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Anemia, Nonregenerative in Dogs




Once the cause of the non-regenerative anemia is determined, it can usually be resolved by treating the underlying disease. If the case is severe (and if the blood is also deficient in white blood cells and the blood platelets in the circulating blood), the prognosis will be guarded and will require long-term treatment. A complete resolution of this type of anemia does not usually occur.


If the non-regenerative anemia has developed slowly, it may not require treatment. However, the animal may need to have its exercise restricted to a minimum, and occasional transfusions may be required. If blood loss and/or shock have led to severe reduction in blood volume and in the supply of blood to tissues, a medicating solution called Ringer’s may be injected.


Living and Management


Because of the severity of the condition, you should be prepared for a long period of recovery. You will need to take your pet to the veterinarian frequently; as often as every one or two days in the preliminary stages, both to see the dog's progress and possibly for treatment. Eventually the time between visits will decrease to every one or two weeks, depending on the rate of recovery.


Follow your veterinarian's recommendations for treatment and medications. Most importantly, do not attempt any treatment that has not recommended or approved by your doctor.



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