crossroads animal hospital
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I think it unwise to allow places such as Petmeds, Target, Walmart, and pharmacies like Walgreen's and CVS to dispense veterinary prescriptioin products with little or no knowledge about how the product works, what side effects may occur and what products are best for your pet. This information can only be supplied by a trained veterinary professional such as a veterinarian or a registered veterinary technician. Only pharmacies or distributors with a licensed veterinarian on staff and on premises should be allowed to provide these products to the general public. In addition, the companies who manufacture the products will not honor any guarantee that comes with the product once it is out of the normal distribution channels. For example,a product is purchased for heartworm prevention, is given as directed and year round and the pet still gets heartworm. If it was purchased through a veterinarian the company will pay for the treatment of the patient. If not purchased from the veterinarian or veterinary distributor the guarantee is voided and the owner would pay for the cost of treatment. These companies are only concerned about expanding into a market that they have previously not "tapped into" so it will enhance their bottom line. There is very little, if any, consideration for the pet's health and nobody with sufficient knowledge to answer client's questions or concerns. It may be good business for these people but it is irresponsible and bad medicine.