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BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING OF ANIMALS MADE EASIER BY VETS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

 BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING OF ANIMALS MADE EASIER
 BY VETS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
 EAST LANSING, Mich., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Animals can suffer from high blood pressure just like people, but unlike people, there has never been an easy way to check an animal's blood pressure -- until now. Taking a human patient's blood pressure is commonplace during medical visits, but corresponding blood pressure measuring devices had never been available for animals.
 Veterinarians at Michigan State University have collaborated with a Tampa, Fla., company, Critikon, Inc., to customize their existing human blood pressure monitor for use with most animals.
 The device is called the Dinamap Veterinary Blood Pressure Monitor and comes with seven different sized cuffs to fit animals from cats to horses. It can measure blood pressures in animals with heartbeats from 16 beats per minute to 250 beats per minute. The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine has a number of the Dinamap units in use in its animal clinics, where they are used in office visits, monitoring anesthetized animals during operations and post ops recovery, as well as to develop patient medical histories.
 Pets and animals are becoming more pampered and valuable in American society. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association in Chicago, approximately 100 million animals are treated by veterinarians in the United States each year. This portable -- battery or A.C. powered -- unit gives veterinarians another tool to provide quality care to pets and animals, from exotic pot-bellied pigs, to cats and dogs (which comprise the lion's share, or about 80 percent of vet visits), to large animals like cows and horses.
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 /NOTE: Critikon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, has prepared a satellite video news release for use by TV media. It may provide you that filler you need on the July 4th holiday. It may be just what the doctor orders. CONTACT: Andy Schultz of Critikon, 1-800-237-2033/ CO: Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine;
 Critikon, Inc. ST: Michigan, Florida IN: MTC SU:


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