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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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We got our pup back in January and took him in for his shots in February.
He became really sick from the vaccines and we took him to the vet 2 times, both times the vet gave him antibiotics, but none of his tests came up positive.
After 3 courses of antibiotics, special food and lots of vet bills, we decided to put him on a bland diet and give his body time to rest.
Sure enough, after about 4 days he was back to normal, we slowly transitioned him back to his dry food and he's doing really well.
We haven't been back to the vet since and we needed to order more heart worm medication so we placed an order online, but it asked for the vet's information.
We put in the vet's number and the next day we received a call from the vet.
The vet offered to sell us the meds at double the price saying that if I purchase online that it voids the guarantee offered by the manufacturer of the meds, but we said that we wanted to get it online.
So the vet said that in order for them to fax the prescription that we would need to bring him in for an examination.
Is this correct? or is this vet just making it difficult for me to purchase this medication elsewhere?
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If he hasn't had a HW test in the past year than this is correct.All he is saying is correct so it's a matter of wanting the guarantee or not.Also it only covers if you use it year round.If you don't use the HW year round the guarantee is null and void.Also if you use year round I guess per my sister's experience you don't need to test yearly.Maybe it's just her vet on that.

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When we took him in (early February) for the first time he had a HW test and we got 2 months of the HW medication, which we have been giving him. I plan on using it year round, but the vet says even with the HW test and using it year round it won't be guaranteed if I buy online.
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oh Lisa? Health mod?

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Is this correct? or is this vet just making it difficult for me to purchase this medication elsewhere?
^ this.

It doesn't even make sense to me. The vet sells the same medication as the online store but when you buy it online that voids the guarantee from the manufacturer? I might just be a computer programmer and not a vet but it does not compute. Def. something to call and ask the online company.

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The guarentee part is correct.If he had a test in Feb he should be all set for you to get the RX with out another visit.Unless he is concerned about what ever was making him sick before.

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When we took him in (early February) for the first time he had a HW test and we got 2 months of the HW medication, which we have been giving him. I plan on using it year round, but the vet says even with the HW test and using it year round it won't be guaranteed if I buy online.
Run that by me one more time.

The vet gave your 5 month old a heartworm test.

The vet sold you 2 months of heartworm protection.

Now if you don't go back to the vet for more pills, your guarantee is void?

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My sister got the run around from her vet about the guarantee and she called the company to double check and the vet was right.At the vet they will guarantee it's the real thing, online they can't.Just like Frontline Plus can be faked online.You have to look at packaging very carefully when you buy online.

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He shouldn't need another HW test if he had one less than 2 months ago. Sounds like your vet is not being very honest with you.

You didn't mention what brand of HW preventative you prefer. You can get some brands like Heartgard and Revolution (but not all brands) from stores in Australia without a prescription at very good prices (be sure you're looking at the US$ and not the Australian$ price). I've purchased stuff from them before and have always been happy with their products (in fact I used to buy Interceptor from them until the manufacturer threatened to stop selling it to them if they continued to ship to the US).
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Some peope give their dogs Ivermectin that you can get at most farm supply stores and feed stores ... you have to be able to figure out the correct dosage (and keep in mind that some GSDs are positive for the mutant MDR1 gene).

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Run that by me one more time.

The vet gave your 5 month old a heartworm test.

The vet sold you 2 months of heartworm protection.

Now if you don't go back to the vet for more pills, your guarantee is void?
We took him in for the first time for his shots and the same day he started having diarrhea, which just got worse. So we took him back and they tested him for several things, including heartworms.

They gave us 2 months initially because they weren't sure what the dosage would be as he gained weight.

According to the vet, if we don't buy it form a "licensed pharmacist" it voids the guarantee.
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According to the vet, if we don't buy it form a "licensed pharmacist" it voids the guarantee.
From what I've read this is true for some, but don't know if it applies to ALL, HW meds that have a guarantee. I've used Interceptor for 15 years and to be honest I don't even know if they guarantee their product or not.

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