We all want the best for our furry friends, and in some cases, that means getting them the medicine that they need when they’re sick. However, while there are many human pharmacies out there, it can be difficult to find a good pharmacy for our four-legged pals if you don’t know where to look. That’s why we’re going to discuss pet pharmacies, specifically what to look for when trying to find one.
A lot of people don’t even think about pets as having pharmacies. If your pet is young and still healthy, you may not have to deal with one at the moment. But just like humans, as pets age, they start to experience more severe medical problems that are treated by medication to ease their pain and problems. If your pet has a recurring prescription, you’ll need a pharmacy to keep that prescription filled.
Even if your pet’s not in that situation, pet pharmacies can be helpful for when your pet is feeling temporarily under the weather and your vet prescribes short-term medicine.
You’ll want to find a good pet pharmacy, but how do you tell if the one you’re considering is a good one? There are a few rules of thumb to help you narrow it down.
The first thing to look for is accreditation. For online pharmacies in particular, you want to look for accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). A good, reputable pharmacy will include this information somewhere prominently, so it’s a huge red flag if you can’t find any sort of information about accreditation with just a quick glance.
The second thing to look for is whether or not they ask for a prescription when you request medication for your pet. There isn’t really such a thing as an over-the-counter medication specifically for animals, so all good pet pharmacies will request a prescription before allowing you to order any medicine. If not, that’s a red flag, and what you end up getting may do more harm than good.
Another sign that a pharmacy is legitimate is that they are based in the United States. The U.S. has different regulations than other countries regarding the creation and distribution of medicines for animals and for humans, so it’s important to go with a company that has to follow the laws of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also, it’s also likely to be more trustworthy.
Check for Better Business Bureau ratings and make sure they’re not low with a lot of complaints. If all else fails, consider asking your vet for a recommendation, as they will give you personalized recommendations based on your situation and your pet’s needs.
Read user reviews as well and make sure they’re mostly positive. Keep in mind, of course, that if a company’s reviews are all positive, that’s almost more of a red flag than if they’re all negative. The company may delete mediocre or negative reviews. So utilize previously discussed tools along with reviews, such as Better Business Bureau ratings and veterinarian recommendations. Online user reviews can help you gauge a pharmacy’s reliability, customer service, and other key factors.
Another good way to find good pet pharmacies is to stay local. Ask your friends or family where they go. Online shopping is great, but sometimes being in person is better and safer. The last thing you want is to purchase medication for your dog online only to discover that it’s not the right thing at all and is potentially dangerous to their health.
For those of you in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, or areas nearby Ventura County in California, Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency is the best place to seek help when your pet is feeling sick. We’re a vet as well as a pharmacy and have the expertise necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more. We’d love to get to know you and your pet and get your beloved animal companion on the road to good health and happiness.