China Companion Animal Health Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The China Companion Animal Health Market is segmented by Products (Therapeutics (Vaccines, Parasiticides, Anti Infectives, Medicinal Feed Additives, and Other Therapeutics) and Diagnostics (Immunodiagnostic Tests, Molecular Diagnostics, Diagnostic Imaging, and Other Diagnostics)) and Animal Type (Dogs and Cats, Horses, and Other Companion Animals). The report offers the value in USD (US Dollar) million for the above segments.

China Companion Animal Health Market Size

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Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 11.71 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Companion Animal Health Market Analysis

The China Companion Animal Health market was valued at USD 633.71 million in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 1241.52 million in 2027 with a CAGR of 11.71% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

Supply disruption and medicine shortages of veterinary medicines had been observed in China, primarily due to the temporary lockdowns of manufacturing sites, export bans, and increased demand for medicine to treat COVID-19. A slight short-term negative impact is witnessed on companion animal healthcare, primarily due to the reduced veterinary visits, along with the shortage of veterinary medicines, during the outbreak of COVID-19. An article published in the journal of Animals in July 2021 titled “Animal Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the Welfare of Animals during the COVID-19 Pandemic” indicated that during the lockdown imposed on the COVID-19 pandemic, people were forced to leave their pets behind, which significantly affected the growth of the market. Also, some organizations in China announced campaigns to kill any cats or dogs found outdoors, to prevent disease transmission. Such activities affecting the lives of the pet animals drastically affected the growth of the companion animal health market in the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The China companion health market is primarily driven by the rising popularity of pet ownership and growing spending on animal healthcare, and rising awareness regarding the various treatments available for companion animal diseases.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the adoption of dogs and cats that have been observed in China, as they are the most favorite companions of human beings. According to an article titled “Pets in Hong Kong and China: A Booming Market” published in April 2022 by AHK Hong Kong, in 2020, the total number of pets in Hong Kong, including smaller mammals such as rabbits and rodents, as well as birds, fish, and reptiles, was over 1.2 million. With the increasing animal population in the country, the demand for vaccination is expected to rise to maintain the companion animals' proper health. The pet industry in China is booming, and the growth rates in the region are comparable to other developed countries. Hence, the increase in pet adoption has helped in driving the companion health market.​

With the increase in the number of companion animals, owners are becoming increasingly aware of their pet’s health and nutrition and are also seeking veterinary services. This, in turn, is creating a growing demand for diversified forms of companion animal healthcare products.

Furthermore, there are also increasing initiatives by the government and animal welfare associations for creating awareness about the various disease against companion animals, which will augment the growth of the market as awareness can prevent various animal-related diseases. For instance, according to an article titled “Vital Surveillances: Epidemiology of Animal Rabies — China, 2010–2020” published in China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) Weekly in September 2021, around 212 animal rabies cases and 1,132 suspected rabies deaths were reported during the period of 2010 to 2020. This significant rise in disease prevalence has triggered companies to produce advanced vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

​In addition, The growing investments by key market players to develop advanced solutions for pet care is also one of the key contributors to the growth of the china companion animal health market.​ For instance, in September 2020, Boehringer Ingelheim acquired an equity stake in China-based New Ruipeng Group. Pet owners and the larger animal health industry in China can make use of a wide range of services provided by the quickly expanding NRP Group, including veterinarian treatment and e-commerce.

The availability of a considerable number of counterfeit animal products and drugs in the market, including a number of fake or copied companion animal drugs, are identified as an obstruction to the growth of the market for genuine animal drug products. These drugs are found to be unsafe and ineffective, as well as harmful to the health and well-being of pets, and may affect a large section of the pets population. ​This is likely to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.

China Companion Animal Health Industry Segmentation

The various types of health diseases developed in animals have increased the demand for vaccines and diagnostic tests. This surge in demand is because of the need to treat and cure the variety of diseases associated with the health of cats and dogs. The China Companion Animal Health Market is segmented by Products (Therapeutics (Vaccines, Parasiticides, Anti Infectives, Medicinal Feed Additives, and Other Therapeutics) and Diagnostics (Immunodiagnostic Tests, Molecular Diagnostics, Diagnostic Imaging, and Other Diagnostics)) and Animal Type (Dogs and Cats, Horses, and Other Companion Animals). The report offers the value in USD million for the above segments.

By Products
Anti Infectives
Medicinal Feed Additives
Other Therapeutics
Immunodiagnostic Tests
Molecular Diagnostics
Diagnostic Imaging
Other Diagnostics
By Animal Type
Dogs and Cats
Other Companion Animals

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China Companion Animal Health Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the China Companion Animal Health Market according to our research experts:

Vaccines Contributed the Largest Share in Terms of Revenues in the Therapeutics Segment

Vaccines are a crucial part of preventive healthcare for companion animals. They are categorized as core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are compulsory for all companion animals, whereas non-core vaccines are indicated by companion animal lifestyle or based on geographical area. In China, new advanced vaccines are manufactured containing genetically engineered components derived from those disease agents.

In dogs, Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza are the core vaccines while, Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, Giardia, and Canine Influenza H3N8 are the non-core vaccines. In cats, FVRCP (distemper)is the vaccine to protect against Rhinotracheitis (feline herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Also, Rabies FeLV (feline leukemia) vaccines are given to cats.

According to the Chinese government, all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies annually. Moreover, in recent years, there has also been an increased awareness about animal vaccinations and the overall health of dogs and cats in China. As per the article titled “Progress in the Development of Animal Rabies Vaccines in China” published in the journal of China CDC Weekly in September 2021, during the period of past three years, China had issued about twenty-five million doses of domestic inactivated rabies vaccine and twelve million doses of imported inactivated rabies vaccine each year, with a total of about thirty-seven million doses.

Moreover, the vaccines segment of the Chinese veterinary healthcare market is expected to be driven by innovations in vaccines, growing awareness of animal health, increasing investments by government bodies and associations, and increased expenditure on the healthcare of companion animals. In September 2021, in remote Chinese villages, ACTAsia, a WSAVA Educational Partner, conducted rabies immunization clinics.

However, the COVID-19 impact in the country from 2019 to 2020 had affected the services provided to companion animals as supplies reduced significantly for some period, and the pet owners were confined to their homes for a significant period. Such factors dropped the treatment rates across the country. However, in the forecast period, the services provided are likely to have a positive impact on the market.

Distribution of Pet Owners (in Percentage), by Pet Type, China, 2021

China Companion Animal Health Industry Overview

The China Companion Animal Health Market is a consolidated market with few dominant players. Key market players in the market include China Animal Husbandry Co. Ltd, Shenyang Dachang Medical Imaging Technology Co., Ltd., Elanco Animal Health, Merck & Co., Vetoquinol SA, Virbac, and Zoetis Inc., among others.

China Companion Animal Health Market Leaders

  1. Elanco Animal Health

  2. Merck & Co.

  3. Virbac

  4. Zoetis Inc.

  5. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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China Companion Animal Health Market News

  • In July 2022, JD Health acquired a pet care business pertaining to the purchase of pet health product categories including prescription drugs/ prescription diet, pet nutrition, pet deworming, pet milk powder, pet mouth, ear and eye cleaning, and more.
  • In February 2021, Delvigent opened its new feed additives plant in China. The first phase of the state-of-the-art factory has a capacity of 60.000 metric ton per year for the production of feed additives with short- and medium-chain fatty acids and essential oils as main components, with the possibility to expand to 120.000 metric ton of feed additives per year in the future.

China Companion Animal Health Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increase in Pet Adoption, Mostly by Nuclear Families

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Initiatives by the Governments and Animal Welfare Associations

      3. 4.2.3 Advanced Technology in Animal Healthcare

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Use of Counterfeit Medicines

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Costs of Animal Testing and Veterinary Care

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - in USD Millions)

    1. 5.1 By Products

      1. 5.1.1 Therapeutics

        1. Vaccines

        2. Parasiticides

        3. Anti Infectives

        4. Medicinal Feed Additives

        5. Other Therapeutics

      2. 5.1.2 Diagnostics

        1. Immunodiagnostic Tests

        2. Molecular Diagnostics

        3. Diagnostic Imaging

        4. Other Diagnostics

    2. 5.2 By Animal Type

      1. 5.2.1 Dogs and Cats

      2. 5.2.2 Horses

      3. 5.2.3 Other Companion Animals


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 China Animal Husbandry Co. Ltd

      2. 6.1.2 Shenyang Dachang Medical Imaging Technology Co., Ltd.

      3. 6.1.3 Elanco Animal Health

      4. 6.1.4 Merck & Co.

      5. 6.1.5 Vetoquinol SA

      6. 6.1.6 Virbac

      7. 6.1.7 Zoetis Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 IDEXX Laboratories Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Ceva Santé Animale

      10. 6.1.10 Pulike Biological Engineering

      11. 6.1.11 Tianjin Ringpu Biotechnology Co. Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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China Companion Animal Health Market Research FAQs

The China Companion Animal Health Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The China Companion Animal Health Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.71% over the next 5 years.

Elanco Animal Health, Merck & Co., Virbac, Zoetis Inc., IDEXX Laboratories, Inc are the major companies operating in China Companion Animal Health Market.

China Companion Animal Health Industry Report

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