Are Discount Pet Medications Safe?
Let’s assume your pet contracts tapeworm or any one of a host of illnesses that needs to be treated. Should you check online to find the appropriate medication? If you find a specific type of medication that seems a bit costly, do you look further to find a cheaper brand? Are discount pet medications safe?
Due to the high cost of prescription drugs for humans, we are sometimes forced to purchase generic drugs to save money. Does this mean the drug is not as effective? Does it mean that it is less safe? With any drug, there may be side effects, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t effective. Moreover, there are always safety factors to consider when taking a drug for the first time. Unfortunately for most of us, it boils down to trial and error.
While there may also be cost considerations when purchasing medications for pets, do we use the same methodology in determining the effects and safety of discount medications? Certainly; and just as we consult with a doctor regarding our own health, we consult with a vet to ensure that the medications utilized are safe and effective at the same time.
The question as to whether or not discount pet medications are safe is a valid one. If your pet becomes ill, the vet will prescribe appropriate medication. If the medication is too expensive, you have an opportunity to ask if there is a less expensive medication available that is just as effective and safe. It should be a medication that has very few side effects when administered over a long term.
So what’s the point? Sometimes in our endeavor to help our pets when they are sick, we may think that by researching the various medications online and finding one that is not only appropriate but inexpensive; that we are saving money in vet bills and the more expensive medications the vet may prescribe.
The problem is that every pet is different; that medications prescribed by a vet depend on age, breed, and weight. Can we honestly make the same judgment on what type of medication is best for our pet based on price? Do we want to take the chance that the medication chosen is the correct one?
If we assume that discount pet medications are safe, then it would be perfectly fine to choose among the many online companies who offer these medications. The question is whether or not we, as pet owners, are qualified to make such a diagnosis and administer the medication to our beloved pets. If, on the other hand, a vet recommends a discounted medication; then it is appropriate to do so.
Just as there are unscrupulous sellers throughout the world who sell prescription medications online that are tainted or consist of placebos, so too, shopping for discount pet medications without the benefit of the expertise of a vet can be a regretful experience.
Talk to a qualified vet to determine what type of illness has befallen your pet and then discuss the medication options. Discount pet medications may be safe, but they may not be practical.