ASPCA Holding Free Blood Pressure Screening For Cats And Dogs

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — High blood pressure isn’t only a problem for people.

Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan, said it’s a major issue for pets too.

“High blood pressure can cause blindness and it can also cause a stroke just as it can in people,” Murray told 1010 WINS.

The animal hospital will be offering free screenings on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 424 East 92nd St. to commemorate the ASPCA’s 145th anniversary.

High blood pressure is fairly common in middle-aged and older pets. Murray warns that often times there are no warning signs.

“Unfortunately, the first sign of high blood pressure is when they develop a sudden problem,” Murray said.

She urges pet owners to have their furry friends screened at least once a year or more frequently if the animal has other health issues, such as kidney problems.

Murray said checking blood pressure in pets is easy and painless.

“We simply put a cuff on their arm, just the same way as it’s done on people, and most of the animals don’t object at all,” Murray said.

To schedule an appointment for Saturday email or call 212-876-7700 ext. 4200.

  • Sandi Landau

    is this a joke??? every month the aspca supports nyc ac&c in the killing of +/- 1500 dogs & cats and checking blood pressure is what they are wasting time and money on??? how about providing basic antibiotics & vaccines to the dogs & cats that are dumped so as to prevent/minimize kennel cough thus putting them in a better position to be adopted rather than killed???

    • Ellen Marks

      I think it’s wonderful. It takes two minutes to check a pet’s blood pressure and it can save their life, but a lot of people can’t afford to get their pet checked or don’t even know they should. The ASPCA works hard to educate the public about pet health. Most people don’t even know this can be a problem in pets.
      By the way, both AC&C and the ASPCA do vaccinate every animal in their care immediately. Instead of criticizing those who are doing their best every day to help animals, why don’t you support them? Let’s all work together. United we stand, divided we fall.

      • Monica Hidalgo

        My friend’s cat died when she had a stroke last year, and the vet said it was from high blood pressure. This seems like a great educational event. I don’t think it costs anything since they are just checking the blood pressure. It’s really nice. I have had a tough time financially recently and so have a lot of people – this might save a of pet’s lives.

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