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Bleeding Disorders in Cats

By: Dr. Leah Cohn

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Optimal treatment for your pet requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical. Administer prescribed medication as directed, and be certain to alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your pet. Optimal follow up veterinary care for bleeding disorders often involves the following:

  • Repeat blood testing. It is critical that you present your cat for repeat blood testing at the intervals indicated by your veterinarian. The results of these blood tests can prove crucial to the proper adjustments in medications necessary to prevent your cat from future bleeding episodes.

  • Confinement as indicated. If your cat is more susceptible to bleeding and bruising than normal, you should confine your pet to minimize the chances of trauma or injury. Avoid rambunctious play or overexertion.

  • Careful observation. You will need to observe your cat for signs of further bleeding. For instance, watch the gums and the whites of the eyes for the pinpoint bleeding known as petechiae, and look at the belly for bruises. Check the stool to make sure it is not a tarry black color, which could indicate bleeding into the stomach or intestines.

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