- Jazz has been to UC Davis, and unfortunately, it's not a good
situation. The left side of her heart is defective, and probably has
been since birth. There is nothing specific that they can tell us,
because this defect is specific to Jazz, not something that is found
in cats in general.
They have warned us about heart failure, blood clots, and that
basically, there is a chance that she might just die without any
prior symptoms. I'm glad we went though, because at least now I know
that we are doing everything possible.
We have been prescribed enalapril to minimize the scar tissue build
up, and we will be doing a follow up appointment in 3 months. The
cardiologist basically told us we could use asprin to minimize blood
clots if we want to... But she wasn't too positive about it.
I've heard about winstrol for people helping blood clots. I looked
through the archives, but there isn't much on it. Does anyone have
experience with this medication used in cats?
- lkshaw@... wrote
> I've heard about winstrol for people helping blood clots. I lookedI would be careful with Winstrol and heart disease. I don't know about the
> through the archives, but there isn't much on it. Does anyone have
> experience with this medication used in cats?
clotting factor, but winstrol is not good for the heart in general. I have
used it successfully with my kitty for her kidney failure, but she also had
heart failure and I did worry about that, although we did not have much
choice. The benefits were tremendous on the short term side.
For clotting, you could try vit E which is known to help prevent blood
clots, as well as other antioxydants like selenium and vit C. Some vets also
prescribe baby aspirin although it is not proven to help cats like it does
humans. There is no research at the moment.
I hope this helps,
Anyes and the girls
- Meant to reply to this earlier. If I recall correctly, Winstrol is an
anabolic steroid. We used it long ago with Boing-boing when his kidney
disease worsened. They use it to build up muscle mass and counteract the
wasting that happens in renal failure. I'm sorry I don't know much more than
that and I don't know about its effect on clots. A good place to ask this
question might be on one of the feline CRF lists.
Vitamin E is an anti-coagulant and you might want to supplement with this. I
know someone here is using 400 IU daily, though I don't use that much since
it is not water soluable. I use about 35-40 IU daily. I got a liquid form
and put a couple of drops into the supplement combo I give my girl. Vitamin
e is also used to prevent scarring after injuries or surgery.
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- My vet gave me Winstrol for Taj. I know that it's supposed to help
with anemia, appetite, and general quality of life, but I'm so
nervous to give him anything new. Has anyone had experience with this