24Feb21: how they check Andy’s blood pressure…

If you check the bottom of Andy’s foot…

…you can see how the veterinarian technician trims a kitty’s foot so there is adequate contact with the cuff to get a proper blood pressure check on an animal. Then they take six or seven measurements, toss an outlier that is much higher or lower than the rest, averages the remaining numbers, and call that the blood pressure.ย 

No wonder Andy hates getting his blood pressure checked!ย 

53 thoughts on “24Feb21: how they check Andy’s blood pressure…

    • Yes, that’s how they’ve done Andy’s, too, but he freaked out. I’ve asked them to make sure they do it on his foot since he hates it but doesn’t get as upset. (“…get upset” – this is why I questioned, and still wonder, how much of his “high blood pressure” isn’t because of the process of taking it.)

  1. Poor Andy!! My vet has never taken my blood pressure- Iโ€™m always so busy chasing mice and ducks and climbing trees-(and getting off the roof), they say Iโ€™m very healthy and fit. Must be all the mischief I get into when I go outside every day!

    • Yes, and I wish they would develop a noncontact way to take animal blood pressures! Poor Andy surely has lower blood pressure than the check indicates! Frau Hunne’s question elsewhere I think is very valid.

    • Andy’s blood pressure is on the high side, and he gets a blood pressure medicine mixed into his wet food. That’s the easiest way for me to give it to him since I have to chase him down to give it to him orally with a syringe. When I use that latter method, Andy gets smarter and smarter about getting away from me!

    • I personally think they do, based on watching Andy when this procedure is done. Initially, they did it last during his check ups. I suggested they do it first, again based on his reaction to it. Andy is well behaved during his check ups, but the one and only time I’ve seen him get mildly aggressive (he actually growled!) was during a blood pressure check. An excellent question, Frau Hunne! I’d like to know if others have experienced pet blood pressure checks, how their pet reacted, how the veterinarian technicians performed the procedure, and any other comments about the blood pressure check.

          • I looked it up since I recall the name, if not the purpose, it was prescribed for me. It turns out it is prescribed to humans (among other reasons) for pain associated with herpes zoster, which I suffered in 2007. I still have some pain from that attack, but it was especially intense for the first few years, the time I was prescribed this drug. The duration of the pain is related to how soon after the onset of the disease treatment begins, and I went much to long since I waited several days for an appointment with my doctor when I probably should have gone to the emergency room. His comment on seeing me: “This is the worst case of herpes zoster I’ve ever seen!” He’d been in practice 30 or 40 years at hat point, so that was pretty shocking to hear. It was on the right side of my face, and left me permanently deaf in the right ear, threatened my sight – or might have killed me had it moved up my optical nerve into my brain! It was – and is – the worst pain I’ve ever experienced.

          • Andy has a history of high blood pressure, so he doesn’t have a choice. The late Dougy, on the other hand, never had to endure this procedure because he never showed any heart-related concerns.

    • Andy’s veterinarian discovered a heart murmur years ago and that was the start of these blood pressure checks. (My mother, who lived to days short of 99 years old, had a heart murmur. Until her 80’s, she was physically active, having been a student athlete playing basketball, field hockey, then swimming for exercise and teaching swimming for 60 years. Apparently a heart murmur isn’t the worst thing to have!)

      • An aunt of mine was offered heart surgery at 90, the rationale being they could give her 10 more years. She looked at the doc and said, “I don’t want 10 more years!” and walked out. No surgery. She was about 4 months shy of 98 when she died, after a fall.

        • My father had a cyst in his brain that the doct5or said operating to remove3 would probably kill hi8m. He noted that my Dad (in his late 80s at the time) most likely was born with it and would live with it till he died a natural death before it did him any harm. He live till he was 94. My mother had breast cancer that that brought into remission. Toward the end of her life, it flared again, but the doctor, again, said the harm of treating it (discomfort, etc.) was greater than the threat to her life, so it went untreated. Again she lived to almost 99.

    • Andy’s condition is treatable with a medication I mix into his wet food. His blood pressure was improved but still a bit high. Kidney and eye health are affected by high blood pressure, so it is a good idea to control it!

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