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Everyone has heard of Ace Ventura. But real pet detectives do exist, although there are only a handful operating in the United States. Well-trained pet detectives and their four-legged partners can literally sniff out a lost pet, sometimes in a matter of hours. At the annual conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Seattle last week, two pet detectives gave a series of presentations on what they do and how they do it. Annalisa Berns and Landa Coldiron are certified Missing Animal Response (MAR) Technicians. The two women own their own companies, Pet Search and Rescue and Lost Pet Detection respectively. Berns and Coldiron use a variety of methods to track and search for lost pets, but their most important tools are their dogs.
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To Nikhil Joshi, the veterinary industry is full of endless possibilities for entrepreneurial veterinary students who have big ideas and the ambition to develop those ideas into businesses. The opportunity to drive growth in the veterinary industry through entrepreneurship is why Joshi, a student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2015, worked with other veterinary and business students to create the inaugural 2014 Veterinary Innovation Challenge.
In the past 10 years, use of the Internet has more than doubled as a provider of pet care information, according to a report by Trone Brand Energy. The report, presented at the BlogPaws pet blogging conference in June 2012, sheds insight on how the modern pet owner seeks pet care information for their animals. The data showed that 42 percent of pet owners spend more than 30 minutes per week reading about or researching pet-related topics. What does this mean for veterinarians? Pet bloggers and online information sources are becoming recognized as authoritative sources for information on pet care, meaning that veterinarians are increasingly sharing the center stage in providing pet care information. However, the report gives hope to veterinary clinics that strive to provide online resources about pet care.
According to a recent poll, pet owners are more likely to obtain a new pet from an animal shelter or rescue than from a pet store or breeder.
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From pet food to veterinary services, American pet owners continue to prove year over year that they are willing to pay up to keep their pets happy. The American Pet Products Association recently released its annual report on pet spending, which showed that Americans spent a whopping $55.7 billion on pets in 2013.
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.
One out of three pets get lost during their lifetimes. And if a pet service provider hasn’t lost a pet that’s been under their care, it’s only a matter of time, says lost pet expert and real-life pet detective Annalisa Bern.