Being a pet owner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Nevertheless, raising a dog or cat can be very rewarding and you know you’re going to have a companion for life. Still, pets can experience an array of health issues and that is going to keep you up at night. Like most pet parents, the search for a vet will be quick. You’ll likely settle for the veterinarian closest to your home since that is more convenient. If you’re lucky, you’ll receive good service and your dog will get good care. If you’re not, you’re going to run into a lot of nightmares.
If your dog requires prescription medications, your vet will need to give you a prescription. It should be your right to choose the pharmacy that you want but some vets will not allow it. Some vets require their customers to work directly with Vetsource. Is this allowed? Is your vet required to give you a prescription so you can buy your dog’s prescription medication and food elsewhere.
Within this guide, we’ll dig deeper into Vetsource and why so many people are being abused by their vets.
What Is Vetsource?
First, you’ll want to learn more about Vetsource. The company is an online pharmacy. It is similar to Chewy but the company works directly with veterinarians. With Vetsource, vets can build an online store and launch their store in as little as 48 hours. Furthermore, they’ll be able to work with a dedicated account manager who will help them boost their profits.
Once a vet has teamed up with Vetsource, they’ll want all of their patients to buy their medications from Vetsource since they’ll earn a commission of sorts on every order. According to Vetsource’s website, it can help clinics increase their revenue by 40% per patient.
Vetsource has several competitors including VetsFirstChoice.com and Chewy.com. Some of these are no better.
The Big Problem
The biggest problem with Vetsource and similar alternatives is the prices. Since Vetsource is working directly with the vet, they’re paying them to promote its pharmacy. So, the vet is getting paid in exchange for their services. In ordinary medicine, this would be referred to as an illegal kickback scheme.
Since Vetsource has to pay the vet, they have to charge customers significantly more. On Vetsource, we can buy a 25.3 lb bag of Royal Canin SO Dry Dog Food for $82.99. On Chewy, the same food is available for $64.99.
We’ll do anything to help our dogs but this is outrageous. And, it doesn’t help that many Vets linked to Vetsource aren’t willing to give prescriptions to Chewy. This means unlucky individuals will be forced to buy through Vetsource because their vet refuses to give Chewy the prescription information.
Below, you’ll find a comparison of the prices on Vetsource vs the prices on Chewy.
- NexGard Chewables Red 3 Count Pack – Vetsource $78.39 – Chewy $59.99
- Apoquel Tablets 16 MG 100 Tablets – Vetsource $265.29 – Chewy $229
- Inverhart Plus 51-100 lbs 6 Treatments – Vetsource $52.19 – Chewy $42.76
- Proviable DC Capsules 80 count box – Vetsource $59.99 – Chewy $38.99
Furthermore, Chewy is very reliable. Vetsource is not. Buying from Vetsource is a hit and miss. Just check the BBB complaints or take our word for it. Vetsource is always slow about shipping orders so you’ll get your items much faster from Chewy.
The unfortunate truth is that many vets are shady and they’re not willing to help their patients. Some vets will refuse to give you the prescription because they want you to shop directly through Vetsource. By law in many areas, this is not acceptable. “The only reason a veterinarian may refuse to give you a written prescription is for a justifiable veterinary medical reason such as a need to examine or monitor the animal.”
In many states, vets cannot refuse to write a prescription for medication in a situation where they would dispense that medication. In Tennessee, “It is a violation of Rule 1730-01-.13 for a veterinarian to refuse to honor a client’s request to prescribe, rather than dispense, a drug. The client has the option of filling a prescription at any pharmacy.”
Nevertheless, many vets refuse to give prescriptions because they want their customers to buy directly from Vetsource. Otherwise, they wouldn’t make as much money. On our forum, DoggyDaddy complained about a vet engaging in such behavior. Be sure to share your story with us there as well.
We recommend studying the laws in your area or speaking with an attorney. If your vet is obligated to give you a prescription, make them give it to you. Why should you be forced to pay more and work with a terrible company like Vetsource?