Thrombosis in cats is simply the formation of a blood clot somewhere in the cat’s body. This clot forms in left part of the diseased heart (at the aorta) and is pumped out into the circulatory system. This clot will then travel to other parts of the cat’s body and becomes lodge in a blood vessel. When this clot lodges in the blood vessel, the condition is called embolism. Because, in most cases, the two would go hand in hand, the overall medical condition is called aortic thromboembolism.
Saddle Thrombosis in Cats
- The most visible evidence of saddle thrombosis is the feline’s difficulty in walking. Often, though it can move the upper half of its body, the lower half will only be dragged along as it tries to walk. This is because the most common site for embolism is the area between the rear legs. Sometimes, the clot would also lodge on the arteries that supply blood to the kidneys, front legs, and even the intestines.
- In saddle thrombosis, the blood supply up to the area where the clot is lodged will be deprived of fresh blood and oxygen. Thus, the cat could no longer use the affected area.
- Aside from dragging of rear legs, common symptoms would include panting, open mouth breathing, difficulty in breathing, and crying in pain.
Saddle Thrombosis in Cats Treatment
- Treatment will depend on the extent of the ailment. Easing the pet’s discomfort is the primary concern. The vet may try to dissolve the clot using medication. Blood thinners will be used to prevent clots from forming again.
- Surgery may also be an option but this isn’t always effective and is not considered the best option.
- Often, thrombosis will never go away, making the pet suffer tremendous pain. The best recourse is euthanasia.
Saddle Thrombosis in Cats Prognosis
- Prognosis depends on the size of the clot. Large clots that block the entire artery will cause more damage. There is a high probability that the cat will not regain control of its legs in this case.
- If treated early on, the possibility for the pet to fully recover is high.
- In general, a few cats will survive this medical condition.