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Thread: A Fatal Case of Immune Mediated Haemolitic Anaemia (IMHA)

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    Awesome news that she's hope. All fingers, toes and paws here are crossed that she keeps going from strength to strength.

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    Hi there I am have only just joined the forum and have been reading through the posts and saw your thread. We had a ten year old staffie cross diagnosed with the same thing. He had a couple of transfusions and was on medication, his bloods were monitored frequently. He lived until he was sixteen and a dugite took his life.
    I just wanted to wish you all the best for your gorgeous little girl.

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    Thanks. Now all we have to do is figure out an efficent way to fatten her up, and being part greyhound, that isn't easy. Autumn starts tomorrow, and by the cold, windy, rainy weather we've had here for the past couple of days, you can tell winter's on it way. Trying to keep fat on Lucky in the winter is very hard, as she just shivers it right off.
    By the way, welcome to the forum! I've only been here for little over a month now, and so much has happened. But the people here are fantastic, and they've helped me with everything.
    "Dogs are better than human beings because they know – but do not tell."

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    Thank you for the welcome
    We had to give Fergus puppy food to fatten him up, I also cooked lamb shanks and picked the meat off them. Full fat yoghurt mixed with kibble too. Your vet will advise what to feed as this was a few years back now and ideas may have changed.
    I will keep watching out for your posts for updates on Lucky.

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    Thanks.
    We took Lucky to the vet the other day. Her blood count was around 30 and 32! She's getting heaps better, but she'd still very skinny. She's lost about 2.5 kilos since her last visit to the vet. The vet doesn't want her losing any more. She's told us to feed her lots of pasta and to give her at least three or four meals a day. So far she's already put on a little bit of weight, so hopefully she'll just keep putting it on.
    "Dogs are better than human beings because they know – but do not tell."

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    Im so pleased for you Grey Girl, what a great outcome !

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    'GreyGirl' - woohoo-dancing-banana-smiley-emoticon.gif - absolutely love reading these sorts of updates !

    Keep up the fantastic care that you, your family and your vet are doing for Lucky !

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    Best news

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    Greygirl

    I don't know anything about that disease. The drug they were using is "cortizone" which is a steroid - often given for anti itch and for really bad inflamatory diseases like arthritus / joint problems. It's not good to be on long term (more than 6 - 12 months) but to get through a life and death disease or injury - well worth it.

    Auto immune diseases are pretty scary - when the body's own immune system is attacking itself - often the only way to treat it is to shut down the immune system - and then the dog is vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases.

    Glad to see it looks like your dog is getting better. You might want to look up saturn balls or satin balls - minced chicken, egg etc. Check with the vet about whether your dog is likely to be vulnerable to stuff like salmonella - if so - then cook the balls thoroughly - don't feed raw. Pay very close to what the dog is fed. As much stuff that is unprocessed as possible ie you buy the ingredients and cook it yourself, making sure you cover all the nutritional needs, and no human dinner left overs or foraging for a while.

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    Thanks so much for the support and information, guys.

    There was a day last week where Lucky wouldn't eat her tea, which is completely unlike her considering we can't seem to fill her. The next day we took her back to the vet and they took a blood test and sent it off. She's had abdominal pains every time she goes to the vet, yelping when they push too hard there, and they think she may have something else. The next day the results came back, and she was back to eating normally again. Her blood count remained at 32 - it hadn't gone up since it was last checked. They gave us the results, and then wrote them down for us in non-vetinary speak:

    Present Condition:
    - Non-regeneroctive anamia {bone marrow supression}
    - Abnormal red cell and white cell {bone marrow supression}
    - High liver enzyme: due to Macrolone tablets or primary liver disease
    - Infection: due to medication supressing immune system

    Suspect:
    - Poor response to medication for IMHA
    - Cancer of blood origin ?

    Two Pathways to Go With:
    1. Change medication: immuran to cyclosporin and regular blood tests
    2. Referral to Melbourne: for further work up and management


    If you want more details I can take a photo of the technical results for you.
    So, they don't really know what's going on, and they want us to see a specialist. They've suggested an ultrasound to find about liver issues. Mum questioned them for more info and they gave us some antibiotics to give her. But we have decided to go for a second opinion. We're going to take her to another vet in town, and they have an ultrasound machine there. That would be a cheaper option to get the ultrasound.

    Worried again... and we thought she was getting better. But, a plus is that she is gaining weight, and she doesn't appear as sick as she actually is - she's very happy, she still jumps in the pond when it's hot, wags her tail, eats like a horse... we're just so confused right now.
    Last edited by GreyGirl; 03-11-2013 at 08:50 PM.
    "Dogs are better than human beings because they know – but do not tell."

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