Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia
Recently a dog owner wrote and asked what I knew about Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia or AIHA. I admitted I really knew little about AIHA, and was only familiar with it in regards to Sulfonamide drugs, because of Great Dane's sensitivity to Sulfonamides. As I set out to search for more information I ran into a wonderful website full of information and a story about Joanne and her dog Meisha. I would like to share this story with you as well as the numerous links Joanne has at her website. ~ Linda
Until my Meisha developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in January 1992, I was just your average dog owner/caregiver. I did foster care for our local humane society and loved anything associated with dogs. However, after the development of Meishas illness I came to understand that it she were to survive this disease, I would need to understand the disease and be an equal partner, along with my veterinarian in her treatment. I bought veterinary textbooks and started to research the disease and talk with other vets.
In 1998, with the help of my veterinarian, I wrote the Meishas
Hope Website. Four years later in May 2002, six months after Meishas
death, we started the Meishas
Hope AIHA/IMHA Fund #338 at Morris Animal Foundation to raise
money to sponsor studies on AIHA/IMHA. So far this Fund has raised
over $100,000 and sponsored or co sponsored 5 studies on the disease.
It is my goal to raise at least one million dollars to sponsor AIHA/IMHA
studies that would enable better treatments to be found for the disease
as well as possible causes for the illness. I currently have one mixed
breed dog, Madison Joy, Maddie for short who was adopted from our
local humane society 7 weeks after Meishas death. Thank you
so much for sharing info on AIHA/IMHA with the visitors to your great
To learn more about Meisha's Hope and numerous links about AIHA go to her website below.
Meisha's Hope URL: http://www.cloudnet.com/~jdickson