[US] Pooch gets pacemaker
unclewolf at olypen.com
Mon May 5 15:13:16 EDT 2003
Honus the dog lacked that old spark, and the solution was a heart
Doctors at Washington State University's veterinary hospital operated on the
canine Thursday to insert the device, similar to the one that regulates the
heart of Vice President Dick Cheney.
The $30,000 operation was a success, with the device regulating the
heartbeat of the 2-year-old dog, named for baseball player Honus Wagner.
"Now Honus is our most expensive piece of technology," said owner Bryan
MacDonald. "He's worth more than our computer."
Honus was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, in which the lower
ventricles of the heart beat abnormally and can trigger a heart attack. It
caused him to be weak and vomit.
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