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I just left the vet and she thInks my dog might have imha. Has anyone else have experience with this ?
 

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That is very bad news stuff.
If you haven't done so already, I would strongly suggest sending out a full tick panel. You can do the in office one (SNAP4DX) in the meantime, because the full panel will take several days to get back, but it doesn't pick up all of the diseases.
IMHA is frequently caused by one or more of the tick borne diseases. Don't know if you have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in your area, we do, and I know of 2 dogs in which RMSF caused IMHA. Ehrlichiosis is also notorious for causing IMHA.
 

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I work in an ER and Specialty Vet Hospital. If your dog has IMHA, they should see an Internal Medicine Specialist ASAP. This can be bad news. Your dog should definetely be checked for tick borne diseases and depending on what his/her symptoms are may need blood transfusions and will most likely be on long term medications. Where do you live??

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That is very bad news stuff.
If you haven't done so already, I would strongly suggest sending out a full tick panel. You can do the in office one (SNAP4DX) in the meantime, because the full panel will take several days to get back, but it doesn't pick up all of the diseases.
IMHA is frequently caused by one or more of the tick borne diseases. Don't know if you have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in your area, we do, and I know of 2 dogs in which RMSF caused IMHA. Ehrlichiosis is also notorious for causing IMHA.
She did test positve for Lymes. She is staying a couple nights at the ER vet clinic. They are monitering her PCV count. It was 18. Her rbc was 2.07. She is on prednisone and Doxy.

they did xray her to make sure she didnt eat any Zinc.
 

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I work in an ER and Specialty Vet Hospital. If your dog has IMHA, they should see an Internal Medicine Specialist ASAP. This can be bad news. Your dog should definetely be checked for tick borne diseases and depending on what his/her symptoms are may need blood transfusions and will most likely be on long term medications. Where do you live??

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I left my vet and took her right to the ER clinic so they could watch her overnight. My friend owns the ER clinic here. http://www.harfordervet.com/
 

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Nick,
I hope all is ok with Gracie and that she doesn't have IMHA. Nasty stuff, the body is attacking the rbc's for whatever reason which could be many. Usually treated with Prednisone, we have also treated the sever cases have used Azothiaprine with great success. If caught easy it may be months of steroids and vet visits to monitor the blood values but they can pull threw it. Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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You need to see a specialist right away. Those meds are not enough. This is a good article http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_imha.html ,the one the ER gave me.
My dog was down south. Multiple tick panels were sent out and they never came back positive but he was still treated. He was an open dog at the time so I had everything done I could but he threw a clot in spite of the transfusions and meds.
 

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her pcv dropped to 13 and they gave her a pack of RBC and 12 hours after that is it back up to 18.

Nancy how long afterwards did he throw a clot?
 

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her pcv dropped to 13 and they gave her a pack of RBC and 12 hours after that is it back up to 18.

Nancy how long afterwards did he throw a clot?
The clot was after extensive transfusions and a splenectomy, so about 3 weeks. The whole process makes them hypercoagulable. His crit went even lower and he was hemolyzing the RBC's quickly after the transfusions. See what it is in one or two days. What one hopes is they start holding their crit.
 

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The clot was after extensive transfusions and a splenectomy, so about 3 weeks. The whole process makes them hypercoagulable. His crit went even lower and he was hemolyzing the RBC's quickly after the transfusions. See what it is in one or two days. What one hopes is they start holding their crit.
Wow Sorry to hear that Nancy.
Graice PCV level is up to 24 now. She got a bag of blood yesterday at 4:00 her level dropped to 15 yesterday.
 

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Wow Sorry to hear that Nancy.
Graice PCV level is up to 24 now. She got a bag of blood yesterday at 4:00 her level dropped to 15 yesterday.
Is she on Immuran or something else besides the pred? I think he was also on Cyclosporin
 

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Is she on Immuran or something else besides the pred? I think he was also on Cyclosporin
I do not know. I will find out tomorrow.
 
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