A labor shortage, coupled with a surge of pet adoptions, has made for an unprecedented year for animal hospitals across the country.
As a veterinary professional, you’ve probably got a better handle than most on the cost of owning a dog. Because it turns out that most Americans don’t have a clue. According to a new survey of 1,500 US adults by the dog-walking app Rover, most people think that getting a dog is going to cost them between $26 and $75 a month. Not hardly.
Increasing Number of Clients Protected by Pet Lemon Laws, Veterinarians Sought for Pre-Sale Exams
This week: Pet-friendly hotels have vacancies, German family’s dog winds up on eBay to pay back taxes, and a sled-dog wannabe tackles the Iditarod—very briefly.
News briefs from across the industry and beyond. This month’s articles include: CAPC issues appointment guidelines, Cryptosporidium study on gut cells, first-ever stem cell treatment on a nonhuman primate a success, Jesse Brandon named president of LVMA, Fort Drum drive-through clinics, NAIC developing pet insurance model law, mummified Yukon wolf pup, survey on barriers to veterinary care, and rapid language learning in dogs.
If you know someone who’s thinking of gifting a pet for the holidays and you’ve educated them on the four rules for gifting someone a dog or cat (which include checking with the giftee first to see if they’re up for a 10- to 20-year commitment), make sure to educate them on the best place to buy the pet, too. Shelters, rescues, and reputable breeders are good places to look. Cyber Monday sales are not.
Veterinarians understand the importance of routine care: how it saves animals’ lives, prevents unnecessary suffering, and is cost-effective. But how do you convince clients of these benefits during tough economic times? Conveying the importance of preventive care to clients is critical.
After another summer filled with news reports about pets being left unattended inside scorching-hot vehicles, Petplan Insurance is taking the fight against the troubling trend all the way to the White House. Petplan launched the "Driven to Bark" initiative on Aug. 4, in which it is attempting to get 100,000 signatures within 30 days on a petition at the White House's official petition site.
This week: This year’s oddest pet insurance claim gets paranormal, animals who can navigate by the stars, and a list of all the animals who’ve ever been launched into space.