United States

Zoetis Presents $10,000 Donation to National Police Dog Foundation

Donation part of RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program offering medical assistance for dogs who served us

LAS VEGAS – Feb. 18, 2015 – Zoetis, the leading animal health company, welcomed the National Police Dog Foundation (NPDF) as a charitable partner in the new RIMADYL K-9 Courage ProgramTM which provides veterinary medical support for retired police and military dogs. Steve Leder, Senior Vice President, U.S. Companion Animals, Channel and Diagnostics, for Zoetis, presented a $10,000 donation on behalf of the company and RIMADYL® (carprofen) to NPDF board members at a ceremony held at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Zoetis donated $10,000 to its other partner, The Sage Foundation for Dogs Who Serve, last month at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program will provide up to $300 in annual healthcare costs for as many as 500 retired military and police dogs. Each recipient will receive $300 on a debit card annually that can be used for services offered at their veterinary clinic such as wellness exams, vaccinations or grooming. The program is sponsored by Zoetis on behalf of RIMADYL, the most prescribed canine nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). A diagnosis of osteoarthritis is not required for participation in the program. Including the donation to each of the partner organizations, the company’s overall contribution totals up to $170,000.

“The National Police Dog Foundation’s mission to help meet the medical needs of retired police K-9s is greatly enhanced by our partnership with Zoetis and the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program,” said NPDF Board Member Judi Reilly. “This groundbreaking program will allow retired Police K-9s to receive the veterinary care they so richly deserve.” Reilly and fellow board member Rodney Ayl, BVSc, MRCVS, DACVIM, DACVR, accepted the donation at the ceremony.

“The K-9 Courage Program is a great fit for RIMADYL because so many retired police and military dogs suffer from osteoarthritis,” Leder said. “It is also a perfect initiative for Zoetis because it provides healthcare for these brave dogs through their own veterinarians.”

Senior Deputy Sheriff Danielle Delpit and K-9 Dano
Also on hand in Las Vegas to accept the donation was Senior Deputy Sheriff Danielle Delpit of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in California and her K-9 partner Dano. Delpit knows from experience the strong bond between a police K-9 officer and her dog. In 2013, Dano helped restrain a violent subject who had hit Deputy Delpit in the face, preventing the subject from taking Delpit’s weapon. For his bravery, Dano is the first recipient of NPDF’s K-9 Hero Award.

“Dano is everything to me,” Delpit said. “He is my partner and he is part of my family. This month he is retiring from active duty and his healthcare is a concern for me. Dano has a bad back and other injuries that will need ongoing care. The RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program will help me give him the retirement he deserves.”

For more information about the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program, go to https://www.rimadylk9courage.com/#/.

About RIMADYL
RIMADYL is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs. RIMADYL pioneered today’s standards of canine pain management 20 years ago and remains the #1 NSAID prescribed by veterinarians. RIMADYL is the most trusted NSAID in terms of overall value and support with more than 24 million dogs treated. Studies have shown that continuous long-term RIMADYL treatment is safe and provides progressive improvement in pain and mobility for dogs with osteoarthritis.1,2

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As a class, NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney and liver side effects. These are usually mild, but may be serious. Pet owners should discontinue therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if side effects occur. Evaluation for pre-existing conditions and regular monitoring are recommended for pets on any medication, including RIMADYL. Use with other NSAIDs or corticosteroids should be avoided. For more safety information on RIMADYL, see the Full Prescribing Information.

About the National Police Dog Foundation
The National Police Dog Foundation was founded in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide support for law enforcement K-9 units. The Foundation’s mission statement is to promote education and awareness and raise funds for the purchase, training and ongoing medical care for active and retired police K-9's. The NPDF has a network of veterinarians including primary doctors as well as some of the country's most recognized specialists. The NPDF currently assists law enforcement agencies nationwide to achieve their goals by assisting them to obtain quality, well trained police dogs who in many cases become heroes in the communities they serve. The Foundation’s efforts are all done to support America’s selfless and courageous K-9 Heroes. More information on NPDF is available at http://www.nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/.

About Zoetis
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2014, the company generated annual revenues of $4.8 billion. With approximately 10,000 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2015, Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in 120 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.

For further information, Contact:
Colleen White
Zoetis
973-822-7203
colleen.white@zoetis.com

Julie Lux
archer>malmo
901-500-7063
jlux@archermalmo.com

1Innes JF, Clayton J, Lascelles BD. Review of the safety and efficacy of long-term NSAID use in treatment of canine osteoarthritis. Vet Rec. 2010;166(8): 226-30.
2Autefage A, Gossellin J. Efficacy and safety of long-term oral administration of carprofen in the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Revue Med Vet. 2007;158(3): 119-127.