Hypertension in cats, high blood pressure in cats

Millie visited the surgery for some further investigations and tests which included having her blood pressure monitored and a urinalysis, taking the blood pressure reading off a cat is very challenging but Millie was the purfect patient.

Measuring blood pressure usually takes only a few minutes, and involves placing an inflatable cuff around a leg or the tail (much the same as the cuff used on the arm in humans). It is completely pain-free. A urine sample is collect using special beads and then processed by our inhouse laboratory equipment.

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure, which is a common problem in people, and also now recognised as a common condition in older cats. The most common cause of secondary hypertension in cats is chronic kidney disease but other diseases can also predispose its development and there is a relationship between hypertension and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) in cats too. When hypertension is diagnosed, management has two broad aims:

Firstly, to reduce the blood pressure using anti-hypertensive drugs. A number of drugs are available and those commonly used include amlodipine and telmisartan Secondly, to search for an underlying disease, such as kidney disease, which has caused the hypertension. In some cases (for example hyperthyroidism), treatment of the underlying disease may also resolve the high blood pressure. These investigations often involve collecting and testing blood and urine samples

Our on-site laboratory allows us to have results instantly.

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