Getting the medications your pet needs from your vet can be a steep expense. Luckily many medications can be found online for a better price. Your vet, however, may be skeptical about approving these medications through online companies and with good reason. As a consumer, you want to be knowledgeable about the options available to you and what your rights are. You want to make sure that the company you choose as your pet pharmacy is reputable and provides FDA approved products. You also want to make sure that this company is located in the US and that the medications they provide are not imported internationally. This guarantees that the product is legitimate and that the production of the medication is regulated and overseen. All of these are valid concerns that your veterinarian may have before giving the “ok”.
What do you do, if you have found a reputable pharmacy and your vet will still not authorize the prescription? The first thing you want to do is become familiar with their prescription release policies. Some vets will not approve the medication directly with the pharmacy but they are willing to give you a written prescription. With this prescription on hand, you can choose the pharmacy you would like to fill it with and arrange to get the prescription to them. You do, however, want to keep in mind that it is now your responsibility and that your veterinarian is not responsible for any harm or reaction this medication may cause your pet. This is why it is important to verify the company’s credentials.
If the vet will not approve the prescription and refuses to give you a written prescription, the next thing you want to do is check with the Board of Veterinary Medicine in your state. In some states it is required under state law or regulation that veterinarians write prescriptions upon client request, assuming that a patient/client relationship exists and that the vet is already willing to dispense the medication in question from his own stock. If these provisions are met and your state requires your vet to write a prescription, you can report the vet to the Board of Veterinary Medicine if he continues to deny you a prescription. Most vets are willing to work with you before it gets to that though. It is just simply not worth the hassle of having something negative on their license and in most cases their concern is not that you purchase the product somewhere else, but that the product is authentic.
In any case, if your vet is selfishly demanding that you purchase the product with them regardless of the credentials of the pharmacy you choose, it may be beneficial to change vets. Research the vets in your area and find out what their policies on prescriptions are. Make sure that their primary concern is your pet’s medical care and that they are sympathetic to your needs as well. This is guaranteed to produce a high quality, successful, and valuable relationship between you and the person you may owe your pet’s good health to.