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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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My dog has a high white blood count, anemia and a fever. She

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My dog has a high white blood count, anemia and a fever. She is a 12 year old border collie mix.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the Border collie's name?
Customer: Kylie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Kylie?
Customer: She has pretty bad arthritis on her hips and has had 2 knee replacements. She is currently taking Derramax
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. How can I best help you today? Do you have questions about the anemia? Did your vet provide a diagnosis you'd like to discuss?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm concerned about my 12 year old golden Pitt mix name Kylie. She has high wbc and anemia. At one point her blood sugar was low but it was normal today.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She's also lethargic and kinda a picky eater. Her tails still wagging though
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your response. Do you happen to have a copy of the blood work to share so that I may see what her values look like? Has your vet discussed the necessity for antibiotic therapy? A blood transfusion? Is she eating still? If not, when was her last regular meal?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Unfortunately I don't have them. We started her on antibiotics today.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is eating but we have to fancy her meals up
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
It will take a few days before she will begin feeling feeling better after starting the antibiotics. During this time, you'll likely need to keep enticing her to eat. If you'll share with me what is working for her now, I may be able to provide some different ideas on how to keep fancying up her meals so that she continues to eat until the antibiotics are making her feel better.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What could be causing this?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
There are actually quite a few things that can cause a high WBC count. Sometimes we never know what causes it. Abscesses, infections such as those afflicting the kidneys or bladder, skin infections, respiratory/sinus infections, GI problems like a salmonella or E. coli infection, etc. The anemia could potentially be a secondary concern due to the high WBC count. Bully breed dogs are predisposed to an autoimmune concern called Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. Often, we see an improvement in symptoms by treating the initial concern.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Checking in to see how Miss Kylie is doing today.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?