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Immune-Mediated Hematologic Disease and Bone Marrow Failure

For causes, symptoms and diagnosis, please visit Part 1 of this series, “Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Companion Animals.” Background Immune-mediated hematologic disease is being reported with increasing frequency in animals and humans. In the dog, this syndrome is often associated with bone marrow failure. Affected animals usually have one or more of the following signs: autoagglutinating…

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Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Companion Animals

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) is a devastating condition that requires emergency care and possibly hospitalization. Mortality rates are difficult to determine but are estimated at 28%-70%. This blog post is meant to not only bring awareness to IMHA, but also to remind you to prepare for such a crisis with…

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Q&A with Dr. Dodds: I had a dog who had a bad reaction to the Rabies Vaccine and now I am concerned about giving it to my other dogs. What should I do?

Question:  I have come to highly respect your opinion and protocol on vaccinations. My problem is I have a 16 month old standard poodle who is due for her one year rabies booster in a few weeks I have decided I don’t want to give it. My 9 year old standard came down with immune-mediated…

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Response: Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia Report and Article

I read with interest the article, “Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in dogs: Is vaccination a factor?” by Dr. Robert Runde in the November 1, 2012 issue of DVM360 newsmagazine.  The first paragraphs of the article refer to a recently published paper on the same topic by Huang, Moore and Scott-Moncrieff (J Vet Int Med 26(1): 142-148, 2012).…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad (Part 2)

In my last post, I began discussing that when it comes to canine and feline vaccines, too much of a good thing can be problematic. To restate what I mentioned before, vaccinations at the appropriate times, for the appropriate animals, in the appropriate circumstances are of the utmost importance to preserve health and well-being. Responsible…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad

In my book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answer You Need for Your Dog, I discussed the critical role a properly functioning immune system plays in your dog’s health. If the immune system is weak (immunodeficiency), your pet’s ability to fight off disease is compromised or absent, which can expose them to many infections, including bacterial,…

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