Tater, a 1-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, presented to BluePearl after being found in his yard unable to walk. There were a lot of bees in his yard when he was found and it was suspected that Tater had an anaphylactic reaction from a bee sting. He was given antihistamines and steroids to help with the allergic reaction. Unfortunately, he was very ill with a dangerously low blood pressure, severely bloody diarrhea and vomit, and he was coagulopathic, which meant his blood wouldn’t clot properly.
Zorro, a 6-year-old Chihuahua who was rescued from a Northern California shelter as a puppy, transferred to BluePearl for ongoing bloody urine and anemia. He was admitted to the ICU for a transfusion and internal medicine consult. He was cross-matched to donor Raleigh and given a unit of packed red blood cells. Blood work revealed immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), which occurs when the immune system no longer recognizes its red blood cells as its own and destroys them. Zorro was started on steroids and immunosuppressive medication.
Rufus, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu mix, presented to his veterinarian for episodes of agitation and abnormal behavior where he frantically tried to eat dirt and chewed on walls in the house. Within the previous week, his appetite had also waxed and waned and he was vomiting. Bloodwork showed severe non-regenerative anemia and he was transferred to BluePearl for further evaluation. He was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Lorenzo and received a transfusion of packed red blood cells. A bone marrow biopsy revealed an immune mediated disease that was targeting the bone marrow.
Whip, a 6-year-old Great Dane, presented to BluePearl for not being able to walk and ongoing diarrhea. He was cold, with an elevated heart rate and a decreased blood pressure. He was given intravenous fluids which helped to improve his blood pressure and he became ambulatory shortly after. An ultrasound showed a large splenic mass that appeared to be bleeding. He was taken to surgery and his spleen was removed. He was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Sully and received a double unit of packed red blood cells and plasma.
Emilia Francesca, a 2-year-old pug, transferred to BluePearl for continued evaluation and treatment of bloody urine, suspected immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and potential immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP). These can occur when the immune system no longer recognizes its red blood cells and platelets and destroys them. Emilia travels to Ecuador and during her last visit, a tick was noted on her. She was very anemic and was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Jet and received packed red blood cells.
August (AKA, Auggy Doggy Puddin’ Pie) is a German shepherd Labrador mix with a black and tan coat, long hair and a sweet face. His favorite food is beef, cheese, cat food, milkbones, and Starbucks puppuccinos. He loves playing with the ball, car rides, and staring out at the mountains being a pensive puppy. He’s a great cuddler, from an early age he learned how to lean against Liz to help support her when she was weak or dizzy. He can be wound up and wild or sweet and gentle, but he’s always so expressive.
Mrs. Watson (AKA, Watson) is a recued black-tipped fawn greyhound who loves pumpkin and popcorn as well as car rides, walks, and cuddling. She is very sweet and loving, but she has a tendency to hog the bed and covers. Mrs. Watson is special because she was a successful racer on the tracks in Florida. Then, she retired and moved to Washington and waited over a year in foster care to find her forever home. She is a donor because she was fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family and she wants to be able to help other dogs who are in need.
Mrs. Hudson (AKA, Hudson) is a rescued red fawn greyhound who loves to eat anything! She loves car rides and sleeping upside down (also known as roaching), and most of all she loves meeting everyone. Mrs. Hudson does, unfortunately, try to steal everyone else’s food and has a tendency to howl at the caller ID voice. She’s special because, while she was a not-so-fast racer on the tracks in Florida, she retired to Washington State and found her forever family.
By Beth Guerra, DVM Reposted Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Quite a few years ago, I evaluated a one-year-old Schnauzer for an acute onset of vomiting and diarrhea. He had no known medical problems and had not eaten anything unusual that could have caused his symptoms. The owner allowed me to do a complete workup, including x-rays and bloodwork. There were very few abnormalities except for a very low white blood cell count, which can indicate overwhelming infection or inadequate bone marrow response to infection. I was wracking my brains for a cause that would also explain his symptoms, when I noted in the chart that the owner had acquired him as a very young puppy and that he was not yet neutered. When I asked why she had not neutered him, she said he had never visited a veterinarian. That set off a bell in my head, and I questioned her about vaccine status. She reported he had never had any vaccines or boosters and that the breeder did not mention that he was given any before she acquired him. I immediately set up a parvo test, and it was a strong positive.
Howie is a one-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever who loves to eat everything! He especially loves peanut butter, and nerf darts. Howie’s favorite activity is “keep away”. This is a fun game until you need something he has (i.e. a shoe while the school bus is waiting) and he refuses to give in. Swimming is his second favorite activity. Howie is always ready to go anywhere and do anything. He is a brave dog and great with all other animals and people, however, he loves jumping on people, and eating remotes and money!