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  • How To Save A Lot Of Money On Canine/Feline Medications

    As you may know, my dog is on several medications long term and that along with monthly blood test is very expensive. I discovered that her Atopica (also used in skin conditions) was $85 every two weeks 25mg taken every 12 hrs. Well, the Pharmacy that delivers her special 3mg aspirin also makes Cyclosporine and it is only $38.01 for 60 caps! The vet never told me! I had to ask if it was ok for her to have this form i nstead and they said ok and called it in. I had purchased several from them at $85 every two weeks first!

    So, if your pet is on chronic meds or meds for awhile search for canine pharmacys and you will save. They deliver for $5 no matter how many prescriptions you order. I would NEVER have known had I not needed the special aspirin. It appears vets don't care what it costs us. Sorry to say. I also can save getting her monthly blood test at the regular vet for a fraction of the other blood draw and test.
    Last edited by Jenneversage64; 04-28-10, 07:32 PM.

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    I will pick up pet meds at my local pharmacy when possible. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: The dosing for people and pets may be radically different and if the pharmacist is not made aware that the prescription dosing is for pets, they may figure that the decimal point is off and give you the wrong dosing.
    Certified Master Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care Instructor
    "Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation." Henry Ward Beecher US Congregational Minister 1813-1887

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    • #3
      Wow I looked up petmed and they have all kinds of great stuff. Thanks

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        be real careful regarding online canine pharmacy's. many of them source from overseas and their isn't any regulation. buyer beware.
        Certified Master Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid and Care Instructor
        "Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation." Henry Ward Beecher US Congregational Minister 1813-1887

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        • #5
          Yes, you can save money buying pet meds at regular pharmacies and if you have a discount prescription plan your pet may be covered under it as well.
          The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

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          • #6
            Jenne,

            I don't know that I would blame the vet. There is no way for them to know every medication and every price pharmacy vs. vet
            hosp. It would be unreasonable to expect them to keep track of the prices of the 100s of drugs available. Also I know our vet is happy to write out prescriptions for owners if they can find things cheaper but they WILL NOT, ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT recommend any online pet med stores due to liability. Many are not trustworthy and they don't care to be in the business of policing them or guessing which are being ethical and which are not.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by workingchihuahua View Post
              be real careful regarding online canine pharmacy's. many of them source from overseas and their isn't any regulation. buyer beware.
              SO RIGHT! FDA just busted some company recently for selling fraudulent Frontline, acc. to my vet. They picked it up when they tested the GLUE the boxes were held together with.
              Another good friend just got a dressing down from her vet for ordering *Metacam* thru a Canadian Pharmacy that was actually importing it (something,...certainly not Metacam) from India.

              It's all well and good to be cost conscious...just make sure you don't do something irreversible that you'll regret in the long run.
              Often it's not what you say, but how you say it.

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              • #8
                We have a compounding pharmacy here that is alot cheaper on some meds, don't mind getting flea meds onlinebut anything else is local.jmo
                ~~Everyone is entitled to my opinion!~~

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                • #9
                  No, No.....

                  I am NOT speaking of on line Pharmacys at all! I am talking about the canine only pharmacys that are local in my town and neighboring towns! The one I use is called Diamondback here in Phoenix that already delivers my girls' 3mg aspirin , ordered by my vet specialist. I never said anything about on line pharmacys. And tho some people go to Mexico, I am still doubtful about whether I would do so for my meds, should I ever need them. Diamondback is also the name of a baseball team here. I think it is named for a snake.

                  I KNOW this pharmacy is approved by the vet because they also make the aspirin. I called several, and they were the cheapest, and ok with vet approval. I do rather think they vet could have suggested I check their prices. They didn't need to know Atopica was cheaper, but could have said to call and see. I got the numbers from another vet office that is a farther drive from my home. I was asking about treatment options and meds commonly used for AIHA. then she told me of several pharmacy options to call. For me, this is a HUGE savings and much appreciated. $38.01 is a big difference from $170! right? I mean gees they compound it, how different can it be? AND doc says ok. Oh, and it is also ok to get her Anapril at Wal Mart and it IS labeled Canine and the vet tech placed that order. $4.
                  Last edited by Jenneversage64; 04-28-10, 07:55 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by workingchihuahua View Post
                    I will pick up pet meds at my local pharmacy when possible. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: The dosing for people and pets may be radically different and if the pharmacist is not made aware that the prescription dosing is for pets, they may figure that the decimal point is off and give you the wrong dosing.
                    A pharmacist would lose his/her license if they did that and got caught. Medications must be dispensed EXACTLY as doctor ordered. If there are any questions about dosage, the pharmacist must call the doctor's office for conformation.

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