Aortic Thromboembolism In Cats

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  1. Beverly says:

    My previous cat had this problem in both rear legs. The vet’s first and only recommendation was euthanasia. There was no testing and she did not recommend that he be cared for at home.

  2. Hi Beverly. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your cat. I am sure that was very difficult for you. I hope that my blog post about aortic thromboembolism in cats will help you if you ever have a cat that develops this problem in the future. -Dr. Rachele Baker

  3. Beverly says:

    Thank you for your empathy. Reading about this condition was helpful to me because I had never heard of it before. You explained it well so I could understand exactly what happened. Perhaps veterinary medicine has improved since I lost my cat and there’s more that can be done for them now. I will look forward to reading your future posts!

  4. Hi Beverly. Please be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you will get all of my blog posts delivered to your email inbox. Please enter your email address in the box on the right side of my website where it says “Never Miss A Post.” Then you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription and you will need to confirm your subscription. That way you will be sure not to miss any of my posts! And please tell your family and friends about my website so that they can also subscribe to my blog posts. There are lots more great posts to come! Thank you for your support. -Dr. Rachele Baker

  5. Sharon S. says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I enjoyed how you took us through your thought process to make your diagnosis. My dog, Sophie became paralyzed in her hind legs and the cause was never diagnosed. She remained that way for 5 years.

  6. Hi Sharon. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your dog Sophie. Did your veterinarian recommend taking her to a board certified veterinary neurologist to try to determine the cause of her paralysis? If a diagnosis cannot be obtained by physical examination, bloodwork, and x-rays of the spine and legs, there are many diagnostics that can be performed by a specialist to help identify the cause of paralysis including MRI, CT scans, and spinal fluid analysis. -Dr. Rachele Baker

  7. Ali Isaac says:

    I wonder what happened to poor little Dot? Did she make a full recovery? I’d love to know!

  8. Hi Ali. Unfortunately, Dot’s story does not have a happy ending. Dot showed signs of developing a second blood clot obstructing blood flow to her back legs very soon after the first episode and her owners elected to have her put to sleep. Dot was not treated with Plavix before the second episode occurred.

  9. What a shame that Dot’s owners didn’t go for the Plavix suggestion; maybe it wouldn’t have saved her anyway, but as a pet owner I always want to know I did everything I could. I admire your work, Rachele. I volunteer with a group of vets here in Curaçao, and I’m constantly in awe of the resilience those in your profession develop–let alone the talent for treating so many different species.

    I found you via the Black & White Sunday hop and I’ll be looking forward to reading more. Have a great day! Great photos!

  10. Thank you Guilie! That’s wonderful that you are volunteering your time to help animals in Curacao. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to subscribe to my blog so you will get all my blog posts as soon as I publish them! 🙂

  11. Fascinating story. I like to see how you narrow down the possibilities.

    I wonder: if the person brought Dot to you sooner, do you think it might have made a difference?

  12. Hi Susan. It is hard to say if seeing a veterinarian sooner would have made a difference for Dot. However, I think that further diagnostics (for example to determine if Dot had heart disease) and treatments (such as medications for heart disease, if indicated, and treatment with Plavix) may have made a difference in the eventual outcome.

  13. I am glad there is a treatment option for this! I will be sharing, thank you.

  14. Thank you for sharing, Rachel!