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Pet Health Concerns: Cyclic Neutropenia

Cyclic neutropenia, also known as cyclical neutropenia and Grey Collie Syndrome, is an inherited blood disorder that results due to an autosomal dominant cell mutating. This disorder causes extremely low neutrophil blood levels in the body. Neutrophils are better known as white blood cells and they aid the body in fighting off infections. With this recurring condition, it approximately occurs every three weeks, while lasting anywhere from three to six days. When neutrophil level are low, the pet may be prone to more frequent infections. Symptoms of cyclic neutropenia are joint pain, diarrhea, skin infections, mouth ulcers, fevers, and frequent infections. Collie dog breeds tend to be the most common breed that suffers from this condition. Unfortunately there is no current cure available for pets who suffer from cyclic neutropenia, however, there are some medications your veterinarian can prescribe that may prolong your cat or dogs life by several years.

To learn more about Cyclic Neutropenia in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your cat or dog ever been diagnosed with this Cyclic Neutropenia? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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