has anyone used this for prescription drugs? if so, do you need the prescription already made? how does it work? is it cheaper than the vet
has anyone used this for prescription drugs? if so, do you need the prescription already made? how does it work? is it cheaper than the vet

I don't know about them at all. I've used rxusa http://www.rxusa.com The first time I used them I put in the order and then my vet faxed them the prescription.
Whoever you use, though, be sure to account for the shipping costs in comparing prices over your local pharmacy. Your local human pharamcy may be able to fill some pet prescriptions, depending upon the drug.
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Procedure:

1) Talk to the vet and get them to approve giving you the drug. They don'tneed to give you a formal prescription or anything. This is mostly so they aren't suprised when you try to buy prescription medicine. If you're buying something simple like heartworm medicine, you'd probably just need to give them a heads up call.

2) Order from petmeds. You will supply them your vet's name and phone number.
3) Petmeds will fax your vet. The vet will then fax petmeds the prescription.
4) Petmeds will ship the item to you.

This is relatively easy and doesn't take too long. This procedure only applies to things that require a prescription by law. Non-prescription, like Advantage flea medicine, can be shipped without the vet. Shipping is free if over $50, so I usually buy my heartworm and flea medicine at the same time to take advantage of that. I use petmeds because my vet doesn't carry the brand of heartworm pills I use, and ordering online is the simplest way for me. Pricing should be cheaper or about equal, depending on your vet's markup.
I can't answer your question but would ask one of you. If you like your vet, feel that he/she is a valuable professional to be acquainted with, and the medicine you seek from them isn't double the cost as that of PetMeds, then why not show loyalty to your vet by buying from him/her? In general, the veterinary profession isn't a rich one even though they went through many years of education and alot of expense to attain it. They may be expensive to visit, depending on where you live, but alot of money goes into the cost of the building, employees, equipment, etc.

I don't mean to be preachy, there are some highly overpriced vets out there so some of them are making a good bit of money, but if you like your vet, and can afford the medication from him, then why not show your appreciation by putting the profit into his clinic's pocketbook instead of PetMeds' pocketbook?

Tara
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Your local human pharamcy may be able to fill some pet prescriptions, depending upon the drug.

Yes, I get Rocky's Phenobarbital from Safeway at about 1/3 the price as from his vet. Three years ago it was the other way around.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
but if you like your vet, and can afford the medication from him, then why not show your appreciation by putting the profit into his clinic's pocketbook instead of PetMeds' pocketbook?

THANK YOU, Tara!! I'd hug you if I could.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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I can't answer your question but would ask one of you. If you like your vet, feel that he/she is ... isn't double the cost as that of PetMeds, then why not show loyalty to your vet by buying from him/her?

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I can't answer your question but would ask one of you. If you like your vet, feel that he/she is ... from him, then why not show your appreciation by putting the profit into his clinic's pocketbook instead of PetMeds' pocketbook?

i totally agree with this.
also, wasn't there some question of sketchiness going on with petmeds a few years ago, questions as to where they had obtained their products? maybe i'm misremembering.

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also, wasn't there some question of sketchiness going on with petmeds a few years ago, questions as to where they had obtained their products? maybe i'm misremembering.

You're not misremembering.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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