Pet Electrocardiograms in Macomb, MI

An electrocardiogram (ECG), also known as an EKG, is a crucial diagnostic test utilized to assess the heart health of your beloved pet. Within your dog's or cat's heart, electrical signals are generated from a specialized area known as the pacemaker. These signals, crucial for heart function, are captured and analyzed through an ECG.

When we review these electrical signals we are able to see if there are abnormalities within your pet’s heart. Abnormalities that could be diagnosed after reviewing the ECG may include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), abnormal conductions, and other potential heart defects.

The great news is that our team at Pets Ahoy Animal Hospital is fully equipped to handle what these tests bring to light. Call us today at (586) 598-1900.

Symptoms That Would Prompt An ECG

  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing
  • Abnormal Lung Sounds
  • An Irregular Heartbeat
  • A Heart Murmur
  • Irregular Pulses

How Is an Electrocardiogram Performed?

At Pets Ahoy Animal Hospital, we conduct pet ECGs in Macomb with ease and efficiency. No special preparation is necessary for this procedure.

During the ECG, your pet will be positioned either standing or lying down on an examination table. Electrodes will be strategically placed at the base of each of your pet's four legs. Additionally, a special conduction gel or rubbing alcohol may be applied to facilitate the transmission of electrical signals to the ECG machine, ensuring optimal recording quality.

The duration of the test depends on your pet's cooperation and the suspected abnormality. Rest assured, our team will strive to keep your pet comfortable throughout the process.

What Do You Learn From an Electrocardiogram?

An ECG can provide us with a variety of information about your dog or cat's heart function.

  1. Is the heart rate normal? An ECG allows us to determine your pet’s heart rate. It can show whether their heart is beating at a normal pace, too rapidly, or too slowly for their breed. This can suggest medical issues that may warrant further investigation.
  2. Is the heart rhythm normal? An ECG gives us a very accurate way to assess your pet’s heart rhythm. If there is an abnormality, the results of the ECG will allow us to diagnose the arrhythmia and potentially diagnose the underlying causes.
  3. Does the pet's heart size appear to be normal? Enlarged heart tissue produces electricity differently than normal-sized heart tissue. With that said, an ECG can potentially suggest abnormalities in the size of a specific heart chamber. This method is not considered completely accurate but can prompt us to further investigate.