Immune Support for Dog with Autoimmune Disease
Our 6.5 year old long haired mini doxie, Finn, suddenly got sick this Tuesday, vomiting, lethargy, refusing food. We took him to the vet and after blood work and x-ray of his abdomen they urged us to go to a 24 hour critical care vet.
He was diagnosed with Autoimmune Disease and put on steroids. After a few hours his red blood cell count was so low (14%) that he was given a transfusion. He now seems to be doing much better, eating, is lively. His red blood cell count is at 18-20% today, but he has vomited once and has diarrhea. He is being treated for both at the hospital and hopefully can come home tomorrow.
This is a lot of toxins for a 14 lb. little guy, but at least he's still with us. They don't know how he got sick as he was very healthy up till now, with the exception of a bad doxie back, which has been successfully treated with acupuncture, a series of injections to strengthen the disk, and lately, Dasuquin.
I suspect a Lyme vaccine shot mid-April might be the culprit. He had one last year with no ill effects but now that I've been reading up on it I shouldn't have had him get one in the first place.
I would like some advice on any herbs, treatments, etc you suggest to strengthen his nervous system while he is on the drug regime, and after he goes off it (hopefully that happens). Also any advice you have on his disease and his quality of life will be appreciated.
He is a very smart, loving sweet boy. He gets regular exercise, has indoor /gated outdoor area all day, and lives with his older biological sister (she's a healthy 10 year old).
He's been fed natural foods all his life-first Flint River kibble, then we switched to an organic raw chicken diet (Nature's Variety) this past year. We don't spray our lawn with chemicals, and he has good living accommodations (our house is doxie handicapped with mini ramps for the dogs, to avoid future problems).
Our finances are not unlimited, but we want to make sure that he has a good quality of life.
The photos are not recent, but they show his personality, and he looks the same.
Thanks so much!
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