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On Sunday 1st June (Just a day after a check up at our local vets) Bailey became unwell. Lethargic, had laboured breathing, an increased heart rate, vomiting and was refusing to eat or drink.
At 10pm Bailey was taken to Pet Medics a local emergency veterinary centre in Manchester.
The vet first suspected stomach ulcers or a blockage in the intestines, whatever the problem she strongly believed it had caused serious internal bleeding and I was told it was 50/50 whether my beloved boy would survive until the morning.
Bailey was admitted overnight and put onto a drip in an oxygen cage straight away. He was given anti sickness medication to prevent vomiting in order to protect both his stomach and intestines as the suspected internal damage was so bad he was unable to be sedated and checked over the way the vet would choose to.
Bailey was treated for possible stomach ulcers and given a scan to determine just how much damage was present and to try and give an idication to what had caused this. In the meantime further tests were done to rule out specific conditions and causes.
A routine blood test had shown that Bailey was severely anemic (Hence his pale white gums when he was admitted) PCV count (Red blood cell count) was at just 17% (This is pretty low, below the 'stablised' point of 20%) meaning Bailey had to be given a blood transfusion.
Bailey's blood transfusion went well and was so far successful. The body hadn't yet produced antibodies to attack and destroy the foreign object in his system (The donor blood from the transfusion.)
Monday 2nd June - My morning phone call arrived after a sleepless night which felt like had lasted forever.
Further test results gave the diagnosis of Evans Syndrome. We finally had a diagnosis and could begin to help my boy.
A chat with the vet left me devastated my beautuful boy has an incureable disease at just 2 years old. (Evans Syndrome is manageable with medication.)
50% of dogs diagnosed with Evans Syndrome don't survive 50% who do need medication for life. Any sufferer of Evans Syndrome can relapse at any monent.
What is Evans Syndrome? Evans Syndrom is an incureable disease (manageable with medication) made up of two different diseases.
where the white blood cells and red blood cells don't communicate. The body's immune system views the red blood cells as a foreign body therefore antibodies are created by the white blood cells to attack and destroy the red blood cells (Needed to transport blood around the body and to major organs) (IMHA) and red blood cell platelets are also destroyed by these antibodies. (IMT)
Red blood cell platelets are needed to help blood clot (without the blood clotting correctly internal bleeding occurs)
Bailey was now back on a drip being closely monitored and getting his PCV levels (Red blood cell platelet count) checked every 12 hours the first check showed an improvement his PVC had risen from just 17% to 28%. A step in the right direction.
Tuesday 3rd June - Bailey's PCV was 29%. Bailey was successfully in putting up a good fight. He was to today be given chemotherapy. Tuesday evening arrived and my first visit came around Bailey was being given a concoction of seriously strong drugs with nasty side effects. These drugs are attempting to reverse the attacking process of Evans Syndrome.
Bailey's blood transfusion was not only to save his life but to buy some time for these medications to work and hopefully during this time frame his body would react positively and reverse the process of Evans Syndrome instead of developing antibodies used to attack the very drugs given to keep him alive, these same antibodies are attacking his red blood cells and destroying his platelets causing him to be anemic - a This means he's seriously unwell.
The vets were expecting his PCV levels to drop a little but hopefully they would stabilise and remain stable/possibly increase rather than dropping below the stabilised percentage of 20%.
Bailey's PCV had dropped to 24% during the night this was a worrying time for me.
Wednesday 4th June - I received my morning update Bailey's PCV levels had dropped again but were currently stable at 20%. I seriously started to panic and fear the worst couldn't wait until visiting to spend precious moments with my Bailey.
Visiting time came around and Bailey although still happy within himself he was still seriously ill and by this point hadn't eaten at all. I'd taken some of his favourite foods along with me in the hope I could encourage him to eat, unfortunately it was unsuccessful as when I finally persuaded him to eat he ate just two pieces of kibble. I got a long and extensive visit with my boy and even to take him outside (best 90 minutes of my life)
At around 11pm Wednesday evening I had a phone call from the vets keeping me informed of Bailey's progress. Disappointing and worrying call as Bailey's PCV level had now dropped to just 15% this is not what i wanted to hear. Another sleepless night.
I was told he would be monitored closely over night and his PCV levels would be checked again first thing. Hopefully they will have stablised/improved. If not a further blood transfusion would be highly likely.
Thursday 5th June - Bailey has eaten some of the food I left last night and out of the X amount of things they look for in dogs with Evans Syndrome the positives are currently outweighing the negatives.
Bailey did eat grass in the morning to make himself sick but hasn't been sick since. His breathing and heart rate are great at the moment but unfortunately his PCV levels have decreased to 13%. Some blood has been matched to a Baileys and is being transported from down South for another transfusion later. The vet would prefer to do this now before the PCV levels drop low enough to mean he struggles with his heart and breathing.
After what seemed a lifetime of waiting 8:30pm arrived and I was finally getting to see my precious pet. Looking a lot brighter now the transfusion meant his PCV level was now 30% (Just 8% away from the level of a none anemic dog) Way to go Bailey.
Unfortunately Bailey had a few accidents but I didn't care I was so proud and pleased with his fighting spitting and progress. Even more good news arrived, Bailey almost ate a full bowl of chicken. He was on the up I couldn't believe it.
Friday 6th June - After an anxious time impatiently waiting for my morning update it finally arrived. Bailey had eaten more during the night and what's even better his PCV level had stayed at 30% over night. Fabulous, fabulous news. Visiting time couldn't come around quick enough I couldn't wait to cuddle, kiss and congratulate him on his determination and efforts to stay with me a longer. I'd have to wait until the next day for another PCV level check.
Come on my boy you can do this, you've been through so much in such a short time, beating the odds each day do not give up on me now.
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I'd like to thank everyone who's kindly and selflessly donated to help towards Bailey's treatment costs (unfortunately he's exceeded his insurance limit) without your help treating him would be impossible.
- Alison Kingston
- Kathy Doyle
- Kristen Hunter
- Marty Douglas
- Anthony Dunn
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