Hello Dr. Ann,
Thank you for the quick response though I am not surprised to hear it, that is somewhat similar to what my vet told me, but he didn't mention IMHA he mentioned Autoimmune Anemia but as of yesterday the dr. said that the test for Cooms Disease (not sure of the spelling) came back negative so that tells him that the red blood cell count NOT low because of the Autoimmune and now he is not sure why his count is low. So I am going back in today to get another blood test done to see if the count is any higher and the dr. said he may have to do an xray to see if there is a tumor. Funny you should mention a second opinion. My husband and I talked about that yesterday.
I just got back from the vet and Bernie's red blood cell count is now at 29. He started at 20 on 1/26, then to 26 on 1/29 and now 29 today. I have to bring him back in for the same test on Monday 2/9 and see where we are. The vet suggested cutting him back to 2.5 mg of Prednisone a day and see if that continues to help his count climb but if I see the same reaction, rapid heart beat, rapid breathing then I have to stop it. His spirits are good and he is much improved from the initial appt. on 1/26 but I still do not know what he has or what is causing this. Depending on what happens on Monday with his count and what the vet tells me I am seriously considering a second opinion. The next step after this is an xray (according to the vet) but as he feels around Bernie's belly and the rest of his body he feels the dog is not bothered by that but still can't tell without an xray. I will bring up the IMHA and see what respone I get. Is IMHA any different from Autoammue?
It does not necessarily have to be the end. You can do surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. These things are much better tolerated in animals than in humans, so it is something to think about if your dog does end up having a mass.
Have to go take care of animal emergencies. Best of luck.