Same Rules Apply to Dogs for Taking Their Blood Pressure

Calm and quiet in the doctor’s office are key to 
an accurate reading.


People are not supposed to have their blood pressure taken at the doctor’s office until they have sat quietly for at least 5 minutes after coming in. Commotion from getting out of the car and any potential anxiety associated with checking in can skew results.

It’s the same for dogs. The best way for the veterinarian to get an accurate blood pressure reading is to make sure your pet has several calm minutes in a quiet spot when she first arrives. Better yet, the vet should engage in lots of cooing, handing out of treats, and gentle handling.

Two or three readings during a single visit are a good idea — especially if the first reading is high. That will allow your dog to get used to the cuff inflating.


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