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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Holly" - Dog with High Blood Pressure

I'm not sure whether it's because I've reached a certain age but I recently received a request from my local health centre inviting me to have my blood pressure measurement taken. Saddened as I was that my physical health was now a matter of government concern I made my way, head bowed, to the clinic to wait my turn. Patience not being one of my virtues, I was pleasantly surprised that I could skip all waiting room queues and proceed to take the measurement myself using the latest in sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors)!

It transpires that coronary heart disease (which affects the blood vessels which supply the heart) is the biggest killer in the UK causing around 82,000 deaths per year. This represents more than twice the number of people who die each year from lung cancer the most common cause of cancer death. Raised blood pressure can be an early warning for this condition as well as a variety of others.

By contrast, coronary heart disease is extremely rare in dogs. The fact that most dogs don't smoke and take regular exercise may well be a factor! This doesn't mean however that raised blood pressure is not a problem. This symptom of illness is usually related to other diseases in dogs such as hyperadrenocorticism (excessive cortisol levels; Cushings disease). As more attention has been given to blood pressure measurement in dogs this particular problem has become the focus of recent research.

My colleague Geraldine who remains at the forefront of veterinary medicine was alert to this particular issue when she examined "Holly" whose vision had become impaired as a result of high blood pressure and resultant bleeding at the back of the eye. Appropriate treatment and regular monitoring has set "Holly" along the right path in controlling her blood pressure and levels of cortisol.

It is gratifying to note that "Holly" remains perfectly relaxed when having her blood pressure taken. A situation I have yet to achieve, continuing to rely on the well founded medicinal properties of red wine.............in moderation of course! For those of a certain age wishing to pre-empt the government invite why not pop down your local health centre and take your own blood pressure. Tell them "Holly" sent you!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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