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    Strange Anemia

    My male Beagle, Mickey, is 8 1/2 years old. About 4 months ago he was in pain in his neck and shoulder area. After the vet examined him and took xrays (which showed no problems) we assumed he had a compressed disk in his neck/shoulder area and he was put on Rimadyl for 6 weeks. He has never been quite the same since. He is lathargic and his gums and eyelids are pale. He has no fever or any other signs of illness but he seems almost depressed. I took him back to the vet about one week ago and his red blood cell count was at 13 (should be around 35). We've run every test imaginable and taken more xrays but can't diagnose him. He is being treated with prendisone and an antibiotic. We are worried sick about him. Has anyone else ever had such a situation? Please comment as any info would be helpful.

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    how is your beagle doing?

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    anemia in middle aged beagle

    My female beagle 8 1/2 yrs. old had symptoms of not wanting to eat and she loves to eat. We brought her into the vet and she was diagnosed with anemia. She did have rimydal as well before feeling this way. it has 20 days now and two different vets can not diagnose her with WHY she has anemia and is not eating, very lethargic and can not figure out a cause. What happened with your beagle after predisone and an antibiotic?

    Your response would be so helpful.
    Thank you.

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    Hi Birddog, Well, Mickey's PCV count was down to 10 (what is your dog's PCV count?) and we went ahead and gave him a blood transfusion (that costs about $700 for the blood, but the vet stay came to $3000.00) He responded very well, but his count started to slip down about 1 month later. We began hormone injections 3X/week for about 2 months this kept his count at about 22 which is not great but they can live comfortably. When we stopped the hormone injections I was worried that the count would drop, but it didn't. He is still on predisone daily. It has been 9 months since he became ill. This summer he went on a road trip with us and on vacation for a month and he did great!!! Good luck to you. This can be hard.

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    When my 7.5 year old beagle was diagnosed with anemia it actually ended up being a liver tumor. Did they do an ultrasound of the abdomen by any chance?

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    Maggy's RBC count when she began to not eat (8/10/11) was 26, it has slowly gone down to 19 on 8/30/11. Through this month of time, they have put her on antibiotics for chance of bacteria infection, then she was put on succralfate, prilosec and now she is on dewormer, thinking she might have parasites in her intestines. She has also had xrays, 2 ultra-sounds, several blood testing, urine tests, fecal float tests, all come up negative, no bacteria, no parasites, negative on lymes..... She begins iron injections tomorrow to help the building up of red blood cells. They said a GI tract issue is hard to determine and are treating it as that for now. Lymphoma could be another cause in the intestines, but there isn't a test for that (so i have been told). Her liver and kidney look fine on ultrasounds, blood and urine counts are good for both. She is just so low on red blood cells and the regenerative amounts as well.

    jmancini10 What type of hormone injections were they? Both of our vets (regular and internal medicine specialist) we are seeing said that steriods (predisone) will be last resort and they want to rule out anything else before going that route. I am so glad to hear that your Mickey is doing so well!
    MWozny02 - did they see the liver tumor on your dog via the ultrasound?

    I sincerly appreciate both your responses as this month has been draining and feel like we are just taking chances on why this is occuring.

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    I know how draining it is. The time it took between when Cassie stopped eating, became anemic, and was diagnosed with the liver tumor was really short and unfortunately she passed away very rapidly (All happened within a week). It was horrible, but in a way probably alot better than what you're going through since everything did happen so quickly. I hope everything works out for you and hope your beagle is feeling better REALLY soon!!! It's horrible seeing our fur kids sick

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    oh and on the ultrasound the saw that the liver became extremely enlarged and attributed it to liver tumors

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    Bird dog, I don't remember the name of the hormone, but it was meant to increase red blood cell production. My vet said that any PCV count under 20 was criticle. You might want to start thinking about the predisone. We eliminated all the tick-born illnesses too and the only answer left was an auto immune system disorder. So by suppressing the immune system w/steroids you give the body a chance to make more red blood cells.

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    Thanks for sharing your information. We are waiting on our vets next call.

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