Dog Health and Medical Info

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Common Cocker Spaniel Medical Conditions

Cherry eye This is where one of the tear glands pops out from under the third eye lid. It requires surgery to keep it in place. Vet’s used to remove it and sadly some still do but is is NOT an acceptable treatment method any longer. Find a vet who can do the surgery to replace it.

Glaucoma Glaucoma is increased pressure in the eye. It is very serious, painful and requires attention from your vet immediately It will eventually blind your dog and require surgery. We prefer the Chemical Ablation procedure to removing the eyes for two reasons, how painful it is to the dog and cost  We have had a very high success rate with the chemical ablation procedure the first time and have only needed to repeat the procedure once.


Dry Eye

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia is an immune-mediated disease in which the body attacks and destroys the red blood cells. When their blood cell count becomes too low, animals start to show signs of anemia (low red blood cell count). IMHA is a serious disease associated with a high mortality rate.

Symptoms include decreased energy, weakness, collapse, pale gums, lack of appetite, and yellowing of the eyes. This disease, and its symptoms, can come on slowly, but more often, it comes on very quickly.

Next Step:
Check their gums. If pale, grey or white, go to the Doctor or Emergency Veterinary Hospital immediately. Time is of the essence.

Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT)   Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia is an immune-mediated disease in which the body attacks and destroys the platelets. Platelets are necessary in the process of the clotting of blood.

Symptoms: Spontaneous bruising is the major clinical sign. The gums and oral surfaces as well as the whites of the eyes are obvious areas to check as is the hairless area of the belly. Small pin points of spots of bruising in large areas are the hallmark sign, spontaneous bleeding from the gums as well as “two-toned” poop…..some of it is darker than the rest can also be a sign that there is some internal bleeding. A large, purple expansive bruise might also be seen. Large internal bleeds are not typical of platelet dysfunction, though bleeding small amounts in urine, from the nose, or rectally may also indicate a platelet problem.

Next Step: See your vet immediately.

Mammary Tumors Many older unspayed female cockers come in to rescue with multiple mammary tumors. Once spayed the risk to mammary cancer is low.

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