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Companion Animal Practice
Investigation of anaemia in dogs
  1. Clare Knottenbelt

    Clare Knottenbelt graduated from Bristol in 1994. After spending a year in mixed practice in West Yorkshire, she became the Petsavers resident in small animal internal medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She obtained an MSc by research in feline transfusion medicine and the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 1999. She is currently lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.


ANAEMIA is a common presenting sign in veterinary practice and is defined as a decrease in red blood cells (erythrocytes) or a decrease in haemoglobin concentration. It can result from a failure of red cell production, red cell loss or destruction. By undertaking a series of investigations, the cause of the anaemia can be identified. This article describes how to investigate anaemia in the dog using a step-by- step approach.

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