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Old 05-08-2018, 08:26 AM
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IMHA (Autoimmune) Healthy 8 y/o Shih-poo

Hi everyone!
I just joined because I would love some support...
My very healthy 8 year old shih-poo is in an animal hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ now because of IMHA (auto-immune disease)
It came on suddenly over the weekend. We are all very upset, but hopeful. He was more perky last night after some initial fluids. Xray was clear last night, red blood count below/around 18.

I have read a lot of dogs seem to do well, but then end up dying.

Anyone go through this with their dog?

My dog has had 1 minor surgery, like 3-4 years ago, but otherwise has only gone to the vet for well-checkups and scheduled vaccines.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:52 AM
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That's tough. Hang in there, I know it can be hard when pets are hospitalized.

How is he doing?
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:59 PM
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Its really difficult when they get sick. We are currently going through an auto-immune issue with our Poodle/Bischon. She is nine years old, has been very healthy until several weeks ago. The diagnosis is looking like meningitis, the steroid responsive type, meaning its an auto-immune issue. Poor dog has been through so many tests, been poked, prodded X-rayed had an MRI, spinal-tap, and is on lots of medication. The neurologist, I believe is thinking of starting to wean her off some of the steroids maybe next week. She is responding to the meds and is feeling much better now, hope that continues when we start to take her off her current medication regime. We both need some luck here!
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Over a month later, she is still on the steroid regime, but is now down to half the dose she had been on. We are in a pattern of reducing the steroid dosage every two weeks or so, so next week should see another reduction for her. I see no signs of the disease in her at this point, she is in no pain, and her normal behavior and personality is slowly returning, though she is still suffering from muscle weakness, a side effect of high dosage steroids. We are very hopeful she will make a full recovery, though I'm almost afraid to count on that. Right now she is doing so much better, we are encouraged.
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I'm so glad she is doing better!
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