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Ferret has successful pacemaker surgery at Kansas State

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Owner Carl Hobi and his ferret Zelda before her heart pacemaker implant surgery at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center.  (PHOTO: KSU) Owner Carl Hobi and his ferret Zelda before her heart pacemaker implant surgery at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center. (PHOTO: KSU)
The radiograph reveals the implantation of the pacemaker in the abdomen, where it will help Zelda maintain her heart beat at a normal rhythm for ferrets. (PHOTO: KSU) The radiograph reveals the implantation of the pacemaker in the abdomen, where it will help Zelda maintain her heart beat at a normal rhythm for ferrets. (PHOTO: KSU)
MANHATTAN, Kan. -

A ferret is recovering at home after being fitted with a pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University.
    
The ferret, named Zelda, is owned by Carl Hobi of Olathe, who took her to the Veterinary Health Center in Manhattan after Christmas. Zelda had a third-degree block in her heart, which caused a low heart beat and a lack of energy.
    
The university said in a news release that tests determined Zelda was a good candidate for a pacemaker, although it had to be special ordered because of the small size of her veins.
    
The university says Zelda was released two days after the surgery and should enjoy a normal ferret lifespan.
    
It was the first time the Kansas State center implanted a pacemaker in a ferret.

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