High Blood Pressure
Just like people, dogs and cats suffer from high blood pressure.
- Heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland which acts like the choke throttle in a car)
- Kidney failure
- Primary high blood pressure i.e. there is no underlying illness present
- Detached retinas causing sudden blindness (reversible if treated within 24 hours)
- Worsening of kidney failure
Because pets come in all shapes and sizes, traditional blood pressure machines for humans don't work too well. One of the more accurate methods is to use the Parkes Doppler blood pressure recording machine on one of the forelegs. BHVG uses this machine to monitor all of their anaesthetics to detect any drop in blood pressure during an operation.
Depending in the underlying cause, treatment varies. We use drugs to lower the blood pressure e.g. Norvasc while addressing the underlying cause of the hypertension.
We perform Senior Pet Health checks on our older patients. Part of this programme involves running blood and urine tests, and measuring a pet's blood pressure.
Senior Pet Health Checks