Posted March 10, 2021 in General
We’ve all become addicted to buying meds online, even from a pet pharmacy as we adapt to a world of instant buying and very fast delivery. Between the advancements in technology and the impact of the coronavirus, online shopping is up higher than ever, and those trends will not be slowing down anytime soon. A great example of this is with pet medications and supplies as people are relying on online stores to buy the things, they need to keep their furry family members happy and healthy.
While this is a great convenience for online shoppers, there still are some things that you need to get used to. There are challenges that come with online shopping at a pet pharmacy and we would like to share some tips that will help make the experience easier and minimize any mistakes that may occur. There are challenges that come with online shopping at a pet pharmacy and we would like to share some tips that will help make the experience easier and minimize any mistakes that may occur. Start with these tips for a better experience and to ensure that you are getting your family member the best quality care.
This may seem obvious, but you should always start by speaking with the doctor. Never diagnose your pet, especially from the information you find online. Even if you know without any doubt what the issue is, you still want to consult with your doctor as they may be able to recommend an alternative form of treatment or give you reasons why certain medications are not the best for your pup. Think of an example where your dog has issues with fleas, and you look online for the best medication to treat that. However, your vet would tell you that because of your dogs age, you should actually go with a different type of medication. That’s not something you would know to look for when you start doing your research and that’s a big reason why you need to start every online order with a quick call to your vet.
Reviews of products offered by a pet pharmacy, their service and so forth can tell you a lot. The trick is to find one that has plenty of reviews, especially on the products they are selling. For example, some people avoid places that have a rating under 4.5 but in reality, as long as there are hundreds of reviews and historic information about the online store and the products you are researching, you are pretty sure you’ll know what you are getting. Avoid places that offer no web presence and only have a handful of reviews because you don’t really know much about them or what they are offering.
The most important thing before you call the vet or contact the supplier is that you have questions ready to go. Don’t anticipate knowing what to ask when you get someone on the phone because you may forget something as there’s a lot of information going back and forth. Write down the questions you have and make notes of anything you want to bring up like an article you read or something that you saw on television. There are no dumb questions when it comes to providing great care for your pets and you also want to have confidence in the medications you are buying online.
Very rarely are there meds with zero competition. One year after the coronavirus pandemic hit our country and suddenly there are three or four companies that have their own approved vaccines for the virus. It’s safe to say that the meds you’re interested in will have some competition and it’s up to you to research those competitors and make a list. You should do this before you talk to a vet or pharmacist because they can give you their personal experience with each medication and which one they would recommend more for your dog. It may come down to something as simple as price but there may also be other factors that come into play that can influence your decision.
Whether it’s humans or animals, there’s a difference between a doctor and a pharmacist and you should take advantage of those differences. Doctors know the types of medications you or your pets should be on but they may not be aware of different options or newer options. Whenever you have a chance to ask questions you should and make sure you go over every detail to ensure that you are getting the very best for your furry friend. It’s never easy to start selecting new supplies when it comes to health but also keep in mind that the more time you invest into this in the beginning, the less worry you’ll have when you finally make your selection.
Sometimes we forget that we are given information online based on what we are trying to learn. If you look for the benefits of a specific type of medication found at a pet pharmacy, chances are you will only get information about that one medication. You have to research the different options so that you can make a confident purchase.
The good news is that you are never alone and the pharmacy support team is available to assist you, work with your vet and answer any questions you have about your pet and how to best care for them. Don’t get overwhelmed with the information online and remember that you can easily get assistance throughout our site as well as find plenty of information to help you become a more confident shopper. As new medications and treatment options become available, we encourage you to routinely visit our blog or check out our site for new updates. You never know when something new may be introduced that is the perfect alternative to what you’ve already been using.