Armstrong’s puppy undergoes surgery at Colorado State |

Armstrong’s puppy undergoes surgery at Colorado State

FORT COLLINS ” Lance Armstrong’s Labrador puppy Rex is recovering from successful open-heart surgery at Colorado State University’s veterinary hospital, the university said Tuesday.

The seven-time Tour de France winner’s dog was born with a defective heart valve that put him at risk of heart failure.

Armstrong took the 9-month-old puppy to CSU for surgery in late August, the same week he proposed to rock star Sheryl Crow, the university said.

Chris Orton, who heads the hospital’s cardiac surgery team, performed the valve replacement operation on Rex.

Orton said the puppy is through the most critical stages of the procedure but will remain on blood thinner for the next three months.

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