As of today, Walmart was launched its new online pet pharmacy, WalmartPetRx.com, which will deliver pet medications from over 300 brands to the homes of customers and businesses. Any order costing over $35 qualifies for free two-day shipping.
By the end of this month, Walmart will carry the top 30 requested pet medications for same-day pickup from any of its 4,500 pharmacies in the U.S., and is adding vet clinics to over 100 stores. These clinics will offer exams, vaccinations, and treatments for minor illnesses for up to 60% off.
Pet spending doubled between the years of 2005 and 2018 to reach more than $72 billion. The majority of this spending growth is due to millennials, who now account for the largest demographic of pet owners in the country.
“Millennial dog owners spend up to $1,285 a year on their furry friends, with the majority of spend going towards vet care and vaccinations, food and supplies,” said Kieran Shanahan, senior vice president of retail for Walmart U.S. e-commerce. “We’re about to bring that cost down.”