You would think that heart surgery on a dog is fancy enough concept. It gets better–heart surgery on a dog using a catheter.
Sabbath is a 7-year-old Malamute. He was suffering from heart failure and would have died. But now he has a new heart valve.
Instead of open-heart surgery, the procedure is performed by the use of a flexible tube that can be inserted through a narrow opening–using an artery in the dog’s leg in this case.
The veterinarians at the Colorado State University, with the assistance of UCHealth, have used this technique to replace a damaged heart valve.
Sabbath, the lucky patient, was suffering from congestive heart failure after an infection damaged one of his heart valves. An open-heart surgery would have been too risky.
This was the first time a dog received this surgery. Sabbath’s heart now works properly and he has a clean bill of health.