More pet owners are choosing to have their pets' prescriptions filled at a community or online pharmacy. If you elect to "shop around" for your pets' medications, please use caution and pay attention to your veterinarian's advice. Here are some resources to help you make the right choices for your pets when it comes to filling their prescriptions.
Pet Prescriptions: Animal Health Always Comes First — This resource, developed by the OVMA Prescription Drug Task Force, offers guidance on working with your veterinarian and pharmacist to ensure your pet gets the right medications and lists common over-the-counter drugs that are not safe for your pets.
Purchasing Pet Drugs Online: Buyer Beware — This quick, two-minute video produced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) illustrates important considerations when choosing an online pharmacy.
Online Pet Pharmacies: Protect Your Pet and Be AWARE —This brochure from the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine explains how to evaluate online pharmacies.
Frequently Asked Questions by Pet Owners about Prescriptions and Pharmacies — The American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a list of common questions regarding animal prescriptions and pharmacies.
Vet-VIPPS program — The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy developed the Vet-VIPPS program to ensure that Internet pharmacies selling veterinary drugs are properly licensed and meet other requirements.
Sources to find out whether an online pharmacy is licensed and meets pharmacy board requirements:
Pharmacist Guidance — This resource, developed by the OVMA Prescription Drug Task Force, explains why following a veterinarian's prescription exactly as written is so important and outlines critical differences between medications commonly used in both people and animals. Remember, the prescribing veterinarian should authorize any changes to a prescription before it is filled, so always contact him/her with questions.
Questions? Talk to your veterinarian or find an OVMA member in your area.