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If your cat happens to have a heart condition, you’ll be glad to know that in support of pet heart health, the team at A Cat Hospital has electrocardiogram technology that allows us to check on the status of each animal that comes through our doors. As a leading cat care facility in the greater Las Vegas, NV region, we are known for the high-quality diagnostic work and treatment plans we provide for cat owners in the area.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, is a test that veterinarians use to make a recording of your cat’s heart. If your vet has reason to suspect that there may be something wrong with the cat’s cardiovascular system, an order of an electrocardiogram may be requested during your appointment.
Medical professionals use an EKG to help them detect abnormal heart rhythms. We also order electrocardiograms to check if a drug is affecting the heart or if we want to see if the cat has an enlarged heart. You should know that an electrocardiogram is a safe and non-invasive test that can help safeguard your pet’s health.
An electrocardiogram can reveal electrical problems in the cat’s heart and is useful for detecting when a feline has an arrhythmia. We do not use EKGs by themselves. The EKG is part of a diagnostic effort that often includes other tools such as a stethoscope, ultrasound test, and x-rays.
We apply conductive gel to the cat’s skin and then we attach clip electrodes to the animal’s chest and limbs. Electrodes connect to wires that attach to the EKG machine, which records the signals that occur when the cat's beating heart generates its electrical field. A recording typically takes 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
In most cases, your cat will not need to be sedated or anesthetized before getting an electrocardiogram. However, some felines do not like the feeling of being restrained (a necessary part of the procedure, in order to get accurate readings as well as to protect the vet from being clawed). For these cats, the vet may require sedation. We refrain from administering sedatives and tranquilizers during EKGs to avoid influencing the heart test results.
When your pet requires an electrocardiogram, you want to go to a veterinarian facility with a staff that has many years of experience in cat heart care, such as the team at A Cat Hospital. We are proud of the high level of support that we provide to pets in Henderson and the greater Las Vegas, NV area and beyond. If you have any questions about our use of electrocardiograms or are now ready to book an appointment for your feline, please contact our Henderson vets at (702) 454-4400.