Comments on Mystery Illness Prompts Dog’s Euthanasia

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Sharon   Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

9/27/2015 4:30:18 PM

Our 9 1/2 yr old yellow lab, Tessa, was diagnosed with Evans syndrome last Thursday and was in respiratory distress by Friday morning when we called the vet to have her put,to sleep. Tessa's situation is the same as others reported here....fine and active one day, throwing up, not eating, lethargic, weak, and when the black stool occurred I knew we were in trouble. We are on vacation with her and had been doctoring with a different vet but they were responsive, helpful and gave us the best of care but ithe disease came too fast and too hard for her to win. We only adopted her 10 months ago but she was so special and we miss her terribly. Going home without her is breaking our hearts. Tessa had an OK blood test done on Tuesday but the same test on Thursday showed disaster had struck that fast. She did not suffer because we knew to watch for respiratory distress and we called immediately. It is a truly horrible disease.

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Shauna   jamul, California

7/13/2015 9:43:23 PM

Our 8 year old male lab was diagnosed with Evans syndrome 2 months ago. It was a sudden onset with no previous symptoms. He was given 2 blood transfusions and is still on 10 different medications twice a day. he has developed a few skin ulcers and has lost muscle mass due to the steroids. It's a very serious disease but if you are diagnosed early on there is treatment available. It is extremely expensive with no guarantees but he is happy every day so I am too!

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Kathy   Woodway, Texas

10/27/2014 7:00:54 AM

Our sweet Maggie was diagnosed with Evan's on Friday. We did not know her age because she came from the animal shelter, but she was the absolute sweetest schnauzer ever. We finally realized on Sunday morning that putting her to sleep was the best thing to do, even though it absolutely killed us to do it. Her blood count continued to go down, her platelets were zero, she was throwing up and would not eat. She would not even get up. And she seemed to be bruising badly. This came on her so very suddenly--that is what surprised me so. But I know she is running and playing now, and not suffering at all. But we miss her so.

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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 anyone out there going through this I hope your story doesn't have the same outcome as mine.

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Patricia Rushing   Tallahassee, Florida

5/15/2013 12:34:21 PM

My Corgi, Zuzu Petals was diagnosed with this horrible disease in December 2012. The local veterinarians could not figure out what was wrong and thought she ate something that was causing her to bleed into her GI Tract. She was so very sick and almost died as her blood cell count was 7 (40 - 50 in the nornam range!) Finally she was referred to a specialist, where she was disagnosed and treated. She is doing well now, but is still on 4 daily medications. The veterinarian costs have been astronomical, but Zuzu it worth it! I hope this helps make other pet owners aware of this terrible disease and what its symptoms are.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

3/29/2013 6:03:35 AM

Very interesting and very concerning.

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Sheila   Farmington Hills, Michigan

3/20/2013 6:53:09 PM

We had to put down our golden retriver, Nehi this week due to Evans disease diagnosis. He was only 4 years old. Th vet hospital ruled out cancer. I had mentioned that he was biten by a tick roughly 9 months ago. As we live in Michigan and hike In the woods regularly, we vaccinate him for Lyme disease as well as administer Frontline Plus. The blood work showed no Lyme disease. But, after reading many DMV responses I am curious as whether the tick bite was the cause.

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Patty   Marietta, GA

6/14/2011 7:16:08 PM

I also had to make the difficult decision to euthanize my 4 year old terrier mix, Daisy, two weeks ago due to an Evans diesease diagnosis. Her symptoms were identical to those you describe - She was her playful self on Friday evening and could not walk by Monday morning. I have been second guessing my decision but I am becoming more convinced that it was the most humane thing to do as I read more about this awful disease.

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