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Posted on 01-29-2013
Hypertension in pets is generally not a primary disease, but is associated with other diseases and can lead to further complications.
It is most often associated with hyperthyroidism in cats, but can also be seen in cases of kidney disease and cardiac disease in both dogs and cats.
Blood pressure is monitored in pets similarly to the way it is measured in humans, with a blood pressure cuff and sphygmomanometer. The blood pressure cuff is placed around the pets front leg or tail and a specialized probe is used to measure the mean arterial blood pressure.
If hypertensive, animals are usually placed on medication, or a combination of medications, that can help lower blood pressure and allow then to live longer healthier lives.
If you have a pet that can benefit from this diagnostic test, or would like more information, please call us at 215-732-7321
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