Waukegan Pet Clinic
Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Pet Medications Issues, Project No. P121201
I think veterinarians do need to keep control of pet meds. Human med pharmacists are not trained in other species' different metabolisms (eg, you can give acetaminophen to dogs, but not to cats. eg, the dose of valium is MUCH higher in dogs than in the average human adult). While I keep the vast majority of the meds I use on hand, I do write some prescriptions to fill at human pharmacies and until you form a great relationship with the pharmacist, you get calls about "You want to give HOW much HOW often " because they think you are making a mistake. There already are PET pharmacies available with pharmacists on board who already know the ins and outs of animal use. Veterinarians already ok scrips thru Pet Meds, Foster and Smith, Alli Vet, Pet Care Rx and others. There are WAY too many local pharmacists that would need to be trained. So, that's the safety issue. From a purely financial issue, people just don't get it. If we have to sell the medications for less, then the office call price, and medical/ dental/ and surgical treatments will all go up. We still have to pay employees and cover building/ equipment, etc bills and those bills are not going to change. If we charge less for meds (or lose them), other costs are going to go up. In the long run, this will be MORE expensive for the pet owner, as s/he will still have to pay us the same amount, then also the med bill elsewhere.