The BBC programme Watchdog recently aired a discussion about the cost of veterinary medicines. Their reporter found that many people believed they could only buy these medicines from their veterinary practice and were unaware that written prescriptions could be requested (at a small charge) and fulfilled by an online pharmacy. They went on to point out that such medicines can often be found online at a cheaper price than the retail cost of buying them from your vet.
As a veterinary hospital which occupies a large site, employs a number of staff and has lots of specialised equipment and facilities we are aware that, although our prices are competitive, we are not always able to match the prices of some online pharmacies.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) summed up the situation for many practices with their response:
'It is expensive for anyone to keep and dispense veterinary medicines under the strict guidelines that are set out in legislation. Setting up a pharmacy, buying and maintaining the correct equipment, and training staff are all costs that must be met by the sale of the medicines. Vets must keep in stock a whole range of medicines, including those needed in an emergency, and very expensive drugs that are rarely used. Online suppliers are able to buy in much larger quantities than individual vet practices and have less overtheads to cover. If medicines from an online source are very cheap this should ring alarm bells and you should take extra care to ensure the website belongs to a reputable, UK-based organisation. There are added benefits to buying from your veterinary practice. The vets and nursing team will spend time demonstrating how to administer medicines correctly to ensure maximum efficacy and can talk through any possible adverse reactions, how to spot them and what to do.'
For members of our Dog Club Gold package and Active Cat package we offer 10% off all oral medication (excluding antibiotics) which can provide a significant yearly saving for pets on longterm medication.