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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My cocker spaniel's PCV level has gone down to 10. He has

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My cocker spaniel's PCV level has gone down to 10. He has AIHS. What does this mean?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

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A PCV of 10 (normal PCV - red blood cell concentration - is 35-52) means that without another transfusion - and perhaps even with one - you might lose Louis. Cocker spaniels often suffer from a quite severe form of AIHA necessitating transfusions or hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, immunosuppression with prenisolone plus adjunct immunosuppressant medications such as azathioprine or cyclosporin, antithrombolic (anti-blood clot) therapy with heparin, antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel, and supportive care in the form of gastric protectants, fluids to support renal blood flow, and antibiotics if secondary infection is suspected. I'm very concerned for Louis at this time.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
It's very late here now and I have to leave my computer but I promise to reply in the morning if need be.