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Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Carmel, CA

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 8am-1pm
Where: Poodle Day, The Crossroads Carmel
Address: The Crossroads, 243 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel CA
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Colorado Springs, CO

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10am-3pm
Where: Pawtober Fest, Bear Creek Regional Park
Address: 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs CO
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Englewood, CO

When: Friday, September 20, 2013 from 3-7pm
Where: Englewood Recreation Center
Address: 1155 W. Oxford Ave., Englewood CO.
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Boulder, CO

When: Cancelled
Where: Foothills Community Park
Address: 800 Cherry, Boulder, CO
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Heart Healt Tour Stop in Minnesota

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: BART Duathalon, Long Lake Regional Park
Address: 1500 Old US-8, New Brighton, MN
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Ft. McDowell, AZ

When: Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 10am-2pm
Where: 2013 National Cavalier Specialty Show
Address: 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Ft. McDowell AZ 85264
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

March is Canine Heart Health Month.

Our goal is to raise awareness to pet owners about canine heart disease.  In celebration of this month we will be holding a mobile heart health clinic in Kansas City on March 1st.  On March 14th, Dr. Teresa DeFrancesco a veterinary cardiologist at North Carolina State University will be talking to national news stations about how you can care for your dog’s heart health, signs of heart failure, and what canine heart disease is.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and YourDogsHeart.com for the latest information  and events for March 2013’s Canine Heart Health Month.

Mobile Heart Health Tour Stop in Kansas City in Celebration of Canine Heart Health Month

When: March 1st, 2013 from 2-5pm
Where: Kansas City, MO
Address: Penn Valley Off-Leash Dog Park, 29th and Wyandotte
Why: To celebrate Canine Heart Health Month and to educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Detroit

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012, from 9am-1pm
Where: Mega March
Address: Kensington Metro Park, 2240 W. Buno Rd, Milford MI
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Detroit

When: Sunday, October 7, 2012, from 9am-1pm
Where: Mega March
Address: 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit MI
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Columbus

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 10am-2pm
Where: Big Walnut park
Address: 5000 E. Livingston Ave.
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Cincinnati

When: Friday 5, October, 2012, from 3-7pm
Where: Otto Armleder Park
Address: 5057 Wooster Pike 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Austin

When: Sunday, May 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Doggie Du Dash at Auditorium Shores
Address: on Riverside Dr. in Austin 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Pittsburgh

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: 200 Hartwood Acres 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Hyattsville

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 3 to 7 pm
Where: Heurich Park, 2800 Block of Nicholson Street (Acre Road & Nicholson) 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Boston

When: August 21, 2011, from 12 to 4 pm
Where: Peters Park Dog Run, Boston, MA 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Providence

When: August 20, 2011, from 12 to 4 pm
Where: Dexter Dog Park, Providence, RI 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Ridgefield

When: August 19, 2011, from 3 to 7 pm
Where: Bark Park, Ridgefield, CT 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Philadelphia

When: Monday, April 18, 2011, from 4 to 7 pm
Where: Seger Dog Park, 11th Street between Lombard and South Streets in Philadelphia. 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Baltimore

When: Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Avenue in Baltimore
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: A veterinary cardiologist will perform free dog heart screenings at "March for the Animals"

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop in Raleigh

When: Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 12 to 4 pm
Where: Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh, NC 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Free Dog Heart Checks in Miami Beach

When: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 1 to 5 pm
Where: Flamingo Dog Park
1400 Michigan Ave. at 14th Street in Miami Beach
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease and have fun, too.
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Vets to Provide Free Dog Heart Checks in West Palm Beach

When: Friday, January 29, 2011, 1 to 5 pm
Where: Dreher Dog Park
1100 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease and have fun, too.
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Free Dog Heart Checks in Jacksonville, FL

When: Friday, January 28, 2011, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Johns Town Center (Outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods) 
10390 Midtown Parkway
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease and have fun, too.
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop at Houston Astros Dog Day Expo

When: Sunday, September 19, 2010, from 11:30 am to 1 pm as well as during the game
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease and have fun, too.
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop at Barktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 18, 2010, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park, Austin, Texas
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease while raising money for the Central Texas SPCA, a no kill animal shelter
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Stop at McAllister Park

When: Friday, September 17, 2010, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: McAllister Park, San Antonio, Texas 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road 
Why: To educate dog owners about canine heart disease 
Who: Veterinary cardiologists will perform free dog heart screenings.

Mobile Heart Health Tour Stops at T-Bones "Bark in the Park"

 

Dogs welcome at the stadium July 25 for night of fun for the whole family - even the canine members!

Kansas City KS (July 25 , 2010) - The T-Bones are taking the phrase, "the dog days of summer," literally and inviting fans to enjoy the game with their pooches on July 25 at the team's first-annual "Bark in the Park" event. During the special promotion that encourages fans to bring their dogs to the game, veterinary specialist on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will perform free dog heart examinations inside a mobile medical unit at the T-Bones Stadium,1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS, from 3pm on Sunday, July 25, 2010. 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. The veterinarians at the T-Bones Stadium 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. For more information, visit www.tbonesbaseball.com.

Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour Visits Northern California Offering Free Heart Examinations

California (June 2010) - This June, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento 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 2 at Los Gatos Creek Dog Park from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • June 4 at Marina Green near the Golden Gate Bridge from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • June 5 at William Land Park from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm as a part of the 17th Annual Doggie Dash fundraiser to benefit the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

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.

Take a "Walk in the Park" to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

ST. JOSEPH, MO - Participants in the 1st annual "Walk in the Park" will receive free heart screenings for their dogs, while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater St. Joseph. The event begins at 9:30 am onSaturday, May 22 in Bartlett Park. Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the heart screenings will be performed at the Mobile Heart Health Unit, which features a soundproof exam room that allows veterinarians to listen for heart murmurs and irregular heartbeats. Veterinarians will also assess dogs for additional signs of canine heart disease and educate dog owners about common symptoms. For registration and complete event information, visit www.bbbsstjoe.org.

Valentine's Day Heart Health Event in Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX, AZ - This Valentine's Day, Phoenix dog owners can take their pets' health to heart. From 9 am to 2 pm on February 14 at Steele Park, veterinary cardiologists on the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour will perform free dog heart examinations inside a mobile medical unit. Veterinarians will listen for heart murmurs and other irregular sounds as well as generally assess whether the dog shows any signs of heart disease. Visit us on Valentine's Day in Steele Park, located at 300 E. Indian School Road, to learn more about treating and managing canine heart disease.

Largest Global Research Study in Canine Cardiology Reaches Completion

International veterinary study involved 260 dogs at 28 sites in 11 countries over 3 years.

ST. JOSEPH, MO - After three years, the largest clinical study ever conducted among dogs with congestive heart failure has been completed. The Quality of Life and Extension of Survival Time (QUEST) study was an international, multi-location study comparing two treatments used to manage congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs.

The QUEST trial was a randomized, positive-controlled study conducted at 28 sites in Australia, Canada and Europe. Canine patients with CHF were recruited over a two-year period and randomly allocated to either aVetmedin® (pimobendan) Capsules or a benazepril hydrochloride treatment group, with each group consisting of 130 dogs. The trial spanned three years and followed dogs to point of treatment failure or death due to congestive heart failure.

"Our primary objective with the clinical QUEST study was to investigate and compare the effects of pimobendan and benazepril hydrochloride therapies on survival time in dogs with congestive heart failure due to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD)," says the lead investigator, Professor Jens Häggström, DVM, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. "We hope to confirm a better therapeutic option for this very prevalent and life-threatening type of heart failure."

Häggström adds that all of the dogs in the trial were diagnosed with MMVD, which was confirmed by ultrasound and X-ray imaging of the heart. All dogs in the trial had exhibited clinical signs of heart failure, including pulmonary edema.

The QUEST study was made possible through funding from the animal health division of Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH.

"A heart failure treatment study of this size and scope is unique in veterinary medicine," says Steve Peterson, DVM, senior manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). "We are excited about sharing the findings of the study and their practical implications that point to a more comprehensive treatment regimen for MMVD. It's especially relevant, given that mitral valve disease is the most common cause of CHF in dogs."

An abstract of the QUEST study was presented in May at the International Canine Valvular Disease Symposium (ICVS) in Sweden. This same presentation was given during the cardiology session at the 2008 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

"The QUEST trial is a significant milestone in our efforts to reassure veterinarians and dog owners alike that once congestive heart failure has been diagnosed, there is compelling evidence to show that Vetmedin is an effective treatment in prolonging their dog's life, and providing the pet owner with more time together," says Häggström.

The complete study has been accepted by the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine for publication in the fall.

Vetmedin (pimobendan) has been available in Europe for over seven years and is now licensed in more than 15 countries worldwide. It was first licensed in the U.S. in May 2007 and is indicated for the management of signs of mild, moderate or severe (NYHA Class II, III or IV) congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). There are two formulations of Vetmedin, capsules and chewable tablets. In the U.S. only the chewable tablets are licensed. Both the capsules and chewable tablets contain the same pharmaceutical ingredient, pimobendan, and are considered equivalent for clinical use. Bioequivalence, however, has not been established. Vetmedin is manufactured by MEDA Manufacturing GmbH, Germany, for BIVI of St. Joseph, Mo.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (St. Joseph, Mo.), is a subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation based in Ridgefield, Conn., and a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 135 affiliates in 47 countries and approximately 39,800 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 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of US $15.0 billion (10.9 billion euro) while spending approximately one-fifth of net sales in its largest business segment, Prescription Medicines, on research and development.

For more information, please visit www.bi-vetmedica.com.




VETMEDIN is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH, licensed to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

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