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How to perform a blood pressure measurement in a cat

Posted on 16 February 2021
How to perform a blood pressure measurement in a cat

Doppler Blood Pressure Measurement in Cats: A Step-by-Step Guide

Here we'll guide you through the process of performing a Doppler blood pressure measurement in a cat.

Setting up the Cuff:

  1. Choose an appropriate cuff size, typically two centimetres for most cats.
  2. Secure the cuff with a bit of tape to prevent accidental detachment during inflation.
  3. Avoid encircling the cuff entirely with tape to preserve accurate readings.

Clipping the Hair:

  1. Optionally, clip the hair at the back of the foot or, alternatively, part the hairs with gel.
  2. Ensure good contact with the artery beneath the crystal probe, using ample gel for conductivity.

Doppler Probe Application:

  1. Start with the Doppler volume set low to avoid startling the cat.
  2. Gently apply the crystal probe to the back of the foot, maintaining light pressure.
  3. Adjust the pressure until the pulse sound is audible.

Blood Pressure Measurement:

  1. Release all cuff pressure and gradually inflate until the pulse sound disappears.
  2. Slowly deflate the cuff until the pulse sound reappears.
  3. Disregard the initial measurement and take at least five more, averaging the results.
    • Example: 120, 110, 120, ...
  4. Ensure the sphygmomanometer hand reaches the bottom between measurements for accuracy.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at the clinic or visit our website for additional information. Thank you!

Author:Rachel Korman
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