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    From Salon.com today:

    Washington dog gets heart defibrillator

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    May 5, 2003 | PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Honus the dog lacked that old spark, and the solution was a heart defibrillator.

    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.

    Until now, the only treatment was to bring Honus to the hospital for lidocaine shots. His attacks grew so frequent, the MacDonalds had to come to the emergency room every two weeks.

    The metal unit, the size of a 9-volt battery, can sense when the heart's rhythm changes. If the beats grow irregular, the device sends out a shock, resetting the heart at a normal rate.

    The device isn't used much on dogs because of the cost of the unit and the surgery.

    In Honus' case, Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic Inc. agreed to donate the $15,000 defibrillator as well as two $6,000 leads. The MacDonalds will pay for a portion of the $2,500 surgery and hospital costs.

    (me: ok, this was nice of Medtronic and I'm happy for the dog and all, but how many devices do they donate to PEOPLE every year?)


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    Re: Doggone it!!!

    yea Sarah ,I luv my dogs too, maybe as much as some love Relatives(watch-it Larry) But That is a real good question. Rich
    Allways remember you cannot control the wind!!
    However you can adjust your sails!!


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      Re: Doggone it!!!

      Wow, what a story!!


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.