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Free blood pressure check for older cats during May

As they get older, just like in people the risk of cats developing high blood pressure increases. The problem is there are very few signs to spot until late in the disease. By this point there can be significant organ damage. In particular, high blood pressure in cats can affect the eyes, kidneys, brain and heart.

High blood pressure is more commonly seen in cats from around the age of 9. The older they get, the higher their risk of developing the condition. In fact, as many as 1 in 5 cats will develop high blood pressure in their lifetime. High blood pressure can be seen in association with other diseases such as kidney disease and hyperthyroidism.

Current recommendations from the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) are that older cats should have their blood pressure measured every 12 months. This is why we include it for all cats who are members of our Complete Care Club.

For May only, as part of Feline Hypertension Awareness Month, we are extending a free blood pressure check to all our cat patients aged 7 and over (usual price £38.71).

Blood pressure can be measured using the same method as in people and is well tolerated by most cats (as shown by the gorgeous Billy in the photo). If you have any further questions or would like to book your cat’s next blood pressure check, please contact the surgery on 01803 606059 (Torquay), 01803 843836 (Paignton) or book a nurse appointment for a blood pressure check online.

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