Having convenient and immediate access to the many preventive and therapeutic medicines at our hospital ensures pets can start recommended medications right away. If you need to refill medication, our staff will authorize your refill and prepare it for you to pick up, often eliminating the need to call or pick-up from a pharmacy. The convenience of seeing your pet's doctor and being able to pick up your pet's prescription medication on a single visit reduces the time and cost you may incur both on the original visit and any future medication refill visits.
Recently, there has been misleading and incorrect information in the media regarding pet pharmacies. While there are reputable pharmacies, there are many that cause us to have concern for our patients well being. If medication is not properly shipped, for example: it is allowed to get too hot or too cold, or isn't properly packaged, it could be ineffective or damaged and unusable. Whereas, if you get it from your veterinarian, you know it has been properly handled until it reaches you and they can inform you how to make sure you handle the medication properly. Also, the product you receive from your veterinarian is controlled in its’ purchase from the manufacturer ensuring you will receive safe and effective medications. It is not uncommon for some online pharmacies to receive outdated or counterfeit medications and products - often from outside of the United States.
We recommend only those online pharmacies who are accredited under the Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site) through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Theses Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacies must meet strict criteria, including protecting client confidentiality, strict quality assurance, and making sure prescription orders are valid.
At Kitsap Veterinary Hospital, we can assure you your pet will receive the appropriate and safe medication prescribed and prepared by professionals who specialize in animal health care.