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Hi this is Dr. Hill. Please give me a moment to type my full response. Thank you.
Just want to clarify a few points. Your dog has been hospitalized for one week for anorexia. An ultrasound and X-rays were done and showed no apparent foreign material or other abnormalities. Do you know if blood work was ran and if so, was it normal? Also, who did the ultrasound? Was it an associate at the hospital or by a specialist? It makes a big difference in the subtle changes that can be picked up.
I took a quick dinner break. Thank you for your patience. With this history I would be worried about inflammatory bowel disease. Has there been any history of vomiting or diarrhea? What foods has he been eating? Inflammatory bowel disease can show up as mild thickening in the intestines. That is why I asked who did the ultrasound. A novice may not pick this up, whereas a radiologist or an internist would.
I suspect the anemia is associated with either loss through the bowel (IBD, parasites, fungal ds) or anemia of chronic disease. Animals that are sick for several months can become anemic due to decreased production of red blood cells. It is preferable to have the ultrasound done by a radiologist or boarded internist so that they can catch minor details like thickened intestinal walls. Keep me posted.
I am so glad that Dice made it through the surgery okay. The transfusion will hopefully last 5-7 days and help him feel much better. Any results on the biopsies yet?