Growing Up With Pets aims to strengthen all aspects of the child-pet relationship through these three goals:
1. Create a resource where families can find comprehensive information regarding health care and behavior issues related to children and pets. Our research shows that families, physicians and veterinarians are interested in this information and have voiced a concern that it is not currently easily accessible or simple to understand. We strive to make the information easy to access and understand. We also believe the information we provide should be reliable and trustworthy. Therefore, respected veterinarians were involved in our research and have given advice for the materials and content of the Growing Up With Pets program.
2. Raise awareness of the risks of zoonosis (the transfer of parasitic infection or disease from animals to humans) and the recommendation for year round parasite prevention. More than one third of the nation's dogs are infected with gastrointestinal parasites. And more than 27 million dogs in the U.S. are not being preemptively treated for heartworm disease. It is important that parents are aware that some of these parasites not only affect animals but can be transferred to humans, as well. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that between one and three million people are zoonotically infected each year in the U.S. The CDC recommends year round parasite prevention to help reduce the incidence of zoonosis.
3. Help parents recognize that SENTINEL® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron) Flavor Tabs® are an ideal parasite product for busy families with children and pets in the household. One SENTINEL® Flavor Tabs® tablet once a month can protect a dog from fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms (A. caninum) and whipworms. Plus, SENTINEL® Flavor Tabs® are clean, convenient and safe for households with children. And more importantly, by protecting your pet against parasites using SENTINEL® Flavor Tabs®, you can help reduce the risk of zoonosis.
*Dogs must be tested for heartworm prior to use. In a small percentage of treated dogs, digestive, neurological and skin side effects may occur. Please see full product insert for more information.