Does Techindia Provide Veterinary ECG Reporting Services, and what are the things you should know

Does Techindia Provide Veterinary ECG Reporting Services? What Are the Things You Should Know?

Pets are just as important members of the family as any other. They are there for us through thick and thin, proving the true definition of unconditional love and loyalty. It is therefore important that their health is given great consideration, that is if we are to see them stay within our families for longer. Here at Techindia, we’re pleased to announce that our facility provides veterinary ECG interpretation services, covering every family member, furry or otherwise. If you’re curious to learn about how these work or are keen to figure out other important details, today we give you the full scoop on the veterinary ECG reporting we offer.

First things first: What is an ECG for pets? 

The heart works much the same way regardless of whether we’re talking about animals or humans. As this important organ keeps the blood flowing and executes its function, the electrical activity generated can be recorded on a special chart called an electrocardiogram, or EKG/ECG for short. 

Generally, any medical procedure that involves the heart may make pet owners anxious, and understandably so. Fortunately, an ECG test is a completely non-invasive procedure, which means there’s no need for surgery whatsoever. The electrical activity generated by the heart can be measured by electrodes attached to the surface of the skin.

How to get your pet ready for our veterinary ECG assessment 

Are there any special considerations when preparing your pet for an ECG? Well, there are a variety of concerns we thought we may address as follows: 

  • You don’t need to hold back on food or fluids leading up to the ECG. Your pet is at liberty to eat and drink as normal without worry. 
  • It’s prudent not to apply any oils or lotions leading up to the test. A bath to remove all oils a couple of hours prior could be helpful in guaranteeing a more accurate reading 
  • You may need to tell your doctor about any previous medications your pet is on as these could compromise the integrity of the results. 

Other than that, there’s nothing special that needs to be done for your pet prior to an ECG procedure. 

When is an ECG necessary for my pet? 

Heart disease can manifest drastically and variable depending on the animal in question. However, some general red flags that you should be wary of include: 

  • Restless sleep: Your dog or cat is whining, or is troubled during sleep
  • Unexplainable weight loss: Your pet has lost several pounds unreasonably within a short period
  • Sizes or fainting 
  • Elevated breathing even during rest 
  • Dry cough, with the condition particularly picking up at night.  
  • Your pet gets fatigued too easily and has a potbelly

If no visible symptoms prevail, that doesn’t mean your pet is out of the words. The only way to know for certain is through an ECG test.

What conditions can a veterinary ECG pick out? 

Your pet may have a heart condition and you may be none the wiser. That’s because pets can’t articulate what they’re feeling as well as we’d hope and also because some heart defects can be so subtle with no clear symptoms. Hence there may be no visible red flags for pet owners, which is why an ECG is always a safe bet. 

Overall, an ECG can help bring to the surface a variety of conditions such as: 

  • Heart arrhythmias: An ECG provides highly accurate insights regarding the arrhythmia your pet may be suffering from, including possible root causes, and this is key to figuring out the best treatment path
  • Tachycardia or bradycardia: This entails an accelerated or slow heartbeat respectively, and may be symptoms of an underlying cardiac illness 
    Size abnormalities. An enlarged heart gives out peculiar impulses that an ECG can pick out. What’s more, ECGs can further narrow down to heart chambers and their specific structural and size problems. 

How is an ECG examination for pets carried out?

It’s a simple and pain-free process that will have you in and out of the physician’s office in a moment. Conventionally, a standard ECG for your pet should take anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes, and here’s how it works as far as dogs are concerned:

  • The physician may shave fur around the contact points if he or she feels the hair hinders direct contact with the electrodes
  • Popular contact positions include your pet’s chest wall, knees, and elbows
  • Your pet generally won’t have to go under, unless the physician specifically wants to monitor heart activity during sleep
  • The results will be double-checked by our quality assurance team for good measure

Finally, our experienced veterinary cardiologists will discuss the ECG findings with you, including whether additional testing may be needed and treatment options you could explore if necessary. 

 Does an ECG test put my pet at any kind of risk? 

For the most part, ECGs are largely safe and non-invasive. Your pet probably won’t feel a thing during the test, although detaching the electrodes from the animal’s skin may cause minor discomforts or irritation. However, it’s typically nothing to worry about and that will basically be gone in a few hours after. 

That being said, it’s also not unusual to notice that your pet exhibits the following symptoms after an ECG test. 

  • Reduced physical activity due to fatigue
  • Mild skin rashes 

Also, contrary to popular misconception, there’s absolutely no risk of electric shock. Our cardiac rhythm interpretation services for pets work to only record electrical signals from the heart but our equipment produces no electricity of its own.

We’re here for you and your loved one!

The best approach to your pet’s health is a proactive one. Push shouldn’t come to shove before you get your loved one an ECG check-up. It’s best to schedule regular examinations with an ECG rhythm monitoring service provider such as Techindia, so you can stay ahead of trouble and pick out arrhythmias before the damage is done. Keep your pets safe, happy, healthy, and with you for years to come by ensuring their heart health today. Give us a call for more information on our veterinary ECG reporting services. 


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