For most people, their pets are a huge part of their family. I know mine are. I cannot imagine a life without our pets. They are important to our family – that is why their health, happiness and well being are extremely important to us.
I recently posted about how this is the season for fleas and ticks (they can be found year round in warmer climates). You can read that post here – ‘Tis the season… for fleas and ticks.
It’s important to protect your pet against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other nasty pests. That is why you need to take precaution like use products to protect them as well as regular vet visits to ensure that your pet is healthy.
I have seen first hand how much Lyme Disease can affect someone. My stepmother suffers from Lyme Disease. It’s awful. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
There is a new, limited edition, book that has been created to teach children and families about the importance of proper pet care, as well as tips on how to prevent the pests that can cause serious diseases (ticks, fleas, mosquitoes…). It’s called Clifford Goes to the Doctor.
I don’t normally post press releases, but I feel the information in this one is important.
Bayer Animal Health collaborated with Scholastic and the iconic Clifford the Big Red Dog® to create a limited-edition distribution of Clifford Goes to the Doctor, a story that teaches children how to properly care for their pets. The custom book features tips for families on how to prevent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis – also known as companion vector-borne diseases (CVBD).
“At Bayer, we understand how important our pets are to our families and to our wellbeing,” said Dr. Joe Hostetler, Manager of Companion Animal Veterinary Service at Bayer Animal Health North America. “The topic of vector-borne disease can be complex, but is an important one to discuss given its prevalence and potential impact in our communities. Clifford the Big Red Dog is the ideal character to teach children and families how to care for their pets, and as part of that care, we encourage pet owners to speak with their veterinarian about ways to protect their pets from parasites.”
The release of the limited-edition book from Bayer, Clifford Goes to the Doctor, corresponds with the International Companion Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) Symposium, held in Miami from May 9-12, 2016. Each year, the symposium invites a group of scientific thought leaders to discuss current findings, as well as future trends concerning the distribution, pathogenesis, clinical implications, diagnosis and prevention of CVBD.
To unveil the limited-edition book, Bayer and Clifford the Big Red Dog, the beloved canine created by bestselling author/illustrator Norman Bridwell, visited the Coral Park Elementary School in Miami where Bayer Animal Health Veterinarian, Dr. Dan Carey, read the story to more than 140 first graders and addressed their pet care questions. Following the reading, first grade students throughout the Miami-Dade School District received copies of Clifford Goes to the Doctor to take home.
“Pets can teach children valuable lessons when it comes to responsibility,” said Dr. Carey. “No matter how young, it’s important for children to learn good habits early when it comes to providing the best possible care for a pet.”
Vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, heartworm disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, can be transmitted when parasites bite your pet and take a blood meal. Among them, Lyme disease, babesiosis and leishmaniasis are known to veterinarians throughout the world as a growing threat. An important prevention measure is to use an effective treatment indicated for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can transmit deadly diseases to your dog. Pet owners should consider a product that not only kills, but also repels.
Dr. Susan Little, a veterinarian specializing in parasitology and key thought leader also echoes the importance of prevention. “I want to feed my dog; I don’t want my dog to feed fleas and ticks,” she said.
The 2016 International CVBD Symposium focused on key topics affecting the world today, including the transmission time of vector-borne diseases, as well as the latest findings on feline vector-borne diseases, ehrlichiosis in the US and leishmaniasis.
I received a copy of the book to review. Even though it’s a serious topic, the book is completely written for children. It’s easy for them to read and understand. It also features the beloved Clifford character throughout the book.
This book will appeal to most children, especially Clifford fans and children who enjoy animals.
The book is a reading level of One (easy to read).
The story is about how Clifford has gone to the vet ever since he was a teeny, tiny puppy up until now that he’s a giant dog.
On the inside front cover are tips for taking proper care of your pet (great for grown ups too). On the back cover are tips and information about the Vector-Borne diseases and what you can do to prevent them.
I don’t know where you can obtain a copy of this book. I know the actual book was published years ago (it can be found where ever book are sold). The limited edition copy feature the extra material on the side of the cover and back cover (as mentioned above). You can find the tips in the book at the websites mentioned above, so you don’t necessarily need the book.
Bayer would like to give a copy of the limited edition book to a lucky reader.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of this book?
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*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.