Unconditional Compassion for ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE

At Merck Animal Health, we are devoted to animals

They bring us joy and sustain our lives. They make us better humans. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that animals across Canada are treated with compassion, respect, and dignity. From prevention to treatment, housing, and handling – what’s best for animals is what’s best for us.

Our COMMITMENT in action

Merck Animal Health is proud to contribute to a variety of programs and partnerships that help support animal welfare.

COMMUNITY vet outreach

Pet Sweater Initiative

No one should have to choose between their own safety and the safety of any member of their family. Tragically, for Canadian pet parents experiencing homelessness, this dilemma is all too real, and particularly heart-breaking during the winter. Imagine being faced with the decision to either abandon your beloved pet in the cold so you can enter a warm shelter, or stay together outside in freezing temperatures.

Since 2017, Merck Animal Health has provided pet sweaters to vulnerable communities across the country – working in particular with those shelters that allow homeless families (including pets) to stay together within their walls. These shelters have also shared the pet sweaters while providing essential outreach to the local communities they serve.

Merck Animal Health strongly believes in “One Health,” where animal and human health are strongly bonded and directly connected. Through the Pet Sweater Initiative, Merck Animal Health has been able to care for Canadian pets and their humans in their time of need. Together, we can give the gift of warmth to pets and their owners all over Canada.

They’re safe, fed, warm and loved – and most importantly, together



At Merck Animal Health, we care about the well-being of the animals we support, and recognize the care given by producers is more than just providing for their basic needs. The low-stress approach to the handling of cattle in particular offers many benefits, including healthier and happier animals, as well as the prevention of disease, accidents and economic loss.

CreatingConnections™ is a comprehensive training initiative that focuses on raising healthier cattle through stress-free handling. It offers a complete training program and website platform with videos, tools, and resources for cattle producers, feedlot operations, and industry groups. Our site also features knowledgeable and experienced experts who provide training and workshops to help improve a herd’s health, well-being, and performance.

Learn more about CreatingConnections™ and access the tools and resources to support low-stress cattle handling 

See what some of our participants have said about CreatingConnections™

CreatingConnections™ is a registered trademark of Intervet International B.V., used under license.

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