Here's my furry boyfriend who got home from the hospital yesterday after an overnight stay with other furry friends. I brought him to the clinic on Thursday night after I noticed drops of blood coming out of his nose (I was scared to death!). I applied an icepack to stop the bleeding, but there were still droplets every few minutes. At the clinic, blood tests were done to determine what's causing the nose bleed, more blood tests to check his liver and kidneys. Fritz is so gentle he didn't even protest when a dextrose was attached to his foreleg and a cotton soaked in epinephrine was stuck to his nose. He was wagging his tail when I entered the examination room, and I almost cried when I left him there. But he growled at everyone while he was being kept in a cage, the vet told me.
Fritz was released on Friday afternoon---thank God, his liver and kidneys are OK, but he has an infection, the reason why his platelet count was too low. The vet suspects Ehrlichia infection, a bacteria from ticks. Although Fritz has no ticks, my landlord's askals have ticks so they're the culprit. Fritz was prescribed a cocktail of meds that he will be taking for a month---an antibiotic (doxycycline) to kill the bacteria, vitamin K1 (for blood coagulation), multi-vitamins and a supplement for anemia. There goes my weekend shopping budget...oh well, I'm just glad he's home and getting better.
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