Communication crucial when filling pets prescriptions

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - When getting prescriptions filled for your pets at human pharmacies problems can arise.

Dosages and the reactions to the medications can vary widely depending on the breed of animal. Some medications that are fine for human consumption could be deadly for the pet.

Doctor Keith Davis of Davis Veterinary Hospital in Hattiesburg says communication is vital when getting pets prescriptions filled.

"Let's say we call in a scrip. Who answers the phone may not be the pharmacist that fills the scrip. So the information has to be perfect between the veterinarian and whoever answers the phone," said Davis. "Abbreviations are different on a written scrip or the terminology is different, then everybody needs to be on the same page. That's where communication comes in. It's all about communication."

Pet owners who want to shop around for the best prices should be cautious. They should understand the health of the pet should be of primary concern and not the cost of the medication.

"Some drugs are reasonable, some are expensive, said Davis. "If the drug can substituted for a cheaper one it must be the veterinarians idea. We're going to do what's best for the patient first and everybody involved must understand that. It's what is best for the pet."

Dr. Davis says he hasn't seen where pet prescriptions being filled at pharmacies designed for humans has been a problem in the Hattiesburg area. He added he has an excellent relationship with all the pharmacists he does business with.

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