The last 20 years have seen a lot of changes in veterinary medicine and even more challenges to the economic prosperity of pet owners. Through all of this, pet owners’ relationship with their veterinarian continues to trump price, says Darren Osborne, OVMA director of economic research.
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.
During the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention in Chicago, Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) revealed its ambitious public information campaign to help veterinarians communicate the value of preventive care to pet owners, which will result in increased annual checkups and overall healthier pets.
New Study Illustrates Need for Veterinarians to Ask Clients about Complementary Medicine Use with Pe
Chronic conditions, especially obesity, are on the rise across the United States over the past five years, according to the newly released 2012 State of Pet Health Report from Banfield. According to the Banfield report, overweight and obesity, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and heart disease are all on the rise. "Over the past five years, many chronic conditions have continued to increase, in some instances, at an alarming rate," Banfield Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, wrote in the report. The research reflects a dramatic increase in reports of overweight and obese pets. According to the report, overweight and obese pets have increased by 37 percent (dogs) and 90 percent (cats) since 2007. As a part of its report, Banfield surveyed both dog and cat owners about their perceptions of veterinary care and their pets’ health. Of the pet owners surveyed, 76 percent of dog owners and 69 percent of cat owners said they believe their pet is just the right weight.
As practices close out their books for 2011 and look to the coming new year, Trends Today is taking a look at the top veterinary issues in 2011 and predicting what topics will impact practices in 2012. From online pharmacies to preventive healthcare, practices will need to stay vigilant in the coming year. Here are the top trends we’re predicting for 2012: 1. Expanding online pharmacies and big box retailers: We’ve already seen how Internet pharmacies are offering pet owners low cost pet medications without having to go to the veterinarian. Now big box retailers are getting into it too, with Target selling veterinary products and Walmart offering generic human-labeled medications for pets. H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, is a Walmart-backed bill that would require veterinarians to write prescriptions that pet owners can take elsewhere to fill. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has already spoken out against the bill, as have numerous other veterinarians who maintain that the proposed legislation is burdensome and unnecessary. The pending legislation has those in the industry wondering whether veterinary pharmacies may be going the way of prescription contacts and lenses.
Compliance not controlled by cash flow
Up to 59 percent of dogs and cats are overweight, making it the most common nutritional disorder identified in veterinary practice. Now, the American Animal Hospital Association’s '2014 Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats' is offering small animal practitioners guidance in tackling weight problems with their patients.
Veterinarians, Students Consider Concept of Economic Damages, Pet Selection Consultations Across the
Veterinarians in the U.K. are overwhelmingly concerned about antibiotic resistance and its implications for their ability to treat patients, according to a new Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey released by the British Veterinary Association.