High blood pressure can be caused by lots of different things -- heart disease, kidney disease, and adrenal gland problems, for example. There is also primary hypertension, in which there is no underlying cause of high blood pressure.
I had just been to our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Tanya Donovan, with Bentley before heading over to see Sarah, so I called Tanya to see if she had time to look at Wilbur.
Tanya said she could definitely do a work-up on Wilbur, so I drove back over to her clinic at Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists. Tanya and her team went to work on Wilbur. In the photo above, vet techs Brenna (left) and Katie (right) hold Wilbur for a blood draw. They also retested his blood pressure, getting the same high readings that Sarah had.
In this next photo, Tanya is doing an ultrasound while Katie holds Wilbur:
Although there was a slight change in one of his adrenal glands, Tanya didn't find anything in the imaging that could explain the hypertension, and his bloodwork and urine also were normal. The final test, for Cushing's, came back negative on Friday.
So the working assumption at this point is that he has primary hypertension, and Tanya started him on a twice-daily medication to bring his blood pressure down. We are rechecking his blood pressure tomorrow, on Wednesday, to see how much the medication has helped in the meantime.
Except for the two blood spots in his retina, though, Sarah thought his eye looked good a year after the surgery. So if we can get the high blood pressure under control, he should still be good for another 10,000 miles.
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