Heart exams to be offered free for dogs

September 11, 2013 by  

New Brighton dog owners will be able to get free heart exams for their pets at the Long Lake Regional Park this weekend as part of the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour. No doubt organizers will be using banner printing near the park to let owners become aware of this important health screening for their dogs.

The examinations will be performed by Dr. Rebecca Cervenec from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Brian Scansen from Ohio State University. The two cardiologists will listen for irregular sounds, such as heart murmurs, and determine if a dog has any clear signs of heart ailments. They will also answer any questions owners have about heart disease.

The examinations are to take place this Saturday, September 14, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. They will run in conjunction with the BART Duathlon of 2013, where pet owners join their pets for a 5K run or walk and a 200-meter swim. It is not necessary to make an appointment for the screening.

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour was organized so people can learn about congestive heart failure in dogs. Nigel Swift, Boehringer Ingelheim board-certified veterinarian, says that length of a dog’s life can be prolonged and the quality improved if heart failure is detected and treated early. The Tour wants to educate dog owners about heart disease and its early diagnosis, and about the importance of annual veterinary examinations so that more dogs can have long and healthy lives.