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Thrombocytopenia and tumor stage as prognostic indicators in dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma

We read with interest the article “Retrospective evaluation of thrombocytopenia and tumor stage as prognostic indicators in dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma.” 1 The authors retrospectively reviewed records of dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma that underwent splenectomy and chemotherapy to identify prognostic factors and concluded that animals with perioperative thrombocytopenia had a poorer outcome.

However, with the exception of 1 dog that had platelet clumping on automated analysis, it was not apparent from the report that blood smears were evaluated by board-certified veterinary clinical pathologists or other trained personnel