Re: [FH] Re: plavix and methimazole?
- Hi Adriann,
I don't think you rocked the boat! I, for one, so do appreciate the extensive knowledge you have about things, especially the more technical things.
Carol and Angel Snowball *5/10/91 to 1/1/10*
and the gang
From: acrocat <acrocat@...>
To: feline-heart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, Feb 27, 2011 4:07 pm
Subject: [FH] Re: plavix and methimazole?
I had a few direct emails about my comment here so I'm replying back to the list --
In terms of jugular venipuncture + Plavix in cats, avoidance is more of a common-sense thing than proven in XYZ study sort of thing. The jugular vein is bigger than other veins (hence it is a great vein to draw blood from) and a bleeding issue occurring with this vessel will have more serious consequences. Is it likely? Probably not. Possible? Certainly -- Plavix (as well as aspirin) is specifically an "anti-platelet" medication, and platelets form the initial plug in an open wound. If you're going to put a needle in there, the venipuncturist should be the best and the site should be held off (pressed on) for as long as possible.
In terms of sharing info with the vet, I'd say just ask next time for them to avoid jugular venipuncture (aka a "jug stick"), and to make a note on the chart to do so in the future.
I actually just assumed that would be all vets' standard policy -- didn't mean to rock the boat here!
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