I knew if I posted, someone somewhere would know something about
this! Thanks for the info -- it's just good to know. We're not
there with Merlyn, but for future reference...
Paws crossed for you and yours!
Merlyn & Tully
--- In email@example.com
, "Steph <sschoff@e...>"
> Dana, wafarin (brand name: Coumadin) is actually used in cats
> already. I think at least one person's cat on this board is using
> it. It is definitely an aggressive anticoagulant preventative
> measure when used in cats. The vet cardiologist we bring Gus to
> suggested warfarin as an option for Gus last August when we brought
> him in (she found a blood clot in his left atrium). What she told
> was that warfarin cannot break any clots down, just prevent future
> clots. Also, initially Gus would be more likely to throw a clot if
> we used warfarin. Although many cats have been put on warfarin, it
> is a very risky measure because of bleeding complications and so it
> can be fatal. It is something you have to monitor very very
> (clotting times) because they can bleed to death. Our reg vet said
> she has some patients on warfarin and they are doing quite well. I
> just didn't want to take that risk. I was so scared to make the
> Our vet suggested three things last August:
> 1. Warfarin - oral
> 2. Injectable heparin then overlap w/ warfarin
> 3. Low molecular weight heparin (pretty safe but maybe not as
> effective) Also can be cost prohibitive.
> 4. Do nothing/ keep using aspirin
> We elected to go w/ the low molec wt hep. (Lovenox enoxaparin
> From what I understand, cats that have a massively enlarged left
> atrium (like Gus) are at an increased risk for blood clots. So far
> things are going OK.
> Paws crossed,
> -Steph, Gus & Louise
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Chris Martín <thecatdiva@m...>
> > On 2/25/03 9:08 PM,Dana Rulf (merlynsmama) <drulf@c...> wrote:
> > > Warfarin, an "old-
> > > fashioned" (people) blood thinner
> > I'm not making any comments about its beneficial uses on humans or
> > animals...BUT Warfarin is the active agent in rat poisons
> > causes the animal to bleed to death internally. That is why it's
> > for cats to prey on rats and mice in the 'hood, because if that
> rodent has
> > been poisoned then the cat will die also.
> > Chris
> > "Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: When
> > arrange yourself in slim poses." --John Weitz