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Hello everyone,

In advance, thank you very much for reading this/replying to this post.

Yesterday my dog Coco was completely normal. Normal walks, normal signs of eating, going to the bathroom etc. This morning, he didn't want to go on his normal walk and he did this thing where he sits next to me and just leaned on me. He usually does that when he is not feeling well, so I knew something was up.

About 30 minutes later I convinced him to go for a walk. He seemed very lethargic, and as he went to urinate, I could tell he was having a difficult time. I took a closer look, and he had drops of a dark color coming out. I looked at closer, and it was a red-brown color.

I immediately went to the vet, they ran a number of tests, including urinalysis. We are still waiting on the results of that test. They also tested for any kind of poisoning and didn't seem to find anything. They drained his bladder, which was full of blood, very dark. They said they hadn't seen that dark of blood without some sort of poisoning or trauma like being hit by a car or something. But clearly, he hadn't had any trauma.

The bloodwork tests came back and his red blood cell count was low, along with his Hematocrit and Hemoglobin being low as well. His RDW and Reticulocyte were both high. His bilirubin total was high and his cholesterol was low.

In the end, the vet concluded he think Coco has IMHA, Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. He gave me two weeks worth of steroids twice a day, aspirin and Sucralfate for the aspirin to prevent an ulcer. He said closely monitor Coco and to make sure he is getting better.

In the last 4 hours, Coco has gone outside two different times to sniff around. He attempted to pee both times, with a steady stream of blood coming out each time. While it's a positive sign he was able to have anything come out, it's concerning because he has not had anything to drink. He has refused to eat or drink water, yet his bladder still seems to be filling up with blood.

If any of you have any input, thoughts, or just friendly advice I would greatly appreciate and so would Coco.

Thank you for reading and thank you for your time.

Mark
 

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Hi!
My dog just developed IMHA (auto-immune disease) over the weekend. His blood count was 18 when it should be around 40 I believe?
My dog is 8 years old and is actually hospitalized right now. :-( Very scary...not sure if he'll be ok. This is a serious thing in dogs so I am very worried. We saw my dog last night after a few hours of some fluids in an IV and he seemed a little perkier.

How is your dog doing? What kind of dog? How old? My dog Comet, is a shih-poo and he is 8.
 
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