At NAVC 2010, Merck Animal Health initiated a partnership with NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans to raise awareness of the important work this non-profit organization is doing. NEADS trains assistance dogs to help people with hearing loss and physical disabilities so they can lead more independent lives.
Merck Animal Health provides financial donations and products that can help protect the health of these dogs, including Nobivac®: Canine Flu H3N8. Because NEADS dogs come into contact with other dogs during training, they are at risk for canine flu, as are all "social" dogs in a community.
One of the goals of the 2010 partnership was to help build community immunity against canine flu while at the same time raising funds to support NEADS. Over the last year, we saw an overwhelming outpouring of support from veterinarians who helped raise nearly $20,000 for NEADS by conducting canine flu vaccination clinics. At the same time, these clinics helped boost community immunity against canine flu. To keep these successes going, Merck Animal Health remains committed to supporting NEADS.
Several exciting new programs are planned for the coming year, including opportunities to learn more about assistance dogs:
- What are their special health concerns?
- How can you make your practice more assistance dog-friendly?
- How are assistance dogs trained and what "work" are they prepared to do?
- In what types of disabilities can assistance dogs be most useful?
- What is the proper etiquette when encountering assistance dogs at work?
Watch this brief video to learn more about the amazing work being accomplished by NEADS dogs on behalf of deaf and disabled Americans.