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Pet Medicine Rip Off?

Published on September 8, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

A cost comparison survey has exposed over-inflated pricing from UK vets across a broad range of commonly used veterinary medicines. The survey which was commissioned by leading UK online veterinary pharmacy Vet-Medic, has revealed that UK vets are charging on average double the price for medicines when compared to online vet medicine suppliers.

The cost comparison survey, conducted by an independent research company compared the prices of pet medicines in supermarkets, high street pharmacies, pet superstores, veterinary practices, online pharmacies and vet medicine suppliers across the UK, revealing huge discrepancies in how much vets and other retailers are charging for exactly the same product.

The survey focused on the most commonly purchased pet health products and leading high street brands. These included Frontline flea control treatments for both dogs and cats; Drontal worming tablets for both dogs and cats; Feliway diffuser refills commonly used to prevent undesirable or stress related behaviour in cats such as spraying and scratching; Royal Canin Waltham specialist animal nutrition and Optimm une eye treatment.

The investigation revealed that on many well known pet medicines, vet prices were more than one hundred percent more expensive than the same product when purchased online. For example, a six pack of Frontline for cats is currently available online from prices as low as £16.33, while the same product is being sold in veterinary practises for up to £38.95, more than twice the price.

Similarly, 3.5g of Optimmune eye ointment is available from Vet-Medic.com for £23.86, whilst a veterinary practise in North London is charging £59.50, more than double for the same product.

There were also smaller price differences between high street supermarkets and vets, whereby ASDA is currently offering a six pack of Frontline, Spot on Dog for £25, whilst prices for the same medication at vets range from £32.20 to £59.81 for the same product.

Additionally, there was no consistency in product pricing between vets themselves. Royal Canin Sensitivity Control was available from one Birmingham practise at £60.83, while a vet in Nottingham was selling the same product for £74.50.

Andrew Evans , Vet-Medic Managing Director commented:

“This research offers huge insight into the pricing structures of pet medication. When we commissioned the research to help us keep our own pricing competitive, we made an assumption that online shopping should come out cheaper but were staggered by how much.”

“At Vet-Medic we are committed to fair pricing and encourage pet owners to get a better deal not only by shopping around for over the counter medicines, but also to ask their vets for a prescription in a similar way to a GP.” He added

“Not many pet owners are aware that vets are obliged, in most circumstances, to provide them with a prescription when asked. How and where the prescription medicine is purchased is actually the owners’ choice.”

 

Product

< p>Online Price

 

Vet Price

Frontline Spot On, 6 Pack, Large Dog

&pound ;28.80

£59.81

 

Frontline, Spot on Cat, 6 Pack

£16.33

£38.95

 

Drontal, Cat Tab

£1.49 per tablet

 

£3.70 per tablet

 

Drontal, Plus Flavour

£1.60 per tablet

 

*£21.49 ( 2 tablets)

 

Protexin Pro Kolin

£10.75/30ml

 

£27.45

 

Feliway Refill 48ml

£14.17

 

£24.36

 

Royal Canin Waltham

Sensitivity Control Canine

£56.55

 

£75.34

 

Atopica Caps (15)

£39.80

£98.73

 

Optimmune Eye Ointment 3.5g

£23.85

 

£59.50

 

Rimadyl 50mhx100

£47.95

 

£128.58

 

*This price has been double checked to confirm not an error

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