Normal canine erythrocytes:|
The canine erythrocyte in health is a relatively large, uniform, biconcave disc. This is
Small numbers of polychromatophilic erythrocytes are observed in blood smears from healthy dogs (<1.5% reticulocytes). Occasional nucleated red blood cells and Howell-jolly bodies may also be seen in blood smears from healthy, non-anemic dogs.
The canine erythrocyte lifespan varies from 110-120 days.