HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) Launches Heartgardians Sweepstakes to Help Bring the Healing Power of Dogs to U.S. Service Members and Veterans

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Lifestyle News
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- The Maker of HEARTGARD Plus Joins Forces with Warrior Canine Connection® to Award One Deserving Veteran or Service Member with a Trip to Nashville -

DULUTH, Ga., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim and

the maker of HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel), announced today the launch of "Heartgardians," a consumer sweepstakes that gives people nationwide the opportunity to nominate a U.S. Service Member or Veteran to win an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville and a year's supply of HEARTGARD Plus for their dog.

Nominations can be made from April 3 to June 30 on heartgardians.com or via Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtags #NominateAVeteran and #Sweepstakes. For every nomination, the HEARTGARD Plus team will donate $10 to Warrior Canine Connection® (WCC), a non-profit organization that provides canine-assisted therapy to Service Members and Veterans affected by the invisible wounds of war. The HEARTGARD Plus team will contribute up to $100,000 to WCC in 2017.

"HEARTGARD Plus has helped protect millions of dogs from the dangers of heartworm disease and we're honored to work with an organization that helps support individuals who've made great sacrifices to protect our country," said Sarah Cloud, HEARTGARD Plus brand director. "With your support, we'll be able to help this unbelievable organization continue its mission of helping Service Members and Veterans reconnect with life, their families, their communities and each other through the healing power of the human-animal bond."

As part of the Heartgardians program, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes will conduct a day of service at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System on April 11, 2017 to raise awareness about dogs' profound ability to help heal a heart, and the importance of helping to keep dogs protected from heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition in dogs, and prevention of heartworm disease is recommended over treatment, as treatment is expensive and can be a painful, prolonged ordeal for dogs.

HEARTGARD Plus is the number one veterinarian-recommended1 heartworm disease preventive, and it provides trusted, proven heartworm disease prevention in dogs – all in a convenient monthly, real-beef chewable that they love2.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONHEARTGARD Plus is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported. For more information, contact your veterinarian or see the prescribing information.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal HealthOn January 1, 2017, Merial became part of the Boehringer Ingelheim group. As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to making the industry even better at improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.

About Boehringer IngelheimBoehringer Ingelheim is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates presently with a total of some 50,000 employees worldwide. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.8 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 20.3 percent of net sales. For more information, please visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.com

About Warrior Canine Connection Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC's therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of PTSD, TBI, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, help in reintegrating back into their families and communities, and a potential career path as a service dog trainer. For more information, please visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.


  1. Data on file at Merial.
  2. Freedom of Information Summary, NADA 140-171, HEARTGARD Plus.

®HEARTGARD is a registered trademark of Merial. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

©2017 Merial Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. Merial is now a part of Boehringer Ingelheim. [Heartgardian_PressRelease] (4/17)

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