This is a short post looking at a way for vets to offset loses due to ceasing to do declawing operations. Yes, guys, you’ll have to stop one day, so why not start right away thinking about alternative business opportunities that actually benefits the animal.
We are aware that a sizable percentage of cat and dog owners are unable to control their companion animal’s diet adequately to the point where he or she becomes obese. In Britain it is estimated that by 2026 more than half of all dogs will be overweight. Currently in the UK about 3 million cats are overweight. In America the figure is higher.
I am thinking of ways an American vet can offset the loss of financial profits from declawing (very common) and devocalization (relatively rare) operations.
Vets are loathe to give up the money spinner that declawing has become. But surely there are other ways to make money in responding to new health problems?
The overarching health problem for pets in 2013 is obesity or perhaps to be more fair: becoming overweight. Obesity brings with it health problems. If vets can take preventative steps by helping people’s pets to lose weight wouldn’t this be popular? It would reduce vet’s bills! That by the way may be why vets don’t want people to take preventative steps that would improve their pet’s health. Perhaps I am being too cynical.
My suggestion mainly concerns dogs but the principle is the same: look for alternative business that addresses real and current health issues.
In the UK the Pet Fitness Club run by the PDSA (a veterinary charity) is seeing increased activity in respect of pet fitness programs devised for overweight pets.
At Donaldson’s vets in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (the north of England), they have an underwater treadmill that tackles the task of achieving weight loss in pets.
On the basis that people have difficulties in managing their pet’s weight, and on the basis that a good number of better off people can afford it, a scheduled visit to the vet for a treadmill session would seem a good idea. It would be a bit like a pet gym session. The routine of going to a gym is a good way of creating some self discipline.
So, how many vets in the USA have an underwater treadmill designed to attack obese dogs and even cats? I suppose cats can use it too but are less suited.
Why don’t more vets set up pet weight loss classes and seminars combined with a session on an underwater treadmill?
If a dog is very obese it is unsuitable to take him for a run. A programmed weight loss regime using a device like a treadmill that exercises muscles in a controlled way would seem to be suitable and a good little earner as well.
Then the vet can stop declawing and show his clients what a good vet he really is by being genuinely concerned with the health and welfare of his patients rather than giving the impression that he is out to squeeze the maximum out of the client while being less than concerned for the animal’s welfare.