Are vets making it difficult to buy medicines for your pets online?


Over the last few years our shopping habits have changed, and many of us now buy  household items and groceries online.

Thu 25 Jan 2018

By Judy

Are vets making it difficult to buy medicines for your pets online?

Are vets making it difficult to buy medicines for your pets online?

Over the last few years our shopping habits have changed, and many of us now buy  household items and groceries online. Shopping online is not only convenient and time saving; it also allows us to find the best price for goods at the click of a button from the comfort of our own home.

Pet owners too can make big savings on food and accessories online and this also extend to pet medicines. As we know, worming, tick and flea medicines are not cheap, but are vital to ensure the health and well being of our pets. If you own a dog with an ongoing medical condition such as heart problems or arthritis, the cost of treatment can be very costly indeed. So, it's no surprise that many pet owners are turning to the internet to buy medicines for their pets, often making savings of up to 50% compared to buying medications from their  vet. However, many medicines require a prescription from a veterinary surgeon, and prices for a prescription vary from practice to practice. Prescriptions can cost anywhere between £10-£25 and usually run for 6 months before another prescription is required. Even with the cost of the prescription, the savings online are still significant.

However we recently heard from Michael who owns Barney a 12 year old Labrador with arthritis. Barney is on Carprox for his arthritis and his owner has been buying the medication online for the last year. He was paying £14 for a prescription. However, his veterinary surgery has now changed the rules, and instead of the prescription lasting for 6 months, it now only runs for 4 months. Additionally, Michael needs to take Barney for an examination at a cost of £26 as well as paying £14 for the prescription. So, the total cost is now £40 and this is just for 4 months rather than 6 months. Michael still saves money buying online, but obviously this change in rules has eaten into the saving. We've also heard from owners who feel uncomfortable asking their vet for a prescription over the last few months. We would love to hear your experiences good or bad, and also how much your vet charges for a prescription. Get in touch with us at hello@pet-owners.org