The well-being of animals, whether they be companion or food producing, is the cornerstone of their health. In support of this, Virbac focuses on an integrated medical approach that fosters prevention as well as good care and breeding practices.
For both humans and animals, disease is caused by a combination of factors, some of which are intrinsic, such as genetic makeup, while others are environmental and related to living conditions and diet. Providing for the health of animals therefore means providing for their quality of life in the broader sense. Practically speaking, it's about protecting them from diseases as well as from thirst, hunger, discomfort, suffering, injuries, fear, distress, in addition to ensuring that they can express natural, species-specific behavior. Respecting these fundamental animal welfare freedoms involves developing medical solutions that contribute to enhanced care and breeding practices.
Caring for animals of the animal first and foremost means anticipating. Effective prevention reduces the risk of disease onset, spares the animal needless suffering and avoids the contamination of other animals and the spread of contagion to humans.
To fight infectious diseases, vaccination is the best protection. It boosts the body's immune defenses and provides resistance against bacteria and viruses. Virbac has developed solutions to fight the main companion animal diseases and is working on a global scale to address diseases that are emerging, insufficiently dealt with, or that pose new risks of outbreak, for instance with Europe's first vaccine against canine leishmaniosis. The company is stepping up its efforts in the area of food-producing animal vaccines, as evidenced by the recent investments in vaccine research and production centers in Uruguay, Chile and Taiwan.
To a broader extent, focusing on prevention provides veterinarians, owners and farmers alike with the means to take effective action in all areas that have a direct impact on animal health: internal and external parasite management, diet, reproduction...not to mention equipping practitioners with the diagnostic tools needed to assist in early disease detection, better adapt the treatment to the needs of the animal and improve the monitoring of its state of health through regular examinations.
Today, half the global population owns a companion animal, primarily dogs and cats. Their well-being involves guaranteeing they will be protected from disease, treating them as well as providing for their safety or simply feeding them a suitable diet. Happy and healthy animals over the long-term is our mission as well as the duty of owners.
Initial responses: keeping the animals' vaccines up to date and fighting against parasites in order to provide protection against the most common and serious diseases. Ensuring their identification also means providing for their well-being by aiding in the search for lost animals and the fight against trafficking. Insertion of an electronic transponder by the veterinarian does not cause the animal any pain and helps easily locate the owner through a unique 15-digit code.
Finally, providing for the well-being of one's companion animal means addressing its specific needs. Like humans, animals require a healthy and balanced diet in order to main good health. But unlike humans, all dogs and cats are by their very nature carnivores. Therefore, they require a low-carbohydrate diet very rich in animal protein in keeping with their physiology, so as to meet as many of their nutritional requirements as possible.
Food producing animals help meet many of human society's basic needs. They provide food in the form of milk, eggs and meat, as well as wool for clothing. In the face of changing societal demand for the respect of animals and a growing consumer concern for product quality, the topic of well-being has, in just a few short years, become unavoidable for the breeding sector. Furthermore, a happy animal, which is not denied adequate water nor subjected to stress or to a lack of nutrition, demands less care and becomes a better producer. In order to assist farmers in dealing with these new issues, Virbac advocates for production systems that limit the sources of stress and pain for the animal, as well as protocols that speed up functional recovery and the return to a good state of well-being.