by samantha_ashenhurst | January 19, 2023 11:04 am
Ensuring pets across the Great White North receive sufficient access to veterinary care is the goal of a significant long-term investment from PetSmart Charities of Canada.
The non-profit organization is committing $18 million in funding over five years to help break down the geographic, cultural, and financial barriers preventing pets from receiving necessary veterinary care.
Nearly one in five pet owners in Canada have wanted or needed preventive care for their animals, but have not been able to access it due to affordability or inability to get an appointment, PetSmart Charities of Canada reports. Without regular veterinary care, minor health issues often become bigger, costlier problems. Additionally, preventable diseases can be passed on to people and other pets.
Through this newly announced funding, the organization says it will take a multi-faceted approach to help improve access to adequate veterinary care for all pets, including:
While affordability remains the most prominent barrier to veterinary care, additional challenges contribute to the current gap, including:
PetSmart Charities of Canada estimates it would cost more than $5 billion annually to bridge the gap for pets currently receiving no veterinary care.
“The challenges facing the veterinary care system are vast and varied and no single organization can solve them alone,” says the group’s president, Aimee Gilbreath. “Through [this] commitment, we plan to invest further in our partners and build new alliances to innovate solutions across the entire system, while also funding long-term solutions already in place such as low-cost vet clinics. We’re confident this approach will produce sustainable change within the veterinary care industry. Our best friends deserve access to adequate health care like any family member.”
Source URL: https://www.veterinarypracticenews.ca/18m-investment-boosts-canadian-pets-access-to-care/
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