Articles with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

An IMHA Survivor: Dylan’s Story of Survival

An IMHA Survivor: Dylan’s Story of Survival

Thirty to seventy percent of dogs succumb to IMHA within the first couple of months after they are diagnosed. It is usually the complications associated with the disease that prove fatal. There are dogs, however, who survive. Thank you, Richard Ford, for sharing Dylan’s story. Dylan’s story Today is exactly one year from the day I thought my Dog Dylan…

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IMHA in Dogs: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde—Razzle’s Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

IMHA in Dogs: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde—Razzle’s Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Who doesn’t know the story of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde? How does the story relate to autoimmune disease? What happens during the disease Your dog’s body was designed to maintain health, and it has a fantastic guard against disease—the immune system. His immune system protects your dog against disease by identifying and killing invaders, foreign (infections), and domestic (tumor…

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Reader IMHA Stories: Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Reader IMHA Stories: Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Anemia is a deficiency in red blood cells (RBCs), resulting in a decreased oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Potential causes of anemia include blood loss, insufficient red blood cell production, or increased destruction (hemolysis). In immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), the dog’s immune system attacks the red blood cells. IMHA is a life-threatening disease that strikes fast and hard. Acting fast…

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IMHA Complications in a Dog: Whitney’s Lost Battle

IMHA Complications in a Dog: Whitney’s Lost Battle

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a condition in which the dog’s immune system attacks its own red blood cells. If severe anemia wasn’t bad enough, IMHA is notorious for its complications. The most common complication is thromboembolic disease. As a result, blood can clot within vital organs and cause difficulty breathing and even sudden death. Source: South Carolina Veterinary Specialists Thank…

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