Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to serious diseases. That’s why owners need to take their dogs to veterinarians regularly. One dog named Layla has been referred to Dr. Ross by another vet.
Dr. Ross’s clinic has more medical equipment to create a complete diagnosis for Layla. She is six years old, and she is Lisa’s first dog. The owner reported incidents of her dog refusing to eat for the past few days.
According to the initial blood test, Layla might be suffering from a form of anemia and blood loss. An ultrasound will let the vet know if Layla has any tumor on her liver or her spleen. If she has, then surgery will be necessary.
Since Layla has not eaten for a week, Dr. Ross recommended that she stays at the clinic so that IV fluids can be administered to her. This will be a way for Layla to receive proper nutrients.
The ultrasound results conducted on the dog showed no signs of mast cells. Fortunately, surgery won’t be needed to treat Layla. Lisa came back the next day to find out the results, and she was relieved. Layla was also very happy to see her owner again.
Dr. Ross delivered the good news that they didn’t find any tumor. He also told Lisa that they figured out what the dog’s condition was. It was a type of anemia called IMHA or Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. It’s a lifelong disease that makes the dog’s immune system attack her red blood cells.
Fortunately, the disease can be treated with proper medication. Since the immune system is suppressed, they gave Layla steroids and antibiotics. Lisa considers her dog as a source of pride and joy, so she’s glad her condition is treatable.
Video courtesy of Animal Planet Vet Life via YouTube.