Zoetis and antech diagnostics partner to launch pet wellness report
New tool combines comprehensive laboratory screening with the first broadly available veterinary health risk assessment
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Nov. 12, 2013 – The Pet Wellness Report® (PWR), a turnkey solution combining the first broadly available veterinary health risk assessment (HRA) with comprehensive laboratory screening, is now available to veterinarians across the United States. Zoetis Inc., a former business unit of Pfizer Inc., is offering the report in partnership with ANTECH Diagnostics®, the exclusive laboratory services supplier.
The Pet Wellness Report is designed to work with the standard physical exam and history, to enhance veterinarians’ ability to obtain additional information around potential health risks or disease and facilitates communication with their clients. Results are delivered in an easy-to-understand report that is delivered to the pet owner and also the veterinarian with the goal of enhancing pet owner education and encouraging greater engagement in a pet’s overall health.
“For many years, the paradigm in veterinary medicine was to preferentially focus on treating symptomatic illness,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP and group director of Companion Animal Veterinary Operations for Zoetis. “Similar to a human health risk assessment, the Pet Wellness Report is designed to help veterinarians identify potential risks earlier so they can be prevented or managed before they significantly diminish pets’ quality of life or become life-threatening conditions. This tool also enables the pet owner to be a better advocate for their pet’s overall health.”
HRAs have been utilized in human medicine since at least 1968. The Centers for Disease Control recently convened an expert panel that developed recommendations for HRAs in clinical medicine.1 The Pet Wellness Report implements several aspects of this HRA framework, providing veterinarians with patient health and lifestyle information in areas including osteoarthritis, kidney disease, nutrition, obesity, dental health, compliance with vaccinations and parasiticides, and general lifestyle information.
Sal Rallo, SVP of Sales and Marketing with ANTECH Diagnostics states, “A strategic focus for ANTECH has been to help veterinarians increase early detection of disease through laboratory screening, and the Pet Wellness Report’s comprehensive laboratory screening is a natural extension of that effort.”
Research Demonstrates Medical Need
Recent studies have underscored the value of regular pet wellness visits, especially when information from HRAs and comprehensive laboratory analysis are incorporated into the visit. In fact, a recent study from Zoetis showed that more than 31 percent of canines had laboratory panel abnormalities consistent with a wide range of conditions, including endocrinopathies (e.g., diabetes mellitus), renal disease, hepatic disease, anemia or other morbidities. This study analyzed data from 7,827 dogs presented for routine wellness visits over a five-year period. A similar number of dogs were found to have health risks based on the accompanying health risk assessment questionnaire.2 Examples of health risks identified include lapses in heartworm compliance, signs of lameness or oral disease among many others.
Other third-party studies have yielded similar results. For example, a European study showed that regular health checks can reveal a broad range of age-related physiologic abnormalities in seemingly healthy older cats.3
“The implementation of a health-risk assessment program for our patients has long been overdue in Veterinary Medicine. The coupling of risk-assessment, annual examinations and comprehensive laboratory screening will provide even more evidenced-based knowledge on the value of wellness programs. ANTECH Diagnostics is pleased to partner with Zoetis to bring the Pet Wellness Report to veterinary clinics and the patients they serve,” said David Aucoin, DVM, Chief Technology Officer, ANTECH Diagnostics.
ANTECH Diagnostics operates the largest network of veterinary-exclusive clinical laboratories in North America, with 53 laboratories serving all 50 United States and Canada. It is a division of VCA ANTECH, a leading animal healthcare company in the United States. As the exclusive laboratory screening provider for the Pet Wellness Report, ANTECH Diagnostics also offers their Quality Assurance with every result.
Early Detection Offers Financial Benefits for Clients
A 2012 Veterinary Pet Insurance study4 looked at claims from over 485,000 pets and found that in the majority of conditions, where possible, prevention was significantly less than the cost of treatment. On average, it cost pet owners $171.82 to prevent dental disease vs. $531.71 to treat, nearly a three-fold increase. With internal parasites, it cost an average of $29.51 to prevent vs. $179.93 to treat, reflecting a six fold increase in cost to pet owners.
Zoetis is currently conducting additional research into the benefits of HRAs for companion animals. A data review of cats presented for routine pet wellness visits is currently under way, and the results are expected in early 2014.
For more information on the PWR, veterinarians may contact their Zoetis sales representative, call 1-855-PWR-PETS (797-7387), or visit www.PetWellnessReport.com.
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services with a focus on both farm and companion animals. In 2012, the company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion. With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetis.com.
Zoetis is the proud sponsor with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health.
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1Goetzel RZ, Staley P, Ogden L, et al. A framework for patient-centered health risk assessments. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2011. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/policy/opth/hra/. Accessed March 20, 2013.
2Knesl O, Lavan R, Horter D, Holzhauer J. Technical Bulletin. Pet Wellness Report. Canine health risk assessment—A review of 7,827 cases. Zoetis Inc.; 2013.
3Paepe D, Verjans G, Duchateau L, et al. Routine health screening: findings in apparently healthy middle-aged and old cats. J Feline Med Surg. 2013 Jan;15(1):8-19.
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