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

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    Exclamation A Fatal Case of Immune Mediated Haemolitic Anaemia (IMHA)

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    Lucky, the dog I worked my backside off to get, is a 2yr old lurcher, and today she was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA). This disease causes the white cells to kill the red blood cells. She's in a bad, bad way. She's being kept at the vet for a few days and is being treated with quartozone (I hope that's the right spelling) and another drug that I don't know the name of. If Lucky doesn't respond to the medication, she might not make it. She's lathargic, not eating (which is a big deal for her), her temperature is 40 degrees, her eyes are sad, tired and pain-filled... but the vet is amazing. She's reading up on it and looking into how to treat it with experienced vet contacts. She's absolutley brillant, but we can't work out our chances... she sounds pretty positive, but after Dad doing some reading, it doesn't look good. No one is certain of what might have caused it, they don't know how common it is, chances of survival are varied greatly... no one seems to know a much about it. But what we do know is she's young to have it: ages average at 6.5 years, and Lucky is 2.
    My Dad, who was the most reluctant to adopt Lucky in the first place, is willing to do almost anything to get her better... even take out a bank loan for the costs... and this is coming from a person always concerned about spending money. Lucky has changed both mine and my dad's lives so much, and none of us want to lose her.

    Does anyone out there know anything at all about IMHA? I don't care how little it is. Just please... anything I need to know or do to help Lucky will we hugely appreciated. Lucky is everything to me.
    "Dogs are better than human beings because they know – but do not tell."

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    I happened to be looking up a vet i used to go to when i was on the Sunshine Coast and he had an article that he had written about something similar in a homeopathic website.
    Here is the link. Interhomeopathy - Jemma, Springer Spaniel with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
    Don't know if this will help at all but it just happened to be something i chanced on the other day.
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    Sorry, i dont have any info for you. Just wanted to give my best wishes and good luck. I had my Ridgeback dying in my arms and the vet couldnt promise me a good outcome (parvo).....so i know how you must feel. Luckily for us he pulled through (just) and lived to 14. I'm hoping you guys have the same outcome.

    Fingers and paws crossed that Lucky lives up to her name and pulls through. Good luck.


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    Sorry to hear your sad news GreyGirl.
    Hope you have a good outcome.

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    Thanks so much for the support, guys. I really appreciate it.
    You hear about these sort of scary events and think "Ah, it'll never happen to me," and then out of nowhere it does.

    Quote Originally Posted by tkandz View Post
    I happened to be looking up a vet i used to go to when i was on the Sunshine Coast and he had an article that he had written about something similar in a homeopathic website.
    Here is the link. Interhomeopathy - Jemma, Springer Spaniel with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
    Don't know if this will help at all but it just happened to be something i chanced on the other day.
    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
    "Dogs are better than human beings because they know – but do not tell."

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    'GreyGirl' - so sad to be reading your news about Lucky ! Your vet sounds wonderful and hopefully this will bode well for Lucky.

    Heaps and Heaps of
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    Sorry to hear about this. I have friends who lost a dog to it - and his full brother doesn't have it at all. It can seem a bit random in inheritance, but is certainly not a good diagnosis to hear. Unfortunately some racing greyhound lines do carry it, as do some other sighthound breeds.

    Her survival will depend on the severity of the disease. If it is bad she may not survive even with all the vet care in the world. Your vet sounds like they will try all they can. It often depends on whether organs have already sustained damage. If she is comfortable then get the vet to keep trying. If she is suffering and not improving you or your vet should know if she's had enough.

    Corticosteroids should be used to try and stablise. And blood transfusions may help as well.

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    This is someone in Melbourne that my Vet recommended:-

    Name Margaret O’Riordan
    Qualifications MVB Dublin, VetMFHom, DipHom, CVA (Vet Acup), Cert IAVH
    Practice name Animal Natural Health
    Address 160 Collins St, Thornbury, Vic 3071
    Work phone numbers (03) 94801823
    Work email natvet@netspace.net.au
    Web address
    Modalities practised Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Western Herbs, Nutrition, Bowen Massage, Bach flower Essences
    Species treated Mainly Small animals, 10% Farm Animals/Horses

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    Thanks so much guys. I really appreciate your help and support. But unfortunately her case is very serious... the worst. I don't want to loose her.
    We got some news today. It's not good. Blood count is supposed be in the 30's or 40's, right? Well, when they first tested it, it was around 25. They tested it again a day later and it was 17. Today they tested it again, and wasn't good. It's dropping by around 10 each day. The vet gave her a blood transfusion today, just to give her immune system something to fight while the medication sinks in... if it kicks in in time or even at all. If she can get through the next two weeks it'll be positive. It is so scary. I'll visit her tomorrow and treasure every second I get with her, take mental photos of her and they way she looks up at me... Mum told me to prepare myself in case things don't work out. But her eyes are still bright and she still wags her tail when she sees me..
    Last edited by GreyGirl; 02-16-2013 at 09:12 PM.
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    I know nothing about this disease, my only advice is to please consider the dogs quality of life
    Last edited by mymatejack; 02-17-2013 at 04:05 AM.

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