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Hematologic

This is a Blood condition.

Canine Elliptocytosis

What is Canine Elliptocytosis?

A benign disease that affects red blood cell shape, elliptocytosis rarely causes symptoms. Upon examination of a blood smear, however, affected dogs have elongated, oval or elliptical red blood cells instead of the normal round, "biconcave" shape. Elliptocytes can rupture more easily than normally shaped red blood cells. Though this does not normally cause problems in affected dogs, the risk of red blood cell rupture could become more severe if affected dogs have concurrent conditions that compromise cardiovascular health.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

You should not notice any signs at home from this disorder.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Affected dogs are born with this condition, and the irregular shape may be seen whenever a blood smear is examined by your veterinarian.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Examining a blood smear will determine if elliptocytes are present.

How is this condition treated?

Elliptocytes can rupture more easily than normally shaped red blood cells. Though this does not normally cause problems in affected dogs, the risk of red blood cell rupture could become more severe if affected dogs have concurrent conditions that compromise cardiovascular health.

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