MORE THAN A QUARTER OF HOUSEHOLDS
FIND VETERINARY CARE TOO EXPENSIVE
In the past two years, nearly 28 percent of households experienced barriers to veterinary care, according to a national population survey conducted by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, a partnership of for-profit and nonprofit veterinary service
providers, animal welfare and social service professionals, and
educators, working in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Social Work.
Dogs and cats living in lower-income households and with
younger pet owners are most at risk for not receiving recom-
mended care. The overwhelming barrier for all groups of pet
owners and all types of care is financial, with 80 percent unable
to obtain preventive care due to financial constraints, 74 percent
for sick care and 56 percent for emergency care.
The coalition’s seminal report, Access to Veterinary Care: Barriers, Current Practices and Public Policy, identifies the need for better
solutions that allow more people to obtain veterinary care. The
study was commissioned through a grant from Maddie’s Fund,
a national family foundation.
The study also sought to understand the knowledge, attitudes
and practices veterinarians have regarding access to care. It confirmed that veterinary service providers recognize the severity of
the problem and feel a commitment to explore ways to address
it. The highest level of agreement expressed by veterinarians in
the survey was in response to the statement: “All pets deserve
some level of veterinary care.”
Almost all respondents—95
percent—either agreed or
strongly agreed with the statement. Nearly nine out of 10 respondents indicated that they
agreed or strongly agreed that
owned pets are members of the
family. Similarly, 87 percent
agreed that not being able to
obtain needed veterinary care
impacts the owner’s mental
and emotional health.
MAKER OF 123PET
AND POS SOLUTION
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based
DaySmart Software launched
an all-in-one front desk solution combining the company’s
business management software with Elo touchscreen and
By combining the Premier
version of its business management software with Elo
hardware, DaySmart provides
small businesses in the salon,
spa, pet grooming and tattoo
industries with a purpose-built
solution to make it easier for
owners to manage daily operations—including scheduling,
inventory, customer engagement and POS—all from one
device, the company reported.
DaySmart recently released
Premier versions of its Salon
Iris, Orchid, 123Pet and Ink-Book cloud-based business
management software, which
includes unlimited users, recurring marketing campaigns,
and 2,000 text and 10,000
emails per month as well as
access to DaySmart’s dedicated support and training team.
This “all-in-one” bundle is
now available with the Premier edition for $149/month,
and it includes secure integrated credit card processing.