UPDATED BIO 7/13/2017: Ava is feelng better and wanted to update everyone who has been following her progress with an update. Here’s what Ava had to say:
Well - I had my bloodwork rechecked today and I have good news to share. My red blood count is in the normal range! Yeah for me! Even with the multiple blood draws (boy, did I hate that and I wasn't very nice to her), I am so happy she now knows what is wrong with me.
I have a condition known as Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). This means that my red blood cells are being attacked by my body and they die before they are supposed to. But, with the good medicine the dogtor gave me, I'm feeling so much better. She said I will probably have to take this medicine forever. I don't mind as long as I continue to feel good.
My foster mom says she's happy that I'm doing so well. I make her laugh when I play with my toys and especially when I run around the house playing chase with her. I love to go for car rides and walks. I can't walk in the heat for too long, because I tire so easily due to my anemia. Sometimes, my foster mom has to carry me home because I'm too tired. Thank goodness I only weigh 7.5 pounds.
My ideal furever home is one with one adult, preferably someone who will be home all day long with me. No children, cats or other dogs, please. I need to be an only dog. I am a very sweet, loving little girl, but I want my new mom or dad to be my one and only. And I want to be their one and only furbaby to love.
Updated bio 6-27-17 Little Ava was rescued from the shelter on June 19th. She was severely anemic due to a horrible flea infestation. She was extremely underweight and sick.
Ave was taken immediately from the shelter to the vet, where the vet, the tech, and her foster mom spent over an hour picking fleas off her. Most of them were already dead from medication given to her at Animal Services. The vet gave her a B12 injection, and treated both her eye and ear infections with drops and antibiotics. Ava was also discovered to have a grade 3/5 heart murmur. At this time the vet seems to feel it will not affect her life at all, but it needs to be monitored. So much for such a young pup.
That evening Ava refused to eat. The next day her blood counts were checked again. They were still low, and although she had eaten a little, she was just not showing signs of getting better.
Wednesday morning, Ava seemed to be a little perkier and ate a little more. However, when she returned to the vet Thursday to recheck her blood counts they were still very low in spite of her seemingly to be a little better. The vet determined it was time for a blood transfusion. She was taken to the Emergency Pet Hospital for the transfusion right away. The fear was if her white and red blood counts did not begin to show more normal levels she would start to really fail. After the transfusion she did seem a little better, but it didn’t last.
Friday she returned to the vet for more blood work. Her counts were better, but still not in the normal range. Ava wouldn’t eat and her abdomen was very distended. An x-ray showed she had fluid in her abdomen. The vet was not sure it if was fluid was blood or something less critical. The vet aspirated the fluid. Thankfully, one thing went right for Ava and it wasn’t blood. She was given another B12 injection, liquid minerals, and prednisone.
Ava seems to have rallied some over the weekend, but every time she would go outside, she would immediately start panting. Would sad, sick, little Ava ever feel better?
Ava had blood work again on Tuesday and her red blood count has come up slightly, so that is good news. They are not at normal levels yet, but hopefully with the meds they will continue to rise. Her white blood count and platelets are still too high, which means they are fighting an infection still, but they have come down a little too. It is hoped that Ava is on the road to recovery, but it will be a while longer before she is well. The vet added another drug to help with her recovery. Everyone is doing everything possible to get Ava well again. Ava takes six medications daily; three of them are taken twice a day. Still Ave remains weak and sleeps a lot.
In spite of all she has gone thought Ava is such a wonderful little pup. She has put up with all the needles and the poking and prodding and still loves everyone. She remains loving and sweet.
Ava needed to be saved and UYR did not hesitate to do that. We have spent close to $1,500 on Ava’s care in the short time she has been with us. We are not sure how much more it will cost for Ava to be well again, but we will do whatever we have to, because Ava deserves this. We are reaching out to our wonderful, caring, Rescue Angels to please help us continue help Ava. Whatever you can spare, a dime, a dollar, or more, because Ava is so worth it. She has been through so much, please don’t forget her, and please give what you can. Remember to keep Ava in your heart, your thoughts, and your prayers.
Initial bio 6/19/17 Ava is a sick little pup. She was just rescued from the shelter a short while ago and rushed immediately to the vet. She is severely anemic from flea bites and has several other medical issues that will be addressed at the vet clinic.
We will know more about sick little Ava after her vet visit. Please watch for more information. Keep little Ava in your hearts as she takes this journey from sickness to health.
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