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Human Pacemakers Offer Hope to Ailing Dogs
Date:2/6/2010

Acres, quickly bounced back and is now full of energy.

As director of a no-kill sanctuary, Mager said she doesn't believe in euthanizing animals for treatable health conditions. In fact, a few months before receiving the pacemaker, Guiedo underwent knee replacement surgery.

She said the nearly $5,000 spent on the hound's medical fees was worth every penny.

"What an amazing thing to do with the money -- to give life," said Mager.

More information

There's more on pacemakers at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.



SOURCES: Maxine Mager, founder and director, Creative Acres Animal Sanctuary, Brighton, Colo.; Henry Green, D.V.M., veterinary cardiologist and associate professor, cardiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Kate Meurs, D.V.M., veterinary cardiologist, Companion Animal Pacemaker Repository, and professor, small animal medicine and research, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.


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