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Link: Study results address Deadly Blood Clots in Cats

by Lori Hehn - November 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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As you well know, arterial thromboembolism (ATE) is a devastating condition for cats with a high mortality rate. It comes on suddenly and causes tremendous pain and suffering. If a cat is lucky enough to recover from a clot such as this, they are at an extremely high risk of developing another. It is great to see new studies that are looking for better ways of not only treating this disease but preventing it, especially in high-risk patients.
quotesVTP-SuccessfulBlue.jpg"A second study from researchers at the University of Georgia tested a commonly used human blood thinner, rivaroxaban, in cats. Rivaroxaban is used in people to treat deep vein thrombosis and prevent strokes. The team in Georgia speculated that this drug might work in cats to prevent ATE. They studied how the drug was metabolized in cats, and whether it had blood thinning activity. They found that cats tolerated the drug with no adverse side effects, and the drug showed good anti-clotting activity. Based on these promising results, the research group is now actively recruiting cats with heart disease who survived one episode of ATE into a study that will determine if treatment with rivaroxaban will prevent further clot formation. "

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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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