November 4, 2015-An adorable terrier pup named Henry is wagging his tail after undergoing innovative life-saving surgery at HU’s Veterinary Hospital. A soldier rescued Henry when he was five-weeks-old after he noticed the dog running around his army base. The pup failed a routine check-up when veterinarians discovered he had an unusual heart condition that is often fatal. The young soldier brought the puppy to Dr. Dan Ohad of HU’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Ohad, Israel’s leading specialist in veterinary cardiology, determined that Henry suffered from PDA, a disease that causes abnormal blood flow between the heart’s two major arteries. Henry was alive despite long odds, but in danger of sudden death, so Dr. Ohad performed a cardiac catheterization procedure. In most hospitals, Henry would have undergone open heart surgery, a more invasive and risky technique that would have decreased his odds of survival. In Israel, this is only the third time that this cardiac catheterization procedure took place, which HU’s Veterinary Hospital also performed. Fortunately, X-rays revealed that the catheter was masterfully placed, allowing proper blood flow to Henry’s heart for the rest of his life.