Unfortunately we didn't have a good experience. Annie's first clot was
extremely painful; she woke me up to tell me, then ran down two flights of
stairs screaming and with her back legs collapsing. Because she had CRF, we
thought it was her time to go.
The ER didn't do two things they should have: given her heparin and tested
her CPK. However, over the next 3 weeks she threw a number of clots and
became increasingly debilitated. She lost the use of one back leg and was
clearly in extreme pain. When her kidneys failed, we let her go.
We never found out the true cause. She had only mild HCM with no left atrial
enlargement. Years later, her cardiologist said he thinks it was an
autoimmune problem or DIC (can't remember the true definition, but vet slang
is "death in cage").
We also used coumadin, which was very scary, particularly since I had two
Hopefully no one else will have a similar experience.
Laura & Angel Annie