Dog with Thrombocytopenia, Anemia, Petechiae
After a disastrous reaction to an antibiotic containing trimethoprim-sulfonamide, my sweet Lola was diagnosed with Thrombocytopenia, Anemia and Petechiae.
She is a 4 and a half year old, 7.4 pounds, maltese poodle mix.
The incident occurred when my vet prescribed the antibiotic to prevent infection after a mild dog fight where Lola got a small wound that we feared might be deeper than it looked, and that might have been exposed to bacteria after a trip to the groomer's.
I was unfortunately out of town for work right after the incident and had left the care of administrating the antibiotics to my mother in law who is used to dog sitting.
When i came back after almost a week, i noticed red spots all over her tummy and literally panicked (with reason).
My mother in law had not noticed the spots, but did mention that lola was eating less and had vomited twice during the week.
I had to go out of town to find a emergency 24h clinic to take Lola.
I have to say that the vets and staff over there were amazing.
Lola had a blood transfusion done the same night, was also administered fluids.
An after four days in the hospital, she was ready to come back home!
It has been about a month and she has had three Complete Blood Count blood tests done, as
well as all of the possible tests for parasites and tick and flea related diseases (At first we had suspected that ehrlichiosis might be the cause).
She has been on doxicyline for a month just in case it could be tick related and has finished her cure today.
I am grateful to say that up until now all of the tests have been negative and that her blood count has been back to normal for about two weeks now.
Her platelets are up as well as her red and white blood cells.
Although Lola is doing better, i am very ready to leave behind as much as i can the traditional medicine methods such as antibiotics that put her in this mess.
I know that her condition was serious and i have to be very careful with her health so this brings me to my question for you:
- I am looking for holistic ways to help boost and support her immune system in order to reduce the chances of her system shutting down again ( i have heard that it can sometimes be recurrent)
- I would also like to have holistic options for flea and ticks prevention, as she has had a history of them on her, and i am now terrified of lyme disease and other tick and flea related disease.
Thank you and looking forward to your answer.
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