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Rockie Dog Update!

April 11th 2007 6:06 am
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Dear friends,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for all your wonderful well wishes, forums of support, and rosettes to lift our spirits during this difficult time, thank you so very much, our Dogster friends really do mean the world to us, you have always been so supportive!! Thank you!!!

As I type this my Rockie is fast asleep next to me on the bed, thankfully home at last. Poor Rockie has had every test under the sun, not to mention his full blood transfusion, to see if the Doctors could pin point the trigger for his Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). They’ve done Blood tests, an Ultra Sound and chest X-rays and found no underlying causes (I still say it was that Acorn, 5 months in anyones tummy can't do them any good!). They checked his bloods again today and his PVC (red blood cell count) has dropped again from 30 (normal) down to 24 (he was at 16 when they gave him the transfusion), but his Doctor said that it is not too unusual and that his system is probably getting used to the new drugs (that are suppressing his immune system) before it will level out at normal again... However we have to watch him carefully over the next weeks and if he starts showing any sign of the lethargy and weakness he had before or if his gums lose their colour (and go white) then we have to take him to the local vets who can then do a blood count right away and send the results to Murdoch University to check if he is crashing again. Fingers crossed he does not do that again! Then if none of this by Monday, I have to take him to the local vets for his weekly blood count test anyway just to ensure he’s cracking along okay. Thankfully Rockie hasn’t developed any jaundice though so that is good and he’s still a lovely normal colour. So today he was discharged and here he is back at home where he should be!! Sadly for him, he is not allowed to have any walks for at least a week (he won't be happy about that once his strength starts returning as he loves his walks) and is to be on strict rest, with the most he's allowed to do being going outside in the garden to go to the bathroom, then back to bed again. Poor Rockie, thank God he is home though.

Thank you all again, we will keep you updated of Rockie condition and please do continue to keep him in your prayers for a full recovery.

Love Mummy Sarah, Bee & sicky puppy Rockie xox


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