re : Aspirin and CRF
- Hi everyone,
thank you to all of you who have written about giving aspirin to cats.
A quick recap for those who missed previous posts. My Pebbles has "mild"
CRF, hyperthyroidism and mild heart disease caused by the hyperthyroidism.
She also had a recent back and leg injury. The vet said it is possible
there is a little arthritis. Aspirin is sometimes given to cats for
arthritis and to (theoretically) prevent blood clots due to heart disease.
I think I have decided that for now I do not want to give aspirin to
Pebbles. My reasons are 1) that there is no scientific proof that aspirin
prevents blood clots in cats. 2) there is proof that aspirin can have
side-effects such as stomach lining damage, possible bleeding in the
stomach, nausea etc., although for some of you, your cats have done very
well on aspirin. 3) Pebbles is already on three different drugs, one for
her heart, one for her thyroid, and antibiotics for cystitis. This
combination seems to be working well for Pebbles at the moment. I am scared
of upsetting the balance.
I have heard that Vitamin E also thins the blood in humans, and though
I have found no proof of it preventing blood clots in cats, the side
effects (of a correct dose) would have to be minimal. I will ask the vet
about this. I would rather give Vitamin E than aspirin.
I am scared that Pebbles may have a blood clot, but I have thought a
lot about this in recent days, and I think I just have to accept that it
may happen or then again it may not. Pebbles is happy and contented in
herself at the moment. This is so important. Also Pebbles' heart disease is
potentially reversible with treatment of the hyperthyroidism. So that would
lessen the chance of a blood clot.
I think we will keep going the way we have been the past few months. I
just have a very bad feeling about adding aspirin to Pebbles' medications.
With the other drugs I was very scared of side effects when we started, but
this is a different feeling altogether that I have, just a very bad feeling
about the aspirin for Pebbles. It could be just the same fear as before,
but I don't know. With the Inderal and neo-mercazole there is solid
evidence that they work (even though they can have side effects), but with
aspirin there is no evidence of its effectiveness. So for me, the cost and
benefit ratio is different.
Thank you all so much for your help and for sharing your thoughts and
experiences. I am so grateful for the help and support on these groups.
Love, Voula and Pebbles (I am happy and contented as I am thank you) and
Lucy and my Beautiful Angel Sachie.
(Sachie's tribute page, and photos of Sachie and Pebbles.)