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Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

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My 7 month old male standard has been diagnosed with this disease this week. His first blood test showed a 6.5% red blood count on Monday. Did a blood transfusion immediately. The Vet put him on Prednisone. Tested again on Thursday and was 16%. Went to a Emergency Hospital Friday and the count ws 12%. They did another transfusion and added Cyclosporine. We go back on Tuesday for another red count check.

Does anyone have more information on this disease? Apparently, it doesn't usually happen in dogs this young. I've spent this last week in tears and am not dealing well with this so any information or comments would certainly be well appreciated.

Please say a prayer for Worthy.


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Jackie - I'm so sorry! I don't know anything about this syndrome - but I can pray... take care of youself, too, and let us know how he's doing...
Thanks for your concern. Hope your babies are all well. I also have one of his sisters and she is fine so far. Thank God.
I Googled it... sounds like Poodles can be predisposed to it (???), and that it can be brought on by something as simple as a beesting... or virus? It can't be common, or we would have heard of it, don't you think? On my really quick review I didn't see anything that suggested it might be genetic... I'm going to search Threads to see if anyone else has mentioned it...
As he was neutered Feb 23/10, his immune system can also find the antibiotics they use during the operation as foreign and start the distruction there and then just continue on the red cells as they are produced by the bone marrow, another theory is that his mother can be a carrier, but nothing seems to be scientifically proven yet.

Thanks for doing some checking for me. I think I'm still in shock and just can't seem to get it together yet. So thanks a bunch.
What does the vet say? You'd think that being young, and previously healthy would look good for going into remission... I saw that you had posted elsewhere, and someone said that this is what Sport had... I thought he had Thrombocytopena (sp?), which I thought was something different. Still autoimmune, but different.

Here is some hope: Meisha's Hope; A guide to canine autoimmune hemolytic anemia
"Meisha, a lab/terrier/spaniel mix, was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), also known as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), in January of 1992. Her doctor said that if she survived the initial crisis she might live 2 or 3 more years. Meisha lived for 9 years & 10 months after her AIHA diagnosis. She died on November 23, 2001. The visual autopsy indicated that perhaps she had died of cancer, however the results of the tissue autopsy revealed she died amyloidosis probably caused by the long-standing AIHA. This site is dedicated to her and all the other dogs and their families who struggle with autoimmune hemolytic anemia."
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hi jackie

Hi jackie. Sorry to hear about your spoo. My boy is 7 months now and was also diagnosed around 5 months with hemolytic anemia. He is doing very well now but still on pred. He will be off of it in august and we are hoping the best. He looks great and is now acting himself again. You wouldn't even know he was ever sick now because he is so full of energy. I had originally noticed blood in his urine and caught his illness early. I was so worried, but I think he is going to be just fine.
I have spoke with 2 different vets...one a friend of the family. It seems in her opinion it may have been brought on by vaccines....vaccine induced hemolytic anemia. His illness was diagnosed within a month after his final vaccines. This disease in very rare in young dogs and usually comes on later in life ( around 8 years) and at that point is usually auto immune realted. It's probably not related to the immune system in a pup this young. The vet also said that we could do thousands of dollars of testing and never get a answer to why it really happened. I think if it is genetic then the blood cells could be shaped improperly and then when the dog goes off the prednisone it will relapse. This is probably pretty rare.
Hope this helps. Please fell free to ask me any questions. I am definately not an expert but am feeling your pain. PS- where did you get your spoo?
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I am very sorry to hear about your boy. I will hope that he makes a full recovery. It is a very devistating disease. As has been mentioned, it is not yet understood why it happens. Poodles are indeed one of the top breeds affected, and it is thought to sometimes be vaccine related. I really hope your boy pulls through this. Please keep us updated.
How scary. I'm so glad you caught it and got him diagnosed. Hopefully all will work out. I don't have any experience with this disease, but I do with chronic illness...Liberty has Addison's. There's nothing worse than that helpless feeling of not knowing if they're going to be OK. Sounds like lots of dogs get over it....that gives hope that Worthy will too. Definitely sending prayers your way.
I hope and pray that your boy will be fine. As has been mentioned my Sport recently passed away. But the good new for you is that he had immune mediated thrombocytopenia. He became anemic with it however. He was also on the same 2 drugs your guy is on. They also had him on famotidine as the other 2 are very hard on the tummy. If your guy is on it as well fyi it is the same thing as the drug store version of pepsid ac. Just make sure that famotidine is the active medical ingred.

Your vet should also be checking for any problem with the liver function when he is on these meds as they can damage it.

It is horribly hard if I can be of any help to you at all please pm me. Please do keep us posted on how he is doing.

This is a great place to come for support through this I know that everyone will be here for you like they were for me. I truly appreciated all the caring and advise that was given to me when Sport and I were going through his illness. There sure are a lot of very caring people on here!!
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This JACKBUTTS post should be removed from this thread. :rolffleyes:
Jackie - how is Worthy doing? I've been watching for an update...and hoping things are going better...
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