Clopidogrel is a medication given to inhibit platelets from aggregating in the blood. Platelets in the blood respond to injury by clotting, but they may clot more in some pets than others. Clotting in the blood may lead to blockage of blood flow and cause cell death due to the lack of oxygen reaching a certain area. Clopidogrel helps to inhibit the clotting of platelets.
Because of the lack of clotting in the blood, clopidogrel increases the risk of bleeding in your pet due to your pet's lack of being able to clot efficiently.
Potential adverse effects of Clopidrogrel:
- Inhibits formation of platelets
- Prevents blood clotting
- Reduces risks of clotting due to injury or other disorders
Adverse effects may be alleviated when giving clopidogrel with food.
Because of the increased risk of bleeding, it is important to monitor your pet for any bleeding or black, tarry stools, and report any signs to your pet's veterinarian. Black stool can indicate a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
It is important to give your pet this medication exactly as prescribed and to not discontinue the drug without consulting with your pet's veterinarian. If you miss giving your pet the dose, give it to him as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your normal schedule. If you are unsure about when to give a missed dose, contact your pet's veterinarian.