Campaign focuses on zoonotic disease prevention

Published on April 15, 2006
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As part of National Pet Wellness Month, the AVMA and Fort Dodge Animal Health have launched a clinic-centered educational initiative to raise awareness among pet owners about how to prevent zoonotic diseases.

Pet owners who visit a participating veterinary clinic by Oct. 31 will have a chance to enter the Twice A Year For Life! Sweepstakes, sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health.

The sweepstakes features 100 grand prizes of semiannual wellness examinations for the lifetime of a cat or dog. To enter, pet owners can obtain an official entry form at their participating veterinary clinic and enter by mail or online at the NPWM Web site, Each grand prize covers the professional fees associated with conducting a semiannual wellness examination at the veterinary clinic of the winner's choice. The prize is valued at up to $75 for each wellness examination.

"Early detection of disease is a critical factor to saving lives and protecting the health of both pets and their owners," said AVMA President Henry E. Childers. "More frequent visits with a veterinarian make for better diagnosis, treatment, and, ideally, prevention of zoonotic diseases and other health problems before they become life-threatening."

Launched in October 2004, National Pet Wellness Month is a year-round educational initiative designed to raise awareness about the pet aging process, disease prevention, and the importance of twice-a-year wellness examinations for cats and dogs. The campaign provides veterinarians with pet-specific information to pass on to their clients. Nearly 13,000 veterinary clinics participate.