We are always on the lookout for additional services we can provide to ensure your True Companions receive the best possible care. To that end, we have recently added a new tool to our arsenal – a-state-of-the-art blood pressure monitor for cats & dogs!
Unlike people, hypertension associated with concurrent clinical disease is the most common form in veterinary patients. In fact, 85% of cats and 90% of dogs present with hypertension that is secondary to another disease.
Blood pressure screening is recommended for any pets with underlying disease that may predispose them to high blood pressure. It is especially important in older cats, particularly those with kidney or thyroid disease. Howling, restlessness and vision changes or other behavior changes can indicate problems. Diabetic dogs, and dogs with liver disease, adrenal disease, and thyroid disease are good candidates for testing. Additional factors to watch for in your cat or dog’s behavior include weight loss, changes in hydrating habits, changing in urination and nighttime restlessness.
Early diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in cats and dogs is critical to minimize or prevent injuries to “target-organs” such as the brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys.
It can be difficult to get an accurate reading at a clinical setting since stress can elevate blood pressure readings in pets just like it does in people. For that reason, in-home testing is ideal for getting the most reliable readings.
To learn more of systemic hypertension in cats and dogs, please visit https://todaysveterinarypractice.com/systemic-hypertension-in-dogs-cats/ for additional information.