As pet parents, we would do anything to keep our pets both happy and healthy for many years to come. However, keeping your pets healthy can get very expensive when using prescriptions for preventative care or medical treatment.
With a drug and medication system that is not profoundly regulated, you have probably noticed the price of your pet’s medication rising steadily over the past few years.
Plus, pet medications can be a significant source of income for veterinarians, and the price difference between generic drugs versus brand name drugs can be vast.
Luckily, there are ways to save money on your pet’s medication. Try these tips if you would like to save money on your pet’s prescription costs:
Tips to Save on Pet Medication
Don’t fill your prescription with your vet.
Before you see your vet, make sure it to ask your vet if they are willing to write a prescription that will let you buy the medication elsewhere if you should desire. Many vets will even recommend services that can fill your prescriptions at a lower cost.
Comparison shop for medications.
Pet drugs are not as heavily regulated as their human counterparts. Depending on the drug, you may be able to find a few generic, and less expensive, formulas that contain the exact same drug as a more expensive brand name.
Lower costs on long-term medication.
Long-term medications, such as regimens for pets with chronic conditions and prescriptions for preventative care. One of the quickest ways to save on pet medication is to purchase your flea and tick treatments in a generic formula from a less expensive outlet.
If you buy online, buy with accredited pharmacies.
If you purchase your medication from an online outlet, make sure you order from one of the 18 sites that belong to Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacies. Vet-VIPPS stands for Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites, which is a program run by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. These sites comply with federal and state licensing requirements and quality assurance.
The most important takeaway to remember when you are trying to lower the cost of your pet’s medications and prescriptions is to arm yourself with knowledge by asking your vet what your best options are, and shop around for less expensive, but just as high quality pet medications.