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Vet-AI telemedicine

British Study Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Care

Joii app users more often than not sought assistance with low-risk pet health issues.

Vet-AI, the developer of a British veterinary telemedicine app, has calculated that more than 80% of the consultations were manageable by remote means and that few cases resulted in an adverse event. Based on 38,449 remote consultations completed during the pandemic, the report showed the value of veterinary telemedicine, said Vet-AI co-founder and certified veterinary […]

Rarebreed investors

Rarebreed Partners Gets a Second Cash Infusion

The owner of 33 veterinary hospitals is planning further growth.

Rarebreed Veterinary Partners, a network of 33 clinics scattered across the Northeastern United States, has raised an undisclosed amount of money to support the acquisition of more practices. The private equity firms Halle Capital Management and Trilantic North America, which purchased minority stakes in Rarebreed in September 2020, invested additional sums during the latest financing […]

Pro Balance Pro

Walmart Adds Another In-House Pet Food Brand

Pure Balance PRO+ is promoted as “veterinarian formulated” and “super premium.”

Walmart has launched a “veterinarian formulated” pet food line, Pure Balance PRO+, for dogs and cats, complementing the 9-year-old Pure Balance brand. The nine new diets, which Walmart promotes as “super premium,” are made with either chicken, turkey or salmon as the first ingredient. “The super-premium formulation is made with natural ingredients, plus added vitamins, […]

Jason Coe

University Researcher Wins Bustad Award

Dr. Jason Coe is the AVMA’s Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Jeff Boehm and Valerie Fenstermaker also are honored.

Ontario Veterinary College professor Jason Coe, DVM, Ph.D., has been named the 2021 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, one of the profession’s highest honors. Dr. Coe was among three recipients of annual awards administered by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The two others were Jeff Boehm, DVM, DACAW, the CEO of The Marine […]


Pet Releaf Unveils Veterinary-Exclusive Supplement

Hemp-based Sentesa is intended to support a dog’s health and healing.

Pet Releaf has released Sentesa, a veterinary line of hemp-based supplements formulated to manage a dog’s inflammatory response, discomfort, calmness, joint flexibility and mobility. Sentesa capsules contain cannabidiol (CBD), beta-caryophyllene and caprylic acid, a triglyceride. The Denver company reported that Sentesa was “developed by veterinarians, exclusively for veterinarians.” “We knew from our veterinary partners that […]

tick and flea Credelio Cat

New From Elanco Animal Health: Credelio Cat

The oral flea and tick fighter contains the active ingredient lotilaner.

Elanco Animal Health has launched a feline version of Credelio, a chewable tablet formulated to kill fleas and protect against ticks. Credelio Cat (lotilaner) arrives four years after the release of the beef-flavored Credelio (lotilaner) tablet for dogs. The feline variety has a vanilla and yeast scent that Elanco stated appeals to cats fussy about […]

pet insurance

Pet Insurance Sees Another Year of Double-Digit Growth

More than 3.1 million dogs and cats were covered in 2020 as the U.S. market hit $1.99 billion.

U.S. pet owners spent just shy of $2 billion in 2020 on pet health insurance, a 27.5% one-year increase and an all-time record. Rick Faucher, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association’s board president, called the sales figure a sign of a maturing, 41-year-old U.S. industry. “With only a fraction of the potential market realized, […]

veterinary telemedicine

SPCA Challenges California Telemedicine Law

The animal welfare group wants to loosen restrictions on veterinarians.

The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is suing over California’s veterinary telemedicine law, saying the constraints are bad for pets and their owners. “By limiting telemedicine, this law is restricting equitable access to animal care among California’s diverse people and geographic regions,” said Brandy Kuentzel, the San Francisco SPCA’s general […]

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CAPC Predicts Wider Spread of Parasitic Diseases

Growing numbers of pets are at risk of contracting heartworm, Lyme, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.

Pets can run, but they can’t hide from mosquitoes and ticks, the vectors for several preventable diseases. The Companion Animal Parasite Council reported in its annual forecast that the risk of heartworm disease, Lyme disease and two other tick-borne illnesses is higher than usual in many areas of the United States in 2021. The nonprofit […]

Small Door Veterinary

Small Door Veterinary Raises $20 Million for Expansion

The members-only practice anticipates constructing 24 more hospitals by 2025.

A New York City veterinary clinic that charges a membership fee ranging from $8 to $89 a month has raised $20 million to finance the opening of 24 additional clinics by 2025. Small Door Veterinary is a 1-year-old concierge practice in Manhattan’s West Village that offers an around-the-clock telemedicine service and in-clinic features such as […]