Amy, a 7-year-old Maine Coon, transferred to BluePearl needing surgery for a foreign body in her intestines. She was very sick upon presentation with a low blood pressure and her clotting factors were out of range. She was started on fresh frozen plasma from donors Toutle and Chester and taken to surgery. The foreign body was removed and an ulcer in her stomach was found.
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.
Bo’Sun, a 1-year-old domestic shorthair, presented to BluePearl for fever and chronic foot wounds. His feet were flushed and bandaged and he was started on pain medications and continued antibiotics. During the evening, he developed bloody diarrhea and developed low platelets (the part of the blood that helps to form clots). Ultrasound revealed an intussusception of the intestines and colon. He was taken to surgery and given a whole blood transfusion from donor Tommy.
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.
Sonny, a 3-year-old Ragdoll, presented for not eating, vomiting and lethargy. An intussusception was found on abdominal ultrasound. Sonny was taken to surgery where the unhealthy intestinal section was removed and normal intestine was brought back together. Sonny also had clotting problems and a significant volume of blood was found in the abdomen at the time of surgery. During surgery he was given packed red blood cells from donor Bunny and two units of fresh frozen plasma from donor Zen. Post-surgery, Sonny required a whole blood transfusion from donor Wednesday.
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.
Hazel, an 8-year-old domestic shorthair, was transferred to BluePearl for further work-up of anemia and intestinal disease. She had two previous abdominal surgeries, which revealed non-specific inflammatory bowel disease and ulceration of the intestines. She was very anemic upon presentation and was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Wolfgang and received a unit of packed red blood cells. An abdominal ultrasound showed concern for perforation of an ulcerated area of intestine so Hazel went back to surgery to have that area removed.
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.
Little, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair, presented to BluePearl as a transfer for anemia. She had been increasingly lethargic for the past week and seemed to stare off into space. She was pale and her back was painful. Her packed cell volume (the percentage of red cells in her blood) was very low. She was blood typed and cross-matched to donor Joni and received a transfusion of packed red blood cells.
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.