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Thank you so much for your prompt response. The vet prescribed the high doseage of prednisone in an attempt to stabilize him quickly. He goes in tomorrow morning to have his blood tested again to see if this is starting to happen. He has also been prescribed famotidine, 20mg twice daily in order to protect internal ulceration from the prednisone.
I hope you do not mind if I show your response to our vet where you addressed your concern about the high doseage of predisone. Both my husband and myself are worried sick about our great dane. The vet also told us amongst other things that there was a possibility this could be a reaction to a sulfa antibiotic that he had been taking for 10 days. She also told us this could be bone marrow related and/or genetic weakness.
Do you feel the prescription for famotidine is adequate for the amount of prednisone she prescribed? HELP!
Both yesterday and today I believe is platelet count is 18. For several days my great dane had a bloody nose and then it stopped but today it is back! My vet thought his labored breathing was from his nose. He has blood at the back of his throat but other than that the vet there wasn't anything wrong with his throat but that it could be down in his esophogas (sp).
Any idea why he has a bloody nose and if there is anything I can do to help him! He looks so uncomfortable. He is still on the high doseage of prednisone because the vet told me that while his immune system is making red blood cells, they do not know where they are going. His white cell count is still really high so they put him on another antibiotic. We are so afraid that we are going to lose him. He isn't even 4 years old!
The vet put our great dane on Imuran and a further gastric lining medication. I got him to eat a little bit of melted ice cream but that is all. His nose bleeding seems to be much lighter than 2 days ago. We just cannot believe this much can go wrong with our dog in such a short amount of time! Do you have ANY idea when he might start feeling better! (how long is a piece of string???).
Our vet mentioned the possibility that he could have lupus because of his high white cell count! He hacks sometimes and it is like he is trying to get something out from his throat! Shoudn't we suggest an x-ray?! I know the vets main concern is his internal bleeding and low platelet count.
Thank you so much for your assurance and hope. We will definitely have Winston get the vincristine injection. Anything that can help!
Again, thank you Dr. Gary. I am so glad that you do the kind of work that you do.
Sue & Ted
Winston's red cell count dropped from 18 to 14! Not good. He is now staying overnight at our vets. Ideally, could we have afforded the treatment at WSU where he would have been hospitalized and given blood transfusions this would have been good. Sadly, the cost is too high - several thousand dollars which must be prepaid.
Our vet has him on a drip and they did give him the injection you had told us about yesterday to help bring up his red cell count. He now weighs 88 pounds. Once again, he was alert tonight when we visited him and we did get him to eat a little bit
The vet keeps telling us that hopefully the medication (high doseage of prednisone) will hopefully begin working soon! We know he is running out of time. He has been battling this hard for 5 days.
He is very weak and hardly got up all day while at the vets. They will do more blood work tomorrow morning. His nose bleed was bad for most of the day but by latter afternoon he had stopped dripping blood from his nose and it was clotting! Does this mean anything at all or am I just grabbing at straws?
Our great dane is being examined about our vet daily together with daily blood work. Right now he is spending the night since his red blood count dropped even further - from 18 to 14!! This is the 5th day that he has been battling this and slowly we are going to lose him if the prednisone does not work soon!
He was given the shot you recommended Dr. Gary. All we can do is wait until tomorrow and see what is red cell count is at that time. How long can a dog go without food? Winston's weight is down to 88 pounds!
So many tears today Dr. Gary. He isn't even 4 years old! His nose bled a lot today (continual dripping) but by 5PM it had stopped! Is this a sign that something may be starting to work?
I will keep you posted. We will see him tomorrow morning and find out how is red cell count is doing. Even his eyes are bloodshot. I am glad though that the shot is helping! Does the vet just do this one time or can he have more than one injection?
Our vet HOPES the medication he is on will finally start working where his red cell count will start going up! They told us that sometimes this can take anywhere from 5-8 days. Tomorrow is Day 6.
Very hard on him as well as his owners. Especially when he isn't even 4 years old.
Thank you for getting back to me. Your responses have helped so much Dr. Gary.