Free* medical care may be available to cats that qualify for this study.

A nationwide clinical trial is under way to evaluate cats with high blood pressure for the purpose of evaluating a potential new medication. You’ve probably never heard of cats having high blood pressure, but they can fall victim to hypertension just like people. It often occurs in older cats or in cats with conditions like kidney disease or thyroid problems. Cats eligible to be screened include those already diagnosed with high blood pressure, as well as those with kidney disease or hyperthyroidism.

Is hypertension in cats serious?

Sadly, feline hypertension can cause very serious health problems such as blindness, heart disease, bleeding in the brain, and seizures, and can make kidney disease worse. Until recently, measuring a cat’s blood pressure was uncommon, and since there are no symptoms, hypertension can be very hard to diagnose. There currently are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure in cats.

About the study

Veterinarians (investigators) in cities across the United States are studying a new liquid medication for the treatment of hypertension in cats. If your cat has untreated high blood pressure, or has kidney disease or hyperthyroidism, consider having your pet screened for the study. If your cat qualifies for the study, your pet can receive free veterinary care for study-related expenses while participating. Plus, you’ll be helping veterinarians find new ways to treat this serious condition.

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