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There are several reasons you should consider  getting your pets medications from your veterinarian

When it comes to buying medications online it is important to be very careful! Pet owners who purchase drugs from non-veterinarian affiliated online companies may think they are saving money but in reality they maybe short-changing their pet's health and putting their life at risk. 

In many cases veterinary prices are as good if not better than prices provided by online retailers, even when shipping is included. Your veterinarian usually has the medication in stock so you are able to have it immediately!

Also the products are best sold through your veterinarian so that your veterinarian can discuss with you any questions or concerns you may have. Enabling you and your veterinarian to work together to determine what the best treatment options are for that pet. Your veterinarian or veterinary technician can answer these questions, provide you with instructions for use, and maybe even demonstrate how to give your pet the medication. 

It should also be considered that if you order from a non-veterinarian affiliated pharmacy and the medication isn't properly shipped or isn't properly packaged (some need to be kept cold or on ice) it could render the medication ineffective or if it arrives damaged it may be unusable. Whereas if you get it from your veterinarian you know it has been properly handled and there is no confusion on storage. If there is a problem with the medication received from the online pharmacy there could be a extended turn around resulting in a period of time when your pet isn't getting their medication as you wait for the replacement medication to arrive. 

Read on for further reasons why you should buy your pet's medication from your veterinarian.

  • Manufacturers will often not guaranty or warranty medications purchased through suppliers other than veterinarians.  Incorrect medications are often sold to clients through non-veterinary sources and this results in the potential to cause serious complications.
  • Your veterinarian will monitor any side effects and effectiveness of any medications, as well as consider the effects of combing medications may have on your pet.  
  • While the convenience of having your medications delivered to your door may seem like the fastest method, by simply calling ahead to reserve your medication you can reduce the wait time. Some veterinarian offices even offer the option of mailing it to you as well for added convenience! Check with your veterinarian office as they may also have online pharmacy affiliated with there facility!
  • Medications are usually dosed on a weight basis.  It is important that your veterinarian determines your pet’s correct weight and calculates the correct dosage to achieve the desired effect from the medication. Your pet’s current health condition my also alter the final dosage.
  • Dog and cat owners should keep in mind that their cats are not small dogs, nor are their dogs large cats. Many medications that are administered to dogs are not safe for cats (they can be fatal) and the reverse is also true. 
  • Many medications need to be reconstituted or diluted specifically for your pet. Some medications must be kept in a controlled environment or refrigerated. The medications that are shipped to your veterinarian are properly packaged and delivered under controlled temperatures so you don’t have to worry about receiving "spoiled" medicines that were exposed to temperature extremes, sunlight, moisture, etc.
  • Some medications require follow-up monitoring for adverse reactions or dosage adjustments. If an adverse reaction does occur, it is important to have established a veterinary client-patient relationship to ensure that your pet receives appropriate medical attention.  An adjustment to the dosage may need to be made after lab tests and/or examinations are performed.
  • Keep in mind also that medicine prescribed and purchased at your veterinarian’s office comes with the comfort of knowing that you and your pet are treated as individuals that have distinct needs that are best served by your veterinarian.
  • Some websites sell medicine that may not be safe to use and could put your pets health at risk.  Some websites that sell medicine
  1.  Are not U.S. state licensed pharmacies or are not pharmacies at all  
  2.  May give a diagnosis that is not correct and sell a medication that is not right for your pet
  3.  Won't protect your personal interest or information
  • Some medicines online are fake or counterfeit,  may be too strong or too weak, have dangerous ingredients, have expired or are out of date, are not FDA approved and have not been checked for safety and effectiveness, are not made using safe standards, are not safe to use with other medication or products you use, are not labeled, stored or shipped correctly.
  • A physical exam needs to be performed to make sure your pet is healthy in order to be able to prescribe a medication.  It is recommend to speak with your veterinarian and have a physical exam before you get any new medication.  Use only the medication that has been prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Many prescription drugs are only effective for specific problems and may actually be harmful to your pet if used without that critical veterinary exam and diagnosis. 
  • Over the counter pain medications (especially those prescribed for humans) are not safe for pets - do not give them!

                                    Information provided from the FDA and PVMA -

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