Just like anything else – things are not always as they seem with online pet pharmacies. It is highly likely that you have seen one of the many advertisements for online pharmacies designed to fill pet medications. These commercials can be quite deceiving with advertising, and in the end can confuse responsible pet owners on whether it is better to buy the medications directly from a Fayetteville veterinarian, or to order from one of the online pharmacies.
First, and foremost, one of the biggest misconceptions comes from the fact that you cannot fill a prescription online that you do not physically have. In other words, medications that are considered “prescription only” cannot be purchased from online pharmacies without first having a prescription from a veterinarian’s office. The fact of the matter is that if you already have the vet’s prescription, you should go ahead and have them fill it because it will save you time and money in the long run. Not to mention the fact that with your vet’s pharmacy you can be sure you are administering the correct dosage and product to your pet.
One of the largest worries surrounding online pet pharmacies is the chances of receiving counterfeit or foreign products. Of course, this is not the same with every online pharmacy, because like other businesses, some are more reputable than others. The past has shown that products such as heartworm and flea prevention have been popular targets for such scams. Although, many such scams have fallen by the wayside, there are still some similar ones still prevalent. The best way to avoid such issues to go ahead and purchase the medication from your most trusted source – your pet’s veterinarian!
In the end, the choice where you will purchase your pet’s medications is up to you. However, the only way to be sure you are receiving the correct, effective product is to purchase it from the veterinarian. Your vet will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the medication, side effects, administration, or other topics related to it. Your Fayetteville veterinarian knows your pet best. He or she is familiar with your pet’s specific health issues and is therefore best qualified to administer the appropriate medication. In the end, do your research and make sure if you do choose to use an online pet pharmacy that it is reputable and has good ratings from previous users.
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3045 N. Market
Fayetteville, AR 72703
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