IMHA is an equal opportunity illness. It CAN strike any dog, cat or even people. We hope you'll join MICA'S TEAM & help us raise awareness & research $$ to cure IMHA."
Pet-Peeves: feral cats (but more likely the humans that create them)-she was a VERY smart dog afterall
Favorite Toy: Mica was like a puppy with any new toy, even at age 9.. but her soccer ball was it
Favorite Food: cheese, then watermelon
Arrival Story: Mica was a highly intelligent, fiercely loyal companion and service dog with a keen sense of humor. She had a winning smile and a willingness to give. She was a real inspiration and a joy to know and love.
MANY have written asking HOW TO DONATE to Mica's IMHA Research FUND.
If you care to make a donation, please use PayPal.
More details at ecollage.org
IF you wish to join Mica's Team, we would be delighted to add your pet's badge to Mica's page, as well as our team photo- "The Many Faces of IMHA." The photo consists of those who have the disease, have lost their battle with IMHA, and those who have joined us to fight the war, to ultimately win by finding a cure!
We appreciate any and all interest and support of our efforts.
Bio: Our perfectly healthy and lovely 9 year old Belgian Tervuren was lost within 6 days of onset of 2 blood immune diseases, IMHA & IMT: Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia & Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia.
IMHA occurs when the immune system attacks its own red blood cells (RBCs) prematurely & at a MUCH faster rate than new ones can be produced. It is life threatening & requires prompt, aggressive treatment. A lack of oxygen carrying RBCs may damage vital organs, while a high risk of death from blood clots occurs due to damaged RBCs.
CAUSATION: It may be caused by an exposure to toxins, from cancer, an infection or even vaccines. Bee/wasp stings & tick-borne diseases (TBD) have also been implicated, as has the ingestion of ONIONS, GARLIC or PENNIES, or owner administration of Vitamin K and acetaminophen. It may be deemed IDIOPATHIC [id E-oh path ick] (no known cause) like Mica's, which is MOST often the case. IMT adversely affects the blood platelets, which helps blood to clot normally. IMT accompanies IMHA in close to 70% of cases. It can lead to excessive bleeding.
PLEASE NOTE that bleeding can be interior and/or exterior in nature. For Mica however it was the complications of IMHA that presented the greatest challenge. When all three blood components are affected, it is called Pantocytopenia.
Symptoms of IMHA can appear suddenly or be more gradual. Mica's onset was sudden, in less than 24 hours. Her energy level was down a bit one day, but she otherwise seemed well. After midnight she vomited once. By morning her breathing was labored and she was very weak. Later that day in ICU she became severely jaundiced.
SIGNS TO WATCH FOR: Your pet may exhibit subtle weakness or lethargy. They may have an increase in heart & respiration rates (excessive panting) & have PALE GUMS, ears or tummy. They may vomit or stop eating altogether. With IMT they may have unexplained bruising or bleeding.
EVERY SINGLE CASE is different with this illness, which is why treating it successfully is SO difficult. Supportive care comes 1st to try & stabilize a pet's condition. Next, immune suppression drugs try to stop the ongoing destruction of blood cells. Finding then treating the underlying cause IS critical. MICA'S ANEMIA BECAME SO SEVERE THAT SHE NEEDED CRITICAL LIFE-SUPPORT THAT INCLUDED THE HELP OF OTHER DOGS.
Did you know that dogs give blood, just like humans? If they didn't, there wouldn't be enough blood to provide the tens of thousands of transfusions dogs need every year. As with humans, blood must be readily available or a patient may die. THAT'S WHY CANINE BLOOD DONATION IS SO IMPORTANT.
Mica's condition improved significantly after multiple transfusions, & she fought valiantly-for nearly a week when complications of the IMHA finally took her from us.
PLEASE consider talking with your vet about involving your dog in a blood donation program. Blood transfusions like Mica received GREATLY increase a dogs chance of recovering from IMHA, IMT & other illnesses or injuries.
IMHA & IMT are devastating diseases. IMHA is the MOST COMMON blood disorder in BOTH dogs & cats, and its mortality rate is staggering. At times it can be managed, but today there is no cure.
RESEARCH IS DESPERATELY NEEDED. Please consider Mica's IMHA Research Fund.. even a dollar at a time adds up! THANK you
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Thank you Dogster Dog FUR featuring my diary for the day. Many of you know we raise funding for much needed research for IMHA. Many of our good pals are members of Mica's Team. We don't bark much here anymore, sadly because most that could be affected, our fellow dogs and cats, just don't support it.
We always found it peculiar but it deserves a shout out.. That those that seemingly have the least to give are those that are the most generous. We thank those mates again. We also realize that there are many other factors that play on the results overall. The economy has been very hard, and even affected our nuclear family, with layoffs and underemployment. Then there are health challenges, both human and companion related. Yes. Been there, done that. Still are. Plus, we all have areas we support. Cancer is a big one, and yes we support the research too.
We cannot all do it all. But we can all do something. We have often thought of it this way. What IF each member, just here at Dogster, gave ONE DOLLAR. When we all do a little, it spares the few from having to do it all. It might still not bring the cure, or the magic bullet that would keep it from happening, but it also might. We are still hopeful, and none of this would help our Angel. It never would. I just believe they deserve the best we have to give.
It's why we try to do what we do. It's almost a thankless job folks, and even the little we draw in from EcollageArt at ETSY gives back to others. For 6 years every dime. After that, a percentage. We wish we could but I don't think any one soul is meant to do it alone. It's why God created the companion animal. For company, to laugh, to love, and share all the best with them, to make us be the best we can be, in the likeness of the furry ones we must fight for, because they can't.
Angel Mica, Mirra, Mel and family wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (no table scraps!), good health and Peace for the upcoming HOWLidays and the New Year. Please think of us and visit ecollage.org to learn more about IMHA and how you can help us help others.
A special treat please for the Dogster Dog and the Watch Dog for this honor. Mirra has a huge smile here and we picture the Wonderpup smiling at all of us from the Rainbow Bridge.
On behalf of Mirra, the Purple Girls and yours truly, many thanks FUR all the love on talk like a Pirate Day..
Mom commented several times that I always was a Pirate on Halloween.. It has more to do with a sound I made when we were playing, and even tho Mirra nor I ever dressed up per se, we take our fun seriously.
Therefore it's swell that this day exists at all, that Dogster celebrates it as it does FUR its DOGS and that our kind pals treated us. It was great to hear from you.
We aPAWc8 it, very furry much.