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Neurology Service Helps Dog Live a Full Life

​John Kisiday jokes that his dog Bruschi’s mission in life is to eat as much as he can before he dies – including socks, plastic spoons, stolen items from his human sibling, and, oh yeah, dog food. Thanks to the team at the Neurology Service, it looks like the beagle will have quite some time to accomplish his goal.

About six months ago, Bruschi was having seizure-like episodes. Medication controlled his symptoms until he developed a second serious medical condition called autoimmune hemolytic anemia. AIHA is an immune disease in which the body attacks and destroys its own red blood cells. The condition is fatal in 25 to 50 percent of dogs that develop it and requires aggressive treatment.

Because of his secondary medical condition, Bruschi’s seizure medication had to be changed, though the options were limited. Kisiday, who works in the Orthopaedic Research Center at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, got in touch with Dr. Rebecca Packer. She had recently joined the hospital to head up the Neurology Service.

“She spent a lot of time asking questions, getting history, examining Bruschi, and talking with me about what type of episodes he was having,” said Kisiday. “Because of Bruschi’s other medical condition, we had to be very careful which drugs he was receiving, and what would be the most effective. Dr. Packer spent a lot of time thinking about how best to treat Bruschi. She is very motivated to learn new things to help her clients.”

Bruschi is still on the road to recovery from the hemolytic anemia, but Kisiday is happy to have a veterinary team that can help him make the best medical decisions for his dog. After all, for Bruschi, the dog with the iron stomach, there are still so many tasty morsels life has to offer.