What is a Holter Monitor?
A Holter monitor or recording (also called ambulatory electrocardiography) is a recorder (usually a cassette recorder although some now hold and use a small computer chip) that is placed or attached to the chest of the dog with bandage material. It enables one to collect all the heart beats a dog (or person) will produce in 24 hours. Also importantly this is done in the environment of the dog, that is in the dog's household and while the dog is running at the park, etc. Hence we are able to relate any abnormalities to the activity of the dog should there be a relationship.
The Holter exam provides us with 24 hours of ECG (this will collect about 130,000 heart beats). This test will allow us to determine the presence and number and complexity of abnormal heart beats (called PVCs).
Heart Study University of Guelph
Who should participate in a research project involving Doberman Heart Disease?
All Doberman fanciers should participate. "If we don't care to help make life better for our breed then who should." Participating in any prospective project gives you a chance to assess the status of your dog and the greatest chance to extend both the length and quality of life of your dog. In addition, you are giving something back to the breed by supporting an effort to extend the life of all Dobes. Please see more information about this Doberman Project at the University of Guelph.
What can you do as a Doberman fancier to help reduce heart disease in our breed?
Enrol your Doberman in a prospective study. Encourage other Doberman fanciers to participate in heart disease research. And finally, participate in efforts to raise funds to further efforts to reduce the significance of heart disease in the Doberman breed.
Renting a Holter Monitor
G.M.D.F. HOLTER MONITOR
For those wanting to rent our Holter Monitor, please e-mail Elizabeth Numbers firstname.lastname@example.org. She will need to know when you want it and how many dogs you want to monitor. Keep in mind that your dogs need to be shaved. If showing, it’s best to allow at least 4 weeks for re-growth. You will need one chip per dog. We only have 2 available at the moment, but depending on demand, we can order more.
- The rental period is for 8 days. If longer, there is an additional fee of $10/day.
GMDF members: $70 for 1 hook-up kit; each additional kit is $7.
Non-members: $100 for 1 hook-up kit; each additional kit is $15.
*Max of 4 dogs per rental.
When Elizabeth receives the Holter back, she will send the data from the chip to ALBA Medical to be read. The results will be mailed directly to you. This will cost the renter $30. U.S. funds.
NOTE: You must register a credit card with them so you will have to go to their website albamedical.com - click on “Shop On Line”, then “My Account” and register as a new customer.
This rental offer is not limited to Dobes so please feel free to give Elizabeth’s contact information to people you know who may be interested. Keep in mind that our “jacket” is for dogs the size of a Dobe. It fastens with Velcro so is adjustable, but it’s not good for giant or small breeds.