News briefs:
Week of Feb. 20

Pentobarbital in canned dog food prompts action According to CNN, a drug used to euthanize animals has been found in canned dog food, prompting the manufacturer to voluntarily withdraw some products. Low levels of pentobarbital were detected in cans of Gravy Train dog food produced by the J.M. Smucker Co., the FDA reported Feb. 16. […]

PetSmart grooming salons get safety makeover

Cameras, open houses and the rescheduling of highly stressed pets are among the changes.

PetSmart, which has been under fire for the deaths or alleged abuse of a small number of animals in its grooming salons, is making changes. The Phoenix-based retail chain announced Feb. 14 that it is “implementing a comprehensive action plan to provide pets with an even safer and more enjoyable experience.” “PetSmart is recruiting a […]

Feather in Her Cap honors 4 female leaders

The women come from Henry Schein, Zoetis, Aratana and Bayer.

The first four recipients of the Feather in Her Cap award — all veterinary industry veterans — were recognized Feb. 5 in Orlando, Fla. The award was created by the Feather in Her Cap Association, which was formed in 2017 to recognize the leadership, contributions and mentorship of women in the animal health industry. The […]

Pets vs. people: Some perspective on treatment costs

Veterinary bills can easily top $1,000, but in human medicine the sticker shock is often worse.

Clients who question the price of a veterinary procedure might not appreciate the cost to treat a similar condition in human medicine. In time for the Winter Olympics, pet health insurance provider Petplan dug into its 2017 claims history to document the sizable bills associated with a few canine health issues. Today’s Veterinary Business researched […]

Zoetis cracks $5 billion in annual sales

The animal health company predicts 2018 revenue of up to $5.8 billion.

Animal vaccine and drug maker Zoetis Inc. achieved a milestone in 2017 with sales of $5.3 billion, an increase of 9 percent from the year before, the company reported Feb. 15. “In 2017, Zoetis became the first animal health company to deliver more than $5 billion in revenue as we continued to demonstrate the strength […]

Scratchpay takes top prize at Pet Project 2018

Five companies tried to win over a panel of judges at VMX.

The client financing service Scratchpay has been named the $25,000 winner of Pet Project 2018, a “Shark Tank”-like competition held at VMX in Orlando, Florida. Scratchpay, a product of Los Angeles-based Scratch Financial, offers simple payment plans for pet owners seeking immediate access to veterinary care. The competition brought together five young companies that pitched […]

Sign-up begins for AVMA’s Denver convention

Advance registration runs through May 23.

Registration has opened for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention, which will be held July 13 to 17 in Denver. Attendees can save up to $100 if they register by May 23 at Among the scheduled events are: A Meet-the-Experts Round Table on July 13. A keynote address on July 14 by entrepreneur, […]

VetPartners membership roster now at 270

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association receives VetPartners' Pioneer Professional Award.

VetPartners has grown by 22 members, to a total of 270 veterinary business specialists, the nonprofit organization reported Feb. 14. The inductions took place at VetPartners’ annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. “We’re proud that VetPartners continues to attract talented industry professionals,” said President Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC. “It speaks to the power of our […]

Vet Innovations launches smart pet feeder

Vet Innovations Inc. has introduced the veterinary-exclusive PortionPro Rx, an automated feeder that dispenses precise amounts of pet food at scheduled times. The device, launched at VMX 2018 and distributed by Vetsource, is designed to help the owners of overweight dogs and cats comply with a veterinarian’s weight-loss recommendations, the Burlington, Connecticut, company reported. PortionPro […]

PetSmart Charities’ spay/neuter funding hits $100 million

More than $600,000 has been awarded so far in 2018.

PetSmart’s U.S. and Canadian charitable arms together have awarded $100 million since 1994, including $12 million last year, in support of spay and neuter programs. Phoenix-based PetSmart Charities announced the $100 million milestone Feb. 8. “A single spay or neuter procedure can prevent a lifetime of unplanned or accidental litters,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., […]