Taking an animal’s blood pressure is a non-invasive and inexpensive procedure. It is done in the same way as for people, with an inflatable cuff around a foreleg or the tail and usually takes around 5 minutes.
High blood pressure is common in dogs and especially in cats over 10 years old. In most cases, there will be no sign of the high blood pressure but it can affect the kidneys and heart and can lead to strokes. It is particularly important to check in animals with heart, kidney or hyperthyroid disease, but we advise routine checks for any dog or cat over 10 years old.
If your pet does have high blood pressure, it can easily be lowered with tasteless tablets.