Essential Tips to Help Lower the Cost of Cat Medication

ThinkstockPhotos-186951405As cat people, we now people with cats will do anything to keep their fur baby family both happy and healthy for all the years of their life. But, we also know that keeping said felines healthy can get quite expensive when using prescriptions for preventative care or medical treatment.

With an under-regulated veterinary drug and medication system, you have probably noticed the price of your kitty’s meds rising steadily over the past few years. Everything from flea and tick treatment for cats to preventative health meds has a massive price difference between brand name drugs and generic drugs that add up to be a costly expense each month.

Luckily, there are ways to save money on your cat’s medication. Try these tips if you would like to save money on your pet’s prescription costs:

Tips to Save Money on Prescriptions For Cats

Don’t Fill Your Prescription With Your Vet

Before you see your vet, make sure it to ask your vet if they are willing to write a prescription that will let you buy the medication elsewhere if you choose to. Many vets will even recommend services that can fill your prescriptions at a lower cost. 

Comparison Shop For Medications

Pet medications are not as heavily regulated as their human counterparts. Depending on the drug, you may be able to find a few generic (and less expensive) formulas that contain the exact same drug ingredients as a more expensive brand name.

Lower Costs on Long Term Medication

Long-term medications, such as regimens for cats with chronic conditions and prescriptions for preventative care, hold a lot of opportunities to save money. One of the quickest ways to save on pet medication is to purchase your flea and tick treatments in a generic formula from a less expensive outlet.

If You Buy Online, Buy With Accredited Pharmacies

If you purchase your medication from an online outlet, make sure you order from one of the 18 sites that belong to Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacies. Vet-VIPPS stands for Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites, which is a program run by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. These sites comply with federal and state licensing requirements and quality assurance.

The most important thing to remember when you are trying to lower the cost of your precious cat family members’ medications and prescriptions is to arm yourself with knowledge, ask your vet what your best options are, and don’t be afraid to shop around for less expensive, but just as high quality pet medications.