Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

Meet Penelope, a 3-year old Pug mix. She was referred to Miami Veterinary Specialists for anemia (low blood cell count). She was also inappetant and had become lethargic.

She was seen by Dr. Gideon Daniel, who discussed the available options for Penelope with her owners. In order to diagnose Penelope’s symptoms, Dr. Daniel decided to run a series of blood work tests. With the help of Dr. Candyce Thompson, he also performed an abdominal ultrasound to make sure that there were no other health complications.

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After going over her results, Penelope was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). IMHA is a condition where the body destroys its own red blood cells. This can be caused by things such as, vaccine reactions, tick borne diseases, cancers or other causes. Penelope received several blood transfusions as well as steroids and antibiotics. Thanks to the medical treatment she received, Penelope’s red blood cell count started to improve. After staying with us for three days, she was finally able to go back home to her sweet owners.

Here is a picture of her with her beloved mommy! We are not sure who’s more excited to have who back!

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