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Re: Possible blood clot

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  • puppys_mom
    Please get this checked immediately! NOW. Exactly one week ago, I lost my beautiful girl Franki to a blood clot. I happened to see the episode -- she was
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 4, 2009
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      Please get this checked immediately! NOW. Exactly one week ago, I lost my beautiful girl Franki to a blood clot. I happened to see the episode -- she was hobbling, then writing on the ground, panting and crying. I didn't know what was happening -- I knew NOTHING about kitty heart disease or clots. But I knew something was horribly wrong, so I rushed her to a vet. At the time, I was thinking she was somehow injured . . .

      We were there within 15 minutes. Sadly, the vet apparently didn't have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. He took X-rays, diagnosed the situation -- and sent us home without treatment. The next day, she was limping as you describe,and her paw was cooler than the other. But she still seemed to feel pretty good. She was eating, purring, trying to walk. She was a big, big girl, so she couldn't get around on 3 legs. Meanwhile, I was scrambling to learn more about her diagnosis, trying to get another vet to return my frantic calls and reading info online.

      I did finally reach a vet who prescribed 1 baby aspirin every 72 hours. The baby aspirin made her horribly horribly sick. Over the next few days, her paw pads turned black, and her leg died. It eventually dried out, and was losing hair. I'm sure the necrotic (dead) tissue caused a systemwide infection that made her even sicker and probably was painful.

      I finally had to euthanize her exactly 12 days after the episode, and I'm still sobbing over it. In 12 days, my sweet Franki went from a loving, affectionate, happy, cheerful, loving, little purrball to a sick, lame, virtually nonresponsive cat.

      I am still beating myself up about this, because if that first vet had done something to dissolve the clot, we could have then treated the underlying heart disease and Franki might still be with me. I wish I had brought her to an emergency facility, instead of an unknown vet (he was the only one who would see us at 6 pm, when the episode occurred). By the time we started the aspirin, which made her sick, anyway -- it was too late. Please don't let your cat suffer the same horrible fate.

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "carrie.kitten" <carrie.kitten@...> wrote:
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      > I haven't posted here in a long time. My cat Kylee died 2 years ago from RCM. She was just 3. I have another cat, Baby Girl, who is Kylee's sister. (They are from different litters). Baby girl is almost 7. She just stared limping on her left back leg. I am really worried about it because Kylee had a blood clot in one of her back legs as well. Baby Girl isn't acting sick and she is eating fine. I did notice that her left paw pad is a little colder than the other one, but other than that, she seems ok. I am really unsure of what to do now. She is playing and acting fine other than the slight limp. We have a very low roof on our garage and she likes to jump up there and sleep, so I'm hoping that maybe she just hurt it while jumping. But I don't know if that would make it cool to the touch or not. It is not very cold, only a little cooler than the other one. Her vet isn't open until Monday and the ER clinic here is really not good at all, so I don't know what to do. Any advise would be appreciated.
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    • carrie.kitten
      Baby Girl seems to be doing better. The limp seems to be a lot better. I did give her a baby aspirin. The vet told me when Kylee was sick that it is ok to give
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 4, 2009
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        Baby Girl seems to be doing better. The limp seems to be a lot better. I did give her a baby aspirin. The vet told me when Kylee was sick that it is ok to give a cat a baby aspirin once every 3 days, so I thought it might help her if it is a clot trying to develop. She has not been diagnosed with a heart problem. She has been very healthy all her life.

        When Kylee developed the clot, it almost came out of no where. She seemed like she didn't feel good for a day or 2 before it happened. She wouldn't eat much and she just layed around. But she didn't seem like she was in any pain. Then one night we came home and found her sitting in a chair meowing very loud and in an extreme amount of pain. I didn't know it was her leg at first. But the way she was acting I knew something was wrong, so I just put her in the carrier and took her to the emergency vet. Once I got there, that's when I saw she wasn't using her leg at all. After paying them a lot of money, they still didn't know what was wrong with her (that's why I don't want to take Baby Girl there). To make a long story short, I took Kylee to 4 vets before getting the correct diagnosis. I found a feline heart specialist in the next town and he diagnosed her with RCM and a blood clot after doing an ultrasound. She lived 10 months after being diagnosed. The vet put her on Enacard to help regulate her heart beat and also a baby aspirin once every 3 days to help prevent another clot. She did regain complete use of her leg back within a few months. So as far as what signs to look for, it is very hard to say. I just thought she had a virus or something and would feel better in a few days. She wasn't even limping. The best advice I can give is if you ever even suspect something is wrong with your cat's heart, find a vet that specialises in cats and in particular feline heart problems. In my opinion, most vets don't have the training to know when a cat has a heart condition. It is obviously more expensive to see a specialist, but it is so worth it.






        --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "Westgold" <westgold@...> wrote:

        hi -- I am new to this list. I hope Baby Girl will be all right. Can you please tell us *exactly* what happened when Kylee got her clot? I would like to know exactly what happens, so I can recognize it right away if my kitty gets one. Would it help to give a baby aspirin immediately after seeing evidence of a clot, will it help break it up?
        thank you, Michelle & Tigger Too in Toronto
      • carrie.kitten
        I just wanted to let everyone know that I took Baby Girl to the vet earlier this week and I am very happy and relieved to report that her heart is fine. She
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 10, 2009
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          I just wanted to let everyone know that I took Baby Girl to the vet earlier this week and I am very happy and relieved to report that her heart is fine. She had a very small sore on her foot that had become infected and that is why she was limping. I did not even notice the sore until just right before I took her to the vet. She is on antibiotics and she is doing much better. The vet said her heart sounds just fine and she has good strong pulses to each back leg. I can't tell you how relieved I am. After going through that with Kylee, I just don't think I could go through that again. Thanks to everyone for your kind replies and all of your kitties are in my prayers.


          --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "carrie.kitten" <carrie.kitten@...> wrote:
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          > I haven't posted here in a long time. My cat Kylee died 2 years ago from RCM. She was just 3. I have another cat, Baby Girl, who is Kylee's sister. (They are from different litters). Baby girl is almost 7. She just stared limping on her left back leg. I am really worried about it because Kylee had a blood clot in one of her back legs as well. Baby Girl isn't acting sick and she is eating fine. I did notice that her left paw pad is a little colder than the other one, but other than that, she seems ok. I am really unsure of what to do now. She is playing and acting fine other than the slight limp. We have a very low roof on our garage and she likes to jump up there and sleep, so I'm hoping that maybe she just hurt it while jumping. But I don't know if that would make it cool to the touch or not. It is not very cold, only a little cooler than the other one. Her vet isn't open until Monday and the ER clinic here is really not good at all, so I don't know what to do. Any advise would be appreciated.
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