Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Cardiovascular Disorders

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

General Information
Your pet’s immune system provides the ability to resist and recover from disease and injury. This defense system regulates production of antibodies that aid in destruction of disease agents such as bacteria and viruses.

In autoimmune hemolytic anemia, this defense system attacks the animal’s own body tissues and red blood cells, causing severe, life-threatening anemia. Although such disruption of the immune system may be caused by infection, cancer, or other diseases, in many cases the cause is unknown. Certain drug reactions may cause autoimmune hemolytic anemia. In newborns, the disease may result from antibodies found in the first milk (colostrum) of the mother.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a serious, life-threatening disease. In many cases, immediate blood transfusions are needed. Less severe cases are treated with a variety of medications. In some patients, surgical removal of the spleen or treatment with anti-cancer drugs is necessary.
2. Various laboratory tests are necessary to diagnose the condition and monitor the response to treatment.
3. Relapses are common.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.