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Emergence of a thrombocytopenic disorder in a group of working dogs of Sri Lanka Air force

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P. S. Jayatilaka ,

Sri Lanka Air Force, Katunayake, LK
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P. P. H. Pinnagoda,

Sri Lanka Air Force, Katunayake, LK
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P. E. Gunawardena,

Sri Lanka Air Force, Katunayake, LK
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K. M. H. Ginarathne,

Sri Lanka Air Force, Katunayake, LK
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I. D. Silva,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
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N. Wijeyawardena,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
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M. R. C. K. Mallawa,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
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T. M. W. Karunaratne,

Government Veterinary Surgeon, Anuradhapura, LK
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A. Dangolla,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Veterinary Teaching Hospital
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R. S. Rajakaruna

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Faculty of Science
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Abstract

The complicated clinical manifestations of canine piroplasmosis with severe thrombocytopenia have been occasionally observed in dogs. This clinical communication describes an acute clinical condition characterized by severe bleeding tendencies with high fatality rates in five groups of working dogs of the Sri Lanka Air Force. It is a multifactorial condition in which known hemoparasites in dogs in Sri Lanka and Anaplasma possibly play roles, requiring further investigation. The clinical condition was successfully managed with a combination of oral antibiotics and prednisolone.
How to Cite: Jayatilaka, P.S., Pinnagoda, P.P.H., Gunawardena, P.E., Ginarathne, K.M.H., Silva, I.D., Wijeyawardena, N., Mallawa, M.R.C.K., Karunaratne, T.M.W., Dangolla, A. and Rajakaruna, R.S., 2018. Emergence of a thrombocytopenic disorder in a group of working dogs of Sri Lanka Air force. Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal, 65(1), pp.13–15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/slvj.v65i1.31
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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