Dog with Sudden Swollen Eyelids with Tiny Ulcer-like Excoriations & Elevated Blood Neutrophils
by Jean D.
Before treatment -Rt
My dog suddenly developed swollen eyelids with tiny ulcer-like excoriations on the inner lids. No environmental cause or food, etc.
Our vet prescribed oral and topical antibiotics plus 10 - days of oral prednisone 2.5 mg x2 daily now being tapered to 2.5 daily to stop in a few days and the eyes have 99.9% reverted to normal looking. There seem to be no other areas or systems involved with this abrupt eye condition and she does not know what it is, possibly an allergic auto-immune type of disorder.
I had lab standard work done: Liver, kidneys, blood sugar, thyroid okay.
What I am worried about is the NEUTROPHIL count which is
14,620 when normal parameters given are 2940 - 12670.
Rest of blood components were WBC : 17.2 (Normal 4.9-17.6)
RBC 8.65 (5.39-8.7) Lymphocyte 2236 (1060-4950)
Monocyte 344 (130-1150)
Eosinophil 0 (70-1490) This was only other abnormal reading.
Thus, the neutrophils are 85% of the total white blood cell count when a max of 60% is normal.
In reading online, I've seen the elevated neutrophils can be an indicator of lupus and I don't want something insidious like that going undiagnosed.
What do you think could cause the neutrophils to be so imbalanced with the rest of the blood and should I be worried?
How is lupus definitively diagnosed in a dog?
Joey is a 3 year-old male, 15 lb., neutered, dachshund/chihuahua. He is a sweet, active, happy, young dog and I want him to have a good, long life. Thank you so much for any advice.
Sincerely, Jean and Joey the dog.
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