If your blood pressure spikes when you're in the doctor's office, you probably have what's called white-coat syndrome, a stress response to being in a clinical setting. You're not alone--some greyhound dogs may have it as well.
A study finds that retired racing greyhounds may have temporarily elevated blood pressure when in the veterinarian's office or animal hospital. The dogs, which are often adopted when their racing career ends, are known to be more...how shall we say this...high strung compared with some other breeds. Other studies have shown that their blood pressure may even be slightly higher normally than that of other types of dogs.
In this study, researchers took blood pressure readings on 22 healthy adult retired racing greyhounds who were part of a blood donation program. The measurements were taken under three different conditions: at home by the dog's owner, at home by a veterinary student wearing scrubs, and at a veterinary medical center by a vet student wearing scrubs. Home readings were taken a week to 28 days later to preclude any effects caused by the blood donation.
The average systolic pressure (that's the top number) measured at the hind limb was about 132 when measured at home by the vet student or the owner, while at the clinic the average reading was 165. Systolic pressure measures the force in the arteries between heart beats.