What Causes High Neutrophils in Dogs?

Disbalance in any cell in the blood can be the root cause of many other ailments in every being. And so is the same in case of dogs, any disbalance in their bodily fluids, cells, enzymes, etc. or even mood swings can have some major impact.

As veterinarians suggest that regular tests of the dog ensure that their body is consistently in check. Sometimes an imbalance in the blood cell levels might turn out to be a bigger issue than just some minor imbalance.

Causes High Neutrophils in Dogs

White cells in a dog’s body are responsible for fighting bacteria in their body. They are the building blocks of a dogs’ immune system, defending their body from foreign bacteria, fungi, and infections.


What happens if white blood cells are in high number in a dog’s body?

A normal white blood cell count in dogs typically can range between 6,000 to 17,000 per microliter of blood. However, it can also vary depending upon the breed of the dog as well. However, parasites might meddle with this range


What exactly causes this increase?

  • Foreign bacteria or fungal infection can lead to a high level of white blood cells, causing their range to increase up to 12,000 per microliter in their bloodstream.
  • Leukemia or even the presence of cancer cells can increase some enzymes of the white blood cells. The bone marrow of the dog’s bone produces blood cells, including red and white both. However, cancer cells might lead to an increase in only WBCs.
  • Allergic reaction to medicine, food, or environment can also lead to an increase in the level of WBCs in the dog’s bloodstream.
  • Bacterial pneumonia can also cause an increase in the levels of neutrophils which are a component of WBCs in dogs.

These are just some of them, which cause an increase in WBC in a dog; however, the impact of this might lead to massive hair fall and moody in dogs, making them irritable. 

Being able to cure this at an early stage saves your dog from suffering further, and also taking the right medication, and proper proteins might help the dog get better quickly.


How can you detect if your dog is suffering from this?

  • Unusual change in behaviors like coughing, fatigue or weight loss can be prominent ones.
  • It can also be continuous itching and scratching, or moodiness, decrease in interactions, too much aggressiveness, refusing to move, or go out for a walk
  • Or the other prominent symptoms can be rashes, wound or abscess.

However, symptoms like moodiness can be hard to detect in older dogs, like fatigue, low interaction sometimes happens when the dog is too old and so do not be fooled by it because this makes it hard to detect in old dogs making them more prone to parasites/fungal infections.

Alertness and promptness can save your dog from having to bear the consequences of this increased cell numbers. Always keep a check and keep these parasites away from your pet.

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