One of our clients came in with her cat after she observed him breathing faster than normal. This particular patient is currently being treated for renal failure, but had not shown any increased respiratory rates yet. Cats in renal failure often have high blood pressure, which if left too high for too long, can lead to lethargy and sudden blindness. In order to get a better picture of the cat’s current condition Doctor Neumeister decided to measure his blood pressure.
The systolic blood pressure of this patient ranged at 208/210/210. This is defined as Stage III or severe hypertension. Treatment is needed in order to limit organ damage.