How do we get a blood pressure reading from your pet?
Cats blood pressure is can be obtained from the underside of the tail close to the body, or a front leg.
Dog blood pressure is usually obtained from the front leg.
The area is clipped so the doppler sensor will not have any obstruction from the haircoat. The blood pressure cuff is placed above the clipped area and attached to the sphygmomanometer. Ultrasound gel is applied to the doppler sensor to enable hearing the heartbeat. Headphones are usually worn by the technician performing the reading to silence outside noise to focus on sounds. The blood pressure cuff is inflated until the heart sounds are muffled and slowly released noting the level on the sphygmomanometer when the sound returns. This process is repeated multiple times to obtain an average blood pressure reading.
The reading is recorded in the patient record along with the area of the body the reading was obtained to ensure consistent readings in the future.
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Lutz, Florida 33549
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