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Tatiana
Posted by Tatiana at 12/27/2007

My dog has been sick pretty much all month. She was already in the hospital for a week then they sent he home thinking she'd get better but she hasn't been. I had to take her back today and she had to get a blood transfusion. She has really bad anemia, probably IMHA (immune mediated hemolytic anemia) meaning that her body is attacking itself and killing her red blood cells. This is costing me an arm and a leg but she is my baby and I don't care what I have to pay to make her better. They plan to increase her immunosuppressants (they think maybe she wasn't on enough). I just really hope she gets better. I see her as my 7 1/2 year old daughter! I just ask everyone at happycow to please keep my baby in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks

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AlmostVeggie
AlmostVeggie at 01/02/2008 23:25:48
That kind of sounds like what my aunt's dog went through when she got bit by a deer tick. My aunt administered something called Goji juice every hour and somehow she started to produce red blood cells. But I will keep her in my prayers.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/03/2008 03:35:13
Yeah, they already checked her for everything else including ticks and that came up negative. She is at home and hopefully recovering but we have to just keep at it with labwork and medicines. Thanks for your support!
veggivet
veggivet at 01/04/2008 22:31:50
IMHA is a very serious disease. She should respond to the immunosuppressants. Don't be tempted to wean her off of these as she improves-follow your vet's instructions to the letter!! Good luck.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/06/2008 05:20:21
Most definitely not tempted! I am following their instructions to the letter! She is currently on prednisone and cyclosporine. Fingers crossed!
AlmostVeggie
AlmostVeggie at 01/06/2008 20:45:36
I've said a prayer for your cute little dog every night.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/07/2008 11:44:00
Thank you so much! I'm so very worried about her, my stress level is so high! I really hope she gets better.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/22/2008 12:31:38
Well, she started responding to an increased medication regimen (the regular dosage wasn't working very well so they upped it) but now she's really sick to her stomach with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We're dropping the one medicine back to the previous dosage. So hoping she gets over this med side effect and also keeps getting better (sigh). So please keep those prayers and thoughts going, we need it!
JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible at 01/23/2008 04:50:17
Feral dogs have been seen to nibble on grasses & herbs.

Some dogs can accept tiny amounts of wheatgrass juice / goldenseal / other herbs mixed into their food.

Is the food that you give free from highly processed soya?

This may be the time to really "go back to nature" only feed her meat & really simple greens / veggies.

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Does she have toys? - you may like to try hiding them all for a couple of months!

I have no way to verify this blog post - you lose nothing by trying it.

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Last week, I wrote an article about lead toxicity. I had just seen a cat in my practice with lead toxicity secondary to paint dust and chip exposure during home renovations. This is a very common method of lead toxicity in cats and dogs. Lead based paint is sanded causing dust which gets on the paws and fur of cats and dogs or chips fall the ground which dogs ingest.
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After that email, got hundreds of emails asking... what about toys and bowls? What is safe? Should you be concerned? Is it just paint that can cause lead toxicity? How about toys made in china?
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This past fall, there were a series of recalls involving over 1.5 million Fisher-Price children's toys made in china with lead based. I asked one of our wonderful PetPlace writers to research this topic and I'll share some of that information with you now. I'll try to answer some of the most common questions that I got.
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Is Lead Toxic?
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Yes. Lead is a metal that can be toxic. Old paint contained lead and the paint, paint chips and paint dust from homes being renovated are a possible source of lead that can cause lead toxicity. This was a problem in paints produced prior to 1977 contain high lead levels. The paint is perfectly safe while it's on the walls, but once you start scraping and disturbing the paint, you may have a problem. Come companies are still using it to paint children's and pet products.
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What are Common Signs of Lead Poisoning?
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Common signs of lead poisoning may include vomiting and diarrhea that may progress to symptoms that involves the nervous system such as seizures or abnormal behavior. Lead toxicity can also cause anemia which can cause lethargy and weakness. Hundreds of pets are poisoned each year. For more information about the exposure to lead, diagnosis and treatment of lead poisoning, go to www.petplace.com and read about Lead toxicity in Dogs.
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Does Anyone Test Animal Toys to Determine Safety?
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) checks the safety of all toys intended for humans. Unfortunately, there are no organizations regularly testing animal toys, and there are no federal standards regarding lead in pet toys. The CPSC enforces a federal standard for lead in paint on children's toys. This standard is 600 parts per million (ppm).
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Are Pet Toys Toxic?
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ExperTox Analytical Laboratories tested a Chinese-made, Wal-Mart marketed cat toy and dog toy. Both were packaged in a clear plastic wrapping with a cardboard label and no brand name.
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The dog toy, a latex, green monster, contained high levels of lead and chromium (a cancer-causing heavy metal) and smaller amounts of other toxic materials. The cat toy contained very high levels of the toxic heavy metal, cadmium.
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The lab determined these toxins were easily accessed and could be acquired from the toy with a simple lick of the dog's or cat's tongue.
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Trace Laboratories tested Paws ‘N Claws tennis balls purchased at a dollar-type store. They found an astounding 27,200 ppm lead levels in the ink on the balls. They also tested a ceramic food dish and found lead levels at 2,890 ppm. The lead levels in both these items far exceeded the limit set for human toys.
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Should You Be Concerned?
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There are conflicting opinions regarding the severity of these levels of lead and other heavy metals in pet products. Because of the lack of federal regulation at this time, it is up to you, the pet owner, to determine your level of concern.
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An interesting bit of information to consider: Wal-Mart actually recalled children's toys which are quite similar to their lead-containing pet toys. These Chinese-made, Wal-Mart children's toys are sold at a similar price, without a brand, in packaging very similar to that containing their toxic pet toys. If these toys are not safe enough for your children, should your pet be playing with them?
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What Can You Do?
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How can you protect your pet? Talk to your veterinarian. Do your research. Check with the manufacturers of your pet's toys; ask for proof of their safety testing. Strongly consider discarding your pet's current products which are made in China. When buying new products, look for items made in the United States. Also, avoid toys made of latex, as they are more likely to contain lead. Above all, be proactive and don't take chances with the health of your pet.
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Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/23/2008 12:00:19
Johnny - thanks for the info. Her normal dog food is mostly meat with some grains, vegetables, and vitamins added. I have been trying to feed her as many whole foods as I can. A couple weeks ago I made her a beef stock with bones then put the meat back in, collard greens, carrots, and quinoa. Yesterday I made a very simple soup for her as her appetite has been bad, the stock with meat, and carrots. I also bought her some liver which she ate a bit of. It is hard for me to buy meat to have around for her, but I know it is the best thing for her, especially for the very concentrated iron and that with her low appetite it is one of the few things she will eat. I also got her some cottage cheese and plain yogurt to help her stomach. I felt weird buying all that stuff but I know she needs it. I did get her to eat a bit yesterday and she only vomited once so I know she kept most of it down. She is not feeling good again this morning but did take 2 pieces of meat that I handed her. I think reducing the medication is kicking in a little bit, hope she feels better soon.

She doesn't play with toys much, she only has 1 stuffed toy and doesn't play with it much at all. Also I'm pretty sure out apartment is lead free paint and whatnot, I will have to check my lease agreement again.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 01/29/2008 12:09:27
After cutting back on the med dosage she finally started eating again last Friday. I knew she was starting to feel better when she actually showed up next to my bad in the middle of the night on Thursday (when she was feeling really bad she wanted to be left alone). She has only vomited once since then and felt better and ate right after that so I think she's definitely feeling much better. Her bloodwork was improved on Saturday but let's all hope she continues to respond to the meds even though they are a lower dosage.
Tatiana
Tatiana at 02/07/2008 16:52:35
Her anemia is greatly improving! The medication is working well. Only major downside is that her Prednisone gave her diabetes so now I have to give her 2 shots of insulin every day. But it looks like my baby is gonna be okay!
KellyVeganGirl
KellyVeganGirl at 06/18/2008 19:22:37
I'm so happy she is going to be okay.:) Give her a big kiss for me.:)
Tatiana
Tatiana at 06/19/2008 12:55:41
Kelly - Thanks for the comment, I will give her a big kiss from you! She will then ask where are the cookies from you, lol :P

She is doing well, still on lots of meds, but as long as she is feeling great that's what matters to me the most!
treehugger
treehugger at 06/20/2008 01:09:26
Give her a BIG kiss from me too..and a belly rub.
So glad to hear she's doing better - they are such a worry aren't they.

Kisses and a belly rub for you too Tatiana.
Katylynn2000
Katylynn2000 at 06/20/2008 07:44:15
Wow, it has been 4 months so it sounds like they have the meds under control!!!

I also agree about making your own homemade dog food. I did it for years. You use raw meat and a carb like oatmeal or rice. There are other things like nutritional yeast, ground up eggshells.. Anyway - I bet that would help her as I saw a dramatic change in my dog!
Tatiana
Tatiana at 06/20/2008 09:06:02
Treehugger - LOL Thanks for the kisses and belly rub for me, too! It's Friday, I need it!

You guys are spoiling my little girl! Not that she doesn't get kisses and belly rubs all day anyway! I only wish I had a job where I could bring her to work.

Katylynn - Thanks for the advice. I am still giving her dog food, but I supplement with additional things to keep her healthy, like yogurt for her GI and carrots for snacks (she is always hungry because of her medication). Do you feed your dog that type of mix that you mentioned? What type of dog do you have?

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