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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