Now, more than ever before, the role of pets in our lives has become as clear as day. Perhaps this is the reason why many people have become more attached to their furry, four-legged family members. As a result, we’ve seen many pet parents giving their canine friends the best of everything. From nutritional diets, life enrichment gear to treats just to keep their companion animals safe, happy, and comfortable.
Advances in veterinary medicine have made it possible for pet owners to help their animal companions live healthier and longer lives. At Friendship Veterinary Hospital, we believe using superior levels of veterinary care to monitor your animal’s heart disease is extremely important. It does not only mitigate heart problems, but it also helps prolong your pet’s life and give you two a chance to create memories so indelible together. That’s why we offer electrocardiogram (ECG) to all our patients in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Why do Pets Need an ECG?
An ECG, also EKG, is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart. It helps to check for heart arrhythmia as well as other abnormalities such as enlarged heart in pets. Also, it provides info about the position and size of the heart chambers. In most cases, you can take your cat or dog for an ECG after experiencing fainting spells or a heart murmur has been detected. Besides, it’s used to monitor the progress of patients diagnosed with heart problems. In other instances, it can be used during veterinary surgeries or while the pet is under anesthesia to monitor the pet’s heart rate and ensure his or her safety.
Is an ECG Painful to the Pet?
ECG is a very painless procedure that causes very little (or no) stress for the animal. In fact, it doesn't require the use of sedatives or general anesthesia. A routine electrocardiogram process is very non-invasive. It involves placing clips (electrodes) on certain parts of the pet’s body such as the legs and sometimes the chest. Under normal circumstances, ECG is done with the animal either laying on its side or just standing.
When are the Results Available?
Usually, results for ECG are available in just a few minutes. However, this can sometimes vary based on the ECG machine used or the need to consult with a cardiologist, which can extend the time to days or even weeks.
Get in Touch
Here at Friendship Veterinary Hospital, we’re pleased to offer Electrocardiogram to our patients. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question or concerns about heart disease or ECG. If you want to discover more about our pet care services, explore our website or stop by our hospital in hospital in Fort Walton Beach, FL.