An EKG or electrocardiogram is a noninvasive procedure that uses electrodes to record the electric activity of the heart. Most commonly used to evaluate the rhythm of the heart and to identify any abnormalities of the heartbeat. This is the beginning of finding any common heart diseases within cats or dogs.
Some pets may not have any symptoms at all, while others may have a cough or difficulty breathing. Some breeds are suggested to have routine screening for risks of heart disease. Do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any concerns about your pet and possible heart disease or complications.
EKGs are a painless and non-invasive procedure where the majority of pets do not need to be sedated. If they do, we will discuss those options with you prior. A routine EKG will only take about 20 minutes to perform and the result are immediately ready.
We specialize in evaluating and treating dogs and cats with symptoms of heart disease, which may include:
- Abdominal swelling
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Exercise intolerance
After evaluation, your cat or dog may have no symptoms. However, there may be a need for further investigation if we detect abnormalities such as:
- Extra heart sound
- Heart murmur
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- High or low blood pressure
- Elevated BNP level from bloodwork
The full appointment type will usually take between 1.5 to 2 hours. This will include time for us to discuss your pet’s history and the plan to diagnose what is wrong and any other necessary tests that may need to be performed. Once the tests are completed the doctor can explain in full your pet’s tests results, possible treatment plans and what the suggested follow-up plan should be.