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Check with Doberman Chapter clubs and Boxer Chapter clubs to see if any of them do cardio clinics.
Let me give you an example: Mt Hood DPC (Portland, Oregon area) holds two a year--one in the winter and one in the summer. The club has, and will rent to club members Holter set ups--rental is about $25 and report from ALBA on results is $30 I think. The cost for the echo varies a little--running about $225 per dog now--and a Holter, done within two months of the echo is required. Occasionally the club offers an echo at a reduced fee--sometimes as much as $100 off. Membership in the Mt Hood club is also required but an Associate Membership is $25 (might have recently been raised to $30) per year.
The echos are done by a cardiologist and the Holter results are reviewed by the cardiologist as part of the cardio exam.
These are the least expensive places usually to get a Holter and echo done. Mt Hood as one of the first Chapter Clubs to offer clinics like this and every year I see more and more clubs offering clinics like this.
DPCA has a Holter rental program--information on it is at the DPCA.org web site. I think you need to be a member of the DPCA to rent the Holter units.
And Alba has new and used Holter units--check with them for pricing. A friend and I bought one several years ago--so the price wasn't so awful--but we had (between us) 7 or 8 Dobes--3 were seniors being checked twice a year and all but one puppy was being checked once a year. In terms of conveniene (not having to drive from the far east side to the far west side of the Portland area) and not having to make sure we got all the Holters done in a timely manner it paid for itself (even considering the low cost of rental from the club) in two years. So if you can find two or three other Dobe or Boxer owners you might want to think about actually purchasing a Monitor and Vest from Alba.
Last edited by dobebug; 03-15-2017 at 04:36 PM.