The Importance of Blood Pressure

Most people are aware that maintaining normal blood pressure is essential for maintaining one’s overall health.  Every time we go to the doctor, the nurse checks our blood pressure to ensure it is within the normal range.  For humans, the most common causes of high blood pressure (called hypertension) include obesity, high stress lifestyle, excessive salt intake, high cholesterol and smoking.  If left untreated, high blood pressure can have a number of negative effects on our health.  But what about our pets?  Is blood pressure equally important for their health as it is ours? 

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