NetworkNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Pets are the loyal, much-loved companions we humans can’t seem to live without, and when a beloved pet becomes ill, owners will generally do whatever it takes to restore these beloved companion animals to health. Various public companies are accomplishing the two-fold mission of improving the health of our four-footed friends while giving investors the opportunity to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar industry. India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC) (IGC Profile), VCA, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS), Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: BUFF) and IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) are just some of the companies blazing lucrative trails in the pet health market and successfully tapping into its virtually limitless opportunities.
In 2016 alone, U.S. consumers spent over $65 billion on pet-related products (1). According to a 2013 study published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. households own approximately 218 million pets, and pet-related expenses for the average U.S. household amounts to about 1 percent of their total annual spending. Further, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association reports that pet health insurance premiums hit $774 million in the U.S. in 2015, with 1.6 million pets being insured by the end of that year. Clearly, consumers are interested in…
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