ANY DOG'S PERSON SHOULD READ ALL OF THE INFO IN THE FOLLOWING LINKS TO EDUCATE HIMSELF ABOUT THESE POSSIBILITIES. CERTAINLY KEEP THIS SITE ON YOUR 'FAVORITES' LIST IN CASE YOU NEED THIS INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCIES.
THROUGH THE LONG NIGHTS DURING HIS BRIEF AND HARSH ILLNESS, WHEN I COULDN'T SLEEP AT ALL FOR WORRY, AND EVERAFTER, I'VE BEEN PERUSING THE INTERNET AND EMAILING VETS AND OTHER PEOPLE WHOSE DOGS HAD OR HAVE THESE ILLNESSES TO FIND OUT ALL I CAN ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO OUR DEAR, SWEET SUNSHINE. I KNOW HE WOULD LIKE FOR ME TO SHARE THIS INFO WITH ALL OF YOU IN HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THE ANSWERS YOU ARE PRAYING FOR TO SAVE YOUR OWN PETS- OR TO SAVE THEM FURTHER AGONY.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO INFORMATIVE WEBSITES AND ARTICLES WHICH DEFINE, EXPAND UPON, DIAGNOSE, AND DISCUSS MYSTERIOUS AND SUDDEN ILLNESSES LIKE IMHA, DIC, BLOAT, AND OTHERS, INCLUDING SOME FORUMS WHERE YOU MAY READ POSTINGS BY OTHER FRANTIC PROTECTORS OF DOGS AND ANSWERS BY VETS.
REMEMBER, THOUGH, THAT VETS ARE STILL VERY MUCH IN THE DARK ABOUT THESE ILLNESSES, AND YOU SHOULD BECOME INFORMED ON THE POSSIBLE CAUSES, TREATMENTS, AND DECISIONS MADE IN THESE URGENT HOURS, IN ORDER TO MONITOR THE TREATMENT OF YOUR LOVED ONES.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS TERRIFYING SCENARIO, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR OWN PERSONAL INFORMATION TO HELP OTHERS AT SOME OF THESE SITES.
PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT TO BE REALLY INFORMED, IT IS BEST TO READ PAGES AT ALL OF THESE LINKS IN ORDER TO GET A REAL PICTURE OF WHAT IS GOING ON, AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN VETS DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS, AND THAT EVERY VET IS DIFFERENT, AND THAT SOME VETS KNOW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO TREAT YOUR DOG, SO IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROPER THINGS ARE DONE FOR YOUR DOG.
a very good forum for information on AIHA and IMHA and other ailments
a great study on nutritional causes of major illnesses in dogs
pages on treatment results and on how serious these threats really are- we were told that our dog had a 'fifty-fifty chance', when, in fact, he had almost no chance at all, and further treatment would only torture an already ill dog. beware of money motives in your practitioner.
this article explains how a hard-to-find parasite may often be the instigating factor. your vet must be made to do extensive testing to find out if parasites are an underlying cause.
this page explains how a certain strep bacteria can cause severe and fatal conditions in dogs, including DIC
a good explanation of aiha and imha is found here
a good resource for finding info on dog illnesses
why itchy skin may indicate serious conditions, and why allergies can lead to imha and should be considered dangerous for dogs
bloat information links- most commonly associated with the larger breeds, but applicable to all dogs
bloat can lead to anemia, (IMHA and DIC) and is quickly life-threatening
emergency instructions for bloating
the real, sad statistics which let you know there is very little hope for any dog who has imha- don't listen to any vet who gives you better odds.
Click here: Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia: 70 cases (1988-1996).
this page reminds you that allergies are symptoms of an overactive immune system, and not to overstimulate it
important info on DIC
blood counts for you to check diagnoses with- do not put your loved one's fate into the hands of any vet without finding out the blood test results, and checking them out with others.
how to prevent bloat in your dog
this form of cancer can easily be misdiagnosed as IMHA- vital, since the wrong treatment can take away any chance your dog might have
diagnosis of DIC - make sure, since DIC is usually fatal- it is pointless and cruel to attempt to treat a dog this ill, and any attempt on a vet's part would be only for financial reasons
further ways to diagnose DIC- so you may make sure of what the test results mean
another pet health message board
how to read lab test results-three links
Click here: Douglas Island Veterinary Service - How to read lab test results
Click here: Understanding Laboratory Tests
Click here: Laboratory Test
basic first aid info for dogs
i hope we all know that both chocolate and onions are deadly to dogs, but did you know that onions can lead to anemia, and therefore, to IMHA ?
a nice message board, and info on why one should not feed tuna to cats often ( i just want to give all info i find on whatever pet or whatever ailment)
JUST TO MAKE SURE:
I ASSUME EVERY DOG PERSON KNOWS THAT CHOCOLATE AND ONIONS ARE POISONOUS TO DOGS, AND THAT ONIONS ARE ALSO POISONOUS TO CATS.
a list of plants poisonous to dogs
more on how the immune system works in dogs
another page on just how usually fatal anemia is, and how it affects the body
a lovely site on this grave illness
another description, though not full enough, of IMHA
here is an article showing that bacterial infection can lead to IMHA
more info on IMHA
an excellent IMHA info forum, with current intelligent postings and good archives too
great article on yeast infections,(candida), in dogs
another pet forum and info on heartworm medication as a cause of IMHA
more comments on causes of and how fatal AIHA and IMHA(degrees of anemia) are- a very good article
more listings of articles on canine health
on a blood cancer in dogs, hemangiosarcoma- often mistaken for AIHA
info on the danger and consequences of spider bites for dogs
and on the stings of other insects
i hope you have learned by now just how dangerous a blood transfusion can be, especially to a dog with IMHA- it can make the condition far worse- here is more about the dangers of blood transfusions for dogs
why mannitol, which is sometimes used in conjunction with other very dangerous drugs, is also dangerous
more ways to diagnose DIC
causes of DIC
other dangers to be informed about in hospital care of dogs
more dangers of drugs
more drug dangers with clotting and anti-clotting
more dangers with blood transfusions
pancreatitis can lead to DIC
more info on onion toxicity and treatment options for
various info on pet emergency situations
some info on veterinary drugs
another site with AIHA, IMHA links
another study proving how little chance a dog really has with IMHA- don't believe a vet who gives you more than a small percentage of a chance, and only that if he's very,very lucky.
more info on causes, including penny and other coins ingestion- and why the coombs test is not to be relied upon
info on enlarged spleen
diseases that cause seizures in dogs
info on how too much voltage can cause diseases
on strep in dogs
AGAIN, TO STRESS THE DANGER OF BLOATING IN YOUR DOG- IT CAN OCCUR SUDDENLY IN ANY DOG
danger of bloat in dogs