Flynn is 4 yrs. and weighs 7lbs.
Flynn was surrendered to the shelter from his owner due to severe anemia and a low-grade heart murmur, which might have been associated with the anemia. The shelter reached out to us for help as his health was declining fast.
5/12/17 We rushed Flynn to the VCA in Riverside and they confirmed he was super anemic, and had a dangerously low red blood cell count and extremely high white blood cell count. They treated him with a blood transfusion, antibiotics and a steroid. This helped for a few days but he quickly went downhill.
We returned to the vet and Flynn’s blood cell counts were back to the original state. This meant his body was killing of the red blood cells quickly which was bad news for little Flynn. This behavior can be indicative of bone marrow cancer. We opted to do another transfusion, administer steroids and antibiotic shots before accepting that nothing more could be done.
UPDATE: Good news from the vet! Flynn's levels are almost in the normal range, so we are reducing his meds and eventually taking him off them. He needs a follow up blood check in about 2 weeks, but that might be it!
Flynn is very sweet and loving. He is great with other small dogs (has not been around big dogs that we know of), great with adults and babies (has not been around kids that we know of). He is still learning his potty manners, but is great indoors other than that. Because of his anemia he cannot be a super active dog- going on runs or long hikes- but he does like to run around the house a bit and play. He is very calm and mellow, almost never barks, and is just all around a sweet dog!
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