- Hi, My little girl of 14 years developed a blood clot in her right
back leg yesterday. One minute she was fine and another she was
draging her back right leg. I immediately took her to a Emerg.
Clinic and they monitered her all night. First thing in the morning
I took her to my Vet and they got me a Cardo. Appointment. I met
with them on the same day and they did a Echocardiogram. She had no
signs of enlarged left atrial englargement, but had a slight right
enlargment. They checked for broken bones and did blood work. They
don't think that it is heart problems, but they have no idea why she
clotted. They have me giving her half an asprin twice a week and vit.
B every day. I have not seen her eat, but she had a poop incident.
She has pretty much stayed on the bed sleeping since yesterday.
Without use of her hind leg at the moment, how will she go to the
I am so scared that she won't get the use of her leg back. I don't
know what to do. I am so worried that they won't be able to find out
why she clotted and it will happen again. I don't want to lose her.
I read your excellent post with great interest. I have a 9 month old with mild to moderate HCM. He is on Adenolol. This is the only thing the cardiologist prescribed, besides a follow up scan in 6 months. I want to be doing everything I can do for my little guy. Would I be helping him to add CoQ10 and/or bilberry to his meds? Is there anything else I should do? He has very little indication of a problem, except for some lethargy on occasion.He was initially diagnosed due to a 3 murmur. He is eating Wellness diet, half adult and half lite since he tends to be a bit chubby:) . Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. Your kitty was so very lucky to have had you.
Wendy L and Tiger
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 6:48 PM
Subject: [FH] Re: Blood Clot
I was searching through the Feline Heart archives and found your post
regarding blood clots. Since I was a member for awhile in the past,
I recall that you were one of the most knowledgeable posters and I'm
hoping you'll comment on my kitty's condition and offer some advice
as to what you might do.
If you are still a member you may have seen a recent post about my
13 yr old Persian rescue, Chelsea (dx'd HCM '98. Dx changed to very
mild RCM 3/02). She suddenly began to stumble and stagger Sunday (8
days ago). At the ER clinic that day, her bp was 220, temp - 98.7,
pulse 180, respiration 40, very lethargic. But rear feet pads not
cold or blue. She'd had a very similar episode 2/97 and was seen at
UF Vet School where saddle thrombus was considered to be a
possibility as were cancer of the spine and infection of CNS.
Wed she saw an IM vet who confirmed the problem is in the
hindquarters w/ left leg more affected. I expressed my concerns
she'd had a mild saddle thrombus and he said it was a
possibility. We discussed putting her on low molecular weight
heparin ...till he did an US. Then he decided her heart wasn't bad
enough to cause her to throw clots, that in fact her heart
measurements are within an acceptable range now. He said perhaps the
hi bp had caused an insult to the nerves in her legs. He prescribed
Norvasc (in addition to her enalapril she's been taking ) and baby
aspirin. I tried to persuade him to prescribe the LMW heparin for at
least a few weeks, but he refused to consider it any longer -saying
her heart shouldn't be forming clots and we don't even know if any
coagulants do any good.
I've not heard of hi bp (in the absence of a clot) causing these
symptoms and so I still feel a clot is the most probable cause.
I'm trying to find out as much as I can about other members'
experiences w/ blood clots and get info on low molecular weight
heparin and any other drugs people may have tried for their kitties
w/ clots. To be honest, from the little I've read on the net, I'd be
willing to start a conservative course of the LMW heparin right now
if I knew how to persuade someone to prescribe it. I'd prefer not to
put my easily stressed girl through the stress of another long drive
for her 3rd US in 5 months.
As I said, I would so very much appreciate your comments, Victoria.
And I want to say how terribly sorry I am that you lost your kitty
that had the clots.
Sandy and Chelsea
--- In email@example.com, VHess2000@c... wrote:
> I know you don't feel lucky, but it's fortunate that only one leg
> by the clot. My cat developed a severe blockage that completely
> both rear legs from the pelvis down. Although she was able to pull
> around on her front legs after about 4 days, one leg was without
> for so long that after a month if was completely withered and
> they were recommending amputation at the hip. Here are some tips
> employed to handle the litter box problem, and rehabilitative
therapy I used
> in lieu of amputation:
> 1) Chances are your cat will have a problem with the litter box,
> because of the medications and stress, develop diarreha,
> problem. I used a couple of products. When she was really
> bought wee-wee pads, that are used to train puppies, and sprinkled
> amount of litter on them. I also kept one under her at all times
when she was
> resting, without litter, because she was urinating frequently
because of the
> lasix. Them have a plastic back and won't leak. When she began
> using the litter box (which was too high for her to pull herself
> bought a small ferret litter box (just like a cat's, but lower, and
> opening almost at floor level) I then bought some foam core board
at the art
> store (you could also use corrugated cardboard), glued several
> together so they'd fit into the ferret box, and then cut a square
out of one
> end (leaving a U-shaped platform). I put the platform in the
ferret box, and
> sprinkled a small amount of litter in the hole I'd cut out. She
was able to
> position herself over the opening and didn't have to raise herself
up on her
> rear haunches.
> 2) When she would get diarrahea on herself, I put a small round
> basin in the bathroom sink, and fill it with warm, soapy water.
> just give her a bath from the waist down. I fill the basin when
she was out
> of the room, and tried to avoid running the faucet when she was
> sink. This seemed to alleviate her stress. She got to the point
> meow once if she'd messed herself, and didn't seem to mind the
> (something she normally hated). The plastic basin was probably
> comfortable than the cold, hard sink, and this is a very painful
> 3) In terms of medications and supplements, I strongly recommend
> cat bilberry and CoQ10. I didn't start the bilberry until 4 weeks
> threw the clot, but it strengthens blood vessels, assists in the
> of new capillaries, and has anti-clotting factors. I recommend a
> capsule, that you can puncture with a pin and squeeze onto your
> (It's sometimes hard to find, but GNC stores used to carry it).
The CoQ10 is
> also absolutely vital for the heart, and you should also get it in
> oil-based capsule. Weekly B12 shots for the first 4 - 6 weeks(very
cheap - I
> think $5 -$6 dollars) can improve the cat's energy. Some research
> that both B12 and CoQ10 levels are very low in patients with heart
> 4) I was able to avert amputation within 3 days of starting hot
> stimulation, and physical therapy on the affected legs (and adding
> to the regime). 4 - 6x daily, I would take a hot water bottle and
> and alternately hold them on her legs (Your cat will hate this).
> the blood vessels to contract and dilate. Do it for 10 - 15
> session. Exercise the leg at each of the joints and hip by gently
> manipulating the joint in a series of movements that mimic walking,
> and contracting the leg. Gently massage the joints and pads.
> Obviously this is a labor-intensive endeavor, and your cat might be
> recuperates quickly without any additional assistance. Cats with
> to either do very well or very poorly. Unfortuantely vets
> recommend putting them to sleep pretty reflexively because
> be difficult and the risk for further clots is very high. I will
say that my
> cat, Kira, regained full use of both her legs, gained all the
> lost, and looked better than before she was diagnosed with DCM.
She lived 6
> painfree and active months before dying from a second clot. I
> regretted the time I took with her, but I have the luxury of
> consulting business from my home, and so I could take time
for "nursing" duty.
> Feel free to email me privately with any questions you might have.
> Victoria Hess
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