Direct Line Pet Insurance has partnered with Pet Drugs Online, a vet-run supplier of online veterinary medication, to provide pet owners with the opportunity to purchase veterinary prescribed medication and have it delivered the following day.
Pet Drugs Online is a supplier of veterinary medication and animal products licensed in the UK. It is a registered veterinary practice and is governed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
The service can supply medication for dogs, cats, horses, birds and other small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. As well as being a pet dispensary, Pet Drugs Online is qualified to offer extra support and advice to owners who fear their pet is unwell.
Research from Direct Line revealed that more than half (59 percent) of pet owners are unaware that vets can write prescriptions which can then be taken to an independent veterinary pharmacy or alternative veterinary practice to be filled.
Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, said: “Online pet pharmacies can offer significant discounts on the prices charged by some veterinary surgeries. The average pet insurance claim for a dog/cat last year was more than £7003, and we appreciate that whilst owners love their animals, they will continue to seek value when treatment is needed.
“As a result, we have teamed up with Pet Drugs Online to help our customers get the best value from their insurance policy limits. Of course, in emergencies, owners should always go straight to their vet and purchase medication immediately, but for ongoing treatments, there are significant cost savings to be made by shopping around.”
He added: “All safe and regulated providers of medications will always request a prescription from the vet and only supply the recommended dosages, so owners should ensure they only buy from these providers and not from websites that do not require a prescription. Pet Drugs Online is a registered veterinary practice run by vets, so owners using this service can feel confident in their ability to dispense medication.”