Your pet is not well and you think it is the same problem as before. Can you just go to your Vet and get another course of the medication dispensed last time?
You are travelling around Australia and have run out of Fluffy’s little blue pills. Can you pop in to the nearest Vet and just get some more?
Your pet is on long term medication. Can you keep getting more tablets when you run out?
The answer to all the above is NO. And here is why.
The laws governing Prescription medications for both people and animals are very strict, and as Veterinarians we are legally required to work within these restrictions, just as your Doctor is.
Prescription Animal Medications can only be dispensed:
1. By a registered Veterinarian.
2. To animals under our care.
3. As a course of treatment for a specific condition
Where an animal is on long term medications to treat ongoing issues such as heart conditions, epilepsy, allergies etc it is a legal requirement for the Vet to give the animal a full clinical examination regularly.
This is to protect the health and well-being of your pet, as some medications can have side effects or may need adjustment of dosages.
We are not trying to be difficult, but we are bound to work within the restrictions of the law, and in doing this offer the best standard of care possible for your pets.