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Nadir has been having several episodes of heavy breathing and panting daily which the vet from Auburn has attributed either to (1) pain related to thrombus migration down his leg blocking bloodflow to his right leg or (2) small thrombii being sent to the lungs intermittently. Right now he is on 300mg of gabapentin and 50mg of tramadol 2X a day and 100mg of amantadine 1X a day, which I would think would be sufficient if pain related. What I have started noticing lately is that during these episodes his gums are often pale grey and cold feeling. Would this support the latter thought from the vet that small thrombii are being sent intermittently to his lungs?

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It could, but normally pale grey, cold gums would signal a medical emergency. Has he had a recent (within last week) abdominal x-ray/ultrasound?

 

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Agree with Batmom about the pale gums. Good thoughts for Nadir.

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Normally they are nice and pink. It's only during these panting episodes that I notice them to be grey looking and feel cold. He's been having ultrasounds and radiographs done at Auburn. At his last visit they did an ultrasound to monitor the aortic thrombus and chest radiographs to check for signs of heart failure or lung disease, neither of which were found. His blood was also tested to see if it was oxygenating adequately, which it was. We go back Wednesday for a recheck and I will be bringing this up. My thoughts are because the panting and pale, cold gums are not constant it might be that it is being caused by small clots intermittently being sent to his lungs. Unfortunately the only way to test further for this would be a CT and angiography study which would require anesthesia which due to his heart condition is not recommended.

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