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I am a veterinary graduate from Auburn and felt like I needed to let everyone know that you should never buy heartworm or flea preventatives off PetMeds, PetCareRx or other similar websites. There are several reasons why you shouldn't buy. First, most veterinarians will offer prices cheaper than these sites and the ones that don't will price match. Also, the manufacturers of these products don't offer warranties when they are bought from non-veterinary sources. Occasionally you will get a counterfeit product from these online stores because they don't buy factory direct. Finally, there is no way to know how the products are stored until you receive them.
***Take home point is the online stores aren't the best for your pets and typically cost you more money.
Feel free to email me if anyone has questions about this.
This has been a continual question/issue for me. I live in the Dallas Metroplex area (Frisco) and have three dogs. Not one of the Vets in my area will sign the RX for the reasons you just mentioned. Yes, they will match prices, but will not remind, ship, etc for you - which in today's hectic work environment is a plus. Usually I pay the taxes from the Vets, but usually not from Pet Meds or PCRx- which turns out to be 8.25% more actually even with a price match.
What specific accusations are documentable on these companies. I am curious as to how these companies survive. I have heard of these issues fro many years now.... I did not know Dr's (Vets) could not sign an Rx unless you buy products from them. Not a big issue, just wondering. Other than the Dr's themselves, are there any good sources for pet medicines to buy from?
Thanks for your insight on this issue...
This is probably not the best forum for this discussion. I am a veterinarian in south Alabama.Vets in the state of Alabama are not under legal obligation to write a prescription on demand and can charge a fee if they choose to write a prescription. First and foremost these companies cannot buy directly from the manufacturer. There are vets who are paid to buy these drugs for these companies. I get letters every month offering several thousand dollars for me to buy these items and ship them to these retail companies. While your vet is working hard every day, a few vets are supplementing their income at the expense of others.We still do emergencies at my office and it is disconcerting to give up personal time for people who are trying to save a few dollars when they buy from these companies. Drug warranties are in force on some products bought from your vet, in particular heartworm preventatives. Those warranties are void if the product is bought from a retailer. If you are looking to save a few dollars, your gain is short term. As the practices gross income goes down in these areas from retail sales, the income has to be made up in other areas. You can expect surgeries etc to become more expensive. In the long run you are then paying more for your veterinary care instead of less if you support retail internet stores. The consumer will pay less overall as long as the dispensing of all medications reside with veterinarians. If vets ever lose this to pharmacies, you can just imagine what the costs of medications will do. I do not write prescriptions for anything that can be provided through my office. Obviously I feel stongly about OTC sales of thse products. Consumer veterinary costs will be much cheaper as long as the dispensing of these items is the responsibility of a veterinarian.
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