The convenience of online ordering combined with the ease of comparison shopping makes online pharmacies popular with many pet parents. But how can you best save money– and be assured you’re ordering from a reputable pet pharmacy?
- Don’t order through eBay or Craigslist. Yes, you’ll find many pet medications sold by individuals on eBay, Craigslist, and similar sites. Prices may be low but you have no assurance that the products you’re purchasing are safe, are actually the products you’re seeking, and are within the “best by” date. Skip these.
- Look for Registered Pharmacies. In the US, the US Food and Drug Administration recommends looking for the Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice seal to show US sites accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. In Great Britain, General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) identifies Registered Pharmacies with a logo such as the one you’ll see on Vet Medic. The green box includes the pharmacy’s registration number which ensures that this is a registered pharmacy.
- Look for names you recognize. Many online pet pharmacies carry all the largest brands of pet medications and preventatives, making it easy to do comparison shopping.
- Ask your vet about online pharmacies. You’ll need a prescription from your veterinarian for many online pharmacy purchases so ask your vet about her opinion of the online pharmacy you’re considering. Has your vet had a good experience with the site?
- Sign up for online newsletters. Just as with other types of pet products, it pays to sign up for online newsletters from pet pharmacies for news (including potential future recalls) and exclusive discounts.
- Get social with pet pharmacies. Similarly, follow your favorite online pet pharmacy on Facebook and Twitter for possible discounts and news.
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