Like other members of the family, pets sometimes become ill and require prescription medication. Trips to the vet can get expensive so many people are buying discount pet medications from online pharmacies. But it is important to purchase pet prescriptions that are safe from reputable companies. There are many pharmaceutical websites that sell expired or "off brand" medications and do not follow state and federal laws. PetCareRx and National Pet Pharmacy are two online pet pharmacies certified by Vet-VIPPS (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site). Both companies have passed rigorous licensing and inspection requirements, proving that they are legitimate pharmacies.
National Pet Pharmacy and PetCareRx also sell other health and wellness products for pets like vitamins, supplements and specialty food.
PetCareRx is an online “pet pharmacy”, licensed in all 50 states, that sells prescription and non-prescription medications for cats, dogs, birds and other animals.
When an order is placed online or by phone, the PetCareRx pharmacist will contact your vet for authorization and ship the order directly to you. PetCareRx has a huge inventory of FDA and EPA approved pet medications and other pet products at up to half the price charged by veterinarians and pet stores including:
I have been a customer of PetCareRx since 2004 when my older dog had problems walking. My vet prescribed Rimadyl, which relieves pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis. My dog responded amazingly well and within a few days he could walk easily. My vet charged almost double for Rimadyl compared to the price on PetCareRx.com.
Others share my enthusiasm for this company:
WOW! When I came across PetCareRX.com, it was a blessing! I am a foster-mom for Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions, in Las Vegas, and when I took on FOUR newborn kittens, I had to purchase cans of KMR formula for them. Petsmart and Petco charge between $7.99-$8.99 per 12.5 oz. can, however when shopping PetCareRX.com through MrRebates.com (a shopping rebates website), not only did I get the KMR for $5.40/can, free shipping with a $35+ purchase, and Pet Points, I also get a 12% rebate through MrRebates.com! http://www.viewpoints.com/Petcarerx-com-review-f4c00
Live Chat window is a bit annoying. It pops up while browsing and again when exiting the website. When I am ready to leave a website, I don't appreciate being stopped by an advertisement.
Pet Food – limited selection and veterinary diet brands such as Hills Science Diet not available
Selection of pet products is minimal (beds, food, leashes, etc)
National Pet Pharmacy sells prescription/non-prescription and generic brand pet medications as well as other pet products. Their staff includes licensed pharmacists. First time customers must mail the veterinarian’s prescription form to National Pet Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky. Refills may be ordered online.
These products and more can be found in stock:
National Pet Pharmacy has slightly lower prices than PetCareRx on many items. For instance:
Advantage Flea Treatment for Dogs (11-20 lbs): $ 43.99 at National Pet Pharmacy and $45.99 at PetCareRx.
Heartguard Plus (dogs over 50 lbs) 6 tablets: $38.49 at National Pet Pharmacy and $43.99 at PetCareRx
Certified by Vet-VIPPS and Better Business Bureau
Selection of products is one of the largest online
Price Match: They will match the price on any product from any online retailer. You just e-mail verification.
Website is well designed; the search engine is amazingly refined. For instance, you can look up pet food items by flavor, age and breed of pet, brand, form, protein source, etc.
Prescriptions: First time prescriptions cannot be filled until customer places an order and checks out, and then mails the vet’s authorization form with order number to National Pet Pharmacy in Louisville, Kentucky.
Customer reviews: I found an equal number of complaints and compliments about National Pet Pharmacy's customer service.
“I placed an order for a special vet prescribed cat food and in order to get this, I had to send in a prescription. I did not have one, so I called the next morning and spoke to a male agent. He assured me that my order has been cancelled and charges on my card had been dropped. …. so, I called again to speak to someone else. This time they told me that my order has already been processed and shipped. “
"I have been shopping at National Pet Pharmacy for a couple of years now, and have never been disappointed. Their website is easy to navigate, their products are reliable, and their prices competitive."
The negative reviews should not prevent anyone from ordering from National Pet Pharmacy as their prices and selection are excellent.
Having been a customer of PetCareRx, I would not hesitate to recommend this website or National Pet Pharmacy. They both offer discount prices on prescription medications. PetCareRx is still my first choice, even though National Pet Pharmacy has lower prices on many products. The reason is because PetCareRx will call your vet to verify the prescription; National Pet Pharmacy does not (you have to mail the vet's authorization after placing your order). However, if your pet is on a weight loss or other special diet, I would suggest ordering from National Pet Pharmacy as their pet food selection is enormous.
When a pet is ill, you should always consult your veterinarian first. Advise your vet that you prefer to order the pet medication online because of price or convenience. Give the vet the name of the online pharmacy so he or she will be prepared to authorize the prescription if they get a call or need to complete a form. Most vets won't mind if you purchase the medicine online instead of from their office as this has become a common practice. But if medication is needed immediately, your vet may insist that you buy the first prescription from his office and additional prescriptions may be ordered online.