Surely you have seen the ads on television and the internet on low-priced pet medications. Have you considered trying them out? I sure have. But here are some things to consider first.
Will your veterinarian compete? Ask your veterinarian to match the price of your pets’ medications you find on the internet.
I don’t know of any veterinarian who wouldn’t price match medications for your pets or at least work with you …if you are a regular client.
Don’t expect to just walk into a vet practice you’ve never been to before and ask them to match the price of your pets’ medications. You need to build a relationship with them first.
Here is how I would go about doing this.
Go to the website where you found the pet medications you want to buy. Enter what you need in the shopping cart. Go far enough into the checkout process where you have the total cost listed (do not actually buy the product.) Be sure each of your pets’ medications are listed with the asking price. INCLUDE THE SHIPPING COST (that is only the right thing to do). You could also just print the information off the main product screen as long as the shipping COST is included somewhere on the page.
Print this off and take it to your veterinarian. Please make sure that the order has a date on it as they probably won’t price match anything that wasn’t printed out during the last few days. Give them what you have and ask them if they could help with the charge on your pets’ medications.
The best possible consequence is that they match your pet meds price or becomes more competitive. If not, you have a decision to make.
Do you believe the internet pet medications companies care as much about your pet as your veterinarian does?
I have a certified vet tech friend that has had to talk to pet medications customer service reps on more than one occurrence.
Veterinarians and their personnel work diligently to establish relationships with their patrons. When you purchase your pets medications from them not only do you get the medications (heartworm tablets, flea prevention, arthritis medication, whatever) but you also get the counsel that comes along with it.
Sure, buying something for a lower price is a privilege you have as a purchaser. But have you thought about WHY it’s cheaper? Many times cheaper isn’t necessarily cheaper. That added money you spend is paying for professionals’ judgment and guidance. It could end up saving your pet!
In the nest pet health insert, I will give you even more ammo why buying your pets medications online may not be best thing for you.