Pfizer Animal Health ‘Goes to the Dogs’
First Bring Your Dog to Work Day celebrates canine companionship and wellness
MADISON, New Jersey, October 7, 2011 – More than 50 dogs accompanied their owners to work today for the first Bring Your Dog to Work Day at Pfizer Animal Health’s campus in Madison.
The half-day event, which celebrated dogs and reminded participants of the importance of protecting the health and well-being of their pets, was sponsored by Pfizer’s U.S. Companion Animal Division, which develops and markets products and services for dogs, cats and horses. Planning for the event began early this year.
“All of us at Pfizer Animal Health know personally and professionally the joy that pets bring to our lives,” said Steve Leder, Vice President of the U.S. Companion Animal Division, Pfizer Animal Health. “Celebrating these bonds and learning how to extend them for as long as possible is the goal of Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Regular veterinary care is the best way pet owners can keep their companion animals healthy and active.”
While dogs were definitely the star attraction, participants didn’t have to bring a dog to attend. In fact, while canine attendance totaled 53, human attendance neared 200.
Bring Your Dog to Work Day activities included:
- Basic lameness checks and body conditioning scoring were completed to help educate pet owners about their dog’s health. Pfizer veterinarians conducted the evaluations on 21 dogs, stressing the need for consultation with their regular veterinarians and routine physical examinations.
- Canine Share Fair to highlight popular PAH products available for dogs, and to educate participants on the role the products can play in protecting their dogs’ health.
- St. Hubert’s Adoption event to discuss animal adoption. Plus, a few furry friends were available for adoption.
- Doggy Talent Show to showcase dogs’ special talents. Categories included best dressed, fluffiest, biggest tail, looks most like its owner and best trick
U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Dr. Marty Becker, one of America’s pre-eminent veterinarians, were special guests of the event.
Rep. Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th district of New Jersey, is in his ninth term of office and serves on the House Appropriations Committee and three key subcommittees: Energy and Water Development, Defense and Homeland Security. He is chairman of the Energy and Water Development committee.
Dr. Becker is a popular contributor to Good Morning America, the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show, and a popular columnist at Vetstreet.com, a website dedicated to giving consumers the most accurate information possible to help them keep their dogs and cats healthy. Vetstreet.com also participated in the event and provided participants with information about pet wellness.
Leder said he was thrilled by the response to the event.
“Our goal today was to promote pet wellness and the critical role the veterinarian plays in keeping our companions healthy and active,” he said. “A long, healthful life for our pets is made possible by advances in animal medicine and—most importantly—by regular visits to veterinarians. As a global leader in animal health, we believe it’s our responsibility to support the veterinary industry, which we do through our Commitment to Veterinarians.”
Pfizer’s Commitment to Veterinarians™ program provides continuing support of the profession through training and education, research and development and investing in the future of veterinarians.
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business unit of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in the discovery, development and manufacture of innovative animal health vaccines, medicines, diagnostic products and genetic tests. Pfizer Animal Health invests more in research and development than any other animal health company. We work to assure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish while helping dogs, cats and horses live healthier longer lives. We strive to be the animal health company that provides full healthcare solutions to veterinarians, livestock producers, and pet owners. To learn more, visit http://www.pfizerah.com.
Keena D. Lykins
Pfizer Animal Health
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