This year, veterinarians' debt-to-income ratio declined, the net present value of the DVM degree rose, and veterinary unemployment fell, trends that the AVMA Veterinary Economics Division expects will continue in 2018. Median household income also grew in 2017, giving some pet owners more money to spend on veterinary services and products, but housing costs are rising, and veterinary practices face higher costs for labor and supplies that will pose challenges next year, writes division director Dr. Michael Dicks.
The maker of an edible container for administering medicines to dogs is ramping up production to meet growing demand. Minnesota-based PillStashios boasts six products based on technology that hides pills, powders and liquids in a tasty, nutritious snap-shut box.
BarkBox uses social channels to entertain consumers rather than to attempt to sell to them. "We start conversations about dogs and form relationships with people around dogs in general," said Stacie Grissom, the brand's head of content.
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Australian Daevid Richards has developed an online service similar to Airbnb that puts pet owners in touch with sitters. Sitter Guide offers free membership and includes ID checks, insurance and round-the-clock support.
Miranda Lambert is partnering with Petmate to market a new line of pet products, with proceeds going to her dog rescue foundation, MuttNation. The inventory includes plush toys and an array of collars, beds and other items bearing Lambert's signature "Free Love" design.
The market for canine collars, leashes and harnesses is thriving as manufacturers dial up fashion and technology. "Consumers are demanding the marriage of design, durability and functionality that deliver products that serve their needs while wrapped in the design distinction that's driven consumer categories from fashion to home style," Allure Pet Products executive Mary Morgan said.
Capitalizing on her love for animals, young entrepreneur Julia Brown started Paws Outdoors as a professional dog walking and sitting service. Brown says her previous experience working in a zoo helps her better manage the needs of each individual dog.
The University of Pennsylvania halted a canine clinical trial of cannabinoids after the Drug Enforcement Administration declared the nonpsychoactive marijuana extracts illegal, but Colorado State University is continuing its clinical trial. Untested cannabinoid products are already being marketed for pets and people, and the AVMA wants the DEA to allow research into veterinary and human medical uses. "The concern our membership has is worry about people extrapolating their own dosages, looking to medicate their pets outside the realm of the medical professional," said AVMA Board Chairman Dr. Michael Whitehair said.
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