A Labradoodle Miracle

Cali is a 2-year-old spayed female labradoodle, that was referred to NorthStar VETS because blood work revealed pancytopenia following a course of a sulfa-based antibiotic.  Pancytopenia is a medical condition in which there is a reduction in the number red and white blood cells as well as the number of platelets.

When Cali arrived at NorthStar VETS her sweet personality could not be denied, and she immediately became a favorite.  We knew she had quite a road ahead of her but were hopeful of her recovery.  Cali spent a lot of time with us and her parents visited often bringing us all kinds of tasty treats. We even celebrated her birthday as a team in our lunchroom.

Every NorthStar doctor in internal medicine and emergency/critical care managed Cali

Cali, 2-old Labradoodle

while she received 17 total transfusions. She had 18 complete blood counts and 3 bone marrow aspirates performed. Cali was finally stabilized after the initiation of mycophenolate, an immunosuppressive drug used in human medicine, along with prednisone and cyclosporine.

Today, Cali is being cared for at home where she is doing great.  But, she still stops by every so often to say hi and make sure everything is on the up and up!

Our team of ] board-certified internists and a residency trained doctor; Dr. Hammer, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Guinan and our team of technicians worked tirelessly to help Cali and consider her one of many NorthStar miracles.

NorthStar VETS FUN FACT: The pet hospitalized the longest prior to Cali was Teddy who initially presented with a corn cob foreign body and bladder and intestinal leiomyomas and remained at NorthStar VETS for 18 days.

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