"..autoimmune hemolytic anemia... With AIHA, the dog's body kills its red blood cells at a rate faster than the body can reprenish them... watch for weakness, lethargy, labored breathing, exercise intolerance, and lack of appetite... page or yellow gums, eyes, or ear tips, a faster heart rate.. and elevated respiratory rate.

"..suspected causes.. include vaccines, viral or bacterial infections, chemicals, toxins, cancers, and antibiotics...

"Fifty to 70 percent of dogs with AIHA survive... The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance is that your dog will recover" (Matola, Katie. "When the Immune System Attacks." Dog Fancy, October 2003, 16).

Colby Glass, MLIS