The puppies of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind have been given an early Christmas present this year, with MSD Animal Health presenting them with ‘the gift of health.’
The donation from the leading animal health specialists will provide around 240 dogs in the Volunteer Breeding Programme, Volunteer Puppy Raising Programme and the Training Programme with vaccine, flea and tick treatment for the year ahead.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are visually impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.
Bosco Cowley, Manager of MSD Animal Health’s Companion Animals Division, said: “We are delighted to be announcing this partnership with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and to be collaborating with their own veterinary practitioners in supporting the health and wellbeing of these very special dogs. The first years of life are crucial in preparing them their future role, and a full bill of health is essential in supporting them during their training and development period. The MSD vaccination programme will help to ensure that common diseases and parasites are controlled, and the dogs can thrive and flourish.”
Tim O’Mahony, General Manager, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, welcomed the gift from MSD, saying: “The health of our dogs is obviously a top priority for us, and this partnership with MSD will enable us to ensure that the animals are supported with a full program of vaccinations and treatment in the important first year of their lives. We are passionate about the work we do and about the difference the dogs make to the lives of the people they are partnered with, and this is all thanks to the generosity of the many organisations, individuals and volunteers who support us. I would like to extend our thanks to MSD for their generosity and look forward to developing our partnership further with them in future.”