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Veterinary Cardiac Monitoring

Cat with Cardiac Monitor Hooked Up

There are several methods of veterinary monitoring available for a variety of indications.
(see indications)

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Veterinary Monitoring

What PetCardiology offers…

Transtelephonic Monitoring Services

  • All equipment provided FREE of charge
  • We provide 24/7 Attended receiving coverage
  • Results available immediately
  • Instant online viewing of ECG monitor results
  • Pre or post surgical baseline ECG
  • No contracts to sign
  • We utilize "State-of-the-Art" Veterinary monitoring equipment
  • Historical "End of Monitoring Period" report provided for each client (for event monitoring only)

Cardiac Holter Monitor

Holter Monitoring

Holter monitoring is a valuable noninvasive tool for monitoring the cardiac rhythm over a prolonged period during normal daily activities. The advent of this diagnostic test has demonstrated that the incidence of serious arrhythmias is much greater than previously determined using routine electrocardiography. A resting electrocardiogram is typically recorded for several seconds to several minutes and is likely to miss or underestimate the underlying arrhythmia.

24 hour Holter Monitoring is a good way to detect heart problems that other tests can’t, in particular, Cardiomyopathy which is a disease of the heart muscle. Dogs and cats that seem fit and seemingly healthy, even with normal ECGs and echocardiograms, can suddenly collapse and die due to lethal arrhythmias.

  • Micro-digital or full analogue recorders (volume dependant) with results within 24 hours… or sooner
  • All equipment provided FREE of charge
  • No contracts to sign
  • Upon receipt of data, 24 hour turnaround guaranteed on all reports (M-F)
  • Stat reports at no additional cost
  • Full disclosure available upon request


Which breeds benefit from Holter Monitoring?

Many breeds are prone to Cardiomyopathy, however a 24 hour Holter procedure can pick up rhythm abnormalities early and treatment can extend an animals life. Some of the Dog and Cats breeds listed below have been identified to be prone to Cardiomyopathy.

DOGS
Boxer, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Bull Mastiff, Cocker Spaniel, German Sheppard, Golden Retriever, Doberman Pincher, Irish Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Bouvier de Flanders, Rottweiler, Saluki.

You would have to be pretty careless to damage the unit or the leads – common sense is normally enough to keep the equipment safe. Dogs are rather boisterous, more so than cats, so more attention is needed for dogs. You should also beware of any company outside of the United States as they may not follow AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommendations.

CATS
Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Persians, American and British Shorthairs, Turkish Vans, and Norwegian Forest cats, to name a few.

Signs and Symptoms (both dogs and cats):

  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid,  labored & noisy breathing
  • Decreased activity
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Heart murmur
  • Coughing
  • Lameness or paralysis of the hind legs


Using a Holter Monitor

What is involved:

  • Patches of hair may be clipped/shaved
  • Needs to be able to stand or lie quietly while the Holter is attached as a totally out of control animal could be difficult to Holter.
  • Your dog/cat may feel frightened.
  • Sticky electrodes/tape will be attached to the shaved patches of skin so will need a good cleaning to get rid of the residue afterwards (a bit like the sticky stuff left on human skin after a Band-Aid is removed). You can buy orange oil based products for removing this.
  • During the monitoring, the dog/cat should be fine - most dogs forget about the Holter after a short time. Cats usually don’t seem to forget quite so easily.
Holter Monitoring Breeders Heart Diagram

What’s involved for you:

  • Keep them under adequate supervision while they go about normal activities wearing the Holter. A good analogy is to think of your dog/cat having stitches on their back and bandages over the top - that gives you an idea of the kind of supervision and care you need to take while they're wearing the Holter. Try to keep them from being in places where the bandages could get snagged on something, and also avoid other animals jumping on them or chewing at the bandages.
  • After about 24 hours the Holter can be removed.

What can go wrong?:

  • It is possible that you wouldn’t get a decent reading because the electrodes weren’t secured enough. At Pet Cardiology, if a Holter isn’t readable, the second test is done at no charge.
  • Leads may get damaged. It costs about $60 for a set of leads, including freight. This would only be likely to happen if your dog or cat isn’t supervised as it takes a lot of effort for them to get at the leads to damage them.  Be careful not to cut the wires when removing the Holter!
  • The Holter unit may be damaged. The Holter is pretty sturdy and can handle being bumped around through normal activities. Damage is only likely to occur if not properly supervised, e.g. left to chew the bandages and harness off, left with other animals, or left in an enclosure where the Holter unit could get caught or crushed.

You would have to be pretty careless to damage the unit or the leads – common sense is normally enough to keep the equipment safe. Dogs are rather boisterous, more so than cats, so more attention is needed for dogs.

Holter Monitor – 5 Lead Hook-up

View Holter Monitor Hook-Up