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 BMAH@aspca.org or call 212-876-7700 ext. 4200.
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