DogAnemiaFilter: (Asking for disillusioned) My dog has a low red & white blood cell count. Expectations? Experiences? Help?
My dog is a 10 year old male yellow Labrador retriever. He was diagnosed with a form of something similar to spinal stenosis and was put on a course of Rimadyl for pain management.
It works well for him, but the vet did her three month bloodwork to look at its affects on his liver, and has instead discovered that he has an incredibly low red and white blood cell count.
She says that this could be caused by an autoimmune issue, such as Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. It could also just be because the bone marrow has simply stopped.
He’s shown none of the traditional anemic symptoms, aside from occasional panting, (which we’d thought was a pain response to the back problems) but he’s still very active. He’ll run and drag a pillow to me for fetch, and play hide and seek and all of that. He’s no puppy, but he’s not lethargic or worryingly tired.
Does anyone have any experience with this? How much longer will we have with him, if it’s untreated? Days? Weeks? Months?
The vet said his counts were bottomed out, and incredibly low. How possible is that with little-to-no symptoms? The treatment course appears to be Prednisone, but then we’d have to take him off Rimadyl. How likely is it to reverse this problem? Is a transfusion worth it?
Also, what does the low white cell count mean with regards to the anemia diagnosis? We're visiting an internalist tomorrow who may check his bone marrow. Anything we should ask or know?
Lastly, (wishful thinking filter: ) is there any chance the lab screwed up? The blood was taken from the jugular, since she was having trouble with the veins in the arms. I know it's not likely, but...
Thanks for all your help. This is Cisco.