Treating high blood pressure requires your pet to start oral antihypertensive medications to help bring their blood pressure within the normal range. Often, these medications will be taken life-long. They are needed to help prevent damage to target organs, such as the eyes, kidneys, brain, and heart.
If your pet experiences changes to their eyes due to high blood pressure, we may recommend specific therapies for the eye(s) to help preserve their vision and comfort. This can include eye drops or ointments, as well as other oral medications to reduce inflammation.
Hypertension can be a result of other diseases, therefore it is important for your dog or cat to undergo diagnostic tests to determine if there is an underlying cause. This can include a blood cell count, chemistry panel and a urinalysis to evaluate your pet’s organ function. Your veterinarian may propose additional tests, depending on other problems your pet may be experiencing. If an underlying cause is found, treatment for the cause may be recommended along with antihypertensive therapy.
To ensure your pet’s blood pressure is controlled, regular measurements should be performed with a veterinarian.