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Pacemakers for Dogs and Puppy Lovin’

The first implantation of a pacemaker into a dog was performed in 1968, and since then the procedure has been performed on a growing number of patients every year. Editor Susan Chaney interviews one veterinarian who fits more than a dozen pacemakers into her patients annually. Find out where the pacemakers come from and learn how, barring other health issues, most dogs go on to live normal lives after recovering from surgery.

“Who doesn’t love puppies?” In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli asks readers this question as she recounts the Beagle babies that have been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Those adorable little balls of energy can be pretty hard to resist, so watching them go to their new homes hasn’t always been easy for Kayla. Discover some of the reasons she thinks these energetic hounds have become such perennially popular pets in so many American homes.

Starting today, Kayla will be at the Beehive Cluster of shows in South Jordan, Utah. Please be sure to say, “Hello” if you’re at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park this weekend.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Pacemakers Keeps Dogs’ Hearts Beating
By Susan Chaney

No one really knows how many dogs get pacemakers each year. But the people whose dogs’ lives are saved by the devices don’t really care.

Yes, in case you hadn’t heard, dogs can get pacemakers if their hearts don’t beat often enough or beat irregularly. The first such implantation was done in 1968, but the procedure became more popular starting in the late 1980s.

Ashley Saunders, D.V.M., has been fitting pacemakers into dogs at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 2005. more

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Puppy Lovin’ My Beagles
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Let me just start off by asking, “Who doesn’t love puppies?”

Puppies are so cute. Sometimes I wish they could just stay little fluffy balls of energy forever. Whenever I see a puppy, it automatically puts a smile on my face and just makes me say “Aaaaaaw!”

Is there a puppy alive that isn’t adorable?

For as long as I can remember, we’ve had puppies around the house.They’ve always been a part of my family life and are a lot of fun to care for as they grow. more

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