That’s the message from Partners for Healthy Pets. The industry group looked at practice management systems in 5,000 hospitals and found that the percentage of “inactive” clients had increased significantly since 2012. More than half of dogs and cats had not had a visit to the hospital in 18 months.
We see these trends throughout the industry. PHP’s response was to increase marketing to inactive clients. And the results were positive. It shows the power and importance of strong communication plans for the profession.
A review of the databases from approximately 5,000 companion animal veterinary practices in the U.S. shows a steady increase in the number of inactive clients over at least the past 3 years, according to a study by Partners for Health Pets.
Veterinary Generics Squeezed by Distribution “Blocking” Agreements
In her daily quest to provide pet owners affordable treatments for their animals, Dr. Julia Lucas routinely seeks out generic versions of drugs. Finding sources for most generics isn’t simple, she discovered a couple of years ago.
The reason is that dominant veterinary-supply distributors in the United States are bound by exclusivity agreements with Zoetis, the world’s largest animal drug manufacturer, that prevent them from selling generic drugs that compete with the Zoetis brand.
UK Study: Dogs Can Identify People with Prostate Cancer
In a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) preliminary study, trained dogs were able to sniff out prostate cancer 9 out of 10 times, making them a more accurate predictor than the standard (but controversial) Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) screening test, which has a high “false positive” rate.
Dear Dr. Fox: Affordable Veterinary Care is Lacking in US
Pets are companions for millions of people in this country, and many of us are on a limited income. Just the price of food from Walmart is a stretch. I’d love to feed my pets the homemade food you recommend, but it’s out of the question. So are visits to the vet. So many animal lovers fall into this category. I’ve even heard several stories of people going through their limited retirement funds to try to save a beloved pet. What’s the moral thing to do here? Are pets for the well-off only?
Community Veterinary Partners works with veterinarian owners who want to continue running the medical side of their practices, but want help with the day-to-day administrative and team management tasks. We help create a long-term strategy and a sustainable way for your practice to continue thriving — well into the future. Contact us to learn about how to partner with CVP and secure your financial future and the legacy of your hospital.