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High Blood Pressure In Cats

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

catbloodpressureJust like humans, cats suffer from high blood pressure that can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such and  kidney and thyroid disease. Hypertension can cause the same problems as it does in humans.

PetMD has published a feline blood pressure chart, they also describe how blood pressure is taken in cats.

Blood pressure is often measured in pets in the same manner as in humans. An inflatable cuff will be placed on the cat’s paw or tail, and standard blood pressure measuring instruments will check the pressure. It is important to keep the cat still long enough to get an accurate reading.

The standards for cat blood pressure are:

150/95 – at this reading or below, there is minimal risk and treatment is not recommended
150/99 to 159/95 — intervention is rotuinely not recommended at these readings
160/119 to 179/100 — treatment should be sought to limit the risk of organ damage
180/120 — immediate treatment should be sought to limit the degree of other more severe complications.

Thanks to PetMD for providing this valuable information.

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