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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Blood Thinners

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Blood Thinners [posted 1/4/99]
Question: I am a veterinary technician. My rabbit has just been diagnosed with blood clots. The veterinarian does not want to put her on any human blood thinners, due to the fact that she feels that they will not be safe for my rabbit. I was informed that there may be natural remedies that may help thin the blood. I was wondering if you would have any information?

Answer: Aspirin comes from elm bark. Is this natural enough?

Blood Thinners [posted 7/17/98]
Question: What are the specifics regarding blood thinners? A friend of mine is in the hospital where they are in the process of trying to dissolve a blood clot in his leg which had moved up to his lungs. How much will he be restricted to as far as exercise is concerned?

Answer: Once he has been in the hospital there should be no restrictions. Indeed, inactivity will increase the probability of another clot, activity is encouraged. About 10-15% of patients do experience long term swelling, pain in the leg called post-phlebitic syndrome that limits activity due to discomfort.

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