Why Is My Dog Or Cat’s Differential WBC Count Abnormal?

Your Dog And Cat’s White Blood Cell Count

Ron Hines DVM PhD

To see what normal blood and urine values are, go here

For an explanation of causes of most abnormal blood and urine tests, go here

To see how tests are grouped, go here

Differential White Blood Cell Count = WBC = Total Number of cells combined + The number of each individual blood cell type

When You Combine the WBC Count With The Red Blood Cell Count (RBC), You Have The CBC = Complete Blood Cell Count

White blood cells are the policemen of your pet’s body and a change in the relative numbers of one to the other or changes in their total numbers can point to a serious health problem. White blood cells consist of neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils, monocytes and basophils. Immature neutrophils or band cells are reported separately.

Which of them go up and which go down when your pet faces health issues gives your veterinarian important clues as to the cause. Read about the function and dynamics of each one of them by clicking on each of their links.


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