Electrocardiography is the measurement of electrical activity in the heart. This technique enables us to accurately measure the heart rhythm thereby diagnosing dysrhythmia (palpitations) enabling the appropriate medication to be prescribed.
In addition it is used to screen hearts for a condition known as cardiomyopathy which is a heart muscle problem common in larger breeds of dog such as Labradors, Retrievers, German Shepherds and Great Danes.
The procedure normally takes about 20 – 40 minutes and we prefer not to give sedatives to these patients.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood pressure can be a useful indicator of early heart and kidney disease, as well as thyroid problems in cats. We recommend yearly blood pressure measurement in breeds that are predisposed to the above conditions. It is a simple non-invasive procedure, carried out in an almost identical way to how humans have their blood pressure taken.