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Fiesta Cat - Sweet Angel

Party on!!
Purred: Fri Aug 29, '08 8:01pm PST 
Do any of you suffer from hypertension? The vet said that my blood pressure is too high. She told me to take amlodipine. I'm not sure how many mg, I'd have to look at the script. She said to take 1/4 pill. I really, really don't like taking pills, and can be very difficult about it. Is anybody else on that medicine? Apparently, hypertension is a common side effect of CRF.

She said that my systolic was 200. Of course, I don't know how much of that was "white coat syndome." However, I do have very dilated eyes and CRF, so I probably have the high blood pressure, too.

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Fri Aug 29, '08 8:54pm PST 
Did she take several readings? I assume it was still that high even after you'd had time to calm down. I only had mine tested once (by a different vet than I have now), but it started out kind of high (188) then fell with each reading until it got to 155, which the vet thought was acceptable (high normal, I think), considering "white coat syndrome."

I think a couple of other Olde Furts take blood pressure meds but they don't come around here too often (Toulouse and Athena).

Doc takes it too, I believe: http://www.catster.com/cats/799708

I don't know what Doc takes, though. It seems like there may be someone else, but I can't remember right now.

Fiesta Cat - Sweet Angel

Party on!!
Purred: Fri Aug 29, '08 9:07pm PST 
She said something about 200 being the "average" reading, so I think should took it a few times. I didn't get terribly nervous at the vet, but I wasn't too delighted about the visit, either.

Strangelove- (1988-2006)

Queen of the- cats!
Purred: Fri Aug 29, '08 11:54pm PST 
I had high blood pressure too. I took Norvasc tablets which is the same as amlodipine. It also helps protect the kidneys which make it a better hypertension drug than other types for CRF patients. Not all CRF patients have hypertension but its common and can speed up your kidney failure so its important to keep under control. On Norvasc my blood pressure went from 220-240 down to ~150 - target is 140 or less but the vets allow 20 points higher for stress.

Try using pill pockets. My mommy just discovered they work for cats too. Minxy and 2 of her younger sisters eat them like treats and it makes pill taking really easy. Jingo doesn't like them but 3 of 4 is good odds.

Flower - Purrecious- Angel

Flowie The- Warrior Queen!- (Thanks, Bugsy
Purred: Sat Aug 30, '08 4:37am PST 
Pill Pockets are the BESTEST! Momma can pill all of us easily except for my sisfur, Whisper. She's extremely difficult, so when Momma got those little treat pockets it take care of that issue. Whisper loves them! Now, we ALL get them whether we need to or not! Hee-hee!

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Sat Aug 30, '08 1:34pm PST 
Thanks for the good info on the BP numbers, Strangelove. way to go Good suggestion about the Pill Pockets, too, Strangelove and Flower.

FC, I wonder if some of your yowling is because of your high BP. It will be interesting to see if that changes when your BP is lowered.

If the Pill Pockets don't work, you could check to see whether your 1/4 pill could be crushed and added to your food or a 'treat' food that you'll eat. Also, perhaps it can be made into a transdermal gel that's rubbed in your ears (I hate that as much as pills, though).

We have a thread devoted to compounded medicines:
Compounded Medicines and Special Flavors

Strangelove- (1988-2006)

Queen of the- cats!
Purred: Sat Aug 30, '08 6:55pm PST 
Yowling could definitely be caused by the high blood pressure. My mum took me to the vet when I started yowling suddenly and they vet said the high blood pressure causes a ringing in your ears that makes cats yowl. When they took my blood pressure they confirmed that was the problem and once the Norvasc/high blood pressure meds started working I stopped yowling.

Calvin ~- Knead On

Knead On ~
Purred: Wed Sep 10, '08 9:05pm PST 
Strangelove - I wonder if that is why I howl /yowl at night? It is a strange noise that I don't make very often, but it is usually at night.

Sugar ~- Sweet Angel

Sweet and Shy
Purred: Wed Sep 10, '08 9:08pm PST 
I just went to the vet today and found out I have hypertension. My BP was 240! I have had very dilated eyes and when Mawmee asked the vet about it, she said they would check my BP.

I also had a complete blood work done, and will find out probably tomorrow if my kidneys are okay. I guess kidney and thyroid function can be a cause of the high blood pressure too.

I think I'm on the same pills you mentioned, Fiesta Cat. Mawmee doesn't have it with her right now, but they are very tiny and I'm supposed to take 1/4 of a pill a day.

I'll have the blood pressure and blood work done again in two weeks to see if there is any improvement.

Scooter ~- Our Angel

It's all about- 'The Scootster'
Purred: Thu Sep 11, '08 8:16am PST 
Sugar, I believe you're right. High blood pressure in cats is generally the result of some other underlying disease like kidney disease or hyperthyroidism -- not always, though. So I'll be purrrrring extra hard that your blood tests are okay.

I had my blood pressure checked because Mom and Dad were concerned when my eyes became more dilated, too. Then I also had my eyes checked by a specialist, but the dilation is just because of old, tired eyes (and bad cataracts).

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