You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines Veterinary, (POM-Vs) from your veterinary surgeon OR ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgeon or a pharmacy. There is a charge for written precriptions.
A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary.
You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be dispensed for your animal.
Medicine regulations state we can only prescribe “prescription only medication” to animals “under our care”. Prescription only medicines include not only medications for long term treatment of diseases, but also the majority of the most effective flea, tick and worm preventative medicines (a prescription is required for these if they are purchased elsewhere). What constitutes under our care is open to interpretation but at some stage must have included a physical examination of the animal/herd/flock. In the case of medication for long term conditions this will be as and when we see the animal for regular check-ups – the interval between rechecks will depend on the condition your pet is being treated for – as a guideline this will be every 3-4 months for dogs on arthritis medication, every 2 - 3 months for those on heart medication. This will obviously be tailored to suit the individual case. This is important for the health of your pet and to ensure medication is working and is being used correctly.
A discounted fee is charged for these examinations.
For flea, tick and worm medication the checks should be at least yearly and can be at the same time as annual health check and vaccinations, otherwise the check must be at a separate visit, which, if purely for anti-parasitic medication may be initially by one of the nurses and will be free of charge.