Canine immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia part 1: presentation, diagnosis and treatment

Rachel Palin
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) is one of the most prevalent immune-mediated diseases in canines, and it carries a guarded prognosis because of the substantial rates of morbidity and mortality. Comprehensive supportive nursing care is critical in patients with IMHA.This first article discusses the presentation, diagnosis and treatment options in canine IMHA patients. A subsequent article will follow focusing on how the condition, and its treatment options, impact the supportive nursing requirements that should therefore be considered, as well as possible complications that may arise. Through good nursing care, as well as a knowledge and understanding of the requirements of these patients, RVNs have a vital role in influencing these patients' outcomes.

Figure 1. Pale mucous membranes. Photo courtesy of Sophie McMurrough.
Figure 1. Pale mucous membranes. Photo courtesy of Sophie McMurrough.

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