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MyPetDoc encourages people to talk about a pet’s problems

New app uses artificial intelligence to help worried pet owners decide on a next step.

What’s better than a video conference between a veterinarian and an advice-seeking pet owner? Cal Lai, co-founder and CEO of Vet24seven Inc., thinks it’s a simple conversation with Amazon’s Alexa. “Nobody wants to be seen on camera,” Lai said. “Our brains don’t like to see you and talk to you in two different dimensions.” What […]

Petco dives deeper into veterinary medicine

The retailer’s first PetCoach store and clinic opens in Southern California. More are on the way.

Petco has opened the first PetCoach, a combination veterinary hospital, pet supplies store and service provider. The store was launched July 17 in San Marcos, California, not far from Petco’s San Diego headquarters. The retailer plans to convert an undisclosed number of Petco stores nationwide into PetCoach locations. “With PetCoach, we’re reinventing the idea of […]

Wedgewood Pharmacy merges with Diamondback Drugs

The combined company will maintain offices in New Jersey and Arizona.

Two leading veterinary drug compounders — Wedgewood Pharmacy and Diamondback Drugs — have agreed to a merger, the companies announced July 17. Financial terms were not released. The deal calls for the consolidated, 500-employee business to be known as Wedgewood Pharmacy and for it to be led by Wedgewood President and CEO Marcy A. Bliss. […]

Boehringer unveils new feline heartworm preventive

Centragard is approved for use in cats as young as 7 weeks old.

Centragard, a monthly topical heartworm preventive for cats, can be ordered beginning in August, manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim reported. The new product, announced July 16 during the American Veterinary Medical Association convention in Denver, is formulated to treat and control hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. Zach Mills, DVM, head of U.S. Pet Veterinary Professional Services at Merial, […]

Jurox schedules August release of Alfaxan Multidose

Unlike original Alfaxan, the new formulation has a shelf life of up 28 days.

Jurox Animal Health has won U.S. approval of an alternative product for veterinarians left with partially filled vials of the Alfaxan injectable anesthetic drug. The Australian company reported July 11 that the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine authorized Alfaxan Multidose, whose preserved formulation permits its use up to 28 days after the […]

KindredBio begins shipping feline weight-gain ointment

Approved in May 2018, Mirataz is available from veterinary distributors.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. has made good on the planned release of its new transdermal medication for the management of unintended weight loss in cats. The Northern California biopharmaceutical company reported July 11 that preorders for Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) are being shipped to veterinarians and that additional orders may be placed through animal health product […]

U.S. dominates global veterinary services market

A research firm estimates the pet and livestock total at $41 billion in 2017.

The United States is home to the world’s largest pet care veterinary services market, according to a new report from the international firm The Business Research Co. The report, “Veterinary Services Global Market 2018,” set the U.S. segment at $13.5 billion in 2017. The pet care number was far short of the $27.5 billion U.S. […]

Blue launches vet-exclusive weight, mobility dog food

The W+M formula was found to dramatically cut body fat and body weight.

Blue Buffalo Co. is releasing a therapeutic diet formulated to support canine weight loss and mobility. The multifunctional dry food, part of the Blue Natural Veterinary Diet line, is “clinically proven to reduce body fat in dogs by 39.6 percent and body weight by 16.3 percent within two months, and to improve arthritic scores over […]

VetVance videos now available on mobile app

Zoetis provides online learning in areas such as professional development, financial literacy and personal wellness.

Zoetis Inc. has introduced a mobile app version of its VetVance educational website. The launch, announced July 10, offers free video lectures on professional development, business skills, professional stewardship, financial literacy and personal wellness. The content is designed for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary nurses. VetVance has nearly 17,000 registered users. “This new mobile app […]

Fuzzy rolls out subscription-based telemedicine app

$10 a month buys unlimited live chatting with a veterinarian.

Fuzzy Pet Health is expanding beyond the San Francisco Bay Area with the release of a $10-a-month telemedicine app that offers unlimited chat time with veterinarians. The company, which started as an in-home veterinary care provider in 2015, is now targeting U.S. pet owners who want a veterinarian’s advice before they commit to a trip […]

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