An ECG or electrocardiogram is a test performed in hospital that checks for abnormalities with the electrical activity in your pets heart. An ECG shows the heart's electrical activity as lines/waves that are traced on paper or a computer screen.
Why is an ECG performed?
Check the heart's electrical activity prior to anesthetic
Find the cause of possible signs of heart disease such as:
Check how well heart medications are working
Is an ECG dangerous or painful?
An ECG is a simple, non-invasive test to perform. The ECG is performed with your pet standing or lying on their side. Electrodes are attached close to the elbows and knees. Then a conducting liquid is applied to improve electrical conduction between the dog's skin and the electrodes. The ECG equipment records the electrical impulses from the patient. There are no painful sensations and there is no danger to the pet.