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Haemobartonellosis / Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis
I mentioned on the forum over the last few months how Max has been 'out of sorts'. Background is we live half the year in Las Vegas and half the year in the Republic of Panama.
He is very allergic so instead of giving parvo/distemper vaccines all the time he gets Titer tests. This year his blood work for the Titer came back with high levels of ALK Phosphates = 1546 way above the average. Nobody could figure out why. My vet in the US put him on a daily dose of Marin which reduced the enzyme level to 740 after the first month. We also did an ultrasound but that proved inconclusive.
He seemed to be out of sorts a lot and just not his usual happy self - then this week he went off his food and wouldn't touch it.
Long story short I took him to the vet in Panama as we are there now and she took some blood. She sent the blood to the government lab and the results came back today that he has Haemobartonellosis - a large amount in his red blood cells that affect his liver and symptoms are weight loss / loss of appetite and decreased appetite/thirst.
Anyway I don't know much about this and Max is now on antibiotics and an immune booser (Transfer Factor) for the next month...
Am wondering if anyone else has gone through this - the vet here explained it is predominantly found in more tropical climates and I am just keeping my fingers crossed that the antibiotics work some magic and Max goes back to being healthy and happy.
Jemma and Max