Dog

Get your dog care questions answered by Experts

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Our 6 1/2 yr old Bichon Frise is critically low on Red Blood…

Customer Question
Our 6 1/2 yr old...
Our 6 1/2 yr old Bichon Frise is critically low on Red Blood Cells. She seems to be making new RBCs but they have not yet positively impacted her counts. She has WHITE gums, no energy, no appetite and no interest in the things she lived for until 9 days ago. Vet has her on Prednisone, Amoxicillin, Mirtazine, Vit K & Thyroid (her thyroid levels were low too). He also had her on IV Fluids Monday & Tuesday. She had her first BM today which looked normal. She is also negative for parasites and heart worms. The Vet has mentioned euthanasia twice now but we just can NOT face that at this time. Any suggestions? Is our Vet doing everything possible? Sorella (means sister in Italian) sees the Vet again on Monday. He did suggest possible blood transfusion because her platelet counts are also dangerously low. Help us please if you can.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Question
Answered in 8 minutes by:
2/21/2016
Dog Specialist: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Pet Doc
Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 7,978
Experience: Veterinarian
Verified

Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your Bichon girl Sorella. I am currently typing up a response and will have something for you in the next 5 - 10 minutes.

Thank you for your patience.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Dog Specialist: Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. These symptoms are definitely a big concern, but it definitely sounds like your veterinarian and their team have done a lot of work trying to diagnose and treat your girl already. It sounds as though she has a good regenerative response to losing these red blood cells, but it sounds as though the question as to why her RBC count (and platelet count) is so low, hasn't yet been answered. It sounds like a number of diagnostic tests have been run which is great, and this has ruled out a large number of potential issues here including parasites, however I would definitely recommend further diagnostics here if a solid diagnosis hasn't yet been found.

Sorella is on a range of treatments now which is good and should cover off potential issues like rat bait ingestion (the Vitamin K), bacterial infection (amoxicillin) and an immune issue (the steroid prednisone to help here). Hopefully your vet has run a full clotting profile to look to see if there is a clotting issue here. A full CBC (complete blood count) and cytology of a blood smear to check for abnormal cells like spherocytes and a Coombs test will help to rule out an immune mediated issue like immune mediated hemolytic anemia and/or immune mediated thrombocytopenia, and a full biochemistry may also give clues to rule this in our out (such as a raised bilirubin level). An internal bleed should also be ruled out via ultrasound and an abdominal 'tap'.

I would definitely recommend a blood transfusion in your girl's case if the RBC is continuing to drop. This really will be the key to giving her a chance of surviving this. Whole blood will likely be ideal as she needs RBC's and plasma it seems. This may give your vet enough time to make a definitive diagnosis and start the appropriate treatment course for your girl. A blood transfusion is a relatively common procedure in veterinary medicine and definitely isn't something to be afraid or wary of.

Best of luck with your girl. It definitely sounds like your vet is doing all he or she can for your girl, and there have certainly been a lot of diagnostics done already. Do follow up on the above just in case one of the diagnostics mentioned hasn't yet been done. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

PS: If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. E..." or "Pet-doc..." and others will leave the questions for me.

Ask Your Own Dog Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog specialistLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Pet Doc Your Own Question
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Pet Doc, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 7,978
7,978 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Veterinarian

Pet Doc is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets!

LinhCharleston, WV

$1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15

CarolCedar Hill, MO

I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all!

JudyNew Haven, CT

I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers.

NinaUSA

I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!!

Jasmine's MomUSA

Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there!

Sonya GEasley, SC

Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge!

Cathie MPompano Beach, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

3,044 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Joan

Joan

Vet Tech

5,540 satisfied customers

Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues

Candy

Candy

Veterinary Technician

7,973 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Small Animal Veterinarian.

5,193 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,911 satisfied customers

UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for Your Pet

4,705 satisfied customers

19+ years experience in small animal medicine

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Veterinarian

3,294 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Questions
I have a 10 month old neutered male Cavalier Spaniel with
I have a 10 month old neutered male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with severe anemia, low RBC and low platelets. Became lethargic and ate less. Has been hospitalized for a week, two transfusions, no r… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
454 satisfied customers
My 9wk puppy is sick with parvo been at er days. she has
my 9wk puppy is sick with parvo been at er for 6 days . she has very low blood count is there anything to help good the blood level?… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
My dog in a severe anemia status. After 2 blood transfusion
My dog in a severe anemia status. After 2 blood transfusion his HCT continues to drop. We are contemplating another transfusion but concerned that this is not a cure. His current medication is sucralf… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
My dog got into some rat poison and her red blood cell count
My dog got into some rat poison and her red blood cell count is very low, as well as a word that starts with the letter "h" being @ 9 instead of the normal 35. I am a single parent of three and it is … read more
Dr Natalie
Dr Natalie
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
56 satisfied customers
dog: very bad rbc (20000), wbc and Platelet( i..red blood cells
question regarding my dog that just died he had very bad RBC (20000), WBC and Platelet( i believe 30000) counts. he was put on pred to help bring the counts up, but the RBC continued to drop. just not… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,641 satisfied customers
Hi my dog Pacha died three days after she was noted to have
Hi my dog Pacha died three days after she was noted to have less then 0.1 WBC and platelets of 8. Her H and H was 14/40She never showed any signs prior to two days before she died. She presented with … read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,044 satisfied customers
Hi my dog Snoopy is at a vet clinic in NJ. We brought him Wednesday
Hi my dog Snoopy is at a vet clinic in NJ. We brought him Wednesday to our reg vet and his rbc was 19. He was jaundice and peeing red and very lethargic. Thursday we took him to the clinic as he threw… read more
NancyH
NancyH
Pet/Animal Care Expert
Bachelor Degree
19,712 satisfied customers
My 4yr old male papillion was diagnosed with IMHA last November
My 4yr old male papillion was diagnosed with IMHA last November and responded well to his steroid therapy which ended in January. He was doing well until this past Monday when I noticed his gums bleed… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,641 satisfied customers
Just got my toy poodle back from the vet, she fainted today.
Just got my toy poodle back from the vet, she "fainted" today. she rbc is a lil high, so is her wbc and her platelets are low. there is bruising everywhere, vet thinks might be thombosis..he gave her … read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,462 satisfied customers
my dog collapsed 2 days ago with blood count of 9!!!she had
my dog collapsed 2 days ago with blood count of 9!!!she had a blood transfusion but now her white and red blood count is dropping.we cant get lab results done as it is the xmas holidays ,,,any ideas p… read more
Dr. Marcia
Dr. Marcia
Companion Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
55 satisfied customers
rottweiler: bloated..However, he still eats but feels weak...hct
My rottweiler has some blood in its excrement, high temperature and bloated abdomen. However, he still eats but feels weak. We went to the vet and here are the results of hematology tests: RBC 4.17 LO… read more
Dr. Welton
Dr. Welton
Veterinarian/Practice Owner
Doctoral Degree
570 satisfied customers
mY 7 YR OLD Chihuahua deveoped anemia suddenly this past Tuesday,
mY 7 YR OLD Chihuahua deveoped anemia suddenly this past Tuesday, had to be transfused on Friday, blood work shows that it is not Hemalytic Anemia. Her red blood cells have already dropped from 16.7 o… read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,462 satisfied customers
Dear Doctor Our Italian Greyhound will be seven years
Dear Doctor: Our Italian Greyhound will be seven years old in a few months. He began acting sick about four weeks ago. At that time, he vomited once, each morning for several days. I examined his mout… read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,462 satisfied customers
bichon frise: pet..perky..nt eaten..her to emergency care at 4 a.m.
Our pet bichon frise is in critical condition with practically zero WBC count and low blood platelets. She is almost 10, and until three days ago was a perky, happy dog. She hasn''t eaten since Thursd… read more
Dr. Pat
Dr. Pat
Professor/Clinical Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
169 satisfied customers
What causes aplastic anemia in dogs My dogs symptoms are ...
What causes aplastic anemia in dogs? My dogs symptoms are very low blood cell counts, red non-rejuvenating,low platelet and white. She just started eating again because our vet gave us some can food t… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,641 satisfied customers
We have an eleven year old male golden retriever whose ...
We have an eleven year old male golden retriever whose platelet count decreased to 60,000 along with low RBCS. What treatment do you recommend?… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
22,641 satisfied customers
Airedale: he urinated, and a clump of blood came out..shot..cortisone
I have an Airedale, will be 6 on Friday. A couple of weeks ago, he urinated, and a clump of blood came out. The Vet said it was from some sort of trauma to his penis and gave him a shot of cortisone? … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
Chow/lab mix: always been healthy..listless..lethargic..eat anything
Chow/lab mix; 8 yrs old; always been healthy and well taken care of by vet services. About a month ago she became very listless, depressed, lethargic, would not eat anything at all. $1200 in vet bills… read more
Vet help
Vet help
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,072 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x