An accurate blood pressure measurement is an important piece of information in treating heart disease. High blood pressure is one symptom of congestive heart failure.
We use a doppler and a cuff to measure blood pressure in animals. The doppler senses the blood rushing by and turns it into an audible sound we can hear to get an accurate blood pressure.
To get your pet’s blood pressure they will have a small patch of fur shaved, usually near the paw, and a little bit of gel is used to help conduct the sound to the sensor, which is held in place by a little bit of tape. Then a blood pressure cuff very similar to what your doctor uses on you is used to measure the pressure.