What’s In A Name?Despite the reassuring name of AKC Pet Insurance, The American Kennel Club is not responsible for the administration, marketing, sales, or underwriting of this insurance –at least, not directly responsible. Instead, the AKC, the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs, founded in 1884, allows a private equity backed insurance company called PetPartners […]
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Pet Insurance Industry 2021 Results Are In: Huge Growth Continues, but Most Americans Still Aren’t Buying
The pet insurance industry is reporting today that the total number of insured cats and dogs in the U.S. for 2021 (end of year) was 3, 979, 282, a 28.3% increase since 2020. In their annual report to out this morning, members of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) report another year of […]
Welcome to TCR’s first edition of “Paws and Clauses.” The American Kennel Club is not the entity responsible for the administration, marketing, sales, or underwriting of “AKC Pet Insurance” — but the AKC does make money from licensing fees in exchange for allowing PetPartners (PPI) to sell insurance using AKC’s branding. AKC President and CEO […]
$599 Petco canine cancer test announces its scientific validation one year after press release, marketing campaign
California-based PetDx, owner of OncoK9 – “the liquid biopsy test for dogs -” has announced that there is now science to support the test it launched with Petco about one year ago, indeed, before the science was there. We’ll have more in the coming week, including reaction to the study from veterinarians. Presumably, the implications […]
Maine becomes first state to pass NAIC Pet Insurance Model, which NAIC continues to sideline at national level
On April 7, Maine Governor Janet T. Mills (D) signed an unlikely piece of legislation: “An Act Regarding Pet Insurance.” The reason the law was unlikely to have been signed is because it was has yet to be adopted by the body that introduced it: the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Full Story […]
Every year during the second week of April, the American Veterinary Medical Association produces National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a seemingly uncontroversial effort to educate the public, and to help veterinarians educate clients about how to prevent dog bites. Key to the campaign is a message pet owners can expect to hear repeatedly in the […]
Exclusive: Seresto ‘killer collars’ stories still uncorroborated by any veterinarian more than one year later, EPA concedes in statement
Over the past year, USA Today has published twelve stories snowballing from one original story whose underlying premise is that Seresto flea and tick collars were “linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths.” Last week, The Canine Review obtained a statement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency that regulates the collars, through spokeswoman Cathy […]
USA Today writes another hit job on Seresto; ‘investigative’ report fails to seek comment; vets continue to be ignored
Just over a year ago, on March 2, 2021, USA Today, whose parent company Gannett became America’s largest newspaper publisher when it merged with Gatehouse in 2019, printed a thinly sourced story declaring one of America’s most popular pet products, Seresto flea and tick collars, to be killer collars. The story was castigated by veterinarians and other health professionals — including board-certified veterinary toxicologists we interviewed.
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine announced on Monday that New Jersey-based raw pet food manufacturer Bravo Packing, Inc., agreed to a court order barring the company from operating until further notice.