May 7, 2019
By Kieran Shanahan, SVP Retail - Food, Consumables, Health & Wellness, Walmart U.S. eCommerce
Pet owners know that pets deserve the very best when it comes to their health. They also know first-hand that caring for a pet can be expensive. Millennial dog owners, for example, spend up to $1,285 a year on their furry friends, with the majority of spend going towards vet care and vaccinations, food and supplies1.
We’re about to bring that cost down. Today, we’re announcing three ways we’re making it easier than ever to access quality pet care at great prices, including introducing our first online pet pharmacy for prescription medications; offering a more wholesome assortment of pet foods; and expanding in-store veterinary clinics.
Your Pet Medications, No Fetching Required
Customers can now purchase prescription pet medications at WalmartPetRx.com and have them delivered right to their doors. Walmart Pet Rx offers low cost pet prescriptions for dogs, cats, horses and livestock from over 300 trusted brands to treat conditions like flea and tick, heartworm, allergy, arthritis and more.
By working directly with veterinarians to receive and fill prescriptions, we’re able to save busy pet parents time, which could mean another walk around the block for Cooper. And with Walmart’s low prices and free two-day shipping on orders over $35, we’re able to save them money, too. Make that another walk around the block for Cooper and a new collar for Whiskers.
For those who prefer to fill their pet prescriptions in Walmart stores, later this month we’ll stock our 4,500+ pharmacies with the top 30 most requested pet meds, which means getting your pet’s prescription same-day.
I Can Have Organic? More Options for Pet Nutrition
More and more, customers are caring for their furry friends the same way they care for themselves, opting for more organic and grain-free food options and giving their pet vitamins and supplements. In response, we’ve expanded our pet assortment online with more than 100 new pet brands over the last year, including more premium and health-conscious brands like Blue Buffalo*, Greenies*, and Hill’s Science Diet. We’ve also developed more premium and “free-from” options with our private label brands, Pure Balance*, Golden Rewards* and Vibrant Life*, which offer premium ingredients, like farm-raised chicken, at three-fourths the price.
The Doctor is in: Veterinary Care Available in Store
With 68% of US households owning a pet2 and 90% of Americans living within 10 miles of a Walmart store, we’re expanding in-store retail veterinary clinics, starting with nine new clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in late May and June. With plans to reach 100 veterinary clinics over the next 12 months, these clinics offer affordable, high quality and convenient services to save customers as much as 40 to 60 percent on vaccines and minor illness packages and exams.
Your pets are part of your family, and our customers are a part of ours. We’re excited to offer customers everything they need for their pets, from vet care and vaccinations to food and supplies, at great prices. Because more savings means more spoiling our furry friends.
1Source: TD Ameritrade, “Millennials and Their Fur Babies,” 2018
2Source: American Pet Products Association, “Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics,” 2018
*Brands also available in-stores