From Thursday through Saturday, September 19 - 21, veterinary cardiologists are going to the dogs in Colorado. The Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will check dogs for heart disease in Boulder on September 19, in Englewood on September 20 and in Colorado Springs on September 21.
In addition to providing free heart health screenings, the veterinary cardiologists – some of only a handful of canine heart health specialists in the United States – 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 approximately 78 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 have never even heard of heart failure in dogs.
"Early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure can significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog's life," says Dr. Andrew Beardow, a veterinary cardiologist on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour. "We look forward to educating local dog owners 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 cardiologists on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will perform free dog heart screenings with stethoscopes 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 veterinary cardiologists also will educate dog owners about 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: Free Dog Heart Exams in Boulder
When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Foothills Community Park, 800 Cherry Avenue
Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop: Free Dog Heart Exams in Englewood
When: Friday, September 20, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where:Englewood Recreation Center, 1155 W. Oxford Avenue
Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop: Free Dog Heart Exams in Colorado Springs
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: The Humane Society's "Pawtober Fest", Bear Creek Regional Park, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road