When any irregular heart rhythm is detected on clinical examination, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) should be performed. The small electrical impulses normally generated by the heart are amplified 3,000 or more times and recorded by the ECG machine. An ECG can detect minor disturbances in the heart beat or rhythm and allow Brook Farm to diagnose many types of heart disease.
An ECG is a simple test to perform. Your pet is usually placed in a standing or lying position and electrodes are attached to the elbows and knees. A jelly or liquid is applied to improve electrical conduction between the dog and the electrodes. The ECG machine merely records the electrical impulses from the dog and there are no unpleasant sensations nor is there any danger to the pet.
ECG analysis is a safe, simple test that provides your veterinarian with valuable information about your pet's health.