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.

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“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.

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“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.

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