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.