Tools of the trade: Vet-Dop2 blood-pressure monitor

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blood-pressure monitorby Hannah Wyatt BSc (Hons) RVN, Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic, St Peters, NSW

This blood-pressure monitor is a very useful piece of equipment. It’s simple, easy to use and gets results quickly.

What’s good about it

We monitor blood pressure during surgery—in emergencies when we think patients are crashing, and during routine examinations. When an animal is suffering from high blood pressure, we’ll administer the meds and test them again in a couple of weeks to see if their blood pressure has come down. The Vet-Dop2 works very well in all these situations.

It’s a small unit and completely portable. It can be moved from surgery to surgery or taken on house calls. It runs off a rechargeable battery and the battery lasts for plenty of time.

You do need to shave the animal and apply a little spirit or ultrasound gel to the area when attaching the sensor. It can be attached to any of the legs or the base of the tail.

We use the Vet-Dop2 daily and even though it can get knocked around a bit, we haven’t had any issues with it. It’s a very accurate and reliable piece of equipment.

What’s not so good

It’s easier to listen without headphones but that can make it a bit noisy for the animal. When you’re trying to take a reading, the noise can stress out the animal and increase the blood pressure. In some cases, the velcro on the cuffs doesn’t hold them in place and we have to secure them with a little tape.

Where did you get it

DLC Australia

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