Hypertension in Dogs: What's Normal, What's Not, How to Help (2023)


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, in dogs is a warning sign and complication of many canine diseases. Recognizing the signs can be tricky, especially as your dog ages. But knowledge is power and hypertension can be diagnosed and managed. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby equips you to be proactive in caring for a senior dog with hypertension.

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If you notice your dog is slowing down or exhibiting changes in behavior, how can you differentiate between normal signs of aging and something more serious like hypertension?

Knowledge is the best line of defense, so let’s break down all things hypertension. By the end of this article, you’ll know what is normal blood pressure for a dog, what is considered high, how hypertension is diagnosed, and treatment options.

Table Of Contents

  1. What is blood pressure?
  2. What is normal blood pressure for a dog?
  3. What is high blood pressure in dogs?
  4. What causes hypertension in dogs?
  5. What are the symptoms of hypertension in dogs?
  6. How is blood pressure measured?
  7. How is hypertension diagnosed in dogs?
  8. Is blood pressure monitoring part of a healthy dog’s regular veterinary visit?
  9. What are the complications from hypertension in dogs?
  10. What is the treatment for hypertension in dogs?
  11. Can a dog parent check a dog’s blood pressure at home?
  12. Prognosis
  13. You are most qualified to know when your dog is feeling off

What is blood pressure?

To understand hypertension in dogs, first we need to understand blood pressure. By definition, blood pressure is the measurement of the force your dog’s blood exerts against his blood vessel walls. Adequate pressure is critical to maintaining blood flow to your dog’s organs so that his or her cells are continuously supplied with life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients. Blood pressure that’s too low or too high presents problems, so knowing what’s normal is key.

What is normal blood pressure for a dog?

When looking at blood pressure values, there are usually two numbers: the top number (systolic blood pressure) and the bottom number (diastolic blood pressure). When assessing blood pressure, it is important to look at both of these numbers.

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For dogs, normal systolic blood pressure is within a range of 110-160. Normal diastolic dog blood pressure is 60-90. This also might be written as the normal range is 110/60 to 160/90.

Also, there is a third number that you might hear your veterinarian mention. This is the MAP, or mean arterial pressure. The MAP is the average blood pressure through the whole body for one cycle of the heart pumping. The normal MAP blood pressure for dogs is 85-120.

What is high blood pressure in dogs?

So, what if a dog’s blood pressure is higher than those normal values? If this is the case, then your dog is experiencing high blood pressure (also called hypertension).

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Hypertension is often due to an underlying disease. But hypertension can also cause further disease, including damage to the brain, kidneys, and eyes.

Blood pressure is considered high if one of the three values (systolic, diastolic, or MAP) is elevated. So, high blood pressure in dogs is defined as blood pressure higher than 160/100. One or both of these numbers might be elevated.

High blood pressure in dogs can also be defined as a MAP higher than 120-140.

It’s important to note, some veterinarians may use slightly different numbers depending on how blood pressure is being measured and depending on your dog’s history.

What causes hypertension in dogs?

Now that you know what hypertension is, you are probably wondering what causes it? Hypertension falls into two main categories:

  • Primary hypertension: Rarer of the two, this is high blood pressure that is not attributed to an underlying cause.
  • Secondary hypertension: Most cases of hypertension in dogs present secondarily to a primary disease that alters blood pressure.

Underlying causes of secondary hypertension

There are several canine diseases that can cause secondary hypertension. Some include:

  • Kidney failure in dogs
  • Diabetes
  • Adrenal gland disease
  • Cushing’s disease in dogs
  • Central nervous system disease (very rare cause)

If secondary hypertension develops, it can sometimes make the original underlying disease worse.

Also, did you notice that these diseases are all common in senior dogs? That means older dogs are at high risk of developing hypertension, so you’ll want to look out for its signs.

What are the symptoms of hypertension in dogs?

If your dog suffers from one of the underlying diseases mentioned above, it is important that you monitor your furry friend at home. Signs of hypertension in dogs include:

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  • Sudden blindness
  • Enlarged (dilated) pupils
  • Increased thirst in dogs
  • Increased urination
  • Blood in urine
  • A lethargic dog/ depression
  • Disorientation/ circling
  • Dog nose bleeds
  • Head tilt
  • Symptoms associated with heart disease and heart murmurs in dogs (coughing, collapse, weakness)
  • Seizures

If you notice any of these signs, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. Your vet will want to measure your dog’s blood pressure to see if he or she is in any danger from hypertension.

How is blood pressure measured?

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Your dog’s blood pressure—and the way your veterinarian measures it—is similar to the way your doctor takes your pressure.

When you go to the doctor, often a nurse wraps a blood pressure cuff around your arm measuring two different values: systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure measures the maximum force of blood against your artery walls while your ventricles squeeze pushing blood to the rest of your body. Your diastolic blood pressure measures the minimum force of blood against your artery walls as your heart relaxes and your ventricles refill with blood.Your blood pressure is then read as your systolic pressure (top number) over your diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).

Some veterinarians will measure blood pressure the same way, getting both a systolic and diastolic number. Other veterinarians will only measure their patients’ systolic blood pressure, since this is typically the number we care the most about.

Sometimes taking blood pressure on a dog can be a fine art. Cuffs can shift on a dog’s hair. Dogs might move and make the blood pressure cuff fall off. So, in order to get an accurate measurement, your veterinarian will take several blood pressure readings then average them together to arrive at a measurement.

How is hypertension diagnosed in dogs?

Your veterinarian can easily check your dog’s blood pressure during an office visit using three pieces of equipment:

  1. Blood pressure cuff: The inflatable cuff is wrapped around your dog’s leg. It is temporarily filled with air to block blood flow through an underlying artery.
  2. Doppler: Placed over an artery below the cuff, the Doppler allows your veterinarian to hear the blood flowing with each pulsation.
  3. Sphygmomanometer: As the cuff deflates, the sphygmomanometer measures the pressure. The pressure at which blood flow resumes through the artery is your dog’s systolic blood pressure.

Systolic blood pressure higher than 160 mmHg poses a significant risk of damage to various organs within your dog’s body. Referred to as target-organ damage (TOD), blood pressure this high needs to be addressed immediately.

For a demonstration of how a dog’s blood pressure is taken at the veterinary office, watch the video below…

PRO TIP: If a client comes to my office specifically to have a dog’s blood pressure checked, I do everything I can to avoid “white coat syndrome,” which happens in dogs just like humans. I prefer to put the patient and owner in an exam room for about twenty minutes for the dog to settle down before attempting a reading. I ask if my client would prefer the lights on or off, and I encourage him or her to play calming music on their phone. After a few minutes, most dogs have settled and will yield a more accurate result.

Is blood pressure monitoring part of a healthy dog’s regular veterinary visit?

When you go to your doctor, you probably have your blood pressure checked as part of a routine screening. This is not necessarily the case for all of our canine companions.

In fact, according to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), routine blood pressure screening for young, healthy dogs is not recommended for two reasons:

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  • Primary hypertension in dogs (meaning high blood pressure not secondary to another disease) is much less common than in people.
  • There is a high likelihood of false elevated pressures when screening nervous, excited animals in the veterinary office.

However, there are some important exceptions to this that are critical to call out:

  1. Routine blood pressure monitoring is very important if a dog has an underlying medical diagnosis which predisposes him or her to elevated blood pressure. Two good examples of this are renal (kidney) disease and Cushing’s syndrome in dogs.
  2. Routine blood pressure monitoring is very important when a dog is on certain medications that impact blood pressure. Proin, a commonly prescribed urinary incontinence drug, is one example of a medication that may cause hypertension in dogs.
  3. Routine blood pressure monitoring is also critically important for senior dogs. As a proactive dog parent, you know that early detection of health issues increases the opportunity for a successful outcome. In fact, the 2018 ACVIM consensus statement states,

…It is reasonable to institute annual screening of cats and dogs equal to or over nine years of age.”

What are the complications from hypertension in dogs?

Hypertension itself will not cause problems for your dog. However, consistently high blood pressure, or systemic hypertension, will likely cause target-organ damage (TOD), which can have dangerous consequences for dogs. Organs typically affected by systemic hypertension include:

  • Brain: High blood pressure can cause depression, lethargy, anxiety, or seizures in dogs.
  • Eyes: High pressure in ocular vessels can lead to bleeding in the back of the eye or retinal detachment causing sudden blindness.
  • Kidneys: Hypertension can accelerate the stages of kidney disease in dogs, causing protein loss in the urine and toxin build-up in your dog’s blood. This leads to more lethargy, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
  • Heart and blood vessels: Hypertension can lead to congestive heart failure. This causes fluid in your dog’s lungs, which impedes breathing and oxygen delivery.

Cognitive dysfunction, vision problems, kidney disease, and heart failure already affect many senior dogs. Hypertension can worsen these conditions.

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For example, if your dog’s kidneys are slowly failing, high blood pressure can speed up the decline. If your dog has canine cognitive dysfunction, hypertension can contribute to already-present confusion and anxiety. Also, it can be particularly challenging to detect changes in dogs with cognitive dysfunction since these dogs often have little quirks you have grown accustomed to (and probably find quite endearing, too).

What is the treatment for hypertension in dogs?

Once your veterinarian reaches the conclusion that your dog has hypertension, treatment can help maintain normal blood pressure. The goal is to decrease the likelihood of TOD and optimize your dog’s quality of life.

Many medications are available to manage high blood pressure. Finding the right treatment for your dog may take some trial and error. Your veterinarian will likely prescribe medication for your dog and recheck his blood pressure to see if it is working. Dosage adjustments and medication changes may be necessary for your vet to find the right treatment for your dog.

Once your canine companion is on a good medication routine, your veterinarian will still want to check him or her regularly. It is important to continue to monitor blood pressure closely in case there are any changes in the pressures. If this happens, your veterinarian might need to adjust doses and medications again.

In addition to managing blood pressure, it’s important to make your dog’s environment as comfortable and safe as possible. Behavior changes and anxiety brought on by hypertension may not fully resolve with treatment, particularly in dogs with cognitive dysfunction.

You may find that your senior dog has anxiety at night, has trouble sleeping, and is up pacing the house at all hours. Also, night time can increase the risk of senior dogs being disoriented or slipping while walking. One solution I suggest are Dr. Buzby’s ToeGrips® dog nail grips to help improve traction so your dear old dog doesn’t slip and fall.

Can a dog parent check a dog’s blood pressure at home?

As your dog’s biggest advocate, you may be wondering if you can monitor your dog’s blood pressure at home using a human blood pressure cuff.

This is a controversial issue.

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After polling some of my veterinary colleagues, the general consensus was “no.”

Here’s why at-home blood pressure monitoring may not be in your furry friend’s best interest:

  1. Checking your dog’s blood pressure is not as straightforward as say, checking blood sugar levels (which I am a big fan of monitoring at home). With the latter, you have two straightforward tasks: get a tiny amount of blood and insert it into a machine for reading. With checking blood pressure, the learning curve is higher and there is more room for error. For example, if the cuff size is wrong and/or incorrectly placed, results will be dramatically skewed.
  2. Also, I suspect human devices use a different algorithm than those designed for dogs. While this is an unconfirmed hunch, I do know most veterinarians wouldn’t make adjustments to medications based on DIY readings alone. It is too much liability and it may not be in the best interest of your dog. (Until proven accurate, I would not recommend human machines for the job.)
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Finally, one of my veterinary colleagues shared a cautionary story of a dog who was diagnosed with hypertension by two veterinary facilities. Both facilities recommended treatment for the dog.

The dog’s parent (a human physician) doubted the diagnosis, bought a human pediatric monitor and began monitoring the dog. Based on his DIY readings, he chose not to start his dog on blood pressure medication.

Over time, my veterinary colleague watched as the dog developed organ disease consistent with signs of hypertension (TOD). Sadly, my colleague believes high blood pressure was a contributing factor to the dog’s demise.

However, you, your dog, and your veterinarian make a great team. If your dog has hypertension, there are many treatment options to help manage this condition under the guidance of your veterinarian.


The prognosis for a dog with hypertension depends heavily on the underlying cause of the high blood pressure. For dogs with multiple, complicated diseases, the prognosis can be guarded. However, dogs who are well managed on medication, can do very well and continue to enjoy many years!

For the complications and risks to be minimized, it is important that you continue to closely monitor your dog and follow your veterinarian’s instructions exactly. Blood pressure medication is likely going to be needed for the remainder of your dog’s life. Follow-up monitoring and veterinary exams will be needed too.

The good news is that by partnering with your veterinarian, you and your dog can continue to create more special memories together.

You are most qualified to know when your dog is feeling off

As you spend time with your senior dog, be sensitive to changes in attitude, behavior, and eating habits. You are the person most qualified to recognize when your dog is feeling off. If you notice changes in your dog, even if they are slight, alert your veterinarian immediately to discuss the need for an office visit and physical examination. Ultimately, the goal is to prevent further decline and preserve your dog’s quality of life. ♥️

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How do I bring my dogs blood pressure down? ›

Medications that are commonly used to manage hypertension in dogs include angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARBs), beta blockers, diuretics, and calcium channel blockers. Additional medications may be required depending upon the response to initial therapy.

What raises a dog's blood pressure? ›

The most common diseases that cause hypertension in dogs are Chronic Renal disease, Endocrine disease, Cushing's disease, Diabetes mellitus, Adrenal tumor, and/or obesity.

What happens when a dog's blood pressure is high? ›

Symptoms of high blood pressure in dogs include:

Seizures. Disorientation. Blindness. Weakness.

What helps high blood pressure fast? ›

How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure Immediately?
  • Take a warm bath or shower. Stay in your shower or bath for at least 15 minutes and enjoy the warm water. ...
  • Do a breathing exercise. Take a deep breath from your core, hold your breath for about two seconds, then slowly exhale. ...
  • Relax!

How do you bring your blood pressure down at the vet? ›

Here are 10 lifestyle changes that can lower blood pressure and keep it down.
  1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline. Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. ...
  2. Exercise regularly. ...
  3. Eat a healthy diet. ...
  4. Reduce salt (sodium) in your diet. ...
  5. Limit alcohol. ...
  6. Quit smoking. ...
  7. Get a good night's sleep. ...
  8. Reduce stress.

Can stress cause high blood pressure in dogs? ›

Chronic stress and anxiety can cause health problems, such as urinary tract infections, a weakened immune system, overgrooming, appetite changes, high blood pressure, chronic diarrhea, stomach ulcers, mood changes, and difficulty learning.

How can you tell if a dog's kidneys are failing? ›

Symptoms of Kidney Failure in Dogs

Nausea and vomiting. Pale gums. Loss of balance, or stumbling. Chemical smell to breath.

What are the symptoms display by dogs with high blood pressure? ›

Identifying the symptoms of hypertension in dogs
  • Lethargy and weakness.
  • Increased drinking and urinating.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Protein in the urine.
  • Nose bleeds.
  • Heart murmurs.
  • Stroke-like symptoms.
  • Dilated pupils, or bleeding inside the eyeball.

How common is hypertension in dogs? ›

So how prevalent is this form of hypertension? Studies have varied, but one study found that between 0.5 percent and 10 percent of dogs suffer from high blood pressure. Ages of dogs with hypertension ranged 2 to 14 years old.

How long does it take for blood pressure medication to work in dogs? ›

This medication should take effect within 1 to 2 hours; however, effects may not be visibly obvious and therefore laboratory tests may need to be done to evaluate this medication's effectiveness.

Can drinking water lower blood pressure? ›

Something as simple as keeping yourself hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water every day improves blood pressure. Water makes up 73% of the human heart,¹ so no other liquid is better at controlling blood pressure.

Can you bring blood pressure down without medication? ›

For those who have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring blood pressure down to safer levels. Some examples of aerobic exercise that can help lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Another possibility is high-intensity interval training.

Will Apple cider vinegar lower blood pressure fast? ›

Will apple cider vinegar lower my blood pressure immediately? No. Apple cider vinegar is not proven to lower blood pressure at all. Rather, it may work in a roundabout way by potentially promoting weight loss, supporting lower cholesterol levels, and improving blood sugar control.

Which food can reduce high blood pressure? ›

Tips to lower blood pressure
  • vegetables, such as spinach, broccoli, and carrots.
  • fruits, such as apples, oranges, and bananas.
  • fish, particularly those rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • lean cuts of beef or pork.
  • skinless chicken or turkey.
  • eggs.
  • fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt.

How do you manually take a dog's blood pressure? ›

Place the animal on its side (encourage it to lie down) for the measurement. Place the cuff on the animal with the masked line on the cuff aligned with the artery and connect to the sphygmomanometer. spirit over the approximate location of the artery (where the pulse can be palpated in each limb).

How long can you have high blood pressure before it causes damage? ›

In other words, once blood pressure rises above normal, subtle but harmful brain changes can occur rather quickly—perhaps within a year or two. And those changes may be hard to reverse, even if blood pressure is nudged back into the normal range with treatment.

Can petting a dog lower blood pressure? ›

Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone. It also soothes your pet, says Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University.

What causes pulmonary hypertension in dogs? ›

What Causes Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs. Any type of heart or lung disease can cause pulmonary hypertension to develop in your dog — so can kidney disease, an inflamed pancreas, and adrenal disorders such as Cushing's disease. It can also be caused by illnesses such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and certain cancers.

Can I check my dog's blood pressure at home? ›

If this is the case, you may be able to take measurements at home. “Veterinary-specific blood pressure monitors have smaller cuffs for smaller patients but beyond that, the devices are quite similar,” Dr. Phillips explains. You can take a blood pressure reading from the tail or any of your dog's four limbs.

What should dogs with heart problems eat? ›

The mainstays of a good low-sodium diet may be fresh beef, pork, chicken, bland macaroni and/or low-sodium. Do not give “dog snacks.” A good diet is 1/4-pound ground round or other lean beef, 2 cups cooked white rice without salt, add a tablespoon vegetable oil, and one tablet of Pet-Cal supplement.

What is the healthiest thing to feed dogs? ›

The best food to feed is a high quality commercial kibble designed for puppies. This ensures all the nutrients your puppy needs for growth and development are present. You can add cooked meats and vegetables or rice as you wish; however, the main diet needs to be the commercially balanced kibble.

How does a dog act when their kidneys are shutting down? ›

Symptoms of kidney failure include excessive thirst and an excessive volume of urine in the early stages. Later symptoms of acute kidney failure include lethargy, poor appetite, and vomiting. In severe kidney failure, the amount of urine may actually decrease, or the pet may stop making urine altogether.

What color is dogs urine with kidney failure? ›

How Can Kidney Disease Be Detected Early? When the kidneys begin to fail, they lose their ability to concentrate urine. Urine that was once deep yellow in color becomes dilute (more clear in appearance). While the difference in concentration isn't always obvious to the naked eye, it can be detected by a urinalysis.

What foods help repair kidneys in dogs? ›

For dogs with renal health issues, feed them a diet of high-quality protein with low phosphorus and sodium, and added omega-3 fatty acids, such as a mix of good quality meat, veggies like bell peppers, and either a supplement of omega-3's or fish, flax, sardines, or anchovies.

What is the life expectancy of a dog with pulmonary hypertension? ›

Dogs tend to survive for about three months after a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension when they are treated with sildenafil. If they do not receive treatment, death often occurs within days of diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of end stage pulmonary hypertension dogs? ›

These signs include:
  • exercise intolerance.
  • difficulty breathing with or without exertion/exercise.
  • rapid breathing.
  • coughing.
  • spitting up blood from the lungs.
  • fainting.
  • weight loss.
  • heart murmur.

What are the 5 symptoms of high blood pressure? ›

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
  • Blurry or double vision.
  • Lightheadedness/Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.

Can dogs recover from pulmonary hypertension? ›

Pulmonary hypertension is treatable in most patients. In some patients, such as those with heartworm infections or congenital cardiovascular shunts, pulmonary hypertension may completely resolve with treatment of the underlying cause.

Can pulmonary hypertension be reversed in dogs? ›

Acute pulmonary hypertension in dogs is reversible but may not be recognized in the early stages. Chronic pulmonary hypertension leads to permanent and progressive vascular abnormalities. Common symptoms of pulmonary hypertension in dogs include exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Will blood pressure medicine hurt a dog? ›

Beta-blockers (e.g., Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg) - Beta-blockers are also used to treat high blood pressure but, unlike with ACE inhibitors, small ingestions of these drugs may cause serious poisoning in pets. Overdoses can cause life-threatening decreases in blood pressure and a very slow heart rate.

How long can a dog live with heart failure on medication? ›

There is no cure for congestive heart failure in dogs, but with diligent management and daily medications, your dog can have a good quality of life and likely extend its survival time. However, once stage D congestive heart failure develops, the median life range is nine months.

What happens if you give a dog blood pressure medicine? ›

Calcium Channel Blockers (Amlodipine, Diltiazem and Verapamil): Health concerns from ingestion in pets include hypotension, increase or decrease in heart rate, fluid in the lungs, damage to the kidneys and even death.

What time of day is blood pressure highest? ›

Blood pressure has a daily pattern. Usually, blood pressure starts to rise a few hours before a person wakes up. It continues to rise during the day, peaking in midday. Blood pressure typically drops in the late afternoon and evening.

Does walking reduce blood pressure? ›

Walking lowers systolic blood pressure by 4.11 mm Hg (95% CI, 3.01 to 5.22 mm Hg). It lowers diastolic blood pressure by 1.79 mm Hg (95% CI, 1.07 to 2.51 mm Hg) and resting heart rate by 2.76 beats per minute (bpm; 95% CI, 0.95 to 4.57 bpm).

Does cold water lower BP? ›

It has been reported that drinking cold water lowers the core temperature (25), and in this study, the core temperature also decreased after water drinking. Cold exposure of the body surface is known to cause a decrease in peripheral blood flow and increased venous return, cardiac output, and blood pressure (26).

What is the fastest way to lower blood pressure without medication? ›

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  2. Eat Less Salt. ...
  3. Add More Potassium to Your Diet to Reduce High Blood Pressure. ...
  4. Limit Your Alcohol Consumption. ...
  5. Reduce Your Stress to Lower Your Blood Pressure.
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Does cinnamon lower blood pressure? ›


A review of 9 studies including 641 participants showed that taking cinnamon reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure by an average of 6.2 mm Hg and 3.9 mm Hg, respectively.

Does lemon water bring your blood pressure down? ›

Citrus, such as lemon and limes, has been shown to reduce blood pressure and has the added benefit of adding a little flavor to a boring glass of water.

What gets blood pressure down quickly? ›

There's no quick and safe way to lower blood pressure outside of a medical setting. Lifestyle changes that incorporate exercise, diet, and stress-reducing techniques can naturally lower blood pressure over time.

What is the blood pressure release trick? ›

Take a deep breath from your core, hold your breath for about two seconds, then slowly exhale. Pause for a few moments and repeat. Relax! Stress is a key contributor to high blood pressure, so do whatever you can to relax.

Does baking soda reduce blood pressure? ›

High blood pressure: Sodium bicarbonate might increase blood pressure. People who already have high blood pressure should avoid sodium bicarbonate. Low potassium levels in the blood: Sodium bicarbonate might lower potassium blood levels.

What are the symptoms displayed by dogs with high blood pressure? ›

Identifying the symptoms of hypertension in dogs
  • Lethargy and weakness.
  • Increased drinking and urinating.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Protein in the urine.
  • Nose bleeds.
  • Heart murmurs.
  • Stroke-like symptoms.
  • Dilated pupils, or bleeding inside the eyeball.

Can high blood pressure in dogs cause panting? ›

Panting can be a symptom of high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension is usually due to other conditions such as diabetes, Cushing's disease and renal disease. Your dog would usually have other symptoms of these diseases.

What is a normal BP for a dog? ›

What is the Normal Blood Pressure for a Dog? Most dogs should have blood pressure in the range of 110/60 to 160/90. The same range applies to most house cats. When measuring blood pressure in a pet, it's important to collect the information when the pet is under as little stress as possible.

What are the final stages of pulmonary hypertension in dogs? ›

Possible complications of pulmonary hypertension include heart failure, fainting, and progressive debilitation. Oftentimes, changes to the heart and lungs are irreversible, and treatment will focus on comfort care rather than curing the disease.

What are 4 symptoms of high blood pressure? ›

Symptoms of Severe High Blood Pressure
  • Severe headaches.
  • Nosebleed.
  • Fatigue or confusion.
  • Vision problems.
  • Chest pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Blood in the urine.

How petting a dog can lower your blood pressure by 10%? ›

Petting a dog for just 15 minutes can lower blood pressure by 10%, research has revealed. Spending time with your four-legged friend releases serotonin, oxytocin, prolactin and even lowers the stress hormone cortisol, according to findings compiled by bingo site Tombola.


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