Hemolytic anemia in dogs and thrombocytopenia in dogs are blood disorders. When a pet’s immune system fights and destroys its red blood cells or platelets, it is referred to either as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) or immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP). IMHA in dogs occurs when red blood cells are destroyed, and ITP in dogs happens when platelets are destroyed. In about half of the cases that occur, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in dogs happen together and can progress together to a life-threatening situation. Both disorders can be triggered by exposure to drugs or toxic substances, cancer, infectious diseases, and in some cases, they occur for unknown reasons.
Symptoms of IMHA include weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, rapid breathing, unwillingness to exercise, darker urine, yellowing of the eye whites, and yellow gums as a result of bilirubin buildup. While IMHA can occur in any dog breed, some breeds are more to this disorder. They include Cocker Spaniels, Irish Setter, Dachshunds, the Bichon Frise, Giant Schnauzers, Old English Sheepdogs, Springer Spaniels, and Poodle breeds.
Treatment of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs
Corticosteroids are used first to treat immune system disorders. If no improvements are seen in the dog’s condition, then immunosuppressants are used. These drugs sometimes have harsh side effects on pets. Blood transfusions are done for dogs that need them, and in severe cases, the dog’s spleen might be removed. Because of the tendency for relapses to occur, follow-up visits and medications are sometimes recommended for the rest of the pet’s life.
Stem Cell Therapy for IMHA in Dogs
In immune-mediated conditions, stem cells can help restore the immune system to its original settings. One or more intravenous treatments with stem cell safari can provide a permanent cure for IMHA in dogs.
At Safari veterinary care centers, Dr. Steve Garner provides stem cell treatment sessions and offers consultations for remote clients treating pets diagnosed with IMHA. For clients that live far from Safari veterinary care centers, our doctors can liaise with your local vet to access the pet’s medical records and assess the pet’s case. Based on the evaluations made by Safari vet doctors, specific doses and treatment plans are developed for pets that are good candidates for stem cell therapy. Then, the stem cells are transported overnight to the local vet, who can administer them as intravenous injections.
Whether stem cell therapy and consultations are done remotely or in our facility, we follow up on your pet’s progress and determine if your pet needs further stem cell therapy.
Why is Dr. Steve Garner the Best Veterinarian to Treat IMHA with Stem Cells?
Dr. Steve Garner has years of extensive research and expertise on stem cell therapy in animals. After enrolling in stem cell school, Dr. Garner learned and now understands the elements needed to develop a fully functional stem cell laboratory for pets.
The knowledge gained from stem cell school has helped Dr. Garner overcome challenges relating to
- 1.Stem cell collection and storage for future use.
- 2.dentifying stem cells, counting them, and differentiating them from other cells in the body.
- 3.Proper storage techniques, equipment, and materials are required for correctly storing stem cells.
- 4.How to properly culture stem cells and protect them from contamination.
Dr. Garner also features a relationship with a person’s stem cell lab in Houston; InGeneron, which conducts stem cells research for a part of the Houston-area Center. InGeneron has trained Dr. Garner and has visited the stem cell laboratory at Safarivet to assist found out systems and protocols.
Dr. Garner has also completed the Canine Physical Rehabilitation Certificate Program at the University of Tennessee, which is the only program in veterinary rehabilitation to win the distinguished Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award by the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
Dr. Steve Garner’s passion and dedication to doing things right and employing experts to ensure that we meet the needs of our clients, and he has had exceptional success in treating IMHA using stem cell therapy.