Features April 2016 Issue

Blood Pressure Tests for Dogs: Worth It?

Blood-pressure checks can be stressful for dogs, somewhat defeating their purpose.

Blood Pressure Tests for Dogs: Worth It?

Canine blood-pressure checks are indicated only when certain other problems are detected.

A health exam for all adults includes a blood-pressure reading. So why not for our dogs? There are a few reasons that veterinarians save blood-pressure testing for only certain cases. Although an estimated 20 percent of humans suffer from “white-coat syndrome” (temporary high blood pressure caused by the anxiety associated with visiting the doctor), dogs aren’t as easy to sort out. “It’s reasonable to assume that dogs also suffer from white-coat syndrome,” Dr. Kornreich says, “but validation is different.”

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