And they’re willing to go into debt to do it. That’s according to a new survey by online financial group LendEDU that asked 1,000 US pet owners how much they spend on their pets and how it impacts their personal finances.
Maybe a lot. A new study out of Australia found that up to 40% of dog owners report their dogs are scared while being examined by a veterinarian.
The battle is on for control of the pet medications market—which recorded $9 billion in sales last year—but for the moment, it’s pretty one-sided in favor of veterinarians.
“Pain jeopardizes the human-animal bond,” says Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA. “[It] jeopardizes everything [veterinarians] seek to achieve.” September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, and Harvey talked to NEWStat about the importance of pain management in strengthening the human-animal bond, and offered a great tip on how front office staff can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers from the University of Florida conducted a study to determine whether wellness plans are financially beneficial to small animal teaching hospitals. The results of their study indicated that wellness plans not only can provide a boost to the bottom line, but they also hold potential benefits for veterinary students and animal patients.
A study recently published in the 'Journal of the British Veterinary Association' may prompt veterinary practices to re-evaluate how accessible they are to visually impaired clients who bring their guide dogs in for care. The study's authors explain that "a little extra time, effort, and communication can enhance the visit of a blind or partially sighted owner to veterinary practices."