Perhaps, for the first time in the world, an open heart surgery was performed for a dog in England. Setting the tongues and tails wagging, a three-year-old Labrador, was operated upon at the the Royal Veterinary College’s (RVC), Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in Hatfield, Hertfordshire near Leicestershire. And it is doing well now, according to a report by Daily Mail.
The pooch suffered from congenital tricuspid dysplasia, which meant that the key valves in her heart were fused together. This led her to suffering from extreme exhaustion and heart failure, because her ventricles only had two very small holes for blood to flow through. Professor Dan Brockman, a specialist in small animal surgery performed the operation, although he was unsure of the outcome. The operation lasted six hours. The dog was put in intensive care unit for six weeks before discharge.