Help Your Dog Get Over Anemia

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Anemia can kill up to 40% of dogs (diagnosed with the disease) depending on the cause.

A dog diagnosed with anemia may need a lifetime treatment regime. Follow these steps to help your dog survive.

Step one is to set up your home for your dog. They will need to recover slowly. And need to increase their activities gradually. If your dog normally shares your bed, you may want to lift them onto your bed for awhile. Anything that you can do to decrease their activity for awhile may help your dog heal faster.

Step two is to give your dog their medications as prescribed by the vet. Some of the medications, the vet may prescribe are drugs that are also taken by humans. To save some money on some of these medications, have the vet call your dog’s prescription in to your local discount pharmacy. (Steroids which are commonly prescribed for this condition, can often be purchased for only $4 a month).

Step three is to follow-up with your vet for blood tests. Your vet will tell you how often. With my dog, Rose we had to take her to the vet every 3-4 days for a couple of weeks. Now 10 months down the road, she goes every 3-4 weeks.

Step four is to feed your dog well. Foods rich in iron will help build the blood back up. Examples that your dog will probably like are:

  • Beef or chicken liver
  • Eggs
  • Spinach (cooked with scrambled eggs)

Step five is to give your dog their vitamins as prescribed by the vet. Vitamins for dogs come in two general types – liquid and pill. My dogs generally take the liquid kind better if mixed with their spinach.

Tips & Warnings

Many dogs die from anemia. Mine is still alive, but the battle has been uphill at times. Take good care of your dog, love and hug them up close.

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