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What are Blood Clots?

Blood clots can form when platelets and plasma proteins in the blood thicken and clump together. When these clots get stuck in the vessels, they can cut off the flow of blood to essential parts of the body, such as the brain, lungs or heart. If your dog develops the symptoms of a blood clot, it is crucial to get veterinary care as soon as possible. This is a life-threatening condition which can progress rapidly, and timely care greatly improves your dog’s chances of survival.

When blood clots form and lodge in the blood vessels, they can cut off the flow of blood to essential parts of the body, such as the brain, lungs, or heart.

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Symptoms of Blood Clots in Dogs

The symptoms of a blood clot will vary greatly depending on where the clot is located:

Brain

  • Drunken gait
  • Head pressing
  • Head tilting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of eye reflexes
  • Loss of facial reflexes
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Weakness 

Gastrointestinal 

  • Bloody urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Heart

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hind leg weakness
  • Leg pain
  • Pale or blue pads or nail beds
  • Paralysis
  • Vomiting

Legs

  • Cold limb or limbs
  • Lameness
  • Pain in limbs

Lungs

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to sleep
  • Increased respiration 
  • Pale gums

Types 

Blood clots can occur anywhere in the body but are more common in some areas than others:

  • Brain - If the blood clot develops in the brain, it can lead to stroke
  • Heart - Blood clots often travel through the heart, but only occasionally lodge there; when they do, they can cause the animal to pass out suddenly
  • Lungs - Clots that occur in the lungs can be extremely painful and cause difficulty in breathing
  • Legs - When blood clots form in the legs your dog may lose the ability to use that limb, and it may feel cold to the touch
  • Gastrointestinal tract - Clots in the digestive tract may appear similar to other gastrointestinal disturbances; vomiting and diarrhea may occur as well as abdominal pain

Causes of Blood Clots in Dogs

Blood clots can form when platelets and plasma proteins thicken. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Aneurysm
  • Cancer
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Damaged vessels
  • Diabetes
  • Heartworm
  • High cholesterol
  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
  • Inflamed pancreas
  • Injury
  • Kidney disease
  • Long term steroid or corticosteroid use
  • Parasite infection
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Underactive thyroid

Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Dogs

Tests to determine a definitive diagnosis will often start with imaging tests to confirm the presence of a blood clot and indicate exactly where it is located. These imaging tests will vary depending on the suspected location of the clot. The brain would be imaged using either an MRI or CT scan, and a CT scan could also be used for clots located in the lungs. Clots that are lodged in the legs or heart, or near the kidneys and liver will most likely be examined by ultrasound. Your veterinarian may even include a coagulation test known as a thromboelastography, which can tell the technician if your pet’s blood is more or less likely to clot. Once the blood clot is confirmed, the source of the clot will then be evaluated. Blood tests such as a biochemistry analysis and complete blood count can help to detect many diseases and disorders that can lead to blood clots forming.

Treatment of Blood Clots in Dogs

Initial therapy is either directed at removing the obstruction to the blood vessel, without creating new obstructions or supportive therapies if it is deemed safer to let the body clear the clot on its own. The clot-dissolving medication Streptokinase, which was designed for use in humans, is quite effective for canine patients as well. In some cases, the return of blood flow can cause dangerous levels of potassium, lactates, and acids to invade the patient's body. This syndrome is called reperfusion injury and is more common in cats than in dogs, and occurs most often with clots in the abdominal aorta. Surgical removal of the clot may also be an option for removing the blood clot, depending on where exactly it is located. They may choose to remove the clot by making an incision directly into the vessel, however, bleeding risks can be increased with this type of surgery.

Some situations allow for a specialized catheter to be threaded into the vessel to pull the clot out manually. Once the clot is removed or if your veterinarian deems it safer to let the body dissolve the clot, treatment will be focused on preventing new clots from forming. Anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant medications like low-dose aspirin and heparin will be given, and your dog will be closely monitored until the danger from the clot has passed.

Recovery of Blood Clots in Dogs

Blood clots can be dangerous when they occur, and many canines succumb rather quickly. The prognosis for dogs with blood clots that reach the veterinary clinic will depend on where the blood clot is located and how quickly treatment is begun. Keeping the recovering patient in a calm, quiet environment will help encourage healing, as will having appropriate food and water within their reach.  Some patients respond better to treatments than others, and recovery can also be affected by how quickly any underlying causes are diagnosed and addressed. Specialized feeding and care instructions may be given by your veterinarian to facilitate healing, and it is essential that you follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding aftercare, as it can be unique to your dog.

Blood Clots Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Loki
German Shepherd
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Head Tilt
Weakness
Muscle spasms
clumsiness
Vomiting

Hello,
Last night my shepherd mix suffered what I thought was a seizure; after calming him down he showed few signs of improvement. He was holding his head at an angle, his legs were stiff, he refused to get up, and when I went to put some shoes on to bring him to the emergency vet he attempted to follow me and was hardly able to stay on his feet - very clumsy and weak, as if he had vertigo. The poor thing was stumbling and running into the walls of the hallway as he tried to come to me. I rushed him to the emergency vet where we looked at an ultrasound and an x-ray and found he had internal bleeding. The vet took him into surgery and removed his spleen and the huge, ruptured tumor that was attached. During recovery she said he had another mild seizure-like episode, and he needed a transfusion to survive the night. The vet now believes a blood clot from the rupturing tumor affected his brain and was what caused his two "seizures." He has improved some throughout the day, with his blood count coming up, but he appears to be having some trouble with his vision (tracking/finding people when spoken to), once again could not balance when he attempted to walk this morning, and is holding his head tilted. He did immediately recognize me by sight (complete with tail wag!) when I visited him a couple of hours ago and responds to being touched and talked to, and he is able to push himself up to sit and will eat when hand-fed. He's still in rough shape, but he is off fluids for now and the vet says he is calmer and less "stiff" than he was this morning, so for now we are optimistic.
Given that he has not only survived so far and is fighting hard, I guess I'd like to get another opinion on his prognosis. My vet says that she has not seen many dogs survive these episodes so it is hard to tell if or how much he will improve, and I understand that much of this will be a waiting game. In addition, there will still be the lab results on the tumor to address. Because it's so uncertain, I don't know when I will be able to get him home if he pulls through, but if our luck continues and he's able to come home to recuperate, what are some things I can do to make things easier for him, especially if he is still battling some mobility and vision troubles? He still seems pretty distressed by all of this so I'd like to make him feel safe and comfortable. Additionally, what is the difference between a seizure caused by a blood clot and a stroke, and would we need to treat those differently?
Thanks from us both!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is still very early days in treatment after surgery and it is very difficult to give a prognosis, even after examining an animal in this type of case. Prognosis would be guarded to be honest given everything that has happened and there is still the question of the histopathology results as well. Each day and each visit should be taken as they come and any improvement should be taken in its stride. I cannot say whether Loki will bounce back or continue to have mobility issues, it is a waiting game as you already mentioned. The management approach to seizures would be different, but you need to wait to see if they are recurring or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello,

My dog had a small wound on his front leg most likely caused by him being snagged by barbed wire. Wound was flushed numerous times and was on cephelixen (for 7 days) and then clindomicin (4 days) (sp?)

Before the antibiotics on day 3 of his wound (it had been flushed and cleaned the day it happened. On day 3, his leg started to swell. I immediately took him to the vet. Again wound was flushed and antibiotics prescribed. Wound healed from the inside out just fine but the swelling never went down in his leg. After 4 days on the new antibiotic I took him in again because nothing is effecting his poor swollen leg. Dr. did a ultra sound and says he has a blood clot in his leg vein causing the swelling. He prescribed 81mg of aspirin twice a day to "dissolve the clot" we are on day 5 of that regimen and still no improvement on the leg.

My dog is not having any problem using his leg, nor is it cold at all. He told me he could still exercise. Other then his leg is swollen it doesn't seem to bug him much and he is HUGE baby when i comes to pain.

When will I start seeing progress? Is there more I can do like laser that would help this? Is aspirin for a dog really the best medicine to get this to rectify the situation faster if possible. So far day 5, i see no progress.

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Boomer
French Bulldog
Three Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bllod in urine, poop, pain in abdom

14 week old French bulldog puppy. The day we bought him, he peed blood. Went to vet er and they gave Climarx antibiotic for UTI. Since, he has been to vet many times and finally to Vet College at NC State where he was diagnosed with a huge blood clot in his bladder. They recommended test for hemophilia which was negative (done at Cornell U). Not they want us to bring the puppy back for more exploratory...so far, this has cost $2,000. Money is an issue. The puppy also has blood in his poop and blood runs out of his anus after he poops or strains. he strains to pee, whimpers when he pees and poos. Otherwise, he is active, playful, etc. He eats great but is not gaining weight. He eats everything we feed and he has only gained 1.4 pounds in four weeks. He is anemic according to vet. What should we do. Currently he is being treated by old country vet hoping he would have answers that the others did not but not much change.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that I can offer much more insight into what might be going on with Boomer than the veterinarians that you have seen have given. I'm sorry that is happening to him. It may require further diagnostics to determine what the cause of the bleeding in his bladder is in such a young pup. I hope that they are able to get to the bottom of his problems.

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Jack
pit mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty walking and standing

Medication Used

Rymadal gabepentine tramadol

My 13 yr old pit mix has been having trouble walking due to arthritis. This past Monday he suddenly couldn't use his not so arthritic leg. In the middle of the night he became completely panicked and started panting excessively, and just really upset. We rushed him to ER and after many tests he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his hind quarter, cushings disease and possible hypothyroidism. He can't use his hind legs much at all. What should I expect for recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I have a hard time commenting on what his prognosis or recovery might be, unfortunately, without knowing more about his particular situation. If he has some function to his hind end, he may be able to recovery from this, but it would be best to discuss his situation with your veterinarian, as they are able to examine him and know more about his health status. I hope that he is okay.

i did not get a response .... so no not helpful

calvin was having difficulty breathing and foaming from the mouth , his neck was stretched out and they told me he had a blod clot in the ventrical of his heart , what could we have done

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Sophie
Shih Tzu
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

Medication Used

Prednisolone

A week ago today my dog was very tired Also vomiting and had diarrhea. After about 24 hours I noticed she started to be on coordinating so I took her to the hospital they said her red blood cells were low and diagnosed her with IMHA. Due to her red blood cells being low they were around 15 they said she needed a blood transfusion. She had the blood transfusion they center home with prednisone. I started seeing improvements however her appetite was still not there . On Saturday I noticed her eyes were rapidly moving in her head started tilting to the right. I called the vet on Monday and they stated she may have a small blood clot which can be normal because she had low platelets they told me to continue with her prednisones in ad in a quarter tablet of baby aspirin every three days . She has a follow-up appointment on Thursday . As of yesterday she has been back to normal as far as playing eating and just overall acting like herself . The rapid eye movement has stopped however her head is still tilting to the right but even that is showing improvement . I’m worried that they stated this could be a blood clot is that something that can go away on its own ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she had a blood clot, it may resolve, and it may stay there. Most of the time dogs will compensate for any embolic events, given enough time. She may always have a subtle head tilt, but if she is already showing improvement, that is a positive sign.

My male dog name Casper he is a German shepherd . What to do he has a big clot in his tail in a size of crazy ball . I think that clot was made after i removed a tic from his tail. The clot is from past 1 year. Doctor said that no need to do anything . If the size of clot increases then they will test for cancer or etc disease. Can anyone help me !!

My 12 yr old female chow let out a scream I thought bloat but after much tests she had an enlarged spleen and liver plus infection somewhere. Couldn’t find tumors but thought inside spleen. Couldn’t get a pulse in back legs but heart ok. We had to end up putting her down. Was there something we could do?

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Elvie
Yorkie
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shakes
Seizures
walks in circles

My yorkie fell from my arms onto the floor when I picked her up she was unconscious and ever since she has been walking in circles, shaking and just recently she had a seizure. Could all this be due to a blood clot or a concussion? What is the procedures need to correct these things?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that has happened to Elvie. Without examining her, I am not sure what might be causing her signs, but it seems that she needs to see her veterinarian an soon as possible, especially if she is having seizures. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and get her started on any treatments that might help. I hope that she is okay.

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Boggies Casper
delmation
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt one side
Head Tilt

Blood clot in brain means like brain injury cause of abuse maybe. I have rescue one stray dog last month 28 december 2017. About like 15 days at Vet now. His head is tilt on side. If doctor push some he like feel pains. anyone supplement I need to give to let his brain recovery like before? I know he need a special care. please advice me what should I do? I do not know how serious it is?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for blood clots which may be down to infections, heart disease, parasites, hormonal conditions, vascular disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, immune mediated conditions, trauma (head trauma normally causes brain swelling not blood clots) among other causes. Generally, if there is a blood clot obstructing blood flow, treatment is centered around thinning the blood (if it is safe to do so) and treating the underlying condition; there is not a one fits all answer here unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Boerboel
7 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blod clot and arthritis

My 7 year old boerboel suddenly lost mobility in her hind legs, no vets available after hours, so gave her half a a spring and this morning regained mobility in 1 leg. Took her to the vet and they say she has arthritis and a blood clot on her lower back. They say they may have to put her down, is there no way to help her? They keeping her over night to observe her, they gave her some tabletime,they never gave the name and what it does to my sibling that took her in. Please advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be caused by a blood clot or a fibrocartilaginous embolism, generally in these cases prognosis is guarded but depending on the specific underlying cause and the treatment given (blood thinning medication or corticosteroids) the condition may be managed. If the cause is a fibrocartilaginous embolism, there is no treatment only management and supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/spinal-cord-disorder-caused-by-blocked-blood-vessel

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Cooper
Labrador Retriever
6.5
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heartworm
Vomiting
Blood In Stool

Our dog Cooper woke up from a nap, proceeded to vomit a large amount of undigested food and then had a bowel movement of normal consistency followed by diarrhea. His gait became unsteady and then he laid down. He was very lethargic and barely responsive. We rushed him to a VET ER and explained what happened. The Vet examined Cooper. No temp, pupils equal and reactive, no bloating like it would be a twisted stomach, xray of stomach was clear. We know our boy is heartworm positive and that was relayed to the Vet. He then felt femoral pulses and said they were weak and thready. He couldn't sit or stand. Our boy then lifted his tail, had diarrhea and vomited again while laying on the exam table which is Very unlike him. Nothing could be found in his vomit, he didn't get into any medications, cleaners, or poison that we know of. There were trace amount of blood in his stool to the naked eye. The Vet says that the Heartworms broke up and formed a clot or clotted off a vessel in his abdomen or pelvic region which would've caused the weak and thready pulses in his lower extremities. He kept him today and started him on IV fluids for hydration and is awaiting the arrival of Streptokinase. My question is, could there be any other cause of his illness/lethargy? Why the massive amounts of diarrhea and vomiting?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The vomiting and diarrhoea may be attributable to pain, loss of appetite among other causes; many times vomiting and diarrhoea are the first indicator of something being wrong. In a dog with heartworms, complications may arise including blood clots or Caval Syndrome. Caval Syndrome is a progression of heartworms and may lead to weakness, weak pulse as well as symptoms of heart failure; it is difficult to say what is exactly going on but thrombolytic medications like streptokinase would help break up any blood clots. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gangrene
Infections
Bleeding tail tip

Medication Used

Antibiotics

My dog's tail tip was amputated about a month ago. After the surgery it was healing very well , but 2 days ago my dog bite the wound and it started to bleed again. And today the stitched part of the tail tip after the amputate and slightly above part is black in color. He's in slight pain when any contact on the above part but no reaction for the down part of the tail tip. Do I have to amptutate my dog's tail again ? Will antibiotics work for my dog ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I remember Kobe from last month when he was having trouble with his red blood cell counts with suspected immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. If Kobe has caused some damage to the end of his tail and if there is some discoloration of the skin you should check with your Veterinarian to see if it is just bruising or if there is a loss of blood supply to that area of the tail; without examining Kobe I cannot tell you whether or not he requires an additional surgery which wouldn’t be favourable given the last surgery, but your Veterinarian would check the viability of the tissue at the end of the tail. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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KOBE
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood clot

Medication Used

Vitamin K
Lasix

Today morning I visited my dog again , he can stand and lie down on it's own , he drinks lots of water and he urinates alot when the nurse brought him outside for a walk. Today morning the doctor told me that the swollen blood clot lump has reduced compared to a day before and there's some fluid under it. So the doctor gave lasics to remove the fluid. Is this a good response ? And he told me that my dog needs to eat properly to help the body . And today morning the blood count was a little low compared to yesterday , they will do another blood count today evening . If the results is stable or higher , they will allow my dog to go home and start home care and to make sure my dog eats normally. Is this a good sign for my dog ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems that Kobe is having a good response to treatment as the size is reducing and he is moving more comfortably; the Lasix (furosemide) will increase the amount of water excreted by the kidneys which in turn will increase any fluid absorption by the body. Blood counts being slightly low isn’t too alarming given the situation but should stabilise soon; it is just a case of keeping a close eye on Kobe and restricting movement until resolution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood clotting

My German Shepherd dog had it's testicles removed (dissex) 3 days ago by surgery. And today morning , the doctor told me that my dog has blood clotting disorder . I went to see my dog , and there's been a 5cm lump beneath the stomach and the doctor told me also that the surgery performed on left side and the current blood clot is on the right side.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Kobe has a haematoma caused by bleeding from the neutering surgery; this may be due to either blood leaking from a transected blood vessel or due to a clotting disorder. The first step would be to check platelet counts and to perform a Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT) Test to see the number of circulating platelets and to determine how long it takes for blood to clot; your Veterinarian would be able to make a further decision on testing or treatment afterwards. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The doctor did check the above mentioned platelets count and BMBT . Everything is normal and blood count is normal as well. Currently my dog is given tren , steroids and morphine ( for pain ) , and antibiotics. I visited him a few hours ago , he seems to be not eating well. Could this be a serious case or it will take time for the blood clot lump to dissolve itself over time ?

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

IMHA
Hematoma
Red blood cells
Blood clots

Medication Used

Antibiotics
Folic acid
steroids
Gastric pill
Vitamin k

Today morning my dog's blood was tested again after 2 days of home care. My doctor called me up after 1 hour to inform me that , the blood count still dropped but it is slowing down. He also said that the swollen blood clot lump is reduced . But still , he told me to give the steroid tablet 6 pills in the morning and 6 in the evening after food for another 3 days.( Before this was 3 pills in the morning and 3 pills in the evening) And on Wednesday morning , I will have to bring my dog again for another blood test and hopefully the red blood cells count would be stable and rise again to a normal state . 2 days of home care and the blood count is dropped again but it dropped slowly , does this mean a good sign for my dog at the moment ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A slowing down in the rate of red blood cell destruction is always a positive sign; but your Veterinarian needs to determine whether the cause is primary or secondary and if it is secondary to treat the primary disease process. The main course of treatment for immune mediated hemolytic anaemia is immune system suppression with steroids, I’ve attached a link below with an overview of different hemolytic anaemias which may make good reading for you to understand Kobe’s condition better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/imha-diagnosing-and-treating-complex-disease

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

IMHA
Hematoma
Red blood cells
Blood clot

Medication Used

Antibiotics
Folic acid
steroids
Gastric medicine
Vitamin k

Just an update on day 2 of home care . There's a gastric medicine for my dog which has to be given before food ( 30 Minutes before ) and the rest after food. 2nd day at home , I gave the medicines , my dog ate it without issues. After that gave him the canned food but he doesn't want to eat. So I force feed him and he ate it all. Right after that goes the medicines ( vitamin K , folic acid , steroids and antibiotics) , my dog ate it all and no issues. There were no bleeding , no vomiting , and no diarrhea. He urinates normally , but when he walks , my dog is slightly not stable yet , and he drinks lots of water. ( Lots and lots of water ) . He sleeps well for now and I've been applying cold pack on the blood clot lump and from a dark red and thick color it has now turned more pink colored and it seems to be gone down a little. In the evening , I gave my dog the same minced meat and he ate it all by himself. I did not feed him . I only fed him the medicines and he swallowed it without issues. Until now , there's no vomiting , no bleeding , and no diarrhea. And my doctor advised to give some liver and Meat , because it contains iron as it will improve the red blood cells . My doctor told me to check my dog's gum , and it is still slightly pale (white) , he told me that my dog still needs protein . He also told me that , my dog's gum must be in pink color. Any advice to me based on these updates ? My dog has an appointment in 1 day for the blood test.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am happy to read that Kobe is no longer vomiting, the haematoma is better in colour and is reducing down; also his improved appetite is a good sign too. Before, you wrote that Kobe was taking Lasix (furosemide) this will cause more water to be the expelled from the body which may increase thirst as well. Kobe’s gums should be pink in colour, but may take some time to return to a normal colour; the steroids should be suppressing the immune system to slow down the immune mediated hemolytic anemia. At the present time, I can only advise you to follow your Veterinarian’s instructions and to keep a close eye on Kobe for the time being; supportive care is very important in cases like this by ensuring that he is comfortable and is eating, drinking, defecating and urinating regularly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps Under Skin
Hematoma
Red blood cells
Blood clots

Medication Used

Folic acid
Vitamin K
steroids
Antibiotics

After 5 hours , I visited my dog again in the evening and he seems to be better. He stands and sits on it's own. His ears are up showing alertness. My dog was given food and he ate it all without vomiting. Even I gave him some fresh minced meat ( my dog's favorite ) and he ate them without a problem. I only gave a small portion of the meat , just to make sure he eats something. And then , my vet took the blood test again and he told me that the The blood count is low compared to the morning blood test results. The red blood cells (RBC) went low . But he allowed my dog to go home to remove any homesick and to eat normally . He supplied me with the higher dosage of medicines for my dog for two days. He told me to come back after two days for another blood test and blood count. And if the results are still low , he told me my dog might need blood transfusion and blood transfusion will only buy him some time but not guaranteed. I am really worried right now because of the low blood count . My vet also told me that my dog has ( IMHA.) Will this blood clot lump dissolve itself over time ? Please advise me . Will the blood count go back to normal when my dog starts to eat normally ? .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Immune mediated hemolytic anaemia (IMHA) is a condition where the immune system damages red blood cells; the blood clot should disappear with time but may take a week or so, the immune mediated hemolytic anaemia would be treated with steroids but the underlying cause would need to be confirmed and treated too. If the immune mediated hemolytic anaemia isn’t addressed, then the blood count will remain low; further testing would be needed to confirm a cause. Blood transfusions may be required if blood count levels get critical and Kobe shows signs of weakness; each case is individual and needs be assessed by your Veterinarian. I’ve added three links below on immune mediated hemolytic anaemia for you to read which may help answer some other questions you may have. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://todaysveterinarypractice.navc.com/management-of-immune-mediated-hemolytic-anemia-a-common-hematologic-disorder-in-dogs-cats/
http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/just-ask-expert-protocol-treating-imha
http://vhc.missouri.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IMHA.pdf

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Kobe
German Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hematoma
Blood. Clot

Medication Used

Tren
steroids
Antibiotics

The doctor did check the above mentioned platelets count and BMBT . Everything is normal and blood count is normal as well. Currently my dog is given tren , steroids and morphine ( for pain ) , and antibiotics. I visited him a few hours ago , he seems to be not eating well. Could this be a serious case or it will take time for the blood clot lump to dissolve itself over time ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The blood clot should be broken down by the body over time and reabsorbed; but if the lump gets bigger, your Veterinarian may need to operate again to check the sutures which were used for ligation to make sure one hasn’t slipped or moved since surgery and to place a new one in its place. The loss of appetite may be due to medication which Kobe is receiving. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Mutt
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood clots
Surgery
Tumors

My unspayed female dog is having surgery in a few days to remove mamary tumors. The vet said she might form blood clots but how likely is it that she will and what should I keep an eye out for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2492 Recommendations

Blood clots can form at anytime and you would be unaware of their existence until they block the blood flow to a vital organ (heart: heart attack; lung: pulmonary embolism; brain: stroke). There is always risk with surgery, especially as a patient gets older; does Sammy have clotting problems already? Ask your Veterinarian if they notice anything which would predispose her more than usual to blood clots. Generally the benefits of a spay procedure outweigh the possible risks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bandit
Pittbull mix
Year and 4 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dose not bug him but shakes haere and there

Medication Used

N/A

Can blook clots form at the base of the throat and above the chest area and how can you treat it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blood clots can form anywhere where there are blood vessels, but you wouldn’t be able to see them typically as they are as wide as the blood vessel and are hidden by the skin. Lumps can form for many reasons in animals, lipoma is a common lump or lumps that can form in dogs. The best thing to do would be to have your Veterinarian confirm the type of lump (fine needle aspiration or ultrasound) and they will direct treatment from there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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