Are you interested in renting a holter monitor to test your silkens? Great! Your contributions will help us keep track of cardiac health in the breed. Follow the steps below to get started.
1. The first and most important document is the Rules and Rental Agreement form. Make sure to read everything and fill out the form!
2. Fill out the individual sign out form.
3. Email the completed Rules and Rental Agreement and Individual Sign Out forms to Ashley Cirimeli at (Subject: Attn Holter).
4. When Ashley has reviewed your forms, you will be added to the Holter Queue.
5. When your name comes up on the queue, you will get the go ahead to submit payment to ISWS Health and Rescue (Paypal: 
Email proof of payment to Ashley Cirimeli. If you decide you want to hold off on holtering, you can opt to have your name put back on the bottom of the queue.
6. After proof of payment is received, Ashley will ship the holter to the address provided on your forms. You will be emailed a tracking number.
7. Holter your dogs! The device will come with laminated instructions. You can also view Alba Medical’s instructions here.
8. After 24 hours (or 48 if you are doing a 2 day test), follow the instructions here to submit the data to Alba medical. Always request the ‘Full Disclosure’ report from Alba. The results cost $40 and you will be sent an invoice the next business day.
9. Lint roll the vest free of hair, wash the vest and hang dry, report the condition of the equipment in the Evaluation of Equipment form included in the package. The second page of this form is a checklist you can use to make sure you pack everything up.
10. Ship the holter INSURED via USPS back to Ashley Cirimeli
11. When you receive your results from Alba Medical, send the full holter PDF and completed Information Release Agreement to Danielle Snyder Steenkamp, DVM at (Subject: Attn Holter).

If it’s easier to remember, all sign up forms are sent to Ashley Cirimeli (, while the full holter reports and info sharing agreement are sent to Danielle Snyder Steenkamp, DVM (

Photo by Ashlynn Hill
Photo by Ashlynn Hill


Included In Your Rental

Just in case you need an extra copy:

Photo by Megan Lundberg


  • Do not restrict exercise! It is important to see how the heart performs under stress and at rest.

  • Wiping the shave spot with alcohol may help the electrodes adhere better — make sure the area is dry before applying the electrodes.

  • Alcohol and oils can also be used to help remove the electrodes when the recording is done.

  • If your dog is a chewer, please use a muzzle to protect the equipment. You can also have the dog wear a t-shirt or thunder shirt over the vest to help prevent chewing cables, the vest, etc.

  • Set a timer/alarm for 24 hours! The time noted on the device may be off.

  • This is not a one and done test! This is simply a 24 hour snapshot. Ideally, dogs should be retested several times throughout their life to get a more accurate picture of the electrical health of their heart.