SOURCE: SkyLynx Communications, Inc.

March 28, 2007 09:30 ET

VETCO Hospitals, Inc. Announces Start of Anesthesia Free Dentals in Vaccine Clinics

SARASOTA, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- SkyLynx Communications (OTCBB: SKYC), a company engaged in the growth pet healthcare industry, and VETCO Hospitals, which operates 155 vaccine clinics and five full service veterinary hospitals inside of PETCO stores in five western states, announces the introduction of non-anesthetic dentals in its expanding network of mobile vaccination clinics.

Bryan Shobe, CEO of VETCO, said, "This ground-breaking procedure expands the offering of our vaccine clinics dramatically. Under the same cost structure we can expand volume and profits with a minimum increase in expense. In addition, we can save our valued customers money over the traditional dental procedure in a full service pet hospital. Most importantly, however, is the fact that now pet owners can provide regular oral care for pets without need of sedation, a serious impediment in the past."

Mr. Shobe went on to explain, "Many pets cannot be anesthetized without serious risk, so adequate dental care is rare. The bacteria that build in the oral cavity can contribute to serious illnesses such as heart disease, kidney and liver infections. Now, with regular dentals (every 6 months vs. every 3 - 5 years), pet owners can lower the overall healthcare costs of their pets, extend their life expectancy, and avoid the dreaded 'dog breath!'"

"This is the next in a series of VETCO's efforts to expand its product offering to its extensive database of pet owners, following on the heels of the successful launch earlier this year of the joint venture with PetCareRx of internet sales from our new USPetHealthRx website (www.uspethealthrx.com)," Mr. Shobe said.

"We are very pleased with our customer interest in this new ground-breaking procedure. Our first weekend test was extremely positive and bodes well for the expansion of this new service."

The American Pet Products Manufacturers estimates that 69.1 million American households, 63% of all American homes, own a pet. Spending on pets in the US is expected to reach $38.4 billon this year, up from $36.3 billion last year. Of that, vet care will account for around $9.4 billion, and supplies and OTC medicines will be $9.3 billion. In 2005, spending in both categories was $8.7 billion. APPMA's 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey notes that 52 percent of dogs, 24 percent of cats, 36 percent of saltwater fish, 15 percent of freshwater fish, 5 percent of birds, 11 percent of small animals and 8 percent of reptiles are given medications and/or drugs.

About SkyLynx (www.skylynx.com)

SkyLynx Communications, Inc., based in Sarasota, FL, through its wholly owned subsidiary VETCO Hospitals, is building a nationwide company to create a more efficient system to deliver pet healthcare in the US. VETCO Hospitals operates 155 vaccine clinics and five (5) full service veterinary hospitals inside of PETCO stores in five (5) western states. In addition, it operates an e-service website, PetService.com (www.PetService.com) and a joint venture e-commerce web site USPetHeatlhRX (www.USPetHealthRX.com) with PetcareRX. It intends to develop products and services for Pet Tracking, E-Commerce sales and acquiring additional veterinary hospitals within its database market.

About PetCareRX

PetCareRx is one of the largest online retailers of pet pharmaceuticals and supplies in North America. Founded in 1998 and based in Lynbrook, New York, PetCareRx has always been dedicated to providing pets and their owners with the medications that they need at very favorable pricing and with the highest level of customer service and convenience.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Bryan Shobe
    CEO
    941-955-1700