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Companion Animal Practice
Use of pacemakers in dogs
  1. Rachel James

    Rachel James graduated from Cambridge in 1999, and spent four years in small animal practice, during which time she gained the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine. She went on to join the cardiology team at Liverpool University to undertake a residency in veterinary cardiology, and obtained the RCVS certificate in cardiology. She is currently working at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital, providing a referral service in cardiorespiratory medicine. Her interests include interventional cardiology and canine acquired heart disease.


the implantation of pacemakers is becoming a more widely available therapy in dogs, with approximately 50 such procedures performed annually in the uk. this article provides the general practitioner with an overview of pacemakers and their indications in veterinary practice, emphasising the clinical conditions that require pacemaker implantation and the diagnostic procedures needed in these cases.

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