Electrocardiography:

Examining Your Pet’s Heart in Action

Dog with doctor

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we use the latest in advanced veterinary diagnostic tools to ensure that pets receive the highest quality of veterinary care. Electrocardiography is one such tool, and our veterinarians utilize it to monitor a pet’s heart rhythm and electrical impulses.

We will use this tool any time there’s a concern about your pet’s heart. If your pet is experiencing coughing, labored breathing, lethargy, or weakness, it’s possible that a heart condition could be the underlying cause. Electrocardiography—which is often used in conjunction with digital pet X-rays and veterinary ultrasound—will help our veterinarians to determine whether this is the case.

This procedure is non-invasive, and your pet will not need to be sedated. Your pet will be placed on his or her side and electrodes will be attached to specific regions along your pet’s body. The resulting electrocardiogram (also known as an EKG or ECG) will be available for review within minutes.

If your pet does have an irregular heart rhythm or another cardiac condition, our highly-trained veterinarians will work with you to ensure that your pet receives the best in veterinary cardiology care. We are experienced at treating a variety of pet heart conditions, and we also have network of board-certified specialists with whom we consult.

Additional Applications

When a pet is placed under anesthesia, whether for veterinary surgery or specialized pet dental care, electrocardiography is used to monitor his or her heart throughout the procedure. This is just one of the many protocols we have in place to ensure the safety of your pet whenever anesthesia is used.