An new cardiology program at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine implants modern human pacemaker systems in dogs.
Pacemakers for dogs are not new but the use of the same type of pacemaker as is used in humans is.
In the past, pacemakers used for dogs were older human models with inadequate function. Human pacemakers do a better job but there were technical challenges which made their use for dogs prohibitive.
With advances in technology and treatment protocols, this challenge has been overcome.
The main difference between the old and modern pacemakers is that the old models only regulate the heart's bottom chamber, while the new models regulate the top and bottom chambers. That's the part which caused technical difficulties with installation in dogs.
Human pacemaker giving older dogs new ‘leash’ on life at Auburn University