Electrocardiology (ECG) &
Helps Diagnose Pet Heart Disease
Because early diagnosis is so important to effectively treat heart disease in pets, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is pleased to be able to offer the most modern diagnostic methods. The electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram (ECHO) recordings assess the heart rate, rhythm, and potential irregularities (arrhythmias).
What is an Electrocardiogram?
An ECG gives a readout of the electrical activity of your petís heart and gives the veterinarian information about:
- Heart rate
- Heart rhythm
- Potential heartbeat irregularities called arrhythmias
To record the electrical data, even though an ECG procedure means that your pet must be very still for a few minutes, we generally do not use sedation. Clips called leads are attached to your petís skin to accurately record the information. A veterinarian uses this information in combination with other tests to make a diagnosis of the nature and severity of your petís heart disease. We are then able to tailor the best possible plan of treatment.
What is an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound imaging or examination of your petís heart. Echocardiography is noninvasive and very well tolerated by most pets. This means that they do not require sedation or anesthesia. The hair behind your petís elbow may be clipped so that the best view of the heart is available during the exam. We place gel on this area and use the ultrasound probe to record images. Echocardiography uses sound waves to painlessly:
- Image the heart valves
- Assess blood flow
- Determine what is causing a heart murmur
- Measure the strength and health of the heart muscle and chambers
This is a valuable test that will allow your petís veterinarian to diagnose heart diseases and make recommendations to you for the right treatment regimen.