Saturday, April 7, 2012

Picture of Cat with Retinal Detachment

This is a photograph of a female cat with retinal detachment. It was taken at Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic. The retinal detachment was brought about by high blood pressure, which in turn was due to kidney disease.  This photo has been used with permission for teaching/educational purposes at this website, which is a subdomain of the main site: PoC.

Cat with detached retina - Photo copyright:
Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic 3305 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

If you want to use the photograph you must ask the veterinary clinic first. The dilated (wide open irises) eyes allow us to see the retina and the blood vessels of the retina. One of her kidneys was smaller than normal. I believe this was diagnosed through palpation, which is the practice of feeling the insides of an animal through the skin. Skill in this area is an important diagnostic tool.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the main reasons for retinal detachment. Hypertension is often associated with hyperthyroidism and/or kidney failure. I feel for the cat and human companion. It is tough when your cat becomes ill.

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