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Short blog, taking Sonny to vet (updated)

Monday, May 2, 2016 by  
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May
2
2016

This is going to be a really quick one.

Sonny has been ill, and I took him to the vet Saturday morning. Unfortunately he’s worse this morning, and so I’m taking him to the vet the minute they open. I don’t have time to go into details right now, but we’re really scared and worried.

I’ll update when I get back.

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9:00 AM Update

Last week Sonny hurt one of his back legs, probably roughhousing with Buckley. He’s done this before, and usually after a day or two of keeping him calm (no small task) he’s just fine. This time, though, it seemed worse than usual as he could put no weight on it.

About the time we decided that our vet needed to look at Sonny’s leg, we noticed a large lump on his back, and that both of his front legs had become very swollen. He was also bleeding around his gums, which he’s never done before. Of course I took him to the vet straight away, where they did a full blood panel and exam.

Sonny’s blood looked good, with one major exception: his platelet count was zero. He was also running a very high fever.

Sonny’s condition is called Thrombocytopenia. Basically his own immune system is attacking the platelets. This is called Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT). Without platelets, blood can not clot. This is why he’s bleeding from his gums, and why his legs and back are swollen.

Some meds were prescribed, and Sonny seemed to be doing a little better yesterday. This morning when we got up Sonny’s nose was cold and wet (it had been very dry and hot), and he was wagging his tail like crazy. We were so happy!

Within an hour or so of waking up, though, things went south. Sonny would not eat or drink, and he threw up bloody mucous a couple of times. I immediately called the vet, and was there when they opened 20 minutes later.

His platelet count is still zero, and he’s dehydrated. The decision to hospitalize him was made so they can monitor him closely. They’ve got him on an I.V. and are giving him some meds for pain and nausea. The main priority is to get his platelet count back up. To accomplish this, the doctors will start him him on a pretty heavy dose of Prednisone, which will suppress his immune system. Sonny will be at the vet through at least Wednesday, and possibly all week long.

Lisa and I are obviously worried sick. We love Sonny so much, and knowing he’s in pain and scared just kills us both.

I’m trying to stay positive, but 2016 has been one hell of a year so far.

Thanks for all the kind words and support.

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5:00 PM Update

I just heard from the doctor. Sonny’s temperature is down to normal (it was 104.1 this morning) and he’s not thrown up all day. We told the doctor how upset we are that he is going to be there overnight all alone (Lisa was in tears), and the doctor decided that we could come get him tonight, provided we have him back tomorrow morning at 7:30! We are so happy about that I can’t even tell you. Thanks everyone, I know he’s going to get through this.

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John Stone Fitness Comments

74 Responses to “Short blog, taking Sonny to vet (updated)”
    • Thanks, Ken. I’ve been doing a ton of reading on IMT this morning. Most of what I’ve read indicated that if Sonny responds well to the initial treatment during the acute phase, his long-term prognosis is good. He’s a fighter, and strong.

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  1. Hi John – my parents’ dog was diagnosed with IMT a few years back and they were similarly worried. Thankfully she made a full recovery after six months or so of steroid treatment. Sending you, Lisa and Sonny best wishes.

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  2. Thank you all so much. We appreciate your concern more than you know. Sonny it’s our baby boy, and I am just sick with worry. I am so thankful that our vet figured out what was wrong with him immediately. Our house feels empty, even Buckley is depressed. I just want him to come home soon.

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  3. So sorry to hear about this, John & Lisa. Having a dog myself, I can absolutely understand the concern and sadness surrounding this recent development. I have you guys in my thoughts. All the best.

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  4. I just heard from the doctor. Sonny’s temperature is down to normal (it was 104.1 this morning) and he’s not thrown up all day. We told the doctor how upset we are that he is going to be there overnight all alone (Lisa was in tears), and the doctor decided that we could come get him tonight, provided we have him back tomorrow morning at 7:30! We are so happy about that I can’t even tell you. Thanks everyone, I know he’s going to get through this.

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  5. So was this caused by a virus (I don’t know much about dogs and their ailments)? Glad to see he is on the mend and hoping he is out of the woods. Bet the 4 of you slept much better last night all under the same roof. ♡

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    • There are a number of causes/suspected causes, and it’s not always clear what brings it on. In fact, we may never know the answer. We don’t even know for sure if it’s primary or secondary. The asterisks are mine to emphasize a couple points:

      Primary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia.
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      In this spontaneous autoimmune disorder, autoantibodies are directed against specific portions of the platelet membrane. ***It occurs in the absence of an underlying disease and can only be diagnosed once causes of secondary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia have been ruled out.***

      Secondary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia
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      In secondary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, antibodies bind to antigens adsorbed to the platelet surface or immune complexes nonspecifically bind to the platelet. Secondary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia occurs as a result of an underlying disorder. Many underlying causes of secondary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia have been reported. Often there is an association between a disease and thrombocytopenia, but the causative role has not been confirmed experimentally. ***Conditions that have been associated with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia include autoimmune disorders, drug therapy, blood product transfusion, vaccine administration, various neoplasms, and infectious agents.***

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