Friday, April 6, 2012

Veterinary Highlights: Dogs Can Get Pacemakers Too

This is a somewhat old news, but it doesn't make it any less awesome.


Putting a pacemaker in a dog may sound high-tech and far-fetched, but the practice is neither as uncommon nor as costly as you might think. As human pacemakers have become fairly routine, lower prices and increased availability have made them an option for dogs also.

Pacemakers can correct the same abnormalities in dogs that they do in people.

Pacemakers are useful treatment of abnormal heart rate conditions that don't respond well to drug treatment, such as sinus node dysfunction (sick sinus syndrome) or heart block.

Pacemakers can extend life for several years.

Pacemakers allow many dogs to return to their normal day to day activities, and most of them can enjoy a relatively normal life expectancy.

Source article: Pacemakers in Dogs
Further reading:
Pacemakers for Pooches: A Surprisingly Feasible Option for Older Dogs
Human pacemakers used to save pets' lives
Pet Pacemakers Can Be A Real Life Saver
Dharma and her new lease on life: pacemaker placement in a dog

4 comments

  1. My son has a dog that is maybe 9 months old. He started having bloody diarrhea and is drooling. We don't know what to do or what could be wrong. Needing advice.

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    1. You need to see a vet. Today.

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    2. My 6 month old chihuahua type dog won't eat or very little drinks very little and drooling . I am give water via syringe What can I do ??

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    3. You can and need to take her to a vet to find out exactly what's happening and have it treated.

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