Thursday, January 1, 2015

1/1/2015

Below is an article about hypertension and cats.  I hope you will 
take the time to read it.   But bottom line is..  If your cat suddenly goes blind,  do not wait  RUSH to the vet IMMEDIATELY!!!    Insist that your vet check the cat's blood pressure.    Most vets do not do this ever and they should.  Insist on it being done.   If your cat has gone blind overnight and it is from hypertension and it is treated immediately,  your cat may regain their sight.  (If the retina's have not detached)   That is why I say go Immediately!

Hypertension in cats  will cause the same problems it causes in humans.  Destroys kidneys, (humans you will find yourself in a dialysis chair for 4 hours 3 times a week)   harms your heart,  messes up your circulation  (humans,  you will lose your limbs)  Strokes  and blindness.  it is not something to mess around with!!  Humans and cats with high BP need to take their medicine faithfully!!!

This is a video that shows you how they check a cat's blood pressure.  This is Manxi who has hypertension.  Her blood pressure is still a bit high so her medication is being adjusted.


        

Hypertension in Cats


Hypertension is the term for high blood pressure.
Contributing Factors
In humans, hypertension is related to several factors, including a stressful lifestyle. Although not all the causes of feline hypertension have been identified, stress has not been shown to play a role in the development of this disorder in cats, but admittedly may be difficult to prove. However, kidney disease and thyroid disease are known to be associated with feline hypertension and will be described in more detail below.
Clinical Signs
As with people, many cats with hypertension have no symptoms at all, especially if the hypertension has not been long-standing.
In cats who are symptomatic, vision abnormalities are the most common clinical findings. These abnormalities can include dilated pupils that do not constrict with light, blood within the front chamber of the eye, and blindness. Blindness develops because high blood pressure in the eye causes the retina to detach. These cats run into objects in their path (because many of them have no vision at all), and/or they may ‘hug the wall’ – walking only where their whiskers can help them to sense their surroundings.
Other clinical signs or symptoms that may be seen with high blood pressure include strokes, blood clots, heart murmurs, and general lethargy. If cats with high blood pressure also have concurrent kidney or thyroid disease (both of which can be contributing factors in hypertension), they may also have signs referable to pathology of those two organ systems (see below).

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