Re: New Member - Help
- 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.
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
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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- 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
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
Please keep us posted....Meredith with Monkey
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Terri Womack <jerryleemoo@y...>
> Doc says one more day of observation and then I'm on my own w/aspirin therapy starting Sunday.
>know to date is that he threw a clot. Doc suggested a cat scan (sick
> Any suggestions from those of you who have been there..... All I
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
> Please let me know what you guys have done.
> Thanks so much.
> Terri/Jerry Lee