How to take blood pressure in a conscious cat
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Obtaining non-invasive blood pressure measurements in conscious cats is a challenging experience, as most veterinary nurses will be able to testify. However, a standardised process is important, to ensure accuracy and repeatability so that cats can be identified and treated appropriately. Hypertension can be of primary or secondary origin, but is commonly associated with diseases that are seen in practice, such as chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism and diabetes mellitus. Clinical signs of hypertension include what is known as target organ damage that can be seen in ocular, renal, cardiac or neurological changes. This practical article will demonstrate possible methods of obtaining blood pressure in conscious cats.
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