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J Vet Med Sci. 1997 Nov;59(11):989-93.

A clinical evaluation of blood pressure through non-invasive measurement using the oscillometric procedure in conscious dogs.

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Department of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University, Kanagawa, Japan.


The oscillometric procedure was used to measure the heart rate as well as the systolic, mean, and diastolic blood pressures of 152 dogs (102 in the control group, 13 in the group with renal disease, 37 in the group with heart disease) who were brought to Azabu University of Veterinary Teaching Hospital. It was demonstrated that the blood pressure and heart rate of the control group lowered and tended to become stable as the number of measurements increased. No appreciable difference was identified in the measurements of either blood pressure or heart rate in the forelimbs and tail head. With regard to gender, males showed a significantly higher value than females (p < 0.05). No interaction was identified between age and blood pressure. No difference was identified in the heart rate in all groups. In an investigation of blood pressure in all groups, the renal disease group showed significantly higher values (p < 0.05) than either the control or the heart disease group in all values of systolic, mean and diastolic pressures. These results indicated that dogs with renal disease can manifest hypertension.

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