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RE: [FH] Cool paws, lip smacking and blood clots

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  • Mike & Linda Irrgang
    thx so much for the response....i will keep all this in the what to do if file that is always in the forefront of my mind! linda ... From: sallymerlin
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 7, 2002
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      thx so much for the response....i will keep all this in the what to do if
      file that is always in the forefront of my mind!

      linda

      -----Original Message-----
      From: sallymerlin [mailto:sallymerlin@...]
      Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2002 1:48 AM
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [FH] Cool paws, lip smacking and blood clots


      Greetings All,

      Last year when my Muffin suddenly lost control of his hindquarters I
      was terrified it might be a blood clot and we rushed 2 1/2 hours to
      the nearest emergency vet...(what a long, strange trip THAT was!) But
      it was determined he must have had a fall and twisted his old
      arthritic spine on landing. What helped most fo rhis recovery was some
      osteopathic/chiropractic like manipulation which worked miracles.

      My vet did tell me that if ever I did suspect a blood clot I should
      immediately give 1/2 a baby asprin unless he had had one just the same
      day (he gets it every 4th day) and then I should give 1/4 and rush to
      the vets. For younger cats who have no other complications, there is a
      drug that could be tried...I do not know the name of it, but for CHF
      cats a clot usually means more trouble up ahead...so vets usually
      recommend PTS.

      As for lip-smacking and listlessness...have you tried giving your
      kitty subq fluids? Often times my cat does lots of licking/smacking
      when he is dehydrated. The loss of appetite and lethargy can also be
      dehydration but with CHF cats, you have to be very careful to not
      overload the heart...my vet recommends only 50cc at a time and
      recommends waiting 24hrs before administering more if needed. With
      cats on diuretics dehydration can be more of an issue.

      As for cool paws...my cat has highly variable paw temps as well...I
      think there must be terrrific fluctuations in BP and just general
      "Chi" (energy) with cats with CHF...so after my 20th freak-out at
      Muffin's cool (but not cold) feet, I finally accepted it as "normal"
      ...for him.

      Blessings to all our furry friends and those who care for them!

      Sally and Muffin



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