Mitzu is a 10 year old Lhasa Apso cross who was recently brought into Vetwest Cockburn for her routine health check by her incredibly dedicated parents and it was discovered that Mitzu had severe dental disease.
Mitzu was immediately booked in for a dental procedure to remove the affected teeth and make her much more comfortable into the future.
Mitzu had been an incredibly lucky little dog, when a few years prior we had successfully treated Mitzu for a blood condition called immune mediated haemolytic anaemia and for this reason all precautions were taken to ensure that Mitzu had a safe and minimal risk procedure.
On the day of the procedure, Mitzu was a little itchy around the face and had been rubbing her face into the grass at home. Our vet on duty admitted Mitzu and during the routine pre-surgical exam noticed that there was blood inside her left eye.
Quick identification of this problem led the team to identify that Mitzu’s immune system was attacking her platelets, a condition known as immune-mediated thrombocytopenia. Platelets are
tiny blood cells that help the body form clots to stop bleeding. If blood vessels get damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by the platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of the damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage. Without these handy little cells the blood does not clot properly and bleeding can occur, as we saw in Mitzu’s case.
Mitzu was quickly placed on immunosuppressive medication to help stop the immune system from destroying the vital platelets and stop the bleeding. The condition can be life threatening and so Mitzu became a regular patient in the hospital with the team getting to know her well and becoming fond of the sweet little girl.
After many blood tests and a slow reduction in her immunosuppressive drug doses, Mitzu had her last blood test 1 month ago and is now living a healthy life once again.
Her dedicated parents will continue to keep an eye on her health and bring her back to Vetwest for her twice yearly routine health checks to ensure she remains a happy and healthy little pooch.