Pet Industry Booms as More People Consider Pets Family

BluePearl veterinary surgeon Nicole Salas (right), DVM, DACVS, assisted by Karen Ho, DVM, remove a cancerous tumor from a cat’s leg Thursday at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa.

NEW YORK, September 27, 2012 – Poll results released Thursday suggest most Americans consider their pets to be family members, which could point to why the pet industry is thriving while other industries are still finding it difficult to recover from the recession.

According to the recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive, three in five Americans own pets, and of both cat owners and dog owners polled, more than 90 percent of them consider their pets to be members of the family.

With that kind of bond, the desire to provide the best medical treatment available to their furry, feathery and scaly family members is only to be expected.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a growing group of specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals, has flourished since it was formed in 2008, adding additional hospitals and employees. Since 2008 the company has grown from having 375 employees to having close to 1,200 employees currently.

“With such a strong bond between people and their pets, it’s no wonder folks are seeking out the same type of medical treatment available to humans for their pets,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “It’s not uncommon at our hospitals to routinely remove cataracts, perform knee surgery, insert pacemakers, or provide chemotherapy and radiation treatment for pets with cancer.”

Sounds expensive, right? Wrong. While the costs can be more than an annual checkup with the veterinarian, they’re much less expensive than the same procedures for humans, despite using the same types of diagnostic tools, technology and devices.

“Our goal is to offer the best quality care to pets and enhance their quality of life,” said Shaw. “Fortunately, we now have the technology and knowledge to treat and correct many of the more serious problems, where euthanasia may have been the only option before.”

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a recent addition to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies in America, does not provide primary care for pets. Instead, they act as an extension of the family veterinarian, providing specialty care by board certified specialists and offering emergency care 24-hours a day at most locations.