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  • ceebeling@hotmail.com
    For those interested, Taffy, whose rear legs were paralyzed last Saturday morning from a blood clot (saddle thrombus), came home with us today. The vet took
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 3, 2000
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      For those interested, Taffy, whose rear legs were paralyzed last
      Saturday morning from a blood clot (saddle thrombus), came home with
      us today. The vet took him off IV, as he began to drink voluntarily
      yesterday. We are still having to put food into his mouth, but he
      swallows it gladly. He has regained extremely limited movement in
      both back legs, and wags his tail animately. One leg is a little
      swollen. He is continuing to receive aspirin every other day, and I
      give him heparin shots 3 times a day. On Monday, we'll begin to
      actively search for a feline cardiologist in the Chicago or southern
      Wisconsin area. Any referrals or advice on his treatment is welcome.
      Meanwhile, he loves being home, riding around on our shoulders, and
      looking out over his woods. As we were grooming him on the kitchen
      table tonight, a gray feral cat appreared and looked in from the
      lighted front deck, as if to welcome him home to Applewood. We still
      don't know if he'll make it, but we'll give him every chance and
      support, and continue sharing our love. Thanks for all advice and
      good wishes.
      Chuck and Vicki Ebeling
      Applewood Lodge
      Walworth, Wisconsin
    • Jonathan Rosenberg
      ... I am SO happy that Taffy is back hom. He ll be so much happier there & recover faster. ... I think this are excellent signs. It s only been a week & he
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 5, 2000
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        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: ceebeling@... [mailto:ceebeling@...]
        > Sent: Friday, November 03, 2000 11:20 PM
        > To: feline-heart@egroups.com
        > Subject: [feline-heart] Taffy is home...

        > For those interested, Taffy, whose rear legs were
        > paralyzed last Saturday morning from a blood clot
        > (saddle thrombus), came home with us today. The vet
        > took him off IV, as he began to drink voluntarily
        > yesterday. We are still having to put food into his
        > mouth, but he swallows it gladly.

        I am SO happy that Taffy is back hom. He'll be so much happier there &
        recover faster.

        > He has regained extremely limited movement in
        > both back legs, and wags his tail animately. One leg
        > is a little swollen.

        I think this are excellent signs. It's only been a week & he shows
        improvement already. BTW: did the vet say why his leg was swollen?

        > He is continuing to receive aspirin every other day, and I
        > give him heparin shots 3 times a day.

        I also gave Lynx heparin shots when we brought him home. Did your vet say
        how long we will be getting them? I was under the (amateur) impression that
        heparin is usually given for only 48-72 hours.

        > On Monday, we'll begin to actively search for a feline
        > cardiologist in the Chicago or southern
        > Wisconsin area. Any referrals or advice on his treatment
        > is welcome.

        Excellent idea. I strongly recommend that you get Taffy to a specialist as
        soon as feasible. The sooner you treat the underlying heart problem, the
        better.

        I don't know if any of these doctors are close enough to you, but try
        looking here:

        http://www.vetheart.com/bystate.htm

        These are all ACVIM cardiologists.

        > . . .
        > We still don't know if he'll make it, but we'll give him
        > every chance and support, and continue sharing our love.
        > Thanks for all advice and good wishes.

        He's a lucky boy to have you caring for him. As always, he will be in my
        prayers.

        > Chuck and Vicki Ebeling
        > Applewood Lodge
        > Walworth, Wisconsin

        --
        JR
        & Tabby (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Lynx
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