The mission of CARE for Pets™ (a leading consumer advocate for the PET CARE INDUSTRY) is to advance the health, safety and wellness of all pets by improving transparency and accountability; and seeks to strengthen the human-animal bond to improve the lives of people and their companion animals.
The corporatization of the pet care industry: The growing corporate influence in the pet care industry has accelerated over the last five years (largely invisible to many pet owners because corporate entities view the corporatization of a business as a marketing liability) and has potentially serious implications for competition (consolidation can reduce choices for both consumers and workers), pet healthcare costs and may worsen the labor shortage of veterinarians and support staff. By sharing trusted and unbiased information with consumers, CARE for Pets™ “seeks to empower pet owners to effect positive change in the pet care industry in order to provide the best care for your pet.”
It’s estimated that 74% of pet medication sales for cats and dogs were sold by veterinary hospitals in 2018 according to market research firm Packaged Facts. However, an increasing number of pet owners are now shopping at ONLINE PHARMACIES to save money on both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for their pets. The .Pharmacy (dot-pharmacy) Verified Websites Program operated by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOARDS OF PHARMACY (NABP) reviews internet-pharmacies to ensure they are properly licensed and follow applicable laws and business best practices.
Approximately 3.9 million pets were insured in the United States at the end of 2021 according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA). The average Accident and Illness premium for dogs in 2021 was about $583 and $342 for cats.
A growing number of pet owners looked for an accredited hospital the last time they chose an animal hospital. Unlike human hospitals, not all veterinary hospitals are required to be accredited. Word-of-mouth is still the primary factor for selecting a new veterinary practice.
It’s estimated that 70% of U.S. households own a pet which equates to 90.5 million homes according to the AMERICAN PET PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION (2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey). 69.0 million U.S. households owned a dog and 45.3 million owned a cat. An increasing number of pet owners are adopting pets directly via websites that offer Home to Home adoptions.