Felix survives another Blood Clot
Our beautiful long haired Black & White Cat Felix had a blood clot in January 2015 and lost use of his rear legs, after two months of rehabilitation he was back to his normal self, it a little cautious.
We went out early and rode our horses, he was sitting in the drive when we left and was sitting, looking a bit disheveled, where I park may car.
We checked him over and realised he had the same issue again, some 4 months after the first episode, bless him he could not use his rear legs at all and had dragged himself 50 feet up the gravel drive way using his front paws.
He was in a lot of pain and panting hard, I lifted him carefully indoors but that still caused him pain and he howled at me and tried to bite me to stop.
We rushed him to the Windmill Vets (Winslow) some 15 minutes away and they confirmed that it was the same issue, we caught it early so we hoped that they might be able to help him and speed his recovery. We waited for a call back from local vets and they informed us he was on pain killers and comfortable but we should take him to a specialists and get him reviewed.
So we booked in an emergency visit and drove the hour or so to the specialists, where we meet a very efficient team and Felix stayed for two days in 5* cat hospital.
The communication and explanation of the condition was amazing, I have never felt so well informed ever ( NHS you need to learn from these guys).
The specialist vets is over in Hertfordshire and is called Davies Veterinary Specialists
“Felix was hositalized 2 days ago for investigation and treatment of aortic thromboembolism. Fortunately he seems to be recovering. A Doppler ultrasound scan of his heart was performed and showed that the heart muscle is extremely thickened and that the cardiac chambers are significantly enlarged. These findings are suggestive if a disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. A clot is still present inside the heart as previously seen. Chest radiographs were also performed and revealed the presence of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema). Felix responded well to treatment and is now ready to go home. Unfortunately further episodes of thromboembolism or heart failure (fluid in the lungs) may happen at any time, even despite treatment”..
The vet told us that 1/3 of cats die from a blood clot, 1/3 have to be put down and 1/3 survive and these stats stay true for each episode, so Felix is using his 9 lives up fast !
Please monitor Felix respiratory rate at home when he is calm ( or even better sleeping). This should normally be between 20 and 30 rpm and definitively below 50. If the respiratory rate increase over 50 rpm please let us know.
Heart Failure: Furosemide 20 mg: 1/4 tablet every 12 hours / Benazepril 2.5 mg: 1 tablet once daily
Anti-clotting: Aspirin 75 mg: 1 tablet every 48 hours / Clopidogrel 75 mg: 1/4 tablet once daily
Diet: Avoid salty food/treats.
So we purchased a drugs dispenser and set the tablets out for week a.m. and p.m. and he is allowed to eat these with his favourite pate 🙂
Ideally blood analysis should be performed in 5 – 10 days to assess kidney function ( so a trip back to local vets ). Please contact your vets for this purpose.
A repeat cardiac examination is recommended in 3 months ( back at Davies )
And so back home, nurse Purdi keeps an eye on the patient.