Blood Pressure Monitoring
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We routinely monitor blood pressure during surgery in our patients to maintain the safety of their anaesthetic. We use the same method as humans, where an inflatable cuff is placed around a forelimb.

Pets can also suffer from high and low blood pressure, which can be a marker of underlying disease. For these reasons, taking a pet's blood pressure isn't done as routinely as with humans, but it can be a very helpful test in some pets diagnosed with certain diseases or presenting with certain symptoms.

The reason we monitor blood pressure during surgery is for two main reasons; hypotension and hypertension.

We monitor for hypotension or low blood pressure during surgery because low blood pressure can lead to inadequate blood supply and oxygen supply of critical organs such as the brain and kidneys and can be very serious. Severe untreated hypotension can lead to cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Even though it isn't observed often, monitoring for hypertension or excessively high blood pressure is important because it can lead to problems. Some of these problems are but are not limited to are sudden vision loss, nose bleeds and chronic renal (kidney) failure.