plasma transfusions

I posted about it on my other blog but I haven’t had the time until now to update.

Kira went in for surgery on Friday and we were optimistic that everything was going to go well without a hitch.

Unfortunately, Kira started to have complications and her body was unable to clot, which resulted in us having to rush her to an emergency clinic before she started to bleed out. It would seem that her white blood cell issues also caused her to have a blood clotting issue and they think she might either have cancer or be neutropenic.

Thankfully, they got her bleeding issues under control but we genuinely thought we were going to lose her. The only reason she survived was because of a plasma transfusion to the tune of $2000. She was able to come home yesterday, and now we’re waiting for her biopsy results as well as the next twelve days so that we can get her staples and stitches removed.

The unfortunate part of everything is that we discussed the next steps for her and both my husband and I have decided that if Kira is diagnosed with cancer, we’re going to skip treatment and allow her to live out what she has left naturally.

We both don’t want to watch her become a walking zombie pumped full of meds, and cannot afford the $30k price tag on chemotherapy and marrow transplantations.

Just keep her in your thoughts for the next few weeks.


((So… My Newfoundland baby is very sick, and has contracted anemia from something. It’s been day 4, and she doesn’t seem like she’ll make it… I don’t know how much I’ll be online these next couple days. We can’t afford to do a plasma transfusion, and that’s the next step, as the blood transfusion didn’t work. If she doesn’t get better by tomorrow, we’ll have to let her go…

She’s only 6 years old… She just turned 6 yesterday….))

Canine Parvovirus, from a vet who treats it.

The early years of my career were spent in a rural Australian practice. I saw a lot of canine parvovirus from poorer socioeconomic areas, and by ‘a lot’ I mean up to 5 per week in Summer. 

There’s no way to sugarcoat parvo. It’s a nasty, highly infectious, highly durable virus with a near 100% mortality rate if not treated. Conventional hospitalization and treatment in early to mid cases can provide up to 98% survival though, which is why I laugh at ‘alternative treatment’ spruikers who want to prey on your vulnerability and make you buy their book with new ‘magic cures’. The difficulty is that treating it is expensive.

Canine parvovirus attacks stem cells in the dog. For most dogs, their must abundant stem cells are in their gut lining. This means their gut lining stops replenishing, producing foul, copious, watery and bloody diarrhea as their intestinal lining falls away. This is as horrendous and painful as it sounds. There are also stem cells in bone marrow and severely affected dogs will find those attacked as well, worsening anemia from blood loss and causing immunosuppression. In very young pups it will attack stem cells of the heart also, as though these pups didn’t have enough to worry about.

The virus itself is highly contagious. It’s also very durable, and by that I mean the virus survives in soil very well, potentially up to 20 years. This means that if there has ever been a parvo dog in your backyard, your soil is probably contaminated. It can also be spread by foxes and cats, so good luck keeping those off your property too.

It takes 3-7 days from infection to first clinical signs. People would often buy a healthy looking puppy only to have it come down with parvo a few days after it arrived home. Usually it was not vaccinated.

I want to make it very clear that vaccines do not cause parvovirus. The actual, live virus causes parvovirus. It’s common for an infected puppy to be brought to the vet on the first day with its new family, before it starts showing clinical signs, only to then become sick 3-5 days later. When you’re a vet in this situation, vaccinating the puppy becomes a race against time. You want to vaccinate them before they get a chance to be infected, but not before their mother’s immunity has faded. Generally the risks of having a parvovirus vaccination are less than not having it. This is especially frustrating when the pup has already been out in highly contaminated areas, like dog parks or the beach.

And when the poor little pup, or the young adult dog, does come down with parvo, hopefully its owners brought it in early instead of wasting two days researching ‘cures’ on the internet before coming in.

Treatment is expensive. Parvovirus dogs need to be in isolation to stop every other pup that comes into the clinic from potentially becoming sick as well. They need lots of fluid therapy, pain relief (those guts hurt), gut protectants, antibiotics (bacteria cross the damaged gut into the bloodstream too easily) and anti-nausea medication. Sometimes they need intravenous nutrition, and you know its bad at that point.

There’s no cheap miracle cure for canine parvovirus. A canine plasma transfusion is the closest I’ve found, because it contains antibodies from a vaccinated donor, as well as proteins the patient needs. A plasma transfusion can have a pup going home 48 hours later. The trouble is, it costs about $300 wholesale for only 200ml.

Vaccination is the only way to prevent canine parvovirus. Vaccinate the mother before she gets pregnant. Vaccinate every dog that comes onto your property. Vaccinate adult dogs to keep them from shedding. Keep pups away from likely contaminated areas until after their 16 week vaccine, especially in known parvovirus hotspots. Vaccinate pups as per your veterinarian’s directions. Don’t buy them if they’ve not had at least their first vaccine, no matter how cute they are. 

Parvovirus absolutely sucks and I would happily never see it again, despite the enormous vet bills it generates. I now work in a higher socioeconomic area where people have generally listened to their veterinarian’s advice and vaccinated their pups and adult dogs as recommended. I haven’t seen a parvovirus case in 18 months in general practice, and only two in emergency. Vaccination makes a huge difference. 

I’m not trying to sell you anything, unlike every other ‘miracle cure for parvo’ and ‘what-your-vet-wont-tell-you’ salesman. This is just free advice, and my sincere condolences if you’ve ever found yourself with a parvo puppy.

So basically I need to raise about $2500 for vet bills.

Long story short, my dog Caddy had a seizure a few days ago which turned into several trips to the vet trying to figure out what caused it. Well, it turns out she has chronic ehrlichia and she’s not doing too good. She has a low white and red blood cell count, and today her platelet count was basically at 0 (which is really, really bad and she could die if she starts bleeding), among other things. If she doesn’t get better in the next two days she’s going to need to get a plasma transfusion and even then there is a possibility it’s not going to help all that much.

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(feb 7, 2015)

Unapologetic Opinion Time: If you oppose stem cell research on the grounds that it uses human fetal tissue, you should not be allowed on any transplant lists for any reason. You should also not be allowed to receive blood or plasma transfusions. All of that was, at one time, a part of a human. And you’re Pro-Life. Right?

ariekka  asked:

hey, um, do you still accept promts for ___ me meme? if you do, could you write 'enamour me' for an AU Hisana/Ukitake? (im sorry, they are just so shippy. no offence to Byakuya) if you don't, thank you for writing in general, and your new haircut is cute! (well, it is regardless, actually). cheers!

This is so late omg and it’s incomplete so normally I wouldn’t bother posting it at all…but I was reading it over this morning and I decided I liked what I had written, so what the hell. Here you go (sorry that it isn’t finished! I hope you like it anyway). It’s basically an AU of WTL. 

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Tokers first day out! Vets didn’t think he was going to make it past the first 24hrs. Here is our in the pasture with his “surrogate” momma as we call her. Since tokers mom refused to let him nurse he didn’t drink her colostrum and he had no antibodies, he lived in our house for the first few days of his life. So we bottle fed him the colostrum for the first 24 hrs. He had a plasma transfusion on day #2, he couldn’t get up and down by himself. we were looking for a nurse mare and a thoroughbred breeding farm told us they had a mare we could have. They told us to take her or they were going to “ put a bullet through her head” because she was no longer able to be bred, since her last foal died they felt it was useless to breed her. We took nana and she immediately took Toker in. Nana and tokers paths crossed for a reason, and now I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Tokers now 2 weeks old and he is healthy running around his pasture with his momma,and nana is finally happy that she has a baby and gets to be a happy momma.