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  • An unusual life threatening reaction to a bee sting

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    Daisy, an 8 year old Cocker Spaniel, was brought in by her owners after she had been stung by several bees. She was given a steroid injection to prevent any allergic reaction occurring. Two days later, Daisy came back to the surgery with vomiting and diarrhoea. The vet who examined her found that she had a very high temperature and was jaundiced. A blood sample was taken from Daisy and it showed she had severe anaemia (dangerously low numbers of red blood cells). It was most likely that Daisy’s own body was breaking down her red blood cells (a condition called Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia). Although extremely rare, severe bee evenomation has been reported to cause Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia in dogs. Daisy was hospitalised for 4 days whilst she started treatment with steroids. Her red blood cell levels were carefully monitored. When she was sent home her red blood cell count and symptoms were improving. After just over a month of treatment at home and regular blood tests at the surgery Daisy is now back to her normal self (as are her red blood cells!).

    Joined Towcester Veterinary Centre in 2005 and now a partner, Cat enjoys all aspects of surgery but has a special interest in orthopaedics and laparoscopy.
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