Re: [FH] Junior has a HCM and a Blood Clot
Welcome to the group. It's very good that the circulation is returning to
Junior's leg. Clots in the front legs seem to be less common, but also less
traumatic than ones in the rear legs or a saddle thrombosis. I know there
have been people on the group that have had experience with clots in the
There must be drugs that can dissolve clots but I can't recall what they
might be. You may find some information by searching the message archives
on the Yahoo group site.
There are different classes of medications to control the blood pressure.
Diltiazem (and Norvasc) are calcium-channel blockers. Benazepril (and
enalapril) are ace-inhibitors. Atenolol is a beta-blocker. All do pretty
much the same thing but in different ways. Often they will give a
comination of these drugs such as a beta-blocker and an ace-inhibitor.
Different cats have different reactions to the medications so if one doesn't
work, they can try another. You can read about drugs, their uses,
side-effects, etc on this site -
Has Junior seen a cardiologist yet? That may be to his benefit.
Meanwhile the best you can do is to keep him as healthy as possible with a
good-quality canned food diet and supplements like CoQ10 to keep his heart
and body strong.
Please post any more questions - I'm sure you'll have a lot!
----- Original Message -----
From: "ichiume1" <ichiume1@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 10:21 PM
Subject: [FH] Junior has a HCM and a Blood Clot
> Hi everyone,
> last Friday my 3 year old ASH cat Junior stopped using his right front
paw. I took him to the
> emergency vet and they couldn't get a blood pressure reading on the foot
and determined it
> was a clot. The next morning my vet checked him out and he got a slight BP
reading in his
> leg and ordered a ECG. The results came back and his left ventrical wall
is slightly thick which
> caused the clot to form. I am happy to say that on Sunday he did start
using the leg again,
> though in a very limited way and it obvisouly sill hurts. I have been
looking on the internet
> for information on clots and everything talks about rear leg paralasis.
Have any of you
> experienced a clot in the front leg? Did it improve? This is all very new
to me, in fact I had
> never hear of any of this until last Friday.
> My other question is about the meds he is now taking. My vet wanted to put
him on Diltiazem
> but it made him sick, larthic and diarrea. He is now on Benazepril as well
as half a baby
> asprin every other day. Has anyone else had this experience?
> Right now I just want to make Junior as "normal" and as comfotrable as
possible for as long
> as possibale. Any tips on how to make this happen?
> Thanks very much.