The pet medications market should continue to grow consistently during the current decade, according to Packaged Facts. The market research company recently released a report projecting that pet medication sales are likely to reach $10 billion in 2018.
In this guest column, Center for Pet Safety Founder/CEO/Chairman Lindsey A. Wolko sheds light on how her organization is addressing current safety issues involving traveling with pets, as well as offers safety tips that veterinarians can communicate to clients.
Pet food industry starting to feel price pinch
An increase in U.S. pet ownership is expected to result in an increase in veterinary services in the coming years, according to an industry report by IBISWorld.
“Today, with everything being paperless, you could literally lose your whole business in the snap of a finger if you don’t have the right backups.” Those words weren’t spoken by someone trying to market a high-tech solution to manage veterinary practices’ digital data. They came from Mike Krajewski, practice manager at Dr. Nina’s Animal Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., who came out on the losing side of a battle with a malicious Russian hacker. Krajewski, who acknowledges that he knows “quite a bit about IT,” had a seemingly solid plan in place to secure and store the animal hospital’s data. It worked well, until the international hacker launched a sneak attack that could easily threaten any similarly vulnerable hospital. Although Krajewski basically had to start from scratch after the hack, he learned some valuable lessons that he shared to help other hospitals protect themselves.
Feral cats are more active and have a much larger range that pet cats, according to a new study.
Some of your clients may have been caught off guard by the fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters that have affected the country. Sadly, many pets can die or become lost during the chaos of these events. It is important for pet owners to be prepared for natural disasters so that they and their animals make it through alive and well. You can do your part to help your clients by sharing these emergency and disaster evacuation tips with them.
Human/Animal Bond Impacts Veterinary Spending, Dip Seen In Number of Veterinary Visits
Negative advertising, not competition, is the chief complaint of veterinarians who faced off against Internet pharmacy Pet Med Express at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, Fla. NAVC hosted a panel Jan. 15, 2012 during which Pet Med Express representatives listened to feedback from veterinarians on the topic of Internet pharmacies. Months of controversy Pet Med Express, also known as 1-800-Pet-Meds, approached NAVC in September and asked to become an exhibitor and sponsor of the conference. Doralee Donaldson, DVM, a practitioner in Alabama, initiated a petition to protest the Internet pharmacy’s presence at the conference. Within a couple of days, the petition had approximately 200 names. In the petition, Donaldson and her supporters asked that Pet Med Express leave the conference, referring to its "illegal and unethical practices", and referring to it as an "unscrupulous company".
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is offering emotional support to people who have lost a pet with a new program called Together In Grief, Easing Recovery (TIGER).