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Midwest Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour to Provide Free Heart Examinations
Date:8/17/2009

ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Later this month, dog owners in the Midwest will find that getting their pets' hearts checked is a walk in the park. Veterinary cardiologists on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will make stops with a sound-proof medical unit at local parks in St. Louis on August 28 and in Chicago on August 30 to perform free dog heart examinations.

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In addition to providing free heart health screenings, veterinarians will be available to answer questions for dog owners about the common ailment.

Heart disease in dogs is almost as prevalent as it is in humans. About 11 percent of the nearly 75 million dogs in the United States have heart disease, and that figure increases to as many as 60 percent among aged dogs and certain predisposed breeds. Yet, a national survey shows that more than half of dog owners are unaware that their dog may be at risk of heart failure.

"Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog's life," says Dr. Rebecca Stepien, a canine cardiologist who will travel with a local veterinarian on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour. "We look forward to reaching out to local dog owners to educate them about heart disease in dogs and the treatment options. By emphasizing the importance of annual veterinary examinations and early diagnosis of heart disease, we hope to help more dogs live longer and better lives."

At parks in St. Louis and Chicago, veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings from inside a special soundproof mobile exam room. They will use a stethoscope to listen for heart murmurs and other irregular sounds as well as generally assess whether or not the dogs show any signs of heart disease.

The veterinarians on tour will also make sure that dog owners are aware of some of the common symptoms seen with heart disease: reduced willingness to walk or exercise, difficulty breathing, coughing, loss of appetite and weight loss. Dog owners can learn even more at www.yourdogsheart.com.


    Midwest Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour

    ST. LOUIS:
    When:      Friday, August 28, 2009, from 1 to 7 p.m.
    Where:     Forest Park - Upper Muny Parking lot at
               Macklind & Union Drive

    CHICAGO:
    When:      Sunday, August 30, 2009, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
    Where:     Puptown Dog Park - 4921 N. Marine Drive

About Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

The makers of Vetmedin(R) - a break-through prescription drug now available in the United States to treat canine congestive heart failure - organized the Midwest Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour to teach people about congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs.

While there is no cure for CHF, clinical study results have shown that dogs with the condition live nearly twice as long and enjoy a higher quality of life when treated with Vetmedin.

About BI

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI, St. Joseph, Mo.) is the exclusive U.S. manufacturer of Vetmedin. BIVI is a subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation based in Ridgefield, Conn. and a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 135 affiliates in 47 countries and approximately 39,800 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

In 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of US $15.0 billion (10.9 billion euro) while spending approximately one-fifth of net sales in its largest business segment, prescription medicines, on research and development.

For more information, please visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.

    For more information, contact:
    Robyn Caulfield at (913) 663-4200, or Robyn@bcsthinktank.com


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