CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets Blog

Blood Pressure Management in Small Animals: A Technician's Guide

Ori D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT

Blood pressure in small animal patients is important to monitor, as it is commonly overlooked until target organ damage has already occurred. The organs most commonly affected by high blood pressure include the eyes, heart, kidneys and brain. High blood pressure in dogs and cats is most often due to other systemic disease such as kidney disease, Cushing's disease, or hyperthyroidism. It is important to include blood pressure readings during examinations, especially in patients with signs of target organ damage, animals diagnosed with the common underlying causes of systemic hypertension, and geriatric patients (over 8 years of age). Blood pressure is a product of cardiac output and systemic peripheral resistance. The relationship between the kidneys, autonomic nervous system, and endothelial intercellular messaging systems all contribute to a patient's blood pressure.

Preventing Animal Cruelty: 6 Simple Things You Can Do to Help

We’ve all seen the news stories or social media posts about extreme animal cruelty. The horrible photos that depict emaciated animals, unsanitary hoarding or living conditions, or civilians breaking car windows for pets in the middle of summer are never fun to see. It’s unpleasant to watch and can make any animal lover upset enough to want to do something, but what can you do when it comes to preventing animal cruelty?

Spotlight on High Blood Pressure in Cats and Dogs

Just like humans, our pet dogs and cats can develop high blood pressure, or systemic hypertension. However, unlike us, most cases of high blood pressure in pets is the result of some other disease or condition. 

CVCA's Response to COVID-19

April 2020

CVCA Response to COVID-19 - Essential Service with Compassion, Excellence, and Integrity

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How to Build Your Own Dog Agility Course at Home


Disclaimer: Please be sure to follow all safety precautions and instructions. CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets is not liable for injury due to the construction or use of a dog agility course.

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All About Heart Murmurs in Cats and Dogs

December 2019

2020 CVCA Calendar Contest Winners

November 2019

We've already announced our 2020 Calendar Contest winners on social media, but we'd like to share their stories and help you get to know them better today.

How You Can Help During National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

October 2019

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are approximately 6.5 million animals that enter shelters in the United States on an annual basis. Of that 6.5 million, about 3.4 million are dogs, and unfortunately, roughly 670,000 of those dogs will be euthanized. Because of this, we want to bring more awareness to National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month.


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