It truly makes no sense that a candy company monopolizes the vet business, but it 100% does.
A monopoly is when one company and its product dominate an entire industry whereby there is little to no competition and consumers must purchase that specific good or service from the one company. In the vet business, MARs Inc., is the candy company that has created a monopoly because they own the food, the vets, the medicine, the vaccines and the diagnostic testing and keep acquiring more and more.
MARs Inc., the same company that manufactures M&M's, Twix, Skittles, 3 Musketeers, Orbit Gum, Dove chocolate, Juicy fruit, Lifesavers, Snickers and Starbursts, to name a few, is the same company that makes the most popular brands of kibble including Eukanuba, Greenies, Iams, Orijen, Pedigree, Royal Canin and many, many more.
This company, and companies like it including Purina and Hill's also sponsor vet schools. The Pet Food Program from UC Davis, which allows members, residents, faculty and students receive pet food from brands like Hill and Royal Canin at heavily discounted prices. Purina also funded the Nutrition Centers at Tufts University Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Michigan State University, Colorado State University (Read more on that here). This makes attaining an unbiased education very difficult, if not impossible.
Some big-name veterinary hospitals, clinics and diagnostics they own in the United States include Anicure, Amtech Diagnostics / Sound, Banfield, BluePear, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group and the VCA Animal Hospitals.
They recently acquired Heska, a veterinary diagnostic group for $1.3 billion. You can read the press release here. And now, they are about acquire SYNLab Vet, a European Veterinary Reference Laboratory. You can read more on this acquisition here.
So let's get this straight: The company that manufactures candy, also manufactures most of the popular kibble brands, owns most of the popular animal hospitals and local vets), sponsors many vet schools and owns diagnostic testing too.
This is unethical, but anything goes in the vet biz. This is because businesses are about profit, and not keeping animals alive or well. Monopolies like MARs Inc. are the dog food guys that fund vet schools and work with the vaccine guys to make laws on what is legal and approved. The dog food guy is also besties with the vet board guy because that guy is also funded by the vaccine guy. This is the equivalent to fast-food owning the nutritional information your doctor gets. Oh wait, this happens too!
So who cares? What is the big deal?
The big deal is that our animals are getting sicker and fatter. It is estimated that 65% of the dogs in the UK and USA are overweight or obese. Obesity and disease rates are skyrocketing and is accepted as normal, when it is anything but. Dog genetics haven't changed, but their environments have. The food they eat, the vaccines they get and the medical care that they receive are the culprits.
And companies like the constantly expanding MARs Inc., the keeper of all things animal care, actually do not care about your animal, despite genius marketing. The more businesses they acquire within the animal sector is a loss for the rest of us trying to keep our animals alive and thriving, not fat and sick.
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