High Blood Pressure in Dogs

High blood pressure in dogs, also called hypertension, is blood pressure in the blood vessels that's abnormally higher than the rule.

Blood pressure is checked in dogs if an underlying disease is suspected, if the animal is older than nine years of age or if eye problems or blindness exists. An exhaustive physical examination including testing the heart, nervous system and kidneys will be performed. Measuring high blood pressure in dogs is done in a similar way as in humans, and an inflatable bag is attached to the dog's foot or foreleg, or sometimes the tail.

Causes of High Blood Pressure in Dogs

It occurs as a result of the narrowing of the arteries and underlying diseases such as hyperthyroidism, chronic renal failure, hypertension, Cushing's disease, diabetes mellitus, or chronic renal failure among others.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Dogs

Common symptoms and signs suggesting high blood pressure in dogs, include blindness, dilated pupils, swollen kidneys, disorientation, weakness on one side of the body and legs, seizures, palpable thyroid gland, blood or protein in urine, heart murmurs or hypertension.

So as to preserve your dog's health, you should have his blood pressure checked regularly by your vet. If high blood pressure is caused by an underlying disease and left untreated, the heart, kidneys, nervous system and eyes can be affected.

Diagnosing High Blood Pressure in Dogs

A standard blood-pressure measuring instrument is used to check the pressure. The normal blood pressure of a dog or cat generally depends upon the breed and age of the animal. For dogs, the normal blood pressure reading is 147/83mm Hg.

Dogs can become excited when their blood pressure has to be measured and an inaccurate reading is taken. As a result, your vet may have to make repeated measurements of blood pressure to confirm the diagnosis. Additional tests such as x-rays, blood tests or ultrasound may also be ordered to determine the underlying cause of hypertension.

Help for High Blood Pressure in Dogs

Your vet will prescribe medicines such as a beta-blocker or calcium channel blocker to treat high blood pressure in dogs. In cases where blood pressure is extremely high, a stay in an animal hospital may be required. Some lifestyle modifications for your dog may be suggested. These could include a low sodium diet and a weight loss program.

Natural Remedies

Natural and holistic treatments have proven to be highly effective in balancing blood pressure in both humans and dogs. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies can safely and effectively support your pet's overall health and wellbeing.  

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