Jefferson Animal Hospitals believes blood pressure testing is important for your pet:
Doppler ultrasonic blood pressure is the most accurate for determining your pet’s blood pressure measurement. Generally two skilled people are needed, one to restrain your pet, the other to obtain the reading. A small area is shaved on your pets tail, or rear legs below the hock. A small amount of gel is placed on the area over the artery and the transducer is placed on the gel . Doppler BP units have an audio signal and the technicians can actually hear the pulse so they know a good connection has been made. Then the BP cuff is inflated, just like your doctor does for your BP measurements. We usually will take a minimum of 5 readings to make sure we are receiving consistent and accurate measurements.
It is important that the measurements be taken in a manner that minimizes apprehension in your pet or movement in a conscious patient.
In each clinic, one or more veterinary technicians are responsible to obtain blood pressure measurements to ensure consistent technique:
It is vital to take readings in the same manner each time, this way readings are more comparable. Letting your pet acclimate to the room is also a good idea.