General information on Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia
Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia is a condition where the dog has a reduced amount of blood platelets. Lack of these platelets or thrombocytes can cause unexpected bleeding, as these platelets are needed in blood clotting. IMT happens mostly in female dogs, especially poodles.
Symptoms of Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia
Symptoms of Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia include bruising for no reason, black tarry stools, nosebleeds and blood in the urine.
Treatments for Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia
Your vet will need to run tests including a blood platelet count to confirm that your dog has Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia. Treatment may include Corticosteroid drugs and blood transfusions. Immunosuppressant drugs may also be used.
Dogs with chronic Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia will need long-term treatment.
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Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia experience by - June
I'd never heard of Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia until Sunday. My four year old Cocker Spaniel started passing blood in his urine. We took him immediately to our vets and found out his condition was serious - considering he had been running round on the beach earlier it was a great shock to both of us. We have a wonderful vets and they have acted quickly with a high dose of steroids and hospitalisation to keep him calm. It is just a waiting game now, he is still passing blood but his platlet readings have improved so we are just keeping our fingers crossed there will be an improvement tomorrow with his anemia. We miss him lots at home - especially his sister, they have never been apart until now. We have great faith in our vets and know he is getting the best possible care and treatment and we draw comfort from that at the moment. They looked after our late Springer Spaniel who had an enlarged heart from the age of four - we don't have much luck with our pets, but get lots of pleasure from them and are happy to care for them whatever.
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