New Study by Merck Animal Health Reveals Many Pet Parents Unprepared for the Dangers Posed by Fleas and Ticks

May 14, 2018

Survey Coincides with Reports of Rising Human Illnesses from Flea, Tick and Mosquito Bites in the U.S. Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced the results of a large consumer study that exposes knowledge gaps among U.S. pet owners related to the identification, prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks. Conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health, the new online study of more than 1,300 pet parents (defined as those who own a dog and/or cat) found that despite the dangers of flea infestations, ticks, and Lyme disease, many pet parents may not be as knowledgeable – or as prepared – as they think. In fact, one third (33%) say that they do not give their pets regular flea/tick medication and nearly half (48%) don’t bring their pets in for routine exams to protect against these parasites. Overall, the study found that when it comes to avoiding and treating for these dangerous pests, pet parents tend to... ...

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Merck Animal Health expands availability for Porcilis Ileitis

Apr 9, 2018

Merck Animal Health is excited to increase availability of Porcilis Ileitis this month. Strong demand has confirmed that veterinarians and pork producers value Porcilis Ileitis as a solution in helping improve the health of growing pigs. Porcilis Ileitis is the first injectable vaccine that offers a 20-week duration of immunity for control of ileitis caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. It has been proven that ileitis can significantly impact the health and performance of finishing pigs, curbing average daily gain by 38% and feed efficiency by 27%. “The market has shown that Porcilis Ileitis is a great option for producers to manage ileitis in finishing pigs. The ability to use this vaccine without stopping other medications keeps pigs performing well, while adding a strong line of defense against ileitis,” says Kelly Greiner, DVM, Merck Animal Health technical services manager. “Veterinarians and producers can once again look to Porcilis Ileitis to provide the coverage and flexibility in swine health protocols that their operations require.” Given as a single, intramuscular vaccination to pigs as... ...

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