Monthly Archives: December 2015

Badger the Whippet and his Fight for Life

We all know blood donation saves lives. Three of my dogs have been donors for the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank for several years. Even though they love it for the peanut butter and snuggles, I have seen blood donation first hand and what it can do.

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Badger, too sick to stand, at the hospital waiting for his blood transfusion.

His name is Badger. A cute 2 year old whippet who one day was not acting like his normal bubbly self. He became more and more lethargic and we noticed his gums were pale. After a visit with his veterinarian, we soon learned that Badger had Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia or IMHA. IMHA is a disease where the immune system attacks the red blood cells causing anemia. One way to assess the amount of red blood cells in the body is to run a blood test called a PCV or packed cell volume. A healthy dog will have a PCV between 35-55%. Although, he was immediately put on medications, Badger’s PCV fell to 13%. His only chance to survive was a blood transfusion. I remember the day we took him to the hospital to receive his transfusion. He was barely able to walk and his gums were white. He was so depressed. It was difficult to see him so sick.

Two days later, we were able to pick him up from the veterinary hospital. What a difference the blood transfusion had made! He was brighter and even able to trot out of the veterinary office much more like his usual self. Like most dogs with IMHA, we do not know why he developed the disease. With oral medications he is now able to live a normal life.

Badger on the day he went to his forever home!

Badger on the day he went to his forever home!

A few months after his blood transfusion, Badger found his forever home. He currently lives with 2 other whippets and is a normal healthy happy dog… all thanks to a canine blood donor.

When my dogs donate blood every 6-8 weeks, I think of Badger- a sweet little whippet who was given a second chance at life.

-Julie Fulghum, RVT at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

Click HERE for more information on how your dog can be a life saver to dogs like Badger.

 

 

 

Badger today!-

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Badger relaxing with his family.

 

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Cuddling with his new brother.

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Merry Christmas Badger!

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Badger the whippet.

 

Holiday Sneezing in Frederick, MD

Last Christmas, client service representative, Kelly, brought home her first real Christmas tree! Her mother was allergic, so she only had fake trees growing up. She excitedly put up her new tree, decorating it to perfection.

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Sugar

A couple hours later, her dog, Sugar, began sneezing. Kelly was disappointed, thinking Sugar was allergic to trees as well. Her house wouldn’t be filled with the smell of pine trees that reminded her of Christmas time. Over the next couple of hours, Sugar’s sneezes became more and more violent until she suddenly let out the sneeze of all sneezes. A mucous-covered pine needle shot out of Sugar’s nose and landed right on Kelly’s couch! “It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever encountered,” says Kelly. Sugar continued to sneeze throughout the night and into the next morning.

Fearing she had another pine needle lodged in her nose, Kelly brought Sugar in to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital to see her veterinarian. Sugar was put on an antibiotic and an antihistamine and within a few days was feeling much better! You might be a client service representative’s pet if you snort a pine needle!

Kelly and Sugar

Kelly and Sugar