After loss of appetite, lethargy and bloody urine, Skeletor was taken back to the vet. Our mission ever since the beginning of March has been to stabilize his blood. The heartworm preventative reaction sent him into a tail spin, the likes of which he has yet to recover from.
His red cell count is down... his white cell count is up.. same old sad never ending story for this poor guy.
Dr. Fish said that a bout with anemia following such a strong reaction is common in dogs. However, it's very uncommon for it to become a chronic condition like it is in Skeletor.
Skelly was given steroid and B-12 shots. He has been prescribed Cephalexin to prevent infection. He's back on 20mg of predizone twice a day to prevent auto-immune incidents. Dr. Fish also suggested giving him a zantac 75 with his prednizone to help prevent (limit) damage to his stomach.
Dr. Fish said that he was going to speak with his colleagues about Skeletor's unusual condition. If you or somebody you know is a vet, please take a look at this chart.
This is a big set-back in getting Skelly ready for heartworm treatment. His red cell count is down to 28% from about 37% in June. In order to be ready for the treatment, he'll need to stabilize at around 40% for a good 3 months.
Poor guy can't catch a break! Still, he's lucky to have so many people who care to see him though this.
Thanks for reading.