Re: [FH] 20 year old cat with swollen back legs
I have no experience with swelling like that but I would assume that it's
fluid. It could be serious and you may want to get hold of your vet soon.
It could be that his body isn't able to handle the amount of fluid he's
getting and it's settling in his legs. The heart is more important than the
I would think that aspirin would be hard on the kidneys and that the vet
could prescribe something else to help prevent blood clots like plavix or
lovenox or even the enzyme nattokinase.
Less likely - are his back paws the same temperature as the front? If not,
it could be partial blockage due to a blood clot.
Are you going to a regular vet or a cardiologist? Not all regular vets know
how to handle this type of situation.
Please let us know how you make out.
----- Original Message -----
From: "margdaw4" <margdaw4@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:29 PM
Subject: [FH] 20 year old cat with swollen back legs
> My 20 year old cat recently has swollen back legs. He was diagnosed
> with a heart murmur in September of 2005 and has been taking a baby
> aspirin twice a week since then. He was diagnosed with kidney disease
> in September of 2006 and has been on Sub Q fluids every other day.
> Recently his back legs are very swollen and he has trouble walking.
> Does anyone know what the swelling is from?