COVID UPDATE – We are currently seeing essential appointments only whereas non-essential appointments may be delayed.
If mutually agreeable, subject to face coverings being worn, no clinical signs of COVID and the type of appointment, consultations will be carried out inside the building. In order to maintain social distance we have a maximum occupancy level policy and thank you for your patience whilst waiting. We kindly request only one member of the family attends and where possible aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.
Please be aware that as from 18th January due to altered working practices we intend on closing at 6pm for the foreseeable future and will keep this under review until current lock down rules change. Our full list of opening hours can be found here
For repeat medication requests, please order in advance as usual by telephoning us on 01458 832972 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be requested to pay prior to collection and our reception team will provide you with further instructions as appropriate.
If you are shielding or self-isolating and require repeat medication or veterinary advice please contact us on 01458 832972.
Did you know that – just like in older people – high blood pressure is common in older cats? As many as 25% of cats over the age of nine may have elevated blood pressure. As you can imagine, increased blood pressure means increased load on the cat’s cardiovascular system, and certain organ systems are at higher risk of damage.
Eyes: About 50% of cats diagnosed with high blood pressure have eye damage at the time of diagnosis. This can include haemorrhages in the retina or retinal detachment, both of which can lead to blindness.
Brain: High blood pressure can cause a variety of neurological signs, from depression and lethargy to disorientation, trouble walking, and seizures.
Heart: The increased workload on the heart causes the muscle of the heart wall to thicken and work less efficiently. The cat is also at risk of damage to their blood vessels, which can be catastrophic.
Kidneys: High blood pressure leads to damage to the kidneys, and damaged kidneys can also lead to high blood pressure, due to their important role in fluid balance. It’s important for cats with chronic kidney disease to have their blood pressure measured.
As with any health problems, the earlier high blood pressure is detected the better response to treatment. If you have an older cat, a great way to pro-actively manage their health is to book a geriatric clinic which for a limited period costs just £50 and includes a blood pressure measurement, urine test and a full veterinary health check. Please contact us on 01458 832972 to make an appointment.