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Prescriptions for Your Pup

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If your golden comes down with an acute illness, if you are like me, you likely buy any needed prescription medications from the vet’s office because it’s fast, easy and I want my pup to take their meds right away to get better sooner.

However, if your golden needs medications for a chronic problem or you want to get a good price on heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention, you’re likely to finder a less expensive alternative online or at a local pharmacy.

Some ways to save:

1. Call your local pharmacy. Some medications dogs take are people meds too. Tramadol is one. Walmart and Giant Pharmacies will usually save you some cash.

2. I’ve never used a dog prescription card, but some folks swear by them. Card programs such as the “Pet Drug Card” is a free program that will help reduce the cost of your pet’s prescription medication. There are no applications or fees required to become a member. Simply print your free Pet Drug Card and Coupons and receive prescription savings up to 75% at more than 68,000 participating pharmacies.Just like cards for people, you show the card and many pharmacies will provide a discount. Some large vet clinics even accept these cards.

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3. I know many people are hesitant to buy prescriptions online, but you can often save a lot. Use reputable online pharmacies. I’ve used 1 – 800 Pet Meds, Dr Fosters and Smiths (They often have sales on a med we use a lot) and Allivet with no problems. One of our rescue vets recommends Wedgewood Lower cost pharmacy for good prices on compounding.

4. Also, ask your vet if there is going to be a sale on any products such as chews and dental products during February which is dental health month, or for flea prevention as the weather warms up. Sometimes if you buy a year supply of a product it is less expensive than if you buy less. Also, ask your vet for free samples. If you really can’t afford your dog’s prescription TELL your vet. There may be a cheaper alternative and some vets have a fund set aside to help clients who cannot pay full price for services. You won’t know if you don’t ask!

What pharmacies would you recommend or caution against?


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