting in an abnormally low number of blood platelets but with no resulting health problems. Researchers have named the disorder "idiopathic asymptomatic thrombocytopenia".
Now, however, with this new accurate measuring device, which measures the volume and mass of the platelets, called the "plateletcrit", the Swedish researchers did not find any low platelet counts in any of the 27 Cavaliers' blood, compared to finding that between 52% and 66% of the same dogs had low platelet counts when using more conventional counting methods, including manual counting. See http://www.cavalierhealth.org/platelets.htm for details.
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