Prevalence of systemic hypertension in Shetland Sheepdogs


The purpose of this study is to establish normal blood pressure ranges in Shetland Sheep dogs, to evaluate how many asymptomatic Shetland Sheepdogs have high blood pressure, and to correlate blood pressure measurement with protein loss from the kidneys.


There is evidence that Shelties are at high risk for developing kidney disease later in life, which is often associated with an elevated blood pressure that can be difficult to control. We also know that high blood pressure, by itself; can cause deterioration in kidney function.

Inclusion Criteria and Study Protocol

To be eligible for this study, Shelties must be:

    At least 4 months of age and vaccinated
  • Clinically healthy
  • On no medications other than Heartworm or flea/tick prevention

Study Design and Treatment Schedule

  • One time appointment
    • You will need to provide a brief history, as well as a urine sample for analysis
    • Your dog will receive a blood pressure reading and urine evaluation
      • If abnormal results are obtained, follow up can be performed by your regular veterinarian or through the Internal Medicine Service at The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center

Client Compensation

All costs associated with the study, blood pressure and urine evaluation are covered by the study. The study does not provide costs for follow up care.


Dr. Brian Scansen
scansen [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu

Jordan Vitt
vitt [dot] 10 [at] osu [dot] edu