Merck Launches Vote for Vaccinations Campaign

Posted on November 5th, 2012 in Canine Corner, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Information, Pets in the News

Did you know that flu season is year-round for dogs? It’s thus essential to protect your precious pooch in every way possible during every season of the year. And that’s why has come up with a national vaccination campaign to alert pet owners about canine cough, Rabies, Lyme Disease and much more (along the cool online campaign trail)!

Merck Animal Health, makes of Nobivac® vaccines, has teamed up with Mutt and Kitty, the spokes-animals, to help increase pet vaccinations. This dynamic duo have pledged to run the Vote for Vaccinations campaign in 2012 on behalf of veterinary clinics to encourage pet owners to schedule regular visits to the vet for vaccination assessments.

Why is this necessary?

Recent reports indicate that pet owners are taking their pets to the vet less frequently for preventive care. In a survey conducted by Brakke Consulting and the Pert Group, dog and cat owners reported that they visited a vet 20% less in 2011 than they did in 2007. And the Partnership for Preventive Healthcare reports that visits to veterinary hospitals have declined every year for nearly a decade, even though the pet population has increased in that time.

In response to these declines, Mutt and Kitty, the dog and cat duet, encourage veterinary professionals to show their support of the new Vote for Vaccination campaign; this enables Mutt and Kitty to support the vets’ vaccination efforts at clinics.

Every pet’s lifestyle is unique. That’s why it’s important for pet owners to understand which vaccines are right for their pet. At, pet owners can take a risk assessment to find out what diseases their pet may be at risk for and how to protect against them. was developed to help pet owners keep their pets healthy. In 2012, it’s the home of the Vote for Vaccination campaign too. Join the cause today to keep (your) pets healthy!

The first steps in pet protection

  • Every pet should visit his or her veterinarian regularly and receive regular vaccinations in order to stay healthy.
  • Core vaccines are generally recommended for all pets. Lifestyle vaccines are designed for pets that are at risk for certain diseases based on their daily routines.
  • The risk assessment on helps educate pet owners about what diseases their pet may be at risk for and what to ask their veterinarian about at their next visit.

Other activities for pet owners to take part in at

  • Upload photos of their pets to the interactive campaign map…
  • See what clinics in their area are supporting the campaign.
  • Enter a caption contest and win a prize!
  • Watch videos of Mutt and Kitty in action on the campaign trail as they talk about ways to keep your pet healthy!

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