This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Cats and dogs rarely develop primary (essential) hypertension - but they do develop high blood pressure in association with other diseases such as renal failure. Until recently veterinarians were not able to measure blood pressure accurately because the equipment available for human use was unsuitable for use in animals....but now special equipment is available and the techniques have been authenticated , so don't be surprised if the measurement of blood pressure becomes part of the routine examination of your pet - especially as it gets older and is likely to be developing age-related diseases such as renal failure.
This picture shows a dog having it's blood pressure taken. It is used with the permission of Hill's Pet Nutrition Ltd.
Updated October 2013