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Companion Animal Practice
Presentation and management of thromboembolism in cats
  1. N. Sydney Moise

    N. Sydney Moise is professor of medicine and chief of the cardiology section at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, USA. She is an American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine recognised specialist in cardiology and internal medicine.


THIS article reviews the presentation and short‐ and long‐term therapeutic management of thromboembolism in the cat. Although the focus is on treatment, a number of key facts need to be considered, and these are highlighted in the box below. Despite the associated challenges of thromboembolism (eg, likelihood of severe heart disease, difficulties in treating the acute consequences, expense of treatment, and unknown factors regarding the correct long‐term treatment for both the cardiac and thromboembolic disease), enough cats survive for an ‘adequate’ amount of time that the rendered care is deemed worthy by many owners even when they understand the problems. It is important to remember that the therapies used to date are not proven in science or in practice. Ultimately, if a cat has a thromboembolic event from which it has a chance of surviving, its recovery will often be determined by the nature of the supportive therapy it receives.

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