SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ — The Mobile Dog Heart
Health Tour is heading south to San Antonio, Texas, for an
afternoon of free heart health examinations in San Antonio’s
McAllister Dog Park. From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 17,
certified veterinary cardiologists will be performing on site heart
screenings in a soundproof medical unit, as well as educating
owners about canine heart disease.
Since early 2009, veterinarians on the Mobile Dog Heart Health
Tour have checked the hearts of more than 5,000 dogs around the
country and found a previously undetected heart murmur in
approximately 20 percent of them. In addition to providing free
heart health screenings, veterinarians help to educate 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(1), and that figure increases to as many
as 60 percent among aged dogs and certain predisposed breeds(2).
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 disease can
significantly prolong and improve the quality of a dog’s life,”
says Dr. Katie Meier a veterinarian with 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
Veterinary specialists will perform the free dog heart
screenings from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m at McAllister