"But, 800 Pet Meds is so much cheaper . . . "

That's what she said.  And there was no convincing her otherwise.

Everyday we hear the same comment. Over and over. 
So I double checked and the facts might surprise you.   On some products, they are cheaper. A few are as cheap as what I can order them for wholesale. But it isn't always the case. And it certainly wasn't the case with the product that she wanted.

Veterinarians always have manufacturer coupons for free goods.   The coupons vary, but right now, they are get 2-3 free doses of product.  

Advantage Multi- by the time we order it, pay tax on it, mark it up-  It is in the 118-120 dollar range for the 6 pack.  Bayer coupon gives you 2 free doses- each with a $20 value.  So that nets the $120 down to $80. 

Look at what it costs for the 6 pack at 800 Pet Meds.  $92.99.  and you don't get the free doses.  She just paid $13 more to order from 800 pet meds. 

Screen shot of 800 Pet Meds

I do have clients that faithfully buy their pet medications here.  And I appreciate their loyalty.  As one put it, "I don't care if I can save a few bucks ordering medications online.  I know that if I have a medical problem or emergency with my cat, you'll help. Peace of mind is worth more than a few dollars. "

It is so true.  As 2013 begins, the economy isn't going so well.  It might be better in other areas, but small veterinary hospitals are finding it more difficult to keep the door open with the pressure from the internet pharmacies,  spay and neuter clinics,  feed stores,  and even mobile groomers.  

Sometimes, people shop online because it is more convenient. Push a button on your phone and the item shows up on your doorstep in a few days.  Veterinary hospitals now have that covered.  Thanks to the distributors, there are many items that we would not be wise to stock on a shelf- as it moves too slow, or we have to order so many at one time.  Now, they( the distributor)  will ship it to you, and the hospital gets the credit for the order.

The program that we use is called My Vet from Butler- Schein.   You can find the one for Granite Hills Animal Care here.
By the Way, Vectra Rebate coupons are out and are the best EVER- buy a 6 pack, and get 3 FREE Doses.  You can order it through MyVetDirect and I'll email you the rebate code for the 3 free doses.  Vectra is available for Cats, and for Dogs, but Vectra 3D is for dogs only (it's toxic to cats).
If you happen to use Advantage Multi for Cats, from the example above, you want to buy it here at the office to get the free doses.  And if you aren't local, ask your vet about the rebate coupons.

So, the next time, you find yourself tempted by the hype of a tv commercial,  do yourself, and your vet, a favor,  by checking on the facts.

As Bartles and Jaymes  used to say, in their wine cooler commercials, "Thanks for Your Support."

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