Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) announced it will donate $15,000 to the American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine to support canine cardiology research after 1 million guests visit the Million Heart Challenge website.
BIVI will also finance a vacation to a pet owner and veterinary professional participating in the challenge.
“Diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF) affect millions of dogs worldwide,” says Lara Sheeley, senior brand manager for BIVI. “These diseases dramatically reduce the quality of life for dogs and ultimately lead to their deaths. The Million Heart Challenge is our way of helping to educate pet owners about CHF and supporting promising new research while having some fun along the way.”
About 10 percent of the 75 million U.S. dogs have heart disease. About 75 percent of older dogs and predisposed breeds have heart disease.
“Canine heart disease is a critical challenge to dog owners, veterinarians and manufacturers,” Sheeley says. “The Million Heart Challenge is a way to work together toward our common goal of prolonging the lives of the dogs we love.”
To participate, visit the Million Heart Challenge website. Click on the show your heart button and share the challenge with friends to enter the vacation sweepstakes.
Visit YourDogsHear.com for more information about congestive heart failure and other heart diseases.