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A pet Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a common and safe diagnostic tool that veterinarians use to evaluate the heart of an animal. The ECG records electrical impulses from your pet’s heart. This painless test provides us with valuable information that can be used to determine important treatments for your pet. To learn more or schedule an appointment or a consultation for an electrocardiogram, call us at 818-532-7434 today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Does My Pet Need an Electrocardiogram?

As your pet’s trusted doctor, if we are recommending an ECG, we understand that you are concerned. Please understand that this doesn’t necessarily mean your pet has a serious cardiac issue. An ECG may be recommended for a number of reasons including:

  • Difficult-to-Hear or Irregular Heart Rhythm
  • Monitoring of Certain Medications
  • In Preparation for General Anesthesia
  • Fainting or Respiratory Symptoms
  • Confirmation of an Imaging Diagnosis

Our team is always available to answer any questions. We know that your pet is an important member of your family, and we want to be sure that you have all of the information you need to be comfortable.

Is My Pet’s Electrocardiogram Painful?

No, your pet’s ECG is not painful at all! During the procedure, we will make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible. They will be lying down, and we will gently attach electrodes to their elbows, knees, and/or chest wall. The electrical impulses from the electrocardiogram are painless.

How Does a Pet Electrocardiogram Work?

A pet ECG detects electrical problems in the heart, including arrhythmias and irregular heart rates. The test only takes a few minutes, and your pet will never be alone. Results are virtually immediate. If we do have any serious concerns, we may recommend you see a veterinary cardiologist. The electrocardiogram can also be used while pets are under anesthesia as well to give us a real-time view of their heart rate and rhythm.

Schedule an Appointment Today at Kanan Veterinary Hospital

We look forward to hearing from you, and we are happy to help with any questions or concerns you might have about pet electrocardiograms in Oak Park. We are committed to providing the best care for your beloved pet. Schedule your appointment today. Call us at 818-532-7434 today.

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