Never use any med with enteric coating unless you absolutely have to. There is NO WAY to know how long it will take to get into the bowel and dissolve there so your body can use it. If your digestive system has a quick transit time, the pill will leave your body before it even disssolves at all. I got stuck with some enteric coated aspirin one time because the drugstore was out of the regular kind, so I split them in half with a pill cutter before I took them. Then the stomach acid could get to the aspirin part and dissolve it right away. In a CAT, I would never use them -- cat's digestive system is so small, I don't think they would ever dissolve.
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From: Cher Paul
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Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:01 PM
Subject: [FH] Re: any one use baby aspirin long term or atenolol
My 16-yr-old Maine Coon also has cardiomyopathy. My vet explained that the
problem is a component in aspirin; I think it's salicylate, so any
medication containing salicylate carries the same concern. It's not toxic
per se, but cats metabolize it very slowly, so the danger is that it
accumulates to toxic levels.
You don't say how big your cat it, nor the dosage. Aspirin should be dosed
by weight. Raisin is 19 pounds and gets 81mg (a "baby aspirin"; now called
"low-dose aspirin") 3x weekly. He's got lots of health issues now, and we're
definitely in the keeping him comfortable phase of his life - which means we
might take chances to keep him comfortable. Still, our vet discourages any
more aspirin than this.
So yes, be very careful with this.
As long as we're discussing it: Can anyone comment on the effect of enteric
I have no knowledge of atenolol.
Cher and the Boyz
Posted by: "ERIC LEE" pray4animals@... pray4animals
Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:41 am (PST)
My cat has cardiomyopathy and has been on atenolol and baby aspirin for the
last 6 months. I am wondering if anyone has had a vet told them they are
concerned about long term use of aspirin in cats? I asked my vet about
plavix yesterday but I am not sure where he stands on it,
Also anyone have good results with atenolol.
I amalso giving him a supplememnt called Cardiostrength. I am thinking it
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