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I don't have any answers but I am hoping you can find a solution.

 

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@Noellephoto.  I know exactly what you're going through, and you have my sympathy.   A few years ago I adopted a rescue purebred collie that came from a seizure of 150 in Texas.  The first couple of weeks I had her, she was a wild child; she was all over the place and we had an excessive barking problem.  Took her to be spayed and she was never the same again.  I'll always believe the spay triggered something in her immune system.

 

She became ill, and we eventually took to our local VCA Speciality Clinic.  All the vets are specialists and the very best.  Her doctor was a canine internist, and she also saw her regular vet.  She was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Polyarthritis.  She was treated with Prednisone and anti-biotics, quite a variety of them.  She had side-effects, and many UPS and downs.  Never any remission or marked improvement.  Collie rescue assumed financial responsibility for her medical treatment....over $10,000. I spent Easter Sunday that year with her at the clinic.

 

Eventually the day arrived when she couldn't stand up.  She'd just had a transfusion and her doctors were at a loss to suggest any further treatment.  She'd had everything they could suggest...twice.  We had no choice but to humanely euthanize her.

 

I've had many dogs, have had more than a few euthanized but this one affected me deeply.  So tragic to be rescued from horrific conditions, have the prospect of a happy, loving home only to become so ill and have to suffer more.

She was a sweetheart....very kind and loving.  The ultimate collie.

 

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@Noellephoto.  I know exactly what you're going through, and you have my sympathy.   A few years ago I adopted a rescue purebred collie that came from a seizure of 150 in Texas.  The first couple of weeks I had her, she was a wild child; she was all over the place and we had an excessive barking problem.  Took her to be spayed and she was never the same again.  I'll always believe the spay triggered something in her immune system.

 

She became ill, and we eventually took to our local VCA Speciality Clinic.  All the vets are specialists and the very best.  Her doctor was a canine internist, and she also saw her regular vet.  She was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Polyarthritis.  She was treated with Prednisone and anti-biotics, quite a variety of them.  She had side-effects, and many UPS and downs.  Never any remission or marked improvement.  Collie rescue assumed financial responsibility for her medical treatment....over $10,000. I spent Easter Sunday that year with her at the clinic.

 

Eventually the day arrived when she couldn't stand up.  She'd just had a transfusion and her doctors were at a loss to suggest any further treatment.  She'd had everything they could suggest...twice.  We had no choice but to humanely euthanize her.

 

I've had many dogs, have had more than a few euthanized but this one affected me deeply.  So tragic to be rescued from horrific conditions, have the prospect of a happy, loving home only to become so ill and have to suffer more.

She was a sweetheart....very kind and loving.  The ultimate collie.

 


Oh no...I’m so sorry about your collie...my parents had them when we were growing up, such a fantastic dog, so smart and loyal..these autoimmune disease are devastating...they don’t know too much about them and how they start..some think it could be vaccine related others say tick related...who knows...it seems to becoming more common and hits females harder...

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I'm so sorry that you and your lab are going through this difficult time, @Noellephoto.  A suggestion I have that might help is this.  Maybe your dogs medicine could be made into liquid form.  

 

My mothers dog is very ill right now with heart disease and has to take 6 medications twice a day.  The only way we can get the medicine in him is in liquid form which, by the way, is chicken flavored (comes in beef flavor too).  Maybe the pet hospital that you deal with can suggest a pharmacy that could do this for you.  It might be a viable option.

 

My best wishes to you and your pet.  


Yes I was thinking of a liquid form, I’ll ask...I’m sorry for your mom’s dog..she is my first dog as an adult, I always had cats until her...I thought I was a cat person until I got her...so much love❤️❤️


@Noellephoto, if your vet says the liquid form is unavailable you could have it compounded by a compounding pharmacy.  If there is not one in your area check out RoadRunner Pharmacy.  They are based in AZ.  I use them for my cat's phenobarbital prescription.

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My Pom has IMHA (hemolytic anemia), currently in remission, but I never know when it may come back. U of Illinois vet clinic said caused by vaccine. Prednisone was the only option, but I gave her cranberry powder to help with the excessive peeing, suggested by my vet.

 

There's also homeopathic solutions to the peeing, but I didn't try them.

 

Prayers for your and all dogs that have this problem, it's devastating so many dogs lately. Please keep us up-to-date.

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@Noellephotowrote:

My 7 year old lab seems to be coming out of her remission with IMT, immune mediated thrombocytopenia...we almost lost her four years ago and after several transfusions, lots of meds, and a lengthy stay at the vet hospital we brought our girl home and she’s been very good...however, a few weeks ago we brought her in for her semi annual blood check and her platelets were lower than they want to see and on top of that her red blood count is low, that combination is called Evans Syndrome and often it’s not a good outcome.

 

My problem is the med she is on, Azathioprine, makes her nauseous, so now she’s not eating much and therefore won’t take her pills in her food, any food, not even pill pockets...I’m going to have to resort to putting them down her throat I guess, does anyone have any ideas??  She’s a large dog, and I’m sure I can get them down the first time, but am worried she’ll start fighting me as the days go on....she also started throwing up, which is another side effect of this drug...

 

i should hear back in a day or two and hopefully her levels have risen..I’m going to talk with the vet on possibly changing this med...this is not a steroid which is what she was on four years ago.  As you can imagine I’m heartbroken and hope we can fight this again.


Good morning Noellephoto, I am wondering how your lab is doing today.  Better I hope.....Blessings

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I've purchased canned sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree from my pet store whne m dogs has nausa.  They have a few other flavors but mine lije these. Check with your vet and see if this is worth a try. I only put about two tablespoons in the bowl at first try. You can also put it in your hand or on your finger to give to them. I've done this to get them interested in tryin to eat. Later on I mix a little of it in their food. I have German Shelpherds but I never give them a whole can at once. This will keep in your refrig in a Lock & Lock for 3-4 days. I hope this works for your dog. We will have our paws crossed for the both of you.   

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After a tough day yesterday, I called my vet this morning..she was in surgery but called me a few hours later; they receive her blood test results and the platelets are back in the normal range.....they wanted to see her today to make sure all was well with her liver and kidneys from the medication, so I was back over a few hours ago and she had more blood drawn. He gave her an injection to help with her GI, and some medication for me to give at home also to help with nausea.  When they get this latest blood work back, they’ll decide on a new medication for her. It may be the immunosuppressant med Mycophenolate. She has to be on something right now as it is helping with her platelets, hopefully it’ll be temporary. 

 

My mom came over today to ‘babysit’ as I had to leave for a few hours and didn’t want her to be alone; she was so excited to see her, it was nice to see her with some energy 😍

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@Noellephoto  I'm so glad to read that her platelets are in the normal range again.  I'm glad she got something for the nausea, too.  I hope she will feel well enough to start eating again soon--hopefully tonight.

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Glad to hear things are looking up and I hope they continue to improve for you both @Noellephoto!