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This, THIS, is why people are cynical

From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog.
The Health Blog just got an email from Pfizer informing us that some people feel guilty or sad about leaving their dogs behind when they travel for the holidays.

And a vet who works for Pfizer said that if you’re “experiencing tough economic times,” the “unconditional love from your family dog can go a long way toward helping your family manage that extra stress.”

In fact, Pfizer feels so strongly about this stuff that the company has launched a Twitter feed called “Dog On Board” in order to “help families talk about including their dog in their family holiday.”

Heartwarming and touching, no? And as a pet owner, I wholeheartedly agree that doggies (and kitty cats, hell even fish) can alieviate holiday stress. Unconditional love, and such. I generally take my dogs whereever I go for the holidays. They're part of the family, so of course they'll spend the holidays with us.
Why is a multinational drug company getting into your business about what you do with your dog for Thanksgiving?

Pfizer sells Cerenia, a drug for dogs that’s approved by the FDA to prevent vomiting caused by motion sickness. The drug is mentioned in email Pfizer sent us. And the Twitter feed does disclose the company’s agenda — the drug’s name is in the top corner of the page, and the small print says the feed is “sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health to introduce Cerenia.”

My dogs are actually wonderful in the car. In a lifetime of dog ownership, I've never had a dog that gets carsick, so Pfizer's entreaties are wasted on me. But jesus...



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Nov. 19th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
That's just .... classic.
Nov. 19th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I've been doing research on some stuff for work and I keep finding all these beautiful sites on organic farming and the importance of farming and they are ALL sponsored and created by chemical manufacturers and companies who do a ton of genetic engineering on foods.
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