Dogs also benefit from pacemakers

08/7/2013 | WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Every year, hundreds to thousands of dogs around the nation receive a pacemaker, a tiny device embedded in the heart muscle that's run by a small battery placed in the dog's neck, according to veterinarian Sophy Jesty, a veterinary cardiologist at the University of Tennessee, who says her team places one to two pacemakers in dogs every month. The most common clinical sign in dogs who need pacemakers is collapsing, Dr. Jesty said, but other symptoms including weakness and lethargy can also occur. It's "amazingly gratifying" to see the dramatic improvement in dogs within just a few days of pacemaker implantation, Dr. Jesty said.

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