KUSA - One human dies every 30 seconds in the U.S. from heart disease. But did you know it's also a disease that affects your family pet?
About 11 percent of the 78 million dogs in the United States have heart disease. Yet, a national survey shows that more than half of dog owners have never heard of heart failure in dogs.
Dr. Karen Sanderson, a veterinary cardiologist, joined 9NEWS Thursday morning. She talked about how local dogs and pet parents have great opportunities coming up for free heart health care services. Local veterinary cardiologists will be at Boulder's Foothills Community Park on Thursday and at the Englewood Recreation Center on Friday conducting free dog heart exams. There are only a handful of U.S. veterinarians who are certified in cardiology and specially trained as canine heart health experts, and Dr. Sanderson is one of them
Since 2009, veterinary cardiologists with the Mobile Dog Heart Health Tour have checked more than 7,000 dog hearts and found a previously undetected murmur in 20 percent of them. That's good news, since early diagnosis and treatment are keys to longer, better lives in dogs, just as they are in humans.
You can learn more at www.YourDogsHeart.com.
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