Short Takes

October 2007 Issue

Short Takes: 10/07

Buying your pet's medication on the Internet; rabies statistics from 2006

If you need refills of prescription medications for your cat — and you’re tempted to buy the drugs at discount prices from a website — you might wonder whether that bothers your veterinarian. Indeed it does, according to an article in the trade journal Veterinary Economics (Vol. 48, Issue 8). And vets have some persuasive reasons why you should continue to buy cat drugs from them. But first, some reasons to think twice about your cat-care budget: The typical mark-up (beyond the cost to veterinarians) for dispensed medications is 150 percent. Heartworm, flea and tick-control products tend to be marked up 100 percent. And therapeutic food, which some cats eat throughout their lives, is sold by veterinarians at about 45 percent above cost.

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