Save on pet medications

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Last year Americans spent almost $30 billion on veterinary services for their pets. More than a quarter of all pet owners worry they won’t be able to afford their pet’s medical treatments. Health editors at Consumer Reports have some tips on how to save money caring for furry family members.

Pet owners will spend anywhere between $9,000-to-more-than $13,000 for medical treatments over the course of an animal’s lifetime. And costs can continue to rise if your pet needs a prescription. Before you buy medicine directly from the vet, you should shop around. You can also buy a lot of your pet’s medication from a regular pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens.

Although some veterinary-specific drugs exist, a number of medicines prescribed for pets are the same as those taken by people. And some pharmacies will give you the same discounts on drugs for pets they offer people.

Shopping at online pharmacies is another way you can save on filling your pup’s prescription. But just like when buying your own medicine online, it’s important to make sure you buy them from a safe site. The Pharmacy Verified Websites Program screens online pharmacies. It helps you make sure online pharmacies are storing medication correctly, dispensing it correctly, and providing the right kind of medication.

And as with all medications, you should always follow the label directions. If you have any questions about the medication, ask your veterinarian.

Making sure your pet is spayed or neutered can also help save you money in the long run. The ASPCA says spaying and neutering pets helps prevent health problems like uterine infections, breast tumors and testicular cancer.

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