Partners for Healthy Pets Leads Drive to Remind Pet Owners
of the Importance of Preventive Healthcare
CHICAGO (October 7, 2013) – America’s veterinarians are taking aim at reducing the rate of preventable diseases among cats and dogs by urging pet owners to schedule veterinary checkups at least once per year. Many practicing veterinarians are seeing increases in pet obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, and heart disease among America’s pets – conditions that can shorten our pets’ lives. That is why pet health experts have partnered in a comprehensive effort to convince pet owners that annual checkups can help ensure that their pets live happier, healthier lives.
“Annual veterinary checkups are as important as food and love to a pet’s health and wellbeing,” said Ron DeHaven, DVM and Chairman for Partners for Healthy Pets. “Many pet owners are either too busy or just skip annual checkups. That’s why we are campaigning to urge pet owners to make annual checkups a habit and schedule at least one per year,” said
DeHaven. He explained that only veterinarians have the training to identify and treat preventable diseases and conditions that can lead to better, less costly outcomes for pets.
According to DeHaven, Partners for Healthy Pets is a collaboration of industry leaders with a shared interest in the health of our nation’s pets. Formed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and more than 100 other pet health organizations; the purpose of the Partnership is to help pet owners understand the importance of preventive healthcare for their pets.