??? - 30/06/2008
My dog passed away today, in a situation very similar to that of Teddy Rose's Robbie. She was taken to the vet this past weekend because we noticed that she didn't seem to have any energy at all, and plus on Saturday she refused her food. She turned out to be highly anemic, and the vet suspected Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. We had to wait until today for the test results, though, and in the meantime she was prescribed some drugs for her anemia. Today the results revealed that it wasn't leukemia, but Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. The problem was that she hadn't responded to the drugs at all, and her level of red blood cells was even lower than before. The only way to buy her some time so that the drugs could work was to have a blood transfusion. We took Maria, our other dog, to the vet to be a blood donor. But Janiça was weak (her advanced age probably didn't help), and in the process her heart simply stopped :(
She was a lovely dog, and she will be missed. I'll try to find comfort in the fact that she lived a long and happy life. I don't know exactly how old she was, but we had her for 9 years and she must have been 2 or 3 when she came to us (I explained how we came to adopt her in this post). Still, I'm going to feel her absence for a very long time.