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Polycythemia

Polycythemia in Cats: An Overview

Polycythemia is a condition involving an increase in the relative or absolute number or concentration of circulating red blood cells (RBCs). Polycythemia is also called erythrocytosis (another name for red blood cells are “erythrocytes”). The signs and treatment of polycythemia vary greatly depending on the cause of the condition. There are two general types of polycythemia in cats: relative and absolute. It is important to determine which type is involved in a given animal, so

Symptoms of Polycythemia in Cats

Polycythemia, a condition in which the number or concentration of red blood cells in the cat’s bloodstream is actually or relatively elevated, can contribute to a number of different clinical signs depending upon why the condition developed in the first place. There are several different types of polycythemia, and treatment decisions should be based upon the underlying cause.Relative polycythemia occurs when the ratio of red blood cells-to-fluid in blood is increased, usually due to dehydration,

Treating Polycythemia in Cats

Polycythemia is an abnormal increase in the number or concentration of circulating red blood cells (“RBCs”). Polycythemia is also known as erythrocytosis (another name for red blood cells are “erythrocytes”). The signs and treatment of polycythemia vary greatly depending on the cause of the condition. There are two main types of polycythemia in cats, relative and absolute. These can further be broken down into primary and secondary absolute polycythemia. It is important to determine which


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