January 22nd 2013 12:15 pm
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NOV 2012 (a few months before his 5th bday), Chance was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). We knew something wasn't right when he would barely eat, pale gums and was very tired for 2 days. His blood level was 9 (should be 37 or higher) when we brought him in. He underwent high doses of antibiotics and a live blood transfussion with an exact match Boxer. He now struggles to get better.
His levels moved up nicely to as high as 34 (37 or above is ideal). So, we lowered the dose of medications.
Sadly, not even a few days after doing that he lost 5 pounds and his levels went down to 32. So, the medication had to be increased again.
He was on high doses of Prednisone, Prilosec and IMURAN (azathioprine). After a month of all this medication, he has now been diagnosed with Muscular Atrophy. The vet took him off the IMURAN(azathioprine)and replaced it with a very expensive medication called Cyclosporine (Atopica). The 5 pounds came back on after switching medications so we are hoping the levels rise also so that the medication can be lowered.
We are praying he pulls through this as the medication is doing so much harm that I am worried can't be reversed. He goes back today to see how the Cyclosporine (Atopica) is working. Pray the levels rise!
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