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Signs of a toxic neutrophil

Toxic changes are seen in circulating neutrophils (i.e. in the blood smear) with inflammatory responses. Features of toxic change include: 

Dohle bodies

Cytoplasmic basophilia


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Do you know what stacking of RBCs is called?

Definition time!

Rouleaux can be seen normally in cats and horses. In dogs, it is seen with pathologies/processes that result in hyperglobulinemia such as inflammation, antigenic stimulation, and...

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The importance of a manual platelet count: you HAVE to do them!

It is essential to check a blood smear when your CBC analyzer tells you a patient is thrombocytopenic!

In these cases, it’s so important to microscopically evaluate the smear and do a manual...

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Hemolytic anemia in a horse: When the blood smear cracked the case

Ready for a case challenge? 

This is a horsey case, but even if you’re small animal you’ve probably learned of this at some point even if you haven’t treated a horse since...

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Definition time: Panniculitis

Definition time!

Panniculitis can be caused by a number of things including: trauma, foreign bodies, infectious organisms, pancreatic disease, Vitamin E deficiency, adverse drug reactions, immune...

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This kind of tumor can hide in fat.. don't miss it

Although most “fatty” feeling (soft, squishy) masses will end up being lipomas, you have to watch out for the elusive mast cell tumor that is living in a hidey-hole of fat. 


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