Do dogs and cats suffer from Hypertension?The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.
You thought you were the only one in the family with high blood pressure? Cats and dogs can suffer from hypertension, too, even though they often show no obvious clinical signs.
Recognizing and treating hypertension is a relatively recent development in veterinary medicine. Treatments for the hypertensive pet may include a low-salt diet and blood pressure-reducing medication. In pets, hypertension is almost always secondary to some other disorder such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, or diabetes. So the chance of successfully treating the hypertension increases many-fold if you are able to eradicate the underlying disease.– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM