Madison, NJ (PRWEB) May 16, 2011
Pfizer Animal Health is helping veterinarians in the Southeast to assess and treat cattle and companion animals impacted by the April storms and tornadoes.
Vouchers, worth $100, are now being offered to reimburse veterinarians in the affected areas of the Southeast for consulting fees to assess their clients’ impacted livestock. Pfizer Animal Health is also making its portfolio of long-acting antibiotics available at no cost to treat these affected animals. In addition, Pfizer will replace its cattle products for clinics damaged or destroyed by the storms. This program showcases Pfizer Animal Health’s ongoing commitment to the veterinary industry and local agricultural communities nationwide.
On April 27, 2011 severe storms moved into northwest Georgia and progressed southeast across the state, exiting southeast Georgia late the next day. These storms produced severe long-track tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds that caused extensive property damage, loss of human life and destroyed livestock, facilities and clinics. In addition, small animal veterinary clinics were inundated with injured and displaced pets. Critical pharmacy inventory was lost for both livestock and companion animal clinics. So much so that companion animal veterinarians who were not in the directly impacted areas and did not lose supplies reported a shortage due to the huge increase in need. Many companion and livestock animal clinics were without power. National Weather Service Storm Surveys conducted confirmed 11 tornadoes in the state.
As of May 10, 2011 FEMA is reporting that their teams have been on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia, performing door-to-door “sweeps” in affected areas.
A Pfizer Animal Health team for companion animals in Alabama quickly mobilized to address two distinct needs: immediate help, particularly in the Tuscaloosa area, and longer-term assistance to help customers become fully functional again. With the involvement and support of Brian Ragland, Regional Manager, field colleagues were able to quickly assemble companion animal care packages for veterinarians including of Rimadyl for pain-management and Clavamox and Simplicef antibiotics. In all, PAH contributed about $12,000 worth of product.
“Many local ranchers have lost their homes and animals and many veterinarians have severely damaged or ruined clinics,” says Dr. Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, group director cattle veterinary operations with Pfizer Animal Health. “It is devastating. Just as we did for the Texas Wildfires, we feel we can help most by ensuring that cattle producers in affected areas are able to receive the expert services and products needed to save and care for their affected animals, and veterinarians are able to reopen and restock their clinics as soon as possible.”
Cattle owners facing flooding and tornado damage need to watch their cattle for any signs that the animals may have ingested metal storm debris, are developing the bacterial infection known as “blackleg” (Clostridium chavoei infection), or are experiencing respiratory distress. Pfizer Animal Health understands the critical nature of the situation and is offering this voucher program to help producers with decisions and treatment options for their livestock as well as providing products to help with the adverse effects of flooding and tornado damage.
Veterinarians in an impacted area wanting more information should contact Pfizer Animal Health’s Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support Team (VMIPS) at 800-366-5288,
The Southeast Storm Relief program is part of the Pfizer Animal Health commitment to the cattle industry, as well as our Commitment to Veterinarians platform, which provides support through training and education, research and development, investment in the future of the veterinary profession, and philanthropy.
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business unit of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in the discovery, development and manufacture of innovative animal health vaccines, medicines, and diagnostic products. Pfizer Animal Health invests more in research and development than any other animal health company. We work to assure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry and fish while helping dogs, cats and horses live healthier longer lives. We strive to be the animal health company that provides full healthcare solutions to veterinarians, livestock producers, and pet owners. To learn more, visit http://www.pfizeranimalhealth.com.