An ECG or electrocardiogram is a trace on a screen or printed on paper that maps the electrical activitiy of the heart. Is is commonly seen on tv with electrical leads attached to the chest of a conscious patient. It is used in a similar way on dogs and cats.
It is a diagnostic tool used to help identify the cause behind a fast, slow or irregular heart beat. It is thus an important step in treating congestive heart failure secondary to arrhythmias. ECG is also used as an aid to monitoring general anaesthesia.
Please phone Quakers Hill Veterinary Hospital for an appointment on 9626 9561 if your dog is in need of an ECG.