TBT: I titled this "Spay Visit" because there was no actual operation today. Lori's platelet count was too low. I spoke to the vet when picking Lori up to bring her home. The vet is uncertain about the cause and after asking me about symptoms and behavior at home is downright baffled. She wants to see her again in 2 weeks. Also, I did some research when I got home.
Normal platelet count is above 200 "somethings". Below 150, it is too dangerous to operate. Lori's is 98. That seems extremely low.
Possible symptoms include :
Bruising - No sign of that.
Localized red areas on the skin and gums - No sign of that.
Retinal hemorrhage - No sign of that.
Hematochezia (presence of blood in the stool) - Her previous fecal exam in December showed no sign of that, but they hadn't asked for one this time.
Hematuria (presence of blood in the urine) - The vet didn't do that test this time, but if it is visible to me in the litterbox, she doesn't have that problem.
Lethargy - She is practically hyper-active! She and Laz chase each other around constantly.
Epistaxis (nosebleed) - No sign of that.
Lack of appetite - She eats like a pig (lots of anything).
Temporary mild illness or infections - No sign of that.
Inadequate diet - The Mews get Fancy Feast and Wellness wet food most meals and a handful of kibble once a day and a few treats. The vet said that was fine.
Wounds causing bleeding - She and Laz bite and bunny-kick each other a lot. They both heal nearly scabless. I have found a few little ones on both, but never any bleeding. In fact, the vet said the spot where they took the blood sample didn't even bleed.
Parasites - No sign of that.
Bleeding from the gums - No sign of that.There are some long-term diseases and non-symptomatic conditions that can cause low platelet count. I won't even try to describe them. But some are things Lori has been vaccinated for previously; some require extensive treatment (bone marrow sampling, transfusions, etc); and some are "unfixable" (genetics, for example).