Immune and Blood System

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  • How can you tell if your dog has anemia? How do you solve that?
  • Dog not eating or drinking, and dragging legs
    I have an 11 year old Airedale who collapsed during a walk about 8 weeks ago, and has not been on her feet since. Her front legs just dangle, she gags when eating or drinking, has lost her voice, and sleeps with eyes open. She has had xrays, CSF, and CT scan. Diagnosis was autoimmune disease. She will be starting rehab on Monday and the vet has said that nothing else can be done if the rehab doesn't help. Is there anyway to get a more specific diagnosis?
  • Masticatory Myositis
    Dear Dr Mike, A while ago you answered a question regarding masticatory myopathy from a Rich and Linda. The symptoms they described match exactly those of our 5 year old retriever. Only he has no problems at all eating and exhibits no visible jaw or any other pain. I was wondering what is the long term prognosis and what can we expect??? Also is this a common condition and how is it caused and what are the treatments? Look forward to hearing from you :) !
  • My dog is vomitting after eating ice cubes, could it be from diabetes?
    I have a dog that is diabetic and takes insulin. I noticed the past 2 times she ate ice cubes she vomited. Looks like food she ate earlier in day. Is this related to the diabetes?
  • Lymphoma in dogs; hereditary?
    What is the risk factor of breeding litter mates of dogs that have been diagnosed with lymphoma? What is the hereditary factor? - Or is it hereditary?
  • Does my dog have cushings disease?
    My 14 year old border collie Mac is confusingly labeled 'transient diabetic'. Could he just have Cushing's disease? The vet ruled out Cushing's because general blood tests (those 2 hormones) came back normal. Further, she said our dog responded to his insulin well. He recently went off insulin for a few weeks and was fine. After a week at the kennel, he had a seizure and his glucose was high (about 300-400) again, now he's on insulin again.
  • High Platelets in Blood Count, what does it mean?
    My dog, a great dane mix, 4 years old, woke up today vomiting and with diarrhea. I immediately took him to the vet (he actually is spending the night there, which I must admit am very nervous about), he told me that he had a high platelet count and got scared because he was constantly defecating, and with blood the last few times he did. He didn't eat anything out of ordinary, that we know of. What could be causing this? And what does this high platelets count mean? Thanks in Advance,
  • trying to make some sense of blood work test results
    I have a 12 yea old spayed beagle mix who has recently become incontinent. My vet believes it may be pancreatitis. The results of concern are:Alk Phos: 308 BUN: 37 Creatinine: 1.1 Glucose: 477 K: 5.8 Sodium: 141 Amylase: 1775 Lipase: 1988 WBC: 16.9 Neutrophils: 12844 Monocytes: 1183 Any ideas? Thanks.
  • Septicemia in my dog
    Gizmoe acted droopy for a couple of days. By the second afternoon he was critically ill. We took him in right away. After $3700.00 and a week in the hospital the doc said it was Septicemia,we were able to bring him home meds,lactulose 2.5cc every 8 hours,clavamox 62.5 mg tab (q) 12 hours,Baytril 68mg tab (QD) mitazapin 1/4 tab (QD), tramado l25 mg (q) 12 hours. When he will stop acting like he is drunk when he walks. He acts like someone who has had too much to drink. Why does he act like this?
  • Which labs can test nutrition with blood work?
    My vet is unfamiliar with the Nutritional Blood Test. Will Antech perform this test?

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