Just how Easy is it to buy Prescription Drugs for your Pets Online?


Many pet owners now buy prescription medicines for their pets online, but the cost of a vet prescription can wipe out any potential savings.

Wed 14 Mar 2018

By Judy

Just how Easy is it to buy Prescription Drugs for your Pets Online?

Buying prescription medicines for your pet online

Many pet owners now buy prescription medicines for their pets online, but the cost of a vet prescription can wipe out any potential savings.

Flea, tick and worming products that were once only available from vets on the high street can now be bought online, often at a fraction of the cost charged by their vets. Many other prescription drugs for conditions such as arthritis are also available on the internet, again at a greatly reduced cost. Obviously, this is great news for pet owners, especially those with pets who require daily medication for ongoing health problems and for pet owners on a limited budget. Savings can be as much as 40% on some pet medicines when you shop online.

Why are preventative treatments so much cheaper online?

Online stores simply do not have the running costs and substantial overheads of a veterinary practice which allows them to be so competitive.

Can I order prescription drugs for my pet online?

Yes. However, some popular brands and products require a prescription from your vet which will need to be sent to the online pet medicine company before they can release your order.

How much will my vet charge for a prescription for my pet?

There is no fixed fee in place at present, and vets can charge what they feel is a fair amount for their time to issue the prescription. The cost of a prescription can vary greatly from practice to practice. We’ve found some vets charging £10 for a prescription, and reports of some charging a whopping £25. The cost of prescriptions has become a contentious issue with many pet owners, and can often wipe out any savings that would have been made buying medicines online. Pet owners can obviously change vets if they feel prescription charges are too high, but most pet owners tend to remain loyal to their vets throughout the lifetime of their pet. In some cases changing vets for pet owners living in rural and remote areas may not be an option.

The Pet Owners Association would like to see a fixed fee introduced for issuing prescriptions throughout the country that is fair to both pet owners and vets. Please tell us how much you have been charged for a prescription, and share your experiences of buying prescription medicines online.

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