Free Heart Exam For Your Dog Monday In Center City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You’ll be able to get your dog’s heart checked for free at center city dog park next week.

A mobile unit making its way throughout the country will stop at the Seger park located at 11th between Lombard and South Streets to educate dog owners about canine heart disease. Exams are on a first come first serve  basis.

Dr. Mark Oyama, a veterinary cardiologist at Penn Vet says he’ll listen for dogs irregular heart beats on board the mobile screening room between 4pm and 7pm on Monday.

“Heart disease is one of the most common diseases we see in dogs, especially in older dogs. It’s estimated that somewhere about 30 to 40 percent of older dogs will have some sort of heart disease — that’s seven or eight million dogs in the U.S. with heart disease.”

Dr. Oyama says if diagnosed with heart disease, there are medications to help dogs live longer and quality of life can be kept high.

The tour also is promoting the need for regular wellness exams for your pets.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

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  • Anonymous

    Go Dr. Mark! He is the awesomest vet ever!

  • Marty

    Actually, PennVet’s prices are no different than other specialists in the PHL area and its events like this that set them apart from other clinics and make them such a valuable resource to the city.

  • Pet Owner

    Penn Vet’s regular fees for exams are extremeley costly….reaching out to community venues is ther least they can do. If there are issues that the mobile unit finds with the pets they examine their referral to follow-up mayl bring you back to Penn Vet. What they should be doing is reviewing their fees for (their) specialists and making their services more affordable to the average pet owner.

  • new print head

    Good step taken by the mobile unit for the welfare of dogs. So the people who have dogs at home can go for a free checkup..

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