Patch Update 30/May Eearly Morning (3am)
- Hi all,
Just spoke to the vets. Patch still needs his bladder expressed -
can't do this on his own. He IS pooping on his own, but it's
diarrhea, and it's very bloody, so they've had to stop the Heparin
because he was at risk of bleeding out. So now he's at risk of
another clot, instead. His last iron count though was within normal
limits so far ...
They gave him something, I forget the name, but I know I've read it
on here, which works as an appetite stimulant, and he did look
interested in food when they did that, though didn't actually eat.
They've managed to syringe a bit of water and food into him though.
The overnight vet is the one who does cat physio, and his legs have
softened up a little with this, though they're not as good/flexible
as they were this time yesterday, before the day-vets had 10 hours
with him with no physio.
He also has heat packs under him, but they're trying to keep him a
little hypothermic because they say heating causes vasoconstriction.
His urea is a little high, they say the bacteria in his urine and the
high urea level are probably both side effects from the blood in the
bladder from the bleed. He's still on antibiotics.
The biggest worry for me though is that they've had to stop the
Heparin. I asked if there was a milder anticoagulant but they don't
want to introduce anything now while his gastro bleed is so severe.
I think I know the answer to this, but has anyone here had a cat
survive a saddle thrombus where Heparin had to be discontinued?
Maybe you used another drug, maybe something herbal? Or maybe you
were able to reintroduce the Heparin once a bleed had stopped?
I'm clutching at straws here, but they say "where there's life,
there's hope" and 36 hours ago, Patch was fine and asymptomatic -
hearty appetite, running, jumping, playing ... THAT'S the cat I'm
fighting for. If he'd been declining, I might think it was now his
time, but if you'd seen him 36 hours ago, all this would have seemed
Advice? Ideas? Thoughts? Comments?
Catherine and Patch