Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

High Blood Pressure

Thursday, July 30, 2015

High Blood Pressure can cause blindness in cats; have you had your senior cat’s blood pressure taken lately? Systemic hypertension – a persistent increase in blood pressure – is commonly recognized in feline practice.

Feline hypertension is commonly found as a complication of other underlying medical conditions (secondary hypertension), although primary hypertension (hypertension without any underlying disease) may also be seen in cats. In contrast to people, where primary hypertension (also called essential hypertension) is most common, secondary hypertension is more common in cats. Primary hypertension accounts of less than 20% of feline cases.

The most common secondary causes of hypertension are chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hyperthyroidism. Other causes include hyperaldosteronism (Conn’s syndrome), chronic blood loss adrenal tumours and erythropoietin therapy

Unfortunately hypertension is often only suspected very late in the course. The target organs most vulnerable to hypertensive damage are the brain (usually behavioural, night vocalization, signs of dementia), heart, kidneys and eyes (blindness). The goal of managing high blood pressure is to identify and treat underlying causes, and to reduce systemic blood pressure to an ideal range with anti-hypertensive medications.

Blood pressure should be evaluated as a routine part of check-ups for all cats past 7 years of age. We can help measure your feline friend’s blood pressure with a Doppler machine at their next visit for their wellness check.

Beware of PET meats

Friday, July 11, 2014

Many pet meats and pet food rolls contain sulphite preservatives that cause thiamine deficiency and haemorrhage into the brainstem.

Recently some Sydney cats who have just been fed pet mince have suffered from thiamine deficiency.
Even low levels may cause skin rashes and gut upsets but continued high levels cause depression, head tilts, wobbles, twitching, weakness, fits and death.

 There is no legal requirement for ingredient labeling of pet meats in Australia and some labelled 'no preservatives' have tested positively to sulphite tests.

We advise you feed your cat human grade meat, good quality kibble and canned and sacheted foods.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

behaviour change moving hunters pet train sucking wool fabric hunched over flea prevention urinating on curtains or carpet client night blue grooming urination meows a lot hunting introducing change appetite lily sudden blindness castration food puzzles best clinic pill sore eyes hyperthyroidism cat behaviour cough stiff abscess,cat fight ulcer New Year's Eve plaque panadol corneal ulcer blood cat flu urine senior home holes in teeth Canberra urinating feline herpesvirus odour furball kitten hunter paracetamol rigid head snuffle drinking a lot straining stare into space microchip paralysis roundworm diarrhoea eyes groom comfortis vision hard faeces runny nose weight loss open night heavy breathing brown snake poison hungry polish calicivirus love mass outdoor cat ribbon fat cat history touch activity goodbye kitten deaths training dymadon snakebite old snakes fever slow grass socialisation sick cat paralysed carrier spray mince enemies when to go to vet worms plants twitching dry food scale pain relief diet scratching post sick echocardiography whiskers physical activity wobbles introduction panadeine pet insurance asthma runny eyes best veterinarian thirsty poisoning dental check panleukopaenia advantage old cat panamax inflammatory bowel disease drinking more arthritis permethrin intestine new cat not eating christmas FORLS headache bladder weight vaccine abscess skin cancer hospital new year kidney biopsy hypertension tradesmen best vet high blood pressure lilly pheromone sensitive bump pain vomit painful pica on heat heart disease unwell feliway lymphoma snake cta fight gifts worming computer flea treatment litter box aerokat African wild cat bad breath toxins aggression feline AIDS bed birthday introduce sensitive stomach teeth hairball scratch mouth breathing vet visit massage jumping visit thiamine deficiency kidney disease rub paralysis tick pain killer breathing difficult diabetes renal disease unsociable ulcerated nose marking prednisolone prey antiviral home visit aspirin obese opening hours chlamydia hyperactive behaviour anaemia lump cat friendly blood test open day sun desex euthanasia Canberra Cat Vet blocked cat snake bite bite panleukopenia mental health of cats sneeze sore ears fight poisonous fear noisy breathing urinating outside litter cat examination foreign body anxiety antibiotics enclosure cognitive dysfunction poisonous plants rash blindness fits appointment bladder stones dental treatment blind crytococcosus hole virus heaing return home off food cat enclosure cat worms hiding constipation blockage restless IBD conflict learning kidneys pet meat litter new kitten lick nose scabs blood in urine allergy Hill's Metabolic feline enteritis tick tumour revolution desexing stress snot cage adipokines fluid pills rolls senses attack cranky spraying furballs radioactive iodine in season wool FIV tartar salivation annual check cat enclosures exercise flu scratching photo competition health check depomedrol vaccination hypertrophic cardiomyopathy weight control poisons introductions checkup pred holiday house call toxic AIDS cat fight tablet yowling itchy lame lilies xylitol urine spraying free dilated pupils kittens dental mycoplasma indoor cats cat vet ulcers sore vomiting best cat clinic body language overweight head skin string holidays eye changed cryptococcosis rough play eye ulcer wet litter check-up cat containment strange behaviour collapse face rub tapeworm ACT tooth gasping signs of pain competition enteritis kitten play information night hearing allergy, thyroid snuffles nails aggressive cortisone seizures herpesvirus skinny obesity spey blood pressure fireworks petting cat breeder liver award joints kibble cancer diuretics holes insulin vocal decision to euthanase cystitis pancreatitis fleas dementia sense of smell eye infection catoberfest

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions