Where’s The Best Place To Buy Pet Medications?

By  //  June 3, 2013

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CHECK LOCAL PHARMACIES AND ONLINE

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before turning over that credit card to your vet’s receptionist for the medications prescribed for your pet, consider checking with your local pharmacy or online for options related to special programs, which, in many cases, may offer those drugs at a much more affordable price.

The Consumer Reports online article excerpted below provides valuable information about the best places to buy medications for the feline and canine members of your family.

CONSUMERREPORTS.ORG—Not from your vet. They sharply mark up their drug prices, and tack on a $5 to $15 dispensing fee, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. For many pet meds, a better bet is your local pharmacy.

Explore your options on where to find the best buys on your pet's medications.

Explore your options on where to find the best buys on your pet’s medications.

Kmart, Rite Aid, Target, and Walgreens all fill prescriptions for Fluffy and Fido, so long as that same drug is also prescribed to humans. Prices can go as little as $4 for a month’s supply. Walgreens allows customers to enroll pets as family members and take advantage of its prescription savings club. Giant/Eagle, Kroger, and Target also open their discount programs to pets.

“While our pharmacies do not carry all pet-related medications, common treatments for pet ailments like itching, infection, blood pressure, digestive issues, and seizure are available at prices that may be more affordable compared to other providers,” says a spokesperson for Walgreens who adds that they can also make it easier for you to give pets their pills. “With a valid prescription, our pharmacists can turn many capsules or pills into a liquid flavored with chicken, beef, or salmon.”

CLICK HERE to read the complete story on how to save money on your pet’s medications on ConsumerReports.org.


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