A step by step instruction on how to take your dog’s blood pressure.
Dog’s are said to be man’s best friend.If he’s our best friend, shouldn’t we be his best friend too? In being a good friend you take care of him and give him normal weekly checkups. These are not vet given, these are things like feeling for lumps, looking at his teeth, and taking his blood pressure. There are more dogs diagnosed with hyper tension than ever before. Knowing how to do all of these things, is just another way to be the friend you want him to be.
Things you’ll need:
- Animal/Small blood pressure cuff
- A microphone That is very small and amplifies the sound into a speaker.
Steps to Perform
Whichever feet your dog is more happy to give you, choose one of the front/back legs and look for a small area of fur where our wrist would be. This is the pulse center. Shave off the hair that is right in this spot.
Place the small microphone on the shaved area. Turn all the amplification machinery on, and wait for the pulse. You will hear your dog’s pulse through the speakers as a low snowy beat. Tape this to the shaved area.
Place small cup around the part of the leg that has the small microphone. Inflate cup till won’t inflate any larger. This should cause no discomfort to the dog.
Watch the gauge and listen to the beat. When there is a jump in the needle that aligns with a heart beet – this becomes the larger number. As we let the needle progress on it’s way, the next time it does it again, that is your smaller number. Then you have a blood pressure of for example:
Systolic (2nd number) / Diastolic (1’s number ) = 70/120
Record these on a monthly basis. Watch for trends and spikes or drops that would indicate something going on. A lot can be told just by the blood pressure.
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Do not shave to the skin. Shave to a good buzz cut.
If the microphone is larger than a small penny, put the cup directly above it.
Pay attention to what kind of tape. Some tape comes off of fur better than others.
Even if you’ve know the dog for years, or you raised him from a baby. Dogs speak in bites and nips, do things slow and pay attention to your dog!
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