As a pet owner you are bombarded with all sorts of advertisements, enticements, and solicitations trying to gain your business from various sources. The online pharmacies and big box stores are making a concerted effort to try to get your business, making all sorts of claims and offers but you are not being told the whole truth.
If you want what is the best for your pets you should deal with a source you can trust, your veterinarian, who is totally dedicated to providing the best in care for your pets. The products we provide are those that we know are the best available and from trusted sources/manufacturers. Many of the online pharmacies get their medication from foreign sources and some people have received medication from them which is outdated.
One of the huge advantages for obtaining your medications from Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center is that the manufacturer provides guarantees when Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus are purchased from us directly. The online pharmacies and big box stores do not have similar manufacturer based guarantees.
The Plus Guarantee is only from Merial (the maker of Heartgard Plus) and only from your veterinarian. Merial promises that when Heartgard Plus is used as directed it will provide protection for your dog, including: highly effective prevention of heartworm disease, treatment and control of common canine parasites (roundworms and hookworms) that can cause zoonotic disease in humans (especially children), and unrivaled palatability, in the exclusive Real-Beef Chewables.
The Plus Guarantee remains in force only when you obtain Heartgard Plus from a licensed veterinarian with whom you have a valid doctor-owner-patient relationship. If you are not satisfied with the performance of Heartgard Plus against heartworms, hookworms and/or roundworms, all or a portion of treatment costs may be covered. Annual heartworm tests, fecal examinations, and year-round treatment with Heartgard Plus are required to keep the guarantee in force.
Merial also has a Satisfaction Plus Guarantee for Frontline Plus as well, only in force when you purchase the product from your veterinarian. In the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with the product, the makers of Frontline Plus will provide: product replacement or product refund or free professional in-home flea inspection and, if necessary, treatment by Terminix.
Other issues raised about the advantages of dealing with an online pet pharmacy or big box stores is price and (in the case of the online sources) convenience of home delivery. There is a misconception that the prices of veterinary pharmaceuticals are much cheaper at these sources compared to purchasing them directly from your veterinarian.
Despite the assurances that you are getting quality, guaranteed product from your veterinarian, in these tough economic times, price can be a factor. You may be surprised to know that our prices are competitive with the online pharmacies and big box stores. We have manufacturer’s coupons at the hospital for mail in rebates with both Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus, making their prices even cheaper than those other sources. Be certain to consider the incentives we can provide when checking out the prices online. If you set up a pet portal for your pets through epethealth (on our website www.nilesanimalhospital.com or have a receptionist assist you when you are at the hospital) you will receive manufacturer’s coupons for even better rebates.
As far as convenience goes, we too have an online store with a variety of products which can be purchased and delivered directly to your door. In fact, there is a special program for Heartgard Plus where you will receive the dose of Heartgard Plus in the mail once a month, instead of purchasing twelve at a time. Shipping is free for orders over $49.99. You can access our online store by clicking on the “home delivery” button on the website homepage. By purchasing the product through our online store, as you are purchasing from your veterinarian with whom you have a direct relationship, all the manufacturer guarantees still are in force. This is not true if you use other online pharmacies or go to the big box stores.
If you cannot make it into the hospital to pick up your Heartgard Plus and Frontline Plus to use your rebates you will find that the prices at our online store are very competitive. If you have questions about our prices on these (or other) items available at our online store feel free to contact us.
The allure of the online pharmacies and big box stores as sources of pet medications because of cost as well as convenience is not as advantageous as it seems. Purchasing the products through Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center gives you the assurance that you are purchasing quality product that is not expired/expiring and are backed by ironclad manufacturer’s guarantees. In addition, the conception that online is always cheaper does not hold, because our online prices are competitive (we check the other sites to be sure) and if you purchase your medications at the hospital you are able to utilize manufacturer’s rebates which will also help to lower the prices. With the implementation of our online store we are also able to provide you with the convenience of shopping at home and obtaining competitive prices on certain products.
If you have any question or concerns contact us at the hospital 847-647-9325 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.