Jul
5
2017
Banfield released its 2017 State of Pet Health Report on June 27 and the numbers showed that pets’ waistlines are continuing to grow. The report analyzed the health records of the 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats that visited Banfield facilities across the United States in 2016. ...more
Jun
7
2017
Feline hyperthyroidism has become a growing cause for concern and research in the veterinary field. A study published in the February 2017 issue of Environmental Science and Technology found that use of chemical retardants in household objects showed up in dust around the home, meaning cats face a significant exposure to the chemicals. ...more
May
17
2017
Studies of genomic sequencing and genetic disorders in dogs and cats could soon lead to simplified diagnostics and improved treatment methods. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have published three studies in the past several months focusing on whole genome sequencing (WGS) of cats and identifying biomarkers in dogs. ...more
Apr
4
2017
The results of Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program is music to the veterinary profession’s ears —it has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices. ...more
Jan
17
2017
One of the common questions that many veterinarians are asked has to do with pet food choices; clients want to know what’s best for their pet. The topic of grains—and corn, in particular—as an ingredient in animal food often comes up. ...more
Jan
9
2017
Crowdsourcing works well for creative projects. Could it also help with genetic testing of dogs? Studies have been done linking genetics to behavior in dogs, but there has been a lack of large, widespread tests up to this point because DNA testing is time consuming and expensive....more
Nov
16
2016
If your clinic is selling pet food, you’ve no doubt noticed that recalls are becoming part of life. They are also spurring client spending on “natural” and “organic” pet food. At least, that’s what a recent report suggests. Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, released its report Natural, Organic and Eco-Friendly Pet Products in the U.S., 6th Edition, and noted that consumers perceive that natural and organic products are purer and safer than regular products. Product safety and the potential for contamination are also a consumer concern. The report was published on Oct. 12....more
Apr
4
2016
The culture and relationships within a veterinary practice may have a significant impact on the success of a veterinary hospital, according to survey data revealed during the American Animal Hospital Association 2016 State of the Industry presentation. The AAHA 2016 State of the Industry, which was presented during the AAHA Austin 2016 Yearly Conference, examined data from a fall 2015 survey AAHA conducted with the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver that studied organizational culture in veterinary practices. ...more
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