Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An Electrocardiogram or ECG is used to measure heart rate and rhythm, so any case that is critically ill, is undergoing anaesthesia, has a history of collapse, or has an auscultation abnormality would benefit from ECG monitoring. The benefit of having an ECG attached is that problems can be identified quickly and treated appropriately.


An ECG is one of the most commonly used and safest diagnostic tools for evaluating your pet’s cardiac health. It records the electrical impulses given out by your pet’s heartbeats and amplifies them 3,000 times to generate a report for your pet’s doctor to evaluate. As a result, you can rest easy knowing your pet is getting the most accurate results possible while not feeling any discomfort.

An ECG detects electrical problems in the heart, including irregular heart rates and arrhythmias; it also helps your veterinarian diagnose certain types of underlying heart disease. In addition, it serves as a complementary diagnostic for heart enlargement, electrical impulse abnormalities and valve disease.

ECGs are also used to monitor pets while under anesthesia. It gives a real-time view of your pet’s heart rate and rhythm. This is vital to keeping them as safe as possible while under anesthesia. It also allows the surgery team to monitor the effects of drugs and medications administered during the procedure, provides valuable information about the depth of anesthesia your pet is under and determines the level of pain your pet experiences during surgery so appropriate changes can be made for their comfort.