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Walmart Pet Rx

Walmart plans to open dozens of veterinary clinics

The retailer dives deeper into pet medications through a new website and in-store prescription pickups.

Retail giant Walmart is expanding farther into the veterinary channel with the opening of nine more walk-in clinics and the launch of an online pet medication store. The retailer announced that a corporate partner, Essentials PetCare, will operate wellness clinics inside nine Dallas-area Walmart stores by June 2019. Essentials PetCare opened its first Walmart-based clinic […]

Greenies

Veterinary channel Greenies are available from Covetrus

The distributor will manage sales on behalf of manufacturer Mars Petcare.

Covetrus has become the exclusive distributor of Greenies products sold at veterinary clinics and through the hospitals’ online stores. The Portland, Maine, company signed an agreement with manufacturer Mars Petcare to distribute Greenies Dental Treats and Greenies Pill Pockets. The deal went into effect May 1. “With our customer reach, differentiated go-to-market strategy and our […]

Pathway Vet Alliance

Pathway aligns with 17 clinics in first quarter

The management company now works with nearly 200 hospitals in 34 states.

Hospital management company Pathway Vet Alliance grew to nearly 200 practices in the first quarter of 2019 by signing agreements with 17 clinics in 11 states. The Austin, Texas, company moved into Idaho, Pennsylvania and Tennessee for the first time, supporting hospitals in those states in the areas of training, operations, marketing and finance. “Bolstering […]

pet food and treats

Petco fulfills pledge to ban artificial ingredients

The retailer says the decision was in the interest of “better health and wellness.”

Petco has rid its shelves of nearly all dog and cat food and treats that contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The San Diego company reported late last year that by May 2019 its 1,500 stores and online operation would stop selling products that did not meet its nutrition standards. The banned ingredients include artificial […]

Australia

Trupanion pet insurance expands to Australia

The second-largest U.S. insurer will go up against two dozen competitors.

Trupanion is heading Down Under to sell pet health insurance to Australian dog and cat owners. The Seattle company, which insures more than 520,000 pets in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, announced its entry into Australia in partnership with Hollard Insurance Co. “This is another important milestone in the history of our company,” […]

Yakima, Washington

SAGE expands outside Northern California

The specialty chain intends to help a Yakima, Washington, hospital move into referral medicine.

Northern California-based SAGE Veterinary Centers is partnering with a Washington state emergency hospital that has its sights set on becoming a referral practice. Yakima Pet Emergency Service, located in Yakima, Washington, is a seven-day-a-week emergency and critical care small animal hospital. “This partnership, over the coming years, will allow the hospital to grow with Yakima […]

Alpha Pack

BabelBark introduces Alpha Pack subscription

The new service offers telehealth consultations and lost-and-found help.

Software developer BabelBark has rolled out a $34.95-a-year service that gives pet owners around-the-clock access to veterinary advisers and the lost-and-found program SmartTag. The new offering, called Alpha Pack, is a paid upgrade to the free BabelBark mobile app, which veterinary clients can use for pet health monitoring, medical recordkeeping and other purposes. “We go […]

Lyndon Animal Clinic

Southern Veterinary Partners is now in 12 states

The consolidator acquired its first hospitals in Kentucky and Maryland.

Southern Veterinary Partners is doing business in a dozen states following the hospital consolidator’s acquisition of practices in Kentucky and Maryland. The Birmingham, Alabama, company’s 78th and 79th practices are Lyndon Animal Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, and Glade Valley Animal Hospital in Frederick, Maryland. “Our rapid growth from starting in one state in 2014 to […]

Moscow veterinarian

Moscow expands online booking of vet visits

Getting care at one of 27 public clinics just got easier.

Moscow pet owners can go online to make appointments for veterinary care at one of the city’s 27 public clinics, according to the Department of Information Technologies. Online booking has been available at privately run general practices in the Russian capital since 2014. “Waiting times for appointments with general practitioners have fallen to just one […]

AAHA

BabelBark, KindredBio endorsed as AAHA vendors

They are among a relatively small number of companies selected as Preferred Providers or GPO participants.

The American Animal Hospital Association has given the stamp of approval to pet software developer BabelBark and drug maker Kindred Biosciences. BabelBark became a Preferred Provider, identifying the Newton, Massachusetts, company as a trusted provider of essential business services for AAHA members. San Francisco-based Kindred Bio is an Advantage vendor, part of AAHA’s group purchasing […]

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