I suspected IMTP - a condition where the body suddenly
deicdes to attack and destroy its own platelets (blood clotting
cells). Blood tests revealed that Lexie had,. indeed, got
very few platelets left.
After checking for certain unusual infections that can
trigger this phenomenon, Lexie was put onto medication to
suppress her immune system to stop it destroying the platelets.
Quickly, her platelet count returned to normal, and the
bleeding symptoms disappeared. The long term outlook is
good for Lexie, though she may - like Amber before her -
require longterm medication.
As far as I know, Bearded Collies are not prone to this
disease, and Amber and Lexie are not related, so a hereditary
illness seems unlikely too. Whilst it must be deemed unfortunate
to have two dogs with this illness, Mrs Buckland can look
on the bright side knowing that she learnt from her experience
with Amber...and got Lexie insured!
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