An ECG is an essential diagnostic tool to assess your pet’s health, measuring the electrical activity of the heart and identifying any abnormal rhythms or arrhythmias. Thanks to our modern technology and equipment, our WonderVet veterinary care teams can perform mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) veterinary services in the comfort of your home.
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Our veterinarians will ensure that your pet is in a relaxed state when performing the painless cat or dog ECG test at home. Once your dog or cat is calm, comfortable and able to remain still either standing up or lying down, your vet will apply either rubbing alcohol or gel before placing the ECG electrodes on the base of your dog or cat’s legs. Your pet’s electrical impulses will then be recorded for a short period, typically from a minute up to a few minutes. After the test is completed, your vet may send the results to a mobile veterinary cardiologist for interpretation. Reports can take up to five business days, depending on the service. Your vet will then contact you to discuss the results.
An ECG can provide essential information for you and your veterinarian, answering questions about the overall health of your pet’s heart.
An ECG is a highly accurate tool for assessing the rhythm of your pet’s heart. An ECG can determine if your pet’s heart rhythm is normal or abnormal. It can detect a cardiac arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat) as well as a heart murmur and the underlying causes of any abnormal rhythms.
An ECG can determine if your pet’s heart rate is within a normal range. If your pet’s heart is beating too quickly or too slowly, this can indicate a medical condition that may require further examination.
An ECG uses electricity to measure the size of your pet’s heart tissue and can reveal any abnormalities in the size of your pet’s heart chambers. If the results of your pet’s ECG reveal issues with heart size, then additional testing will be recommended for further investigation.
An ECG can also determine if your pet has any congenital heart defects, or heart diseases, such as congestive heart failure, or heart valve damage.