The Weekly Bleat: Maud Update #2
Many of you have been interested in our dog, Maud, and her recovery since she became ill a few weeks ago. After being rushed to the emergency vet due to bleeding from her mouth, etc. and spending nearly a week at the vet clinic secondary to very, very low platelet levels and red blood cell count, she was diagnosed with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP) and hemolytic anemia.
Over the past 2 1/2 weeks, Maud has been home and feeling a bit better. She’s eating again, gaining back two of the ten pounds she lost. She’s also wagging her tail more frequently and howling occasionally; however, she’s still weak and unable to run or climb stairs well. Maud is taking high doses of steroids to depress her immune system so that it will stop attacking her platelets and red blood cells, but there have been negative side effects. Because of the heavy doses of steroids, Maud’s immunity is fragile. She was diagnosed with a gall bladder infection last week as well as non-infectious, steroid-related growths inside her ear.
Maud’s check-up on Tuesday went well: platelet count increased to around 200,000–an increase from 17,000 initially and 100,000 last week, hematocrit level stayed about the same, white blood cell count decreased (infection almost gone), and she gained weight. All in all– a positive report. While Maud is improving, she still has a way to go on her road to recovery. The next step will be to start decreasing the dose of steroids and hope that her immune system doesn’t attack again. Currently, Maud is visiting the vet weekly to make sure she stays on track. We’ll keep you posted!
Many thanks to all of you who have mentioned Maud in your comments. You are very kind to think of her and ask about her progress. I really appreciate your encouragement and concern for her well being. 🙂