Compounding For Pets - Feline Hypertension

Did you know that cats can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) just like people? If your cat has been diag-nosed with hypertension we may be able to compound his/her medication into a delivery form that makes adminis-tering the medication much easier.

Feline Hypertension - What causes it?

Hypertension occurs most commonly in older cats and is usually associated with another illness such as chronic renal failure (kidney disease) or hyper-thyroidism (overactive thyroid). Hyper-tension can be very damaging to a cat’s body; potentially affecting its brain, heart, kidneys, and eyes. Early detec-tion is important to prevent complica-tion to these organs.

What are the symptoms of Feline Hypertension?

Hypertensive cats usually exhibit very few symptoms. However, a sudden onset of blindness, as evidenced by dilated pupils and bumping into objects can be a sign of hypertension. Cats that were apparently fine just a day or two earlier have become completely blind. Prior to the onset of blindness an owner might notice other symptoms including: weight loss, excessive drinking and urinating, and an elevated heart rate.

Feline Hypertension - How is it treated?

Once hypertension is diagnosed your veterinarian may put your cat on an oral blood pressure medication. There are a wide variety of medications from which your vet can choose and dosages typi-cally will need to be adjusted based on your cat’s weight and symptoms. Several studies have been published regarding the treatment of feline hyper-tension including:

  1. “Effect of control of systolic blood pressure on survival in cats with systemic hypertension” (J Vet Intern Med. 2007 May-Jun;21(3):402-9).
  2. “Feline hypertension: clinical findings and response to antihypertensive treatment in 30 cases” (J Small Anim Pract. 2001 Mar;42(3):122-9).
  3. “Feline systemic hypertension: Diag-nosis and management” (J Feline Med Surg. 2011 Jan;13(1):35-43).

All of these studies point to the impor-tance of treating your cat’s hyperten-sion as soon as possible.

Feline Hypertension - How we can help!

Administering medication to your cat can be difficult and stressful for you both. Our compounding pharmacists have the ability to prepare several types of medications used to treat feline hy-pertension into alternative dosage forms. For example, instead of giving your cat a pill we may be able to make the medication into a flavored oral solu-tion. This form of delivery ensures that your cat is getting the proper amount of medication and may make administra-tion much easier.

For more information on how we can help make administering your cat’s medication easier, please call us and ask to speak with one of our compound-ing pharmacists. You’ll be glad you did!