Like most retrievers, Koloa a seven year old Chesapeake Bay retriever loves the water. One day, after enjoying a day of diving off a dock and swimming, Koloa’s owner noticed bruising on her belly. Koloa was immediately brought to see her veterinarian, Dr Boctor at Morinville Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton. Upon their arrival, Koloa’s gums had begun to bleed. Tests revealed Koloa had immune mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT), a condition in which the body destroys its own platelets resulting in the inability of the blood to clot. Koloa was transferred to the Edmonton Veterinarian’s Emergency Clinic (EVEC) for treatment. Further diagnosis revealed Koloa had Evans syndrome, a serious condition in which, IMT and Immune hemolytic mediated anemia (IHMA), two complex diseases exist at the same time. IHMA results in the body destroying its own red blood cells.
Koloa received two blood transfusions to replace the lost red blood cells and platelets to stabilize her condition and allow for administration of immune suppressive drug treatment. Without transfusion therapy, severe conditions like Koloa’s can cause rapid deterioration thus limiting valuable time to treat the patient and allow for recovery.
Being a long term blood donor herself, having provided 16 donations to the CABB located at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Koloa was now reaping the benefits by receiving free blood products. Koloa’s owner was very thankful there was blood available to help save her dog’s life. Koloa can once again enjoy the outdoors and go for a swim.