WVC 91st Annual Conference
This presentation will review the causes and risk factors for feline hypertension, and the updated recommendations for optimal and more reliable blood pressure measurement in cats. The consequences of uncontrolled hypertension will be discussed, providing tools for better communication with both clients and support staff regarding the value of blood pressure management and, if needed, institution of antihypertensive therapy. Specifically, the link between hypertension and chronic renal disease will be explored. An approach to the appropriate next steps when persistent hypertension is documented will be proposed. The available antihypertensive medications will be presented, including a molecule newly licensed in the USA. For each medication, the current evidence regarding its efficacy in feline patients, and potential renal effects will be reviewed.