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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 asse
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SOURCE Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
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