Hospital Pharmacy at Village Veterinary Practice
When you go to the doctor, wouldn’t it be nice to leave with the medication you needed rather than having to make another trip to the pharmacy? That’s the great thing about veterinary medicine! We stock the majority of the medications your pet may need right here in our hospitals. You can leave with your pet’s medication in hand and begin your pet’s treatment ASAP. You can be confident that the medications your pet receives from our practices are safe, effective and dispensed under the specific order of your pet’s veterinarian.
Similar to many other products, some veterinary medications for your pet are increasingly available from third party internet vendors. And while it might be more cost effective for the many things in our lives to purchase products from the internet, when it comes to medications there are multiple concerns and potential dangers with obtaining products through this route.
With two Village Veterinary locations, it’s easy to pick up your pet’s medication or prescription diet refill at which ever location is closest to you. Both practices also offer home delivery of medications and prescription diets.
When you purchase your pet’s medications from a licensed veterinarian, you have the assurance that the medication has come from a trusted source. Your pet’s veterinarian is the only professional that has gone through pharmacy training and licensure specifically for dog or cat. Village Veterinary Practice has expertise in veterinary pharmacology, including training and educating our staff to ensure your pet gets the exact medication with the proper dose. The manufacturers of the medications we use stand behind their products and can support the patient, the pet owner and veterinary hospital, if any questions or adverse reactions occur. Our veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturers guarantee their products’ purity and efficacy, and will cover the cost of treatment should the product not perform as indicated. When a medication is purchased from a source other than a licensed veterinarian, this guarantee is lost, along with any product rebate the manufacturer may be offering.
If you choose to purchase your pet’s medication from an internet pet pharmacy, there are risks you should be aware of. Prescriptions purchased from internet and catalog pharmacies may not come directly from the manufacturer. Accurate labeling, storage conditions, proper expiration dates, medication safety, medication purity and efficacy may be compromised in these products. Additionally, there are also a number of counterfeit drugs that can be found online. These drugs may be labeled like the products you are accustomed to using on your pet; however, the actual product itself can be very different, resulting in severe harm to your pet.
In some cases, medications sold by internet pet pharmacies are obtained from sources outside of the United States. Products obtained from outside of the US are not regulated during manufacturing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products can be mislabeled, incorrectly formulated, contain contaminants, or contain the incorrect amount of drug.
Out of concern for your pet, and the knowledge that we cannot control the safety nor effectiveness of what might be sent to you, Village Veterinary Practice does not endorse the use of pet internet and catalog pharmacies. Therefore, we will not authorize prescriptions or refill prescriptions via phone, fax or email. Clients choosing to obtain their pet’s medications from internet pet pharmacies assume the responsibility of obtaining and mailing the original written prescription to the internet pharmacy of choice. If you have decided to purchase medications from an internet pet pharmacy, please allow enough time for the prescription medication or refill medication to be approved, processed and shipped. For your pet’s safety, we will not make exceptions to this policy if your shipment has been delayed resulting in a lapse of medication dosing.