The American Heartworm Society launched a new grammar school section on its Web site at the American Veterinary Medical Association's annual convention.
The new site, sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, is designed to teach children ages 5 through 15 about heartworm disease in pets.
"Teaching children the responsibilities involved in taking care of a pet is one of the many steps in developing the young person into a caring and compassionate individual," said Sheldon Rubin, DVM, secretary-treasurer of the American Heartworm Society. "The dangers of heartworm disease and the proper care of pets are just a few of the many lessons our Web site will teach children."
The grammar school section, linked from www.heartwormsociety.org, offers several downloadable coloring pages and games focused on pet care and heartworm prevention. The activities feature two new cartoon characters, Jake the dog and Ginger the cat.
Along with nutrition and exercise, the activities emphasize the need for twice-a-year veterinary appointments, which is the impetus behind Fort Dodge and the AVMA's partnership for Pet Wellness Month, also launched at the convention.