Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Making Medicine for Finicky Felines

Cat owners may not realize that their furry family members can be diagnosed with many of the same diseases that are commonly associated with humans. Examples include diabetes, thyroid issues, arthritis, and high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension). Feline hypertension is a relatively common and potentially fatal disease process in cats. 

Unlike other species, the vast majority of cases of high blood pressure in cats are caused by systemic diseases such as renal failure, cardiomyopathy, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism. These cats typically develop acute signs including blindness, seizures, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness or partial paralysis. 

Fortunately, if caught early, this condition is manageable regardless of the underlying cause. The two most common treatment options for feline hypertension are drugs known as calcium-channel blockers and ACE inhibitors. Our compounding pharmacists and technicians can work with your vet to make it easier for you to medicate your cat. We can customize the exact dose into easier to administer dosage forms such as chicken or tuna flavored suspensions , or perhaps a cream that can be rubbed onto the ear.