High Blood Pressure in Dogs

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Pulmonary hypertension is defined as high blood pressure within the vessels of the lungs. Primary pulmonary hypertension (meaning not resulting from another disease process) is rare in veterinary medicine and is diagnosed by ruling out all other causes of pulmonary hypertension.

Most common causes of pulmonary hypertension in dogs include:

Clinical signs and physical exam findings common in pulmonary hypertension patients:

Pet ultrasound scan  Pet ultrasound scan  Pet ultrasound scan

The speed of the tricuspid valve leak can     Color-compare image showing severe right   Short axis view of the ventricles showing
be used to estimate lung pressures.             heart enlargement and moderate tricuspid    severe right ventricular dilation and                                                                                    regurgitation.                                              flattening of the septum

High blood pressure in dogs is often treatable so your dog can lead a normal life. Talk to a board-certified dog cardiologist about a diagnosis and treatment.