November 8, 2010

Choosing a Pet Pharmacy

Filed under: Pet Pharmacy — Dr. Amber Reed @ 4:02 pm

As the cost of pet medication continues to rise, many pet owners have begun looking for cheaper alternatives to provide their beloved pets with the care they need.  Recently, finding a good pet pharmacy has required expanding your searches to online resources.  Of course, your main concern is finding a pet pharmacy with cheap pet medications, but there are some other factors to consider if you really want to maintain the health of your pets.

1.       Are there licensed pharmacists on staff at the online pet pharmacy?

Many online pet pharmacies save money but cutting corners and the reality is that a large number of these pharmacies are actually third-party distributors.  A pet pharmacy without licensed pharmacists is essentially turning a profit by selling products they have purchased from another store.  Unfortunately, any online pet pharmacy that does not staff a legitimate pharmacist will not be able to answer your questions and they will not carry a full line of pet medication.

2.       Do they require prescription information?

As all kinds of online pharmacies have become more popular, it is difficult to find a reputable online pet pharmacy.  Indeed, one of the qualities that separate the best from the rest is whether they require a prescription from a veterinarian.  Cheap pet drugs are certainly available at licensed online pet pharmacies; fraudulent pharmacies will likely not require a prescription.  Moreover, a good online pet pharmacy will try to make the transaction easier for consumers by taking the time to contact your veterinarian directly.

3.       Consider the shipping costs.

Every online pet pharmacy is different, but many less trustworthy sources for cheap pet medications will entice customers with very low prices and then ding them with unreasonable shipping costs at checkout.  Unfortunately, pet drugs can sometimes be difficult to ship and you may find high shipping costs.  The point here is to compare the shipping costs across online pet pharmacies so you can ensure you are getting the best price on your dog meds or cat medication.

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