Posted on 07-20-2017
There is no doubt we live in an age where online shopping is king. It’s quick, it’s easy, and can be less expensive. And let’s be honest, one less trip to the store is often priceless for busy adults. But what about medications for our pets? Are online pharmacies actually cheaper? Do their medications meet the same storage and handling standards or come with a manufacturer guarantee?
Here are the major advantages of purchasing your pet’s medications directly through your veterinarian rather than an online pharmacy:
Manufacturer guarantee: certain products, like heartworm prevention in particular, are fully guaranteed by the pharmaceutical company that produces them. This guarantee ensures that if your pet were to contract heartworms or even intestinal parasites while consistently taking their preventative as prescribed, the pharmaceutical company will cover the cost of treatment. And most importantly, this guarantee only covers those pets whose medication was purchased directly through a veterinarian.
Quality control: while we cannot speak for the medication handling or storage/shipping conditions to which online pharmacies adhere, we can promise that all medications shipped to and stored within our hospital are always kept at appropriate temperatures, inspected prior to filling, and removed from inventory as soon as they approach expiration.
Manufacturer rebates and bonus free doses: the majority of pharmaceutical companies will offer exclusive rebates and/or additional free doses when certain quantities of their medications are purchased. These added savings and extra doses are only available when medications are purchased directly through veterinarians.
Convenient shipping: we know that having medications shipped to your door is a huge bonus of online pharmacies. What you might not realize is that most veterinarians have their own online pharmacy that will ship medications to you. The bigger bonus? Medications ordered through our online pharmacy still meet the manufacturer guarantee and quality control standards outlined above. The down side? Products purchased online do not qualify for the manufacturer rebates and bonus free doses- an even better reason to stop by and see us in person!
If you haven’t visited our online pharmacy, check it out here: http://apalacheeriveranimalhospital.securevetsource.com/site/view/61437_HomeDelivery.pml
So now let’s talk price. We compared our prices for popular canine and feline monthly preventative products, including Heartgard, Frontline, Nexgard, and Revolution, to those of 1800PetMeds.com, Allivet.com, and PetcareRx.com. Based on the prices listed on the aforementioned websites as of July 20, 2017, our in-hospital prices for these products after additional free doses and/or manufacturer rebates are applied were cheaper across the board. On average, by purchasing these products directly through our hospital, our clients can save anywhere from $2 to almost $15 per dose or box. Want even more savings? Purchasing Heartgard along with either Nexgard or Frontline could qualify for as much as $70 in combined instant savings and mail-in rebates. Give us a call for specific details!
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