Blood Clot in the Lungs of Cats
Cats with PTE should be hospitalized, primarily for oxygen therapy. If the cat is not receiving enough oxygen to its heart, lungs, or brain, the veterinarian will recommend rest in a caged environment; this is generally due to hypoxemia or syncope. However, the underlying cause of the condition will be treated once your veterinarian has settled on a definitive diagnosis.
Living and Management
Unfortunately, PTE is usually fatal. Cats will often suffer a recurrence of PTE unless the underlying cause of the disease is found and corrected.
Your veterinarian will schedule weekly checkups with the your cat to monitor its blood clotting times, since anticoagulant medications can cause bleeding disorders on the opposite side of the scale. The new low-molecular-weight heparin anticoagulant medicines are much safer for use, but they are also more expensive.
Close supervision of your pet, and contact with your veterinarian will usually be sufficient, especially since your cat may need to be on anticoagulant medication for several months.
Doctor-approved physical activity, or other physical therapy, may improve blood flow. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the appropriate activity for your individual pet's needs. The goal is to prevent future PTE in immobile cats with severe disease.
The study of serum and the way it reacts to certain antigens
Pertaining to the lungs
Fainting; the respiratory and circulatory systems are suspended for a time
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
a) A cavity in certain animals b) Term refers to a rear chamber in the heart or a cavity in the brain
One of the proteins in plasma used for clotting
The collection of blood that is attached to the inside of a wall or vein
A type of anti coagulating medication or property
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
Term used to refer to any drug that is used to slow down or stop the clotting of blood for medical purposes.
The superior chamber in an animal's heart.
The amount of pressure applied by the blood on the arteries.
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
The removal and destruction of red blood cells
A gland that aids in both digestive and insulin functions
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