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Dead Dog, Please Help!

Post by chb.. » Tue, 06 Jun 1995 04:00:00



My mothers dog, a 2 year old female Airedale suddenly came down with what her
vet called Hemolytic Anemia and after a few days she had it put to sleep.
This dog
on Saturday (and through its life) showed no signs of illness. On Saturday the
dog, she says, was just fine, tail up and happy. The next day the dog was too
weak to
stand.

The vet was puzzled and asked it the dog had eaten anything unusual. (like
Tylenol) which
would have explained the effects. My mother could find nothing around the dogs
area, or
outside where she ties the dog on a long line so it can run.

After much care, transfusions, and medication the dog showed no improvement and
was
put to sleep by her vet. (on Thursday evening) The vet told her that the
antibodies were
destroying the red *** cells faster than the dog could re-produce them.

We are all very sad by this.

My questions to the net:

Is it common for this problem (severe anemia) to show up so suddenly?
What could have caused it?
Is it hereditary?

Was the dog poisoned by a neighbor?

 
 
 

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Post by Don Szczes » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>My mothers dog, a 2 year old female Airedale suddenly came down with what
her
>vet called Hemolytic Anemia and after a few days she had it put to sleep.
>This dog
>on Saturday (and through its life) showed no signs of illness. On Saturday
the
>dog, she says, was just fine, tail up and happy. The next day the dog was
too
>weak to
>stand.

The vet told her that the

Quote:
>antibodies were
>destroying the red *** cells faster than the dog could re-produce them.

I feel for your lose.  I recently had a dog died from a similiar problem.  
The vet told me my dog (a 6 1/2 year old sheltie) had hemolysis.  The vet
could not tell me what caused it, but she has seem it happen before.  She
also said that it happens to even the healthiest dogs.

Don Szczesny

 
 
 

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Post by Sue Wolfm » Wed, 07 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> My questions to the net:

> Is it common for this problem (severe anemia) to show up so suddenly?
> What could have caused it?
> Is it hereditary?

> Was the dog poisoned by a neighbor?

I had an experience with "AIHA" (Autoimmunine Hemolytic Anemia) with my
Springer Spaniel about 6 years ago. Fortunately, she survived. But, I did
learn alot about the disease; I think I can answer some of your questions.

yes, it is common for this problem to show up suddenly. It's a deadly
disease, and if not treated immediately. (and still there is no guarantee),
the dog will most likely die. When my springer contracted it, she stopped
eating one morning, highly unusual for her, and her gums turned pure white.
Rushed her to the vet, who tried various medications to help her body stop
destroying those red *** cells. She finally made it after a week at the
vets (and many $$$'s).

From what I understand, it is not hereditary, and it's a mystery re: what
causes this awful disease. I don't believe poisoning has anything to do
with it.., but who knows.

Hope this helps. (Your posting certainly brought back memories...I still
look at her gums almost daily!).

 
 
 

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Post by andre gas » Sat, 10 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>My mothers dog, a 2 year old female Airedale suddenly came down with what
her
>vet called Hemolytic Anemia and after a few days she had it put to sleep.
>This dog
>on Saturday (and through its life) showed no signs of illness. On Saturday
the
>dog, she says, was just fine, tail up and happy. The next day the dog was too
>weak to
>stand.

>After much care, transfusions, and medication the dog showed no improvement
and
>was
>put to sleep by her vet. (on Thursday evening) The vet told her that the
>antibodies were
>destroying the red *** cells faster than the dog could re-produce them.
>My questions to the net:

>Is it common for this problem (severe anemia) to show up so suddenly?
>What could have caused it?
>Is it hereditary?

>Was the dog poisoned by a neighbor?

My condolences to you and your family.  We lost one of our siberians a few
years back to Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA).  One evening he seemed
unable to urinate(he was his usual happy self prior to this).  After rushing
him to our vet, he left a pool of *** on the examining table.  Red ***
cell count was 30% - normal.  Thereafter, he stopped eating and lost 14 lbs.
Despite medications, two days after the initial vet check his red *** cell
count was down to 18%, a few days thereafter it was at 12%.  We chose not to
have the *** transfusion as the vet indicated that it would only give
temporary relief, plus with his RBC being only 12%, there was a threat of
kidney shutdown.  

Medical information I have indicates that this disease is only partially
understood at this time.  There are two types of AHA:  primary, where the
system destroys its own red *** cells for no apparent reason, and secondary,
where the red cell membrane is changed (perhaps by a virus or parasite) and is
then destroyed as abnormal.  Prognosis for secondary AHA is much better and
depends on howwell the underlying cause can be treated.  The prognosis for
primary AHA is much worse, with only 50% of the animals living beyond 12
months.

I seem to remember reading something about onions being able to bring on
hemolytic anemia.  Our siberian didn't have access to anything suspicious,
however.  It would seem that this is an ongoing medical research item.

I hope this helps somewhat.

Sandy

 
 
 

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Post by Hope Robe » Mon, 12 Jun 1995 04:00:00



says...
Quote:


>>My mothers dog, a 2 year old female Airedale suddenly came down with
what
>her
>>vet called Hemolytic Anemia and after a few days she had it put to
sleep.
>>This dog
>>on Saturday (and through its life) showed no signs of illness. On
Saturday
>the
>>dog, she says, was just fine, tail up and happy. The next day the dog
was too
>>weak to
>>stand.

>>After much care, transfusions, and medication the dog showed no
improvement
>and
>>was
>>put to sleep by her vet. (on Thursday evening) The vet told her that
the
>>antibodies were
>>destroying the red *** cells faster than the dog could re-produce
them.

>>My questions to the net:

>>Is it common for this problem (severe anemia) to show up so suddenly?
>>What could have caused it?
>>Is it hereditary?

>>Was the dog poisoned by a neighbor?

Just wanted to let you know that there are other people stricken
like you with this sudden illness in their dogs.
        Our little 5 year old dachsie just became severely ill as you
describe and died from what the vet diagnosed as autoimmune hemolytic
anemia.  He hung in through 3 *** transfusions and almost a month of
suffering.  You were right to put your dog to sleep so don't feel bad
about it. I'm sorry we fought so long and hard for our dog and put him
through more suffering, but the vet said there was a chance of recovery
and we had our time to say "Goodbye" to him.
        He was a very strong healthy young dog and we are devastated.
The vets seem to think it was a reaction to a rabies shot or the Program
flea pill.  An autopsy was done, but was inconclusive.  We also would
like answers to the questions you posed, but we had $1200 worth of tests
done on our dog and the vets still can't say what caused the illness or
say without a doubt that it was AIHA.
        One of our vets said that AIHA takes 3 weeks to develop to the
severe symptom stage.  Our dog had had a rabies shot 3 weeks before the
onset.

Hope Robert

 
 
 

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Post by TMcT » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I was saddened by your story, I lost my cat Chloe, very suddenly like
that.  She was just fine in the morning then would not come when I called
her for dinner, I took her temperature, It was 106 degrees (a digital
thermometer)!! I rushed her to the vet, they found nothing!!! they wanted
to keep her over night, but no one would be at the vets over night, I just
couldn't leave her she was my baby, so I brought her home.  She was just
limp and crying.  The next morning, she was weaker and I almost left for
school when I heard her crying, she soon after died in my arms.  I never
cried so hard.  I really miss her, no cat can ever replace her. I still
don't know what got her, she was almost two.
TJ, and 9 year old cats, Tasia, Taffi and dog Josh.