A Weird Reaction…

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In December of 2010, my Boxer, Millie and 7 years old at the time, had some blood work done.

It came back showing thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) due to clumping. Her platelets had always been a little low so we weren’t too concerned about it. We submitted another sample, just to be safe. It came back even lower.

We started her on a steroid treatment with prednisone. Of course, steroids always make them want to eat and drink more, thereby gaining weight. Millie lost five pounds in two weeks.

I was a licensed vet tech at the time, and the vet I was working for suggested bone marrow aspirate, biopsies, ultrasound etc to see if she had cancer somewhere internally. We all know how prevalent Boxers are to cancer!

We drove down to Nashville, TN to see one of her vet friends who has a mobile ultrasound business. She took all the samples and submitted them to the lab. Everything, with just a small abnormality with her liver, came back completely normal.

My boss had no idea what was going on. Then, a week or so later, she read where there had been ONE reported case of Pepcid causing thrombocytopenia. Millie had been on Pepcid for several years for her reflux. We took her off of it. Within one week, her platelets were back up to normal.

Needless to say, no more Pepcid or prednisone for my girl. Instead, she, along with my other two, get a “midnight” snack versus an antacid. Leave it to my dog to have a weird reaction to such common drugs.