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If This Dog Could Talk

Merck has been a worldwide healthcare leader, working to help the world be well for 125 years. Outside the United States and Canada, Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals, Merck Animal Health offers farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and health management solutions and services.


Since we dogs of our own, we try to keep up on the news about physical illnesses that dogs may have. You may have heard about the canine influenza outbreak in and around the Chicago area, which spread to 23 states within 5 months. Another outbreak was in Georgia. The new strain found in both outbreaks was H3N2.

Merck Animal Health would like to make sure that you have the facts about the disease, and that all personnel treating potentially infected animals know how to protect dogs from infection. Close to 100 percent of dogs have no natural immunity to it, meaning virtually all exposed dogs become infected. Clinical signs are coughing, sneezing, fever, lethargy, nasal discharge, and ocular discharge. In severe cases, pneumonia can develop. The environments where dogs may be at risk are social dogs, boarding facilities, dog daycares, dog parks, dog shows, groomers, kennels, shelters and sporting events.

This disease not only impacts dogs and their owners. It’s also causing inundating veterinary clinics and local business closures. It’s critically important that dog owners have the information they need to protect their pets.

Prevention is the best approach. Dog owners should speak to their veterinarian about whether the dog flu vaccine should be added to their dog’s vaccination protocol. You can learn more at

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If This Dog Could Talk

Merck Animal Health launched If This Dog Could Talk, a campaign to raise awareness among pet owners of canine influenza in collaboration with photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, creator of his renowned photo-documentary series, The Dogist. His unique storytelling through distinctive photographs will raise awareness to pet owners with critical information about the risks of canine influenza and the importance of prevention.

The campaign will visit local dog parks in Chicago, Atlanta, and Charlotte, three areas of the country impacted by canine influenza outbreaks in the last year, to provide a forum for pet owners to get critical information about canine influenza outbreaks in their area, guidance on how to protect dogs from this highly infectious disease and the importance of prevention.

During each event, pet owners will have the opportunity to meet and have their dogs photographed by The Dogist, while also learning about lifestyle factors that may be putting their dogs at increased risk for canine influenza. The campaign will culminate with a spotlight on several amazing dogs that were impacted by the flu, including incredible photos and their stories memorialized in an impressive e-book.

Attend the If This Dog Could Talk events where pet owners will also have the opportunity to meet and have their dogs photographed by The Dogist, while also learning important canine health information from local veterinarians.

July 23rd: Lake Shore East Park at 450 E. Benton Place, Chicago IL. 60601
August 13th: Freedom Barkway at 23 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA. 30312

Today’s post is a part of the Insider’s Program on Bloggy Moms. All opinions are my own.

About the author


HilLesha O'Nan resides in Southern Indiana with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She's a lifestyle blogger that enjoys photography, flea markets, fashion, movies, music, history, antiques, and interior decorating. She is also the founder of To the Motherhood, Fashion Fling, and The Beauty Counter.


To the Motherhood was created by HilLesha O'Nan, a lifestyle blogger and photographer that's passionate about fashion, beauty, home improvement, traveling, cooking, and wellness. She's a married mom of two that resides in Evansville, Indiana. She has worked with companies like Princess Cruises, eBay, Best Buy, and Microsoft. She's currently an ambassador for MadeBlinds and Pixi Beauty. Additional information.

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