On July 18, a unique alliance of professional veterinary associations and leaders in the animal health industry announced the establishment of the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare. It was created to address the decline in pet health due to an increase in preventable health conditions, including a dramatic double-digit rise in diabetes and internal parasites in dogs and cats. This comes in the midst of a decrease in the number of pet visits to the veterinarian, in contrast with a growing pet population.
The goal of the Partnership, which is chaired by AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven, is to provide guidance and ensure that veterinary visits lead to early detection and prevention so that people and their pets can enjoy longer and healthier lives together. Members of the Partnership include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and many animal health industry leaders including Banfield Pet Hospital, Bayer HealthCare LLC , Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Merck Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health and more. PetHealthPartnership.org