the lucky pup whose life was saved by a pet pacemaker. Image courtesy of Chloe’s pet parents.
Who doesn't love a medical miracle or a heartwarming pet story? Chloe’s tale has bits of both, as this lucky pup received an artificial pacemaker implant.
Chloe’s pet parents enrolled her with Healthy Paws in July 2014. Just before Thanksgiving, Chloe was brought to the vet. She had been acting strangely – shivering, panting and walking with an altered gait. Chloe’s pet parents and vet suspected a back or disc problem, but she had no recent trauma or injury.
During a physical exam, the vet didn't notice any tenderness or pain in Chloe’s back, neck or abdomen. However, Chloe did have an irregular heartbeat – arrhythmia and bradycardia.
Diagnosed with complete heart block, Chloe and her pet parents were referred to a cardiologist. An artificial pacemaker implant was deemed to be the best treatment for her condition.
Artificial pacemakers in pets are used to keep the heart beating regularly. Modern pet pacemakers are tiny, inserted under the pet’s skin in the neck region. The pacemaker’s “lead” – a soft wire the size of a spaghetti noodle – is inserted through a vein and into the heart, carrying information and electrical impulses between the pacemaker and heart.
Chloe’s surgery was a success, with no complications! Her pet parents were instructed to keep her calm and quiet, using a harness instead of a leash on short walks. Follow-up care will be required, but for now, Chloe is happy and healthy.
Healthy Paws covers all illnesses, injuries and accidents that occur after enrollment – no pre-existing conditions. We provide your pet unlimited lifetime coverage, with no caps or maximum limits. For questions about policy coverage or exclusions, visit our FAQ page or contact our customer care team!
We may be a little biased, being a pet insurance company, but we truly believe in the peace of mind it gives pet parents. Covering most non-preexisting conditions, a pet insurance policy ensures you'll never have to make hard decisions about your pet’s health.
When the choice is between your furry family member and your finances, we all know which one we’d choose – but sometimes the choice isn't so easy. No pet parent should have to make that call, which is why we’re firm believers in the power of pet insurance.