Clayton Animal Hospital is fortunate to have a variety of monitors to assess blood pressure. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is common in patients with kidney disease, Cushing's Syndrome and diabetes. In cats, it may cause retinal detachment and blindness. In both dogs and cats, hypertension causes kidney damage. Medications such as amlodipine are often effective in controlling hypertension. Hypotension (low blood pressure) may be seen in trauma cases, heart failure and anesthesia. Rapid detection and therapy may be lifesaving.
Perhaps the most valuable role of blood pressure devices is in monitoring anesthesia. Monitoring blood pressure allows for more precise adjustment of anesthetic gas levels to maintain safe, yet effective anesthesia, thereby preventing breakthrough pain.
Clayton Animal Hospital
11058 US 70 Bus. Hwy. W.
Clayton, NC 27520