ECG & Holter Monitoring

Understanding ECG & Holter Monitoring

An Electrocardiogram, commonly known as an ECG, is a non-invasive diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of the heart. The procedure involves attaching electrodes to your pet’s skin, which are connected to a machine that records the heart’s electrical signals, creating a visual representation of the heart’s rhythm and function. ECG monitoring allows for the early detection of heart abnormalities, which is crucial for prompt intervention and treatment. Before undergoing surgery or medical procedures that require anaesthesia, ECG monitoring helps ensure the safety and stability of your pet’s heart.

Holter monitoring is an invaluable diagnostic technique used to record and evaluate the electrical activity of the heart over an extended period. This non-invasive monitoring system involves the use of a small device, known as a Holter monitor, which is attached to your pet’s skin with adhesive patches. The Holter monitor continuously records the heart’s electrical signals (ECG) over 24 to 48 hours, or even longer. This extended monitoring period allows us to detect abnormal heart rhythms, irregularities, and arrhythmias that may not be evident during a standard in-office examination.

Holter monitoring can detect heart conditions such as arrhythmias, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. Early detection is critical for prompt intervention and treatment. Detailed ECG data from Holter monitoring enables our vets to tailor treatment plans specifically to your pet’s needs.

Emergency Out of Hours Clinic

At the Vets is a member of the Christchurch After Hours Veterinary Clinic.
You are welcome to use the After Hours clinic if there is an emergency with your pet at any time that At the Vets is closed. After Hours will forward us your pet’s treatment history so we can continue their care.

The After Hours Veterinary Clinic telephone number is

03 366 1052

The After Hours clinic is located at 146 Antigua Street, Christchurch.
(on the Disraeli Street corner)

Our opening times

Monday to Friday 8.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Closed