How to recognize canine anemia in Boston Terriers

In January of this year, my Boston Terrier – Rose had hemolytic anemia. The cause of his anemia is still unknown. Because I did not recognize her anemia quickly enough, it almost cost her her life. Maybe by learning the steps to recognize it, you can save your dog's life.

Observation. The first step is to examine your dog.

* Look at their gums. Are they pale or yellow?

* Is the tongue pale?

* Is your dog depressed?

* Do not they jump on the couch?

* Do they act, they can not keep their eyes open? As their eyelids weigh a thousand pounds.

* Have they lost the appetite?

* Do they lack energy?

* Do they growl or break easily?

Feel. The second step is to touch and feel your dog.

* Is your dog's belly too hot?

* Place your hand on their chest.

* Does their heart feel that it is beating too fast?

* Do they breathe with more effort or faster than normal?

Listening The third step is to pay attention to their breathing.

* Has your dog started to snore or is it snoring louder than usual?

* If you recognize any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian immediately. Do not hesitate.

The last step is the treatment of canine hemolytic anemia.

Depending on the severity of the case, your dog may receive a blood transfusion. (My dog ​​- Rose received a transfusion that was given by a bull). In fact, the unit of blood was shared between my Boston Terrier and a poodle.)

This will probably be followed by IV steroids. (My dog ​​- Rose had them, and they left him a lot IV access they make humans for several days.I would include a photo of that now if I could.Rose was very good to let l & # 39; IV alone.)

Other treatments include the use of immunosuppressive drugs. With hemolytic anemia, the dog's system destroys its own red blood cells and these drugs are used to slow this destruction.

The passage of the dog to oral steroids (and removal of the intravenous infusion) takes place after several days and the dog can return home when he no longer loses blood (or destroys his own red blood cells).

We are now in September and I still have to give my rose oral steroids, an immunosuppressant, a medicine for blood pressure (haemolytic anemia has worsened his heart murmur), multivitamins in liquid form and in tablet form, as well as as a CoQ10 cardiac support).

If I had not caught this anemia and my dog ​​was treated, she would be dead.

Pay attention to the list of symptoms above and if you recognize one in your dog, contact the veterinarian immediately!