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  • Terri Womack
    Thanks Meridith and everyone else that s replied to me. Yes, I have an engineering degree, but I m dumb when it comes to forums... I think I ve managed to
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      Thanks Meridith and everyone else that's replied to me. Yes, I have an engineering degree, but I'm dumb when it comes to forums... I think I've managed to post to the board.

      I just picked Jerry Lee aka "Moo" up from the vet. I finally got some positive news .... theres been some improvement. He has warmth in his back paws. He's still walking, as M said, "knuckling" - but he seems a little more himself.

      I still don't think he's used the box - either to urine or to poop - I talked a little to the VT about it and she recommended NutriCal... He is eating some dry food and seems to like the chicken and gravy baby food provided by the Vet.

      Doc says one more day of observation and then I'm on my own w/ aspirin therapy starting Sunday.

      Any suggestions from those of you who have been there..... All I know to date is that he threw a clot. Doc suggested a cat scan (sick humor, but that does make me want to giggle). I've also read several of y'alls posts about various meds.

      Doc said that he could throw another clot any time and drop dead....

      Please let me know what you guys have done.

      Thanks so much.

      Terri/Jerry Lee

      Meredityok@... wrote:
      Terri,

      It really sounds like Jerry Lee is recovering faster than my cat Monkey did
      from her saddle thrombosis! Already taking steps, that's awesome!

      Monkey's first leg came back within a week and a half or so but the second
      leg took about 5 months. During those five months, she went from dragging it
      completely behind her to putting pressure progressively lower and lower down the
      top of the paw, until finally, for the final few weeks, she walked on her top
      of her foot "knuckling," which is what I think you are describing.

      Sounds like Jerry Lee is definitely making some progress, especially if you
      remind yourself what he looked like when you first found him....probably flat
      out like a pancake in the rear, if anything like Monkey.

      The way we decided not to euthanize, was first we did an ultrasound, to make
      sure that there were no large clots looming, as one clot increases the odds of
      another, and in fact, this was Monkey's second clot. I don't know if your
      vet told you, but usually a saddle thrombosis is extreme agony for the cat, and
      they are generally euthanized as soon as possible, because they need it.
      Most vets do not have experience treating saddle thrombosis, because most cats
      don't live to be treated. Monkey and Jerry Lee are firm exceptions!

      So, the ultrasound did not show another large clot in the heart that could be
      thrown (although I understand that not seeing it was not a guarantee that
      none existed). Next, was the fact that Monkey wasn't having pain, so it gave us
      time to see what would happen. The vet said to wait a couple days, by the end
      of a couple days she was still hanging in there, and by the end of that week,
      she had pulse in her first leg back. I think it was by the end of the second
      week there was some function in the left leg.

      Did you know your cat had heart disease before the clot? What meds is your
      cat on? Did you get to read my post from before where I described that my cat
      is on Lovenox, which is an injection of an anticoagulant that I give her
      daily. My vet learned about it by consulting with the cardiologist at North
      Carolina State Veterinary School Maybe your vet would talk to them.

      You said your cat hasn't used the bathroom yet, did you mean urine or bowel
      movement? Or both? Is Jerry Lee eating? Monkey didn't have a natural,
      unassisted bowel movement for the first month after her saddle thrombosis, and she
      wasn't eating much. But when we gave her enemas, she did have a bowel
      movement, so it wasn't just because of not eating enough. A holistic vet recommended
      starting her on Science Diet A/D. I was surprised a holistic vet would say
      that, I thought they would recommend some kind of health food.

      But she was right, the A/D did the trick completely. She took to it
      immediately, appetite was better than it had been even before the clot. She had her
      first unassisted bowel movement that night, and her bowels have been regular
      ever since.

      Feel free to write me anytime. You wrote back to me "off-list," so your
      email went to just me. If you want to take this conversation back to the list,
      feel free to send your reply there, as well as to me. There is so much
      knowledge on that list, it's probably worth getting more input than mine. But if you
      ever want to write to just me, that's fine, too.

      Thinking of you.....Meredith with Monkey




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    • protectanimals
      Hi Terry, I m glad you have had some encouraging signs and that your vet is encouraged, as well! Is aspirin the only med your cat is on? As others here have
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        Hi Terry,

        I'm glad you have had some encouraging signs and that your vet is
        encouraged, as well!

        Is aspirin the only med your cat is on? As others here have
        suggested, an ultrasound is important in order to find out exactly
        what type of heart disease you are dealing with, and what meds are
        needed.

        To be very honest, I wouldn't count on aspirin as the sole therapy in
        the situation of a saddle thrombosis. Monkey was on aspirin for a
        couple years on a regular basis prior to her throwing the clots.
        Obviously, it didn't ultimately prevent the clots.

        Some of the other options for you to discuss with your vet are
        Nattokinase, Lovenox, Fragmin, and Plavix. If there are others, I
        trust someone else will mention them.

        As I said before, most vets do not have experience in treating saddle
        thrombosis, because most cats do not survive saddle thrombosis. Your
        vet may need to do some research or consulting with specialists
        before feeling comfortable making recommendations, but I would ask
        your vet to take those steps....or else ask for a referral to a
        feline cardiologist.

        Please keep us posted....Meredith with Monkey


        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, Terri Womack <jerryleemoo@y...>
        wrote:

        > Doc says one more day of observation and then I'm on my own w/
        aspirin therapy starting Sunday.
        >
        > Any suggestions from those of you who have been there..... All I
        know to date is that he threw a clot. Doc suggested a cat scan (sick
        humor, but that does make me want to giggle). I've also read several
        of y'alls posts about various meds.
        >
        > Doc said that he could throw another clot any time and drop
        dead....
        >
        > Please let me know what you guys have done.
        >
        > Thanks so much.
        >
        > Terri/Jerry Lee
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