Date: 2010-04-27 18:05:34 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Epogen use in estrus-related anemia
I have a jill (Miss Kitty born 5/3/09) who went into season earlier this year, was given a hormone shot and came out. Everything normal.
She went in a second time and when we gave her another hormone shot we noticed she was really pale (she was fine the night before or not pale enough for me to notice).
Off to the vet - had a pcv of 16, so did an emergency spay (this was Sunday the 18th). Note there was no blood in the abdomen or unusual bleeding during surgery.
Within 30 hours of the spay she was down & out with a pcv of 5. Did a blood transfusion of 22 cc's (Monday night the 19th) and she really did well.
She has been eating (mice, chicken gravy, baby food and kibble), acts normal, poops normal, but she's not pinking up as much as I'd like. Did another pcv (Friday the 23rd) and it was 15. So another transfusion that day, could only get 6 cc's.
I searched the archives and all the epogen posts are in relation to adrenal anemia. I'm figuring that it would also be appropriate to use for estrus-related anemia, as well, correct?
Other than adding Epogen, what else would could we be doing for her?
I understand that more tranfusions are a likely possibility. Does anyone have a recommendation on how many cc's of blood we can give her during a transfusion, with a pcv of 15 or 16? I know we can get 10 - 12 cc's of blood per hob.
Also, how long do we have to wait between donations for the hobs? I wasn't sure if it was 6 weeks like with people or not.
If anyone has experience with this situation or other help to share, it would be greatly appeciated.
Mary & Kitty
PS: Please cc my email on any reply (mary pfra @ yahoo . com) since I may or may not have time to get back on the list. Thank you!
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