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Help! IMHA

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#1
I took my one year old male to
The vet, he suddenly got sick, lost alot of weight. Has been diagnosed wit IMHA. Right now vet is giving him steroids and doxicycline. They are still looking at blood to see if they can find a blood parasite. I'm really scared as he might need a blood transfusion which would require me to transport him to a specialist. Has anyone dealt with this before? I read prognosis isn't good.
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#3
Most likely secondary the vet said from micoplasma but testing isnt complete yet. Something stupid like an insect bite! It's so scary how fast it hit him. I am hoping someone has experience with this that can at least help with steps to take. The vet helps with suggestions as she has seen it before but I like to prepare myself.
 

ALizzlyBear

Savannah Super Cat
#4
My cat had auto-immune-mediated non-regenerative pancytopenia. It has a different cause and a fatal prognosis. I'm not sure my story/experience would help. But I did end up transferring my kitten to a specialist and doing blood transfusions etc. I wish I had transferred him sooner since I found out the specialty hospital we moved him to was also an emergency hospital and had other specialists there to review the case. This may or may not be the case with your potential future specialist.

I am also glad I moved him there because when the time came that he suddenly needed the transfusion, he was where he needed to be to get it. He degenerated significantly over time and transporting him was very scary since he was normally on an IV and sometimes in an oxygen tank. I'm not sure if secondary IMHA can degenerate to being dependent on those things but if you will probably need to switch doctors anyway, the sooner may be the better. Is the specialist far from you? Do they have a 24 hour emergency hospital also?

I'm so sorry this is happening to you guys, I hope he pulls through!! It sounds like you are doing everything you possibly can and he's lucky to have such a caring and responsible owner.
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#5
The transfusion would be about 3 hours from here, will know tomorrow if he needs it. Hopefully the meds slow down his condition. He is the only kitten I held back from any litter I had. He's very special.
 

ALizzlyBear

Savannah Super Cat
#6
Oh that is really far! I see why it is such a difficult decision then. I have heard cats pull through so stay hopeful! Wishing you both the best!
 

Angie Panczak

Savannah Super Cat
#10
He was doing better last night, said he ate and his blood count was going up, this am he started to crash and is in on oxygen tank. Vet is looking into transfusion pricing.