Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc., in conjunction with Petco Love are highlighting the importance of vaccinations for pets. The announcement comes as parvovirus has been on the rise despite available vaccinations.
The outbreak has also occurred at the same time as Petco and its non-profit arm, Petco Love, are holding the Petco Love’s Vaccinated and Loved Initiative. The initiative has set the goal of 1 million vaccines for pets whose owners have financial need.
“Proper vaccinations are an essential and critical preventive care element of every pet's overall health and wellness,” said Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM and chief veterinarian at Petco. “Most illnesses we recommend vaccinations for have the potential to be very serious, expensive to treat and potentially fatal if not detected early enough. No pet or pet parent should suffer from the potential consequences of an easily preventable illness, so we strongly recommend pet parents stay up to date on appropriate vaccines through their pet's lifetime.”
Pet owners can keep up-to-date with vaccinations at Petco veterinary facilities, called Vetco Total Care or Vetco Vaccination Clinics.
“Hearing about pets lost to easily preventable diseases is heartbreaking for any pet lover,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “The vaccines Petco provides through Vetco Total Care and Vetco Vaccination Clinics save pet lives every day, and the 1 million free vaccines Petco Love committed to providing to family pets through our community-based animal welfare partners in partnership with Merck is already making a huge difference, especially for the nearly 30 percent of pet parents who don't regularly bring their pet to their vet at least once a year. By raising awareness and creating better access to this crucial preventive care, we're aiming to prevent the spread of deadly diseases and the needless loss of beloved pets.”