We see advertisements and commercials warning us about the silent symptoms of high blood pressure for ourselves, but what about our cats? High blood pressure, or hypertension, is common in cats as they age.
What causes hypertension in cats?
Hypertension in cats is almost always associated with an underlying condition such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. Rarely, a cat will develop hypertension alone.
What are the symptoms of hypertension in cats?
Just as in humans, hypertension is a silent disease that frequently presents with no symptoms.
Some potential symptoms include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Dilated pupils that do not respond to light
- The appearance of blood in the eye chamber
- Sudden blindness
How is feline hypertension diagnosed?
At your Cat’s regular check up, your veterinarian will measure your cat’s blood pressure. It is recommended that cats SEVEN years or older have their blood pressure tested at each check up. If your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, hyperthyroidism or kidney disease they should also be monitored for hypertension at each visit.
How is feline hypertension treated?
Management of hypertension in cats is similar to humans. If your cat is diagnosed with hypertension they will require medication administered orally once or twice a day. At Stafford Pharmacy we can ensure that the medication is flavoured so that your cat will love it! Tuna or chicken flavoured liquid or cat treats will make giving your cat medication a breeze!
If you have questions about your pet’s medications ask a member of our pharmacy team today!