Nicole Austin, Minnesota 3/4/2014 12:48:51 PM My chihuahua/miniature pinscher was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia on February 18th, 2014. We first took her in because we noticed bruising on her belly, bleeding from her gums (which we noticed due to her having extremely bad breath) and lethargic. She was normally a very high strung dog and hyper active. They ran a CBC and she had 0 platelets, her reticulocytes (immature red blood cells) were through the roof, but her red blood cells and all other testings for organ function were normal which was good news. The doctor diagnosed her with immune mediated thrombocytopenia and prescribed her prednisone 5 mg twice daily for 14 days and we would recheck her CBC. She had had two small focal seizures, where she zoned out and wasn't responsive. She just shook and we would sit and comfort her. She was doing ok still eating and eventually around the 25th stopped eating. I had called the vet to discuss options for feeding and they told me to immediately bring her in. While there I asked to have a CBC ran again along with testing for the tick-borne diseases because I had read that that can sometimes cause the onset of this although she had her regular Frontline protection. Her CBC then came back saying that she was anemic. I was devastated. The vet than prescribed her mirtazapine as an appetite stimulator and suggested pedialyte, baby food so forth. This was everything we had already tried. We went home and she ended up chowing down some food even though it was hard for her to stand and the next day she vomited dark colored blood. She had vomited previously and had a small blood clot days previous and was reported to the vet but this was my breaking point. That morning she had been whimpering and I could tell she was miserable and in pain. This is a terrible terrible disease and I wished that I could have done more, but in all actuality like stated it costs a lot of money for treatments you don't know will help her or not. I miss her dearly. She was only 6.5 years old..to anyone out there going through this I hope your story doesn't have the same outcome as mine.