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#120480 - 01/04/11 12:38 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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Hello! Just wanted to update since It's been a while, we took helios to the vet to do a bloodtest done and a stool sample since he had diarrhea, at first I didn't worry at all because he was eating like a maniac with tons of energy but still the diarrhea was there even though we were treating it (5 days and no changes) and although he was eating normally he wasn't gaining any weight (70pounds since 2 months ago, hes 9mo ATM). I started to read what may cause it and decided to take him to the vet turns out that it came positive with Ancylostoma (++) aka Hookworm.

The vet first prescribed him endogard when the stool sample came back ++ with hookworms and then later we got the bloodtest result:

Hemoglobin...14,6 g g/dl
Hematocrit.....43.8% (37-55%)

Erythrocytes...5.68
MCH............33.5
MCV............77.0
MCHC............25.8
Leukocytes......15.400/mm3
Platelets: 132.000


The differential

Segmental Neutrophis.......52% 8008
Segmental Eosinophil....11% 1694
Segmental lymphocytes......27% 4158
Monocytes............... 8% 1232


After the resuts she also prescribed him:


[*]endogard
[*]vi-sorbits
[*]proderm
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#120510 - 01/04/11 02:37 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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I know that severe hookworms can cause anemia and can be difficult to get rid of, I wish you success with them!

With your boy, I would also worry if any of this is a relapse or continuation of the Ehrlichia. That is also *very* likely.

Just for comparison purpose, here were the last blood counts in November:

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Hemoglobin...14,9 g/dl (12-18 g/dl)
Hematocrit.....45% (37-55%)
HCM.........33.1% (31-36%)
Leukocytes......11.200/mm3 (5.000-15.000/mm3)
Interus index......7.5 (7.5-20)


The differential
Segmental Neutrophis...75% 8.400/mm3 (3.000-11.500/mm3)
Segmental Eosinophil......1% 112/mm3 (100-1.000/mm3)
Segmental Basophils ......0% 0/mm3 (0-100/mm3)
Segmental lymphocytes......24% 2.688/mm3 (1.500-5.000/mm3)
Monocytes...............0% 0/mm3 (less than 2.000/mm3)

Platelets: 180.000/mm3 (150.000-500.000/mm3)


Red series: normocromica,normocitica. (I don't know how to translate that to english)

White series:normal
Platelets:presence of macroplatelets & reactive platelets
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I know that hookworms can cause anemia - I don't know if they can cause such low platelets?

If this is the ehrlichia, aggressive treatment will be required. After treating for the Hooks, I would run the blood again to see what happens - I sure hope that is all that is going on.


Edited by MaxaLisa (01/04/11 02:44 PM)
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#120516 - 01/04/11 02:51 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thanks lisa I was about to post if you know any ways to raise platelets? the vet recommended us chicken's legs..i don't know if thats the proper translation to english but we just cannot seem to find it so we're looking forward to buy something else while we keep looking.

I discussed with my mom that It may be a relapse also. We already have a vet appt for January 23 to do another bloodtest and another stoolsample.
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#120521 - 01/04/11 03:04 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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Platelets I believe are a bone marrow process - I don't know of any good ways off hand.

I'm glad you have the follow-up appointment. If you see any red spots on the skin of the stomach, or bleeding from the nose, that's a serious sign of low platelets. You probably won't see that unless the platelets drop below 100 or maybe 80. At 132, they aren't scarey low yet.
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#120522 - 01/04/11 03:05 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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If I translate it to english it'd be "hen's leg" not chicken's leg..what the vet recommended us to raise the platelets. Im atm reading about low platelets and how to raise the platelets.
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#120523 - 01/04/11 03:07 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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If you find a good way to raise them, let us know!
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#120525 - 01/04/11 03:07 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Platelets I believe are a bone marrow process - I don't know of any good ways off hand.

I'm glad you have the follow-up appointment. If you see any red spots on the skin of the stomach, or bleeding from the nose, that's a serious sign of low platelets. You probably won't see that unless the platelets drop below 100 or maybe 80. At 132, they aren't scarey low yet.


Ill keep and eye on him, thanks lisa. A few days ago he had a bleeding gum again but I don't know if that's related? since i was playing tug of war with him
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#120527 - 01/04/11 03:12 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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Sure! I plan on talking with my neighbor, she's a vet and so is her husband to see if they know how to raise them.
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#120528 - 01/04/11 03:14 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: Helios]
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Vets here typically give prednisone to raise them. NO steroids until you try doxy again!
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#120531 - 01/04/11 03:28 PM Re: Ehrlichiosis on my 7mo Puppy [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Vets here typically give prednisone to raise them. NO steroids until you try doxy again!


Thanks lisa
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