How to save on pet meds

Many pharmacies allow pets on RX plans

Published On: Jul 16 2012 02:40:47 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

We love our pets like they are members of the family and when they are sick you take them to the doctor. But those prescription medications most of us get from our veterinarian can be pricey.

That's where human pharmacies come in and they are competing for the pet market. You can even enroll a pet on your store prescription plan for discounts. "You can put your whole family, spouse, kids and pets and it's a one-time fee of $5," said Gabe Quintanilla, H-E-B Pharmacist.

H-E-B and other big chain pharmacies fill pet meds as long as it's also a human drug. Costco is going even further filling some pet-only meds. Target is beginning to do the same.

Of course, to shop around, you must have the prescription, something veterinarians don't have to give you. A bill in congress would change that.

"I always tell them, if you can find a cheaper price someplace else, I'm more than happy to write a prescription, " said Dr. John Johnson, veterinarian.

Johnson adds he's all for pet owners saving money, but has concerns like owners not immediately filling the prescription and pharmacists trained in people, not pets.

"The vast majority have no training in drug interactions in animals. Doses are different, interactions are different," Johnson said.