You can never put a price on the joy you bring to your pet. Although pets can become extremely expensive, like children, there are ways to save money on different products and medications.
Here are a few smart ways to save money on pet products and medications:
* Buying in bulk. If you know you’ll be using a lot of a certain medication, you will most likely be able to save money when buying larger quantities.
* Buy the generic version. When receiving a prescription from your doctor, ask if there are generic versions of the drug that are just as effective. Most veterinarians will write a prescription to a human pharmacy, which will work as well for much less money. As with anything else, you may be paying more for the name than you are for the drug itself if you go with a brand-name medication. Also remember to ask about human medications that are the same, but less expensive.
* Shop online. Today, more and more online pharmacies, such as VetDepot, offer low prices on both prescription and over-the-counter pet meds.
While there are many reputable online pharmacies, there are also sites that are out to scam customers with counterfeit or out-of-date medications. Therefore, it’s important to take some precautions, whether you are buying drugs from a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy or online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends following the acronym A.W.A.R.E. when buying pet meds online:
“A – Ask your veterinarian about the site you plan on using to buy the medications to find out if they have had any experience with or direct knowledge of the site.
W – Watch for red flags. Avoid sites that don’t require prescriptions for prescription drugs and do not have a licensed pharmacist available to answer any questions you may have. Stick to sites that are based in the United States, as only those sites can be regulated by the U.S. government.
A – Always check for site accreditation. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has a program that accredits online pharmacies that voluntarily undergo reviews each year. Sites that have this accreditation should display that they are Vet-VIPPS accredited.
R- Report problems and suspicious online pharmacies. In addition to contacting your vet if problems occur after your pet has taken medication you purchased online, you can also call 1-888-FDA-VETS to report any suspicious activity you encountered when working with a pharmacy.
E – Educate yourself about online pharmacies. The Center for Veterinary Medicine offers a number of resources on its website that can provide you with information about online pet med providers,” as per kpvi.com