HomeCat HealthThe importance of knowing the “birthdate” of your cat when picking up cat medication at a U.S. pharmacy

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The importance of knowing the “birthdate” of your cat when picking up cat medication at a U.S. pharmacy — 9 Comments

  1. We’re all in trouble if the pharmacies start asking for a photo ID of the cat. I get my cats medicine from the vet. I hate going to the pharmacy. Usually an hour or more wait and I’m not a patient person.

  2. Since I have no idea of actual birthdates, mine are always registered as first of January on the supposed birth year (year being based on dentition and physical appearance).

  3. Interesting article. It is almost as if cats are becoming humans. The interesting aspect of this article for me is that there is an increase in prescriptions for cats and perhaps other pets. This would seen to be a general trend amongst the human population as well. I know in the UK far too many elderly people are prescribed drugs which have no real benefit and in fact may present side-effects which are detrimental to the person. I wonder if people are becoming more and more reliant upon drugs and are transferring that attitude to their pets?

    • I’m sure it’s possible in some circumstances but consider that cats are living rather longer lives with the care we are able to provide thanks to medical advances, so are more likely to develop chronic issues or cancer needing drug therapies. I wouldn’t call drugs that Improve a cat’s life quality unnecessary. I also understand that there is great reluctance to medicate for emotional/mental health issues outside the states, and am sure that in a few cases the medicines prescribed are incorrect for the condition or unnecessary, but that assumption cannot be made across the board. Quality of life might predicate on proper medication. I wouldn’t withhold that medication knowing that it can make an innocent suffering animal happier.

  4. I’ve never had this experience before. (Then again I’m from Canada so maybe it’s different) I’m so glad I made sure to take pictures of their documents so if I ever forget anything at all I still have it somewhere!

    • Good idea. I presume you keep those photographs on your cell phone which allows you to present them to the person at the counter when they ask the information. In the UK, we never collect prescriptions for our cats at a pharmacy. Veterinarians do not write prescriptions they simply prescribed the drugs and then you buy them at the counter at the clinic before leaving.

      • There’s a large markup on pharmacy at the vet clinics. Some vets report that 40% of their revenue is drug sales. That means a big bump, when the local non-vet pharmacy sells the same drugs at far lower prices. Animals with chronic illnesses cost a fortune in vet visits so it’s wise to make the drugs affordable.

        • Which means that once again we in Britain are being ripped off (as usual). The prices in America are amazingly cheap compared to the UK (and Northern Europe).

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