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Fort Dodge boost for stray dogs in Eastern Europe

Worldwide Veterinary Service vets, Tanya Crawley and Peter Cruickshank, donating Fort Dodge vaccines to Aura Maratas founder of Daisy Hope in Romania

Animal health specialist Fort Dodge has donated 350 doses of its leading Duramune dog vaccine to charity, Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), to support its work looking after stray and abandoned dogs in Dubrovnik, Croatia and at the Daisy Hope Shelter in Romania.

Many pet owners in Eastern Europe just don’t have the money to spend on preventative treatments and this means that many infectious but easily preventable diseases are rife. These include canine distemper, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus and leptospira.

This causes great suffering and mortality amongst the dog population in these regions. Duramune is a particularly useful vaccine as it protects against all these diseases.

WVS is a charity which supplies veterinary volunteers and resources to animal charities in developing countries with the overall goal of improving the moral perception and quality of life of small and large animals. Fort Dodge provides a comprehensive range of vaccines for both dogs and cats.

Commenting on Fort Dodge’s donation, Fiona Jamieson, marketing director of WVS, said: ‘Worldwide Veterinary Service is grateful and always pleased to be able to give such a valuable resource to charities in need. It is heartbreaking for them to use their limited funds to treat animals, which often die later from something that they could have been vaccinated against.’

Matthew Rowe, marketing manager of For Dodge Animal Health, said: ‘Improving animal health is the cornerstone of our business. We are delighted to support the essential work of WVS.’