Animal Health - General Expert Forum
low WBC in cats
About This Forum:

This forum is for general pet health questions, such as questions about medications, parasites, vaccines, infectious diseases, breed specific and genetic problems.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

low WBC in cats

I took one of my cats for dental cleaning and his pre anesthesia blood panel shows a low WBC. The vet told me it could have been from gingivitis. I have to take him back in 10 days for another blood test. What would be other causes of low WBC?? I'm starting to worry. He's about 4 yrs old and an indoor cat.
Related Discussions
234713_tn?1283530259
Low WBC in cats can be caused by gingivitis especially if the gingivitis is caused by a Viral or Bartonella infection which has caused damage to WBC production in the bone marrow.  Once the infection is cleared the bone marrow can recover.  

Other common causes for low WBC's include viral diseases (FELV, FIV, FIP, Feline Panleukopenia), Inflammatory disease, Cancer's such as Lymphoma, bone marrow disease, or immune mediated disease.

Hopefully your cat has already tested negative for FELV and FIV.  But it might be helpful to have a Bartonella test performed on your cat's blood.  Bartonella can cause gingivitis and upper respiratory infections and requires the antibiotic Zithromax for resolution.

Do take your vet's advice about rechecking your cat's WBC's in a couple of weeks.
Blank
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank