ST. JOSEPH, Mo., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- This June, San Francisco dog owners will find that getting their pets' hearts checked is a walk in the park. Veterinary cardiologists on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will stop with a soundproof medical unit to perform free dog heart examinations on June 4 at Marina Green near the Golden Gate Bridge.
In addition to providing free heart health screenings, veterinarians will be available to answer questions for dog owners about heart disease – a common ailment that is almost as prevalent in dogs 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. Ruth MacPete, DVM, a San Diego veterinarian, media personality and pet author who will travel with 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."
Veterinary specialists will perform free dog heart screenings from inside a special mobile exam room from 3 until 7 p.m. in the Little Marina Green parking lot. 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. No appointment is necessary.
The veterinarians on tour will also make sure that dog owners are aware of the most common symptoms of heart disease: reduced willingness to walk or exercise, difficulty breathing, coughing, loss of appetite and weight loss. Dog owners can learn more at www.YourDogsHeart.com.
Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in San Francisco
Friday, June 4, 2010; 3 – 7 p.m.
Little Marina Green Parking Lot, Yacht Harbor and Marina Green near the Golden Gate Bridge
To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.
About Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs
The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour is designed to educate 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 diagnosed and treated during the early stages of heart failure.
About Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 142 affiliates in 50 countries and more than 41,500 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 2009, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of US $17.7 billion (12.7 billion euro) while spending 21% of net sales in its largest business segment, Prescription Medicines, on research and development. For more information, please visit http://us.boehringer-ingelheim.com.
SOURCE Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.