The medicine service is able to offer a blood pressure monitoring clinic for veterinary practitioners’ own clients.
- This is a daytime nurse-led clinic
- It is suitable for cats and dogs with renal failure, cardiac diseases, primary hypertension and endocrine diseases.
- Practices that do not currently measure blood pressure will find this a particularly useful resource as it will assist the therapy of common diseases which develop hypertension.
- Blood pressure readings will be obtained by a nurse in a quiet consultation room after a 15 minute rest period in the room, usually with the owner still present.
- The results will be given to the owner and communicated by phone to the practice.
- There is no consultation charge but the case does still need to be referred for this service (a short letter/ email will suffice).
- Results will then be sent directly to the practice in a written report.
Frequency and monitoring:
- The frequency of monitoring and any adjustments to the medication will remain the responsibility of the referring practice.
- Although single visits may be arranged, monitoring every 3 months or one week after altering medication, is more likely to be useful.
- It is not suitable for aggressive animals or those that are stressed as the readings obtained are unlikely to be representative.