You may remember that our founder, Janice Brown, was in New Orleans a few weeks ago celebrating the launch of PetTrust™Plus, the first generic prescription heartworm preventive medication that provides the same heartworm protection as HEARTGARD® Plus.
Recently, the party moved to New York City where Amy Smart, Harrison Forbes, and the FidoPharm team gathered at the ASPCA to kick-off the PetArmor® Protection Promise—a national campaign providing affordable, accessible healthcare for all pets; and up to 20,000 flea and tick treatments for shelter pets in need from coast-to-coast.
Why is protecting your pet from flea and ticks important?
40,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented in the U.S. alone every year. Health experts are predicting 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme risk ever, due to a warm winter and a decrease in rodent population. (Decreased rodents means ticks need to look for other hosts.)
How to protect and save money at the same time?
PetArmor® is the #1 selling fipronil generic flea and tick treatment, and it has the same #1 veterinarian recommended active ingredient, offering the same flea and tick protection as Frontline® Top Spot® at about half the cost. The PetArmor® Protection Promise offers pet lovers an opportunity to help pets in need, especially those in shelters across the country.
“As an animal rescue advocate and proud dog mom, I am so excited to be working with the ASPCA and PetArmor® on this wonderful campaign that supports a cause I care so deeply about,” says Smart. “I encourage pet people everywhere to participate in the Promise and help ensure all pets receive the protection they need.”
Here’s how YOU can help shelter animals:
Visit the PetArmor® Facebook page and choose where the donations go in one of three ways: by supporting the ASPCA’s national disaster relief efforts; selecting a shelter that faces a high incidence of fleas and ticks; or choosing a local shelter.
The PetArmor® Facebook page also gives you the chance to share photos, celebrate funny and memorable pet moments, and enter contests to win some great prizes throughout the year.
As the exclusive flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, PetArmor® is used on dogs and cats at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center and Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and clinics in New York City. ASPCA also uses PetArmor® on animals recovered from ASPCA disaster relief efforts. Through select television commercials, PetArmor® encourages the public to make donations that they will match, up to $50,000.
Check out these tick-prevention strategies to keep you, your family, and your pet protected this summer:
YOUR YARD: Ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. Place a layer of wood chips between your grass yard and the woods edge. Ticks are attracted to the wood chips because of the shade and moisture it provides.
TICK CHECKS: Do periodic tick checks (on yourself, children, and pets) and carefully remove any found. (Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find.)
OUTDOOR PURSUITS: When on a hike, bike, or walk try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure. Remember—ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs—areas where ticks love to live.