Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Cardiovascular Disorders

Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia

General Information
Your pet’s natural body defense system is essential for good health. A part of this system produces antibodies that destroy disease-causing organisms. In autoimmune thrombocytopenia, the defense system produces antibodies that attack the animal’s own platelets (blood cells necessary for blood clotting). The result is hemorrhage in various parts of the body.

Why these antibodies are formed is not fully understood, but sometimes the process is triggered by infections or tumors. In other instances, a cause cannot be found.

Important Points in Treatment

1. Autoimmune thrombocytopenia is a life-threatening disease. Hospitalization is often necessary during the early treatment period. Various laboratory tests are needed to monitor the response to treatment.
2. Blood transfusions are necessary in some cases. Some animals require treatment with large doses of very potent drugs. Often there are side effects from various drugs used to treat this disease. The doctor will describe the normal side effects expected from drug therapy.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

  • Upon arrival, owners can call us from the curb in front of the clinic and we will have a technician assistant come to your car and bring your pet inside.
  • From here, your pet will be examined and the doctor will develop a treatment plan which he will then communicate via phone with the owner.
  • At the end of the visit, an invoice will be brought out to your car and payment can be taken via phone.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.