Joining the Mobile Heart Health Unit

Most pet owners don’t know that heart disease is as common in dogs as it is in people. In fact, as many as 60 percent of dogs suffer from heart disease.

Veterinarians from our hospital in Kansas City, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, will join the Mobile Heart Health Unit this Sunday at Bark in the Park. People are invited to bring their pets along to watch the minor baseball team T-Bones game.

Bark in the Park will feature many pet-friendly activities including the Mobile Heart Health Unit where our veterinarians will provide dogs with free heart health screenings.

A free heart health screening can be especially important for dogs that are predisposed to heart disease, which include Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Poodles, Schnauzers, Chihuahuas, Boxers, Dobermans and Great Danes.

Symptoms of heart disease include:
•    Reduced willingness to walk or exercise
•    Difficulty breathing
•    Coughing,
•    Loss of appetite
•    Weight loss

It’s important to know that early diagnosis and treatment of heart failure is key to prolonging and improving the quality of life for your dog. We encourage that you take your dog to your family veterinarian for annual checkups.

Event information
Date:    Sunday, July 25, 2010
Time:    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: T-Bones “Bark in the Park”
Community America Ballpark
1800 Village West Parkway,Kansas City, KS 66111

We will be in the Mobile Heart Health Unit outside of Gate A.

To learn more about heart disease in dogs and the Mobile Heart Health Unit, please visit