RE: [FH] Cool paws, lip smacking and blood clots
- 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!
From: sallymerlin [mailto:sallymerlin@...]
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2002 1:48 AM
Subject: [FH] Cool paws, lip smacking and blood clots
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
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"
Blessings to all our furry friends and those who care for them!
Sally and Muffin
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