VVS now offer a Holter monitoring and analysis service for your patients. To request a Holter monitor for 24hrs, 48 hrs or 7 days please complete the Holter request form at the bottom of this page. If you would like advice on which length of Holter recording is most appropriate for your patient just add this question to the ‘brief clinical history’ section of the form and we can make a recommendation based on the patient’s history.
Ideally the Holter should be fitted to your patient when the owners will be around to supervise at home (in case the dog decides to remove it or interfere with it). We would recommend hospitalising feline patients during the duration of their Holter monitoring to limit potential interference with the device. Please discuss a suitable date with the owners and specify your preferred fitting date in the Holter request form below. We will send you the monitor and a jacket and all the other consumables you need by courier.
Full instructions to fit the Holter to your patient will be sent with the Holter monitor, but also can be downloaded directly below. Following fitting of the Holter, canine patients would go home wearing the monitor and would then return to you after the recording period for you to remove the monitor in the clinic. If you can let us know when the Holter monitor has been removed, we then arrange for a courier to collect the monitor from your practice and deliver it back to us.
Whilst your patient is wearing the monitor, the owners (or clinic team if your patient is feline) will need to keep a Holter diary so we know what activities the dog/cat is doing at different times of the day. We will send a paper copy of the Holter diary with the Holter monitor for you to give to the owner. This can also be downloaded directly below.
Typically the VVS Specialist Holter report will be returned to you in 72 working hours from when we receive the monitor from the courier. We will send you an analysis of the findings in the form of a written report. In addition one of our cardiologists will telephone you to discuss the findings and next steps for your patient for example any recommended changes in medical management.