Keep your furry friend healthy with pet medications
From flea prevention to arthritis relief, pets often need medication at all stages of their lives. Your four-legged family members are important to you, but it makes sense to look for the medications that improve their lives at the best possible prices. Walmart's Pharmacy department carries pet medications at Every Day Low Prices, putting the prescriptions you need within reach so you can keep your dog or cat happy and healthy for a long, well-loved life. Once you get established as a pharmacy customer, you can set up an online account and order your pet medications through our website or mobile app for either in-store pickup or home delivery. That way, you can keep your regular pet meds in stock at home so your pet will never miss a dose.
How to use the online pet pharmacy
The process for using the Pet Medications portion of our online pharmacy works the same as it does for standard human medications. You'll need to set up an online account in the Pharmacy department and then provide a valid prescription in-person at one of our retail stores. Alternatively, you may be able to mail in the pet medication prescription, have your vet call in the prescription or have an e-script sent in. Different local rules and regulations plus your vet's own policies may govern which of these options you need to use to get set up for your initial prescription fill. After you have your new prescription filled, you'll be able to use the online system to order refills just as you'd with your own medications.
Obtaining pet medications
As with all prescription-strength pet medications, you'll need a valid prescription from a licensed veterinarian to obtain medications for your pet. While you can administer some over-the-counter medical solutions to your dog or cat, it's important to do your research and consult a trained, qualified veterinary medicine professional before deciding what medications you can give to your animals and in what doses. If cost is keeping you from getting the meds your pet needs, check in with our pharmacy staff in store or over the phone to see what prices are available for the medications you need. You may be able to find a workable solution that keeps your pets happy and healthy without exceeding your budget. Don't substitute human medications for your pet's meds; some drugs and compounds that are safe for humans can be dangerous for your four-legged companions and could even lead to death.
What pet medications are available?
We carry major pet prescription medications and brands plus a range of generic options. As with human medications, generics are chemically identical to their brand-name counterparts but are usually less expensive because they're not marketed and sold under a drug brand name. We also carry recognizable brands to combat illness and carry out preventative care treatment. Issues like worm or parasite infection, flea infestation, skin conditions, organ disorders, wound care, behavioral disorders and arthritis relief are all covered in the range of drugs we offer through the Pet Medications section of our pharmacy.
Choosing and administering pet medications
Because prescription medications are handed down from your vet, you may not need to make big choices as to what medications to give your dog or cat. However, you may want to do some independent research to see if there are any medications or treatments that seem to fit your lifestyle better than others. It's always a good idea to heed your veterinarian's advice, but being informed yourself can help ensure your pet gets the best care possible. After you get your pet's medication filled through the Walmart Pharmacy, you'll want to follow dosage and administration instructions exactly. You should apply topical medications in the exact manner and location described on the package. Don't exceed recommended dosages for your pet's medication, even if it doesn't seem to be working. Talk to your vet in this case rather than taking matters into your own hands. If you're having trouble getting your dog or cat to take pills as instructed, head over to Walmart's Pet Supplies section, where you'll find soft treats and pill pockets that you can use to mask the flavor, size and shape of your pet medications, which will likely do the trick and get your four-legged family members to take their meds without a fuss.
Other pet products Walmart offers
Walmart offers Every Day Low Prices on all the supplies you need to care for and entertain your cat and dog on a daily basis. We also have products for other pets, including small animals such as rabbits and hamsters, reptiles such as snakes and turtles, fish, birds and farm animals. Our Pet Supplies department offers a range of non-prescription treatments for medical conditions and regular hygiene care, including eye drops, ear-care items, vitamins, probiotic supplements, dental treats, hairball-fighting food, over-the-counter dewormers and more. Your vet may recommend that you try some of these over-the-counter solutions before moving on to prescription-strength medication in some cases. Though it's not required, you may want to consult with your vet before giving any of these supplements, treatments or medicated foods to your pet to be sure you're making the right choice for your furry friend. Follow all administration and dosage instructions on the package and heed any additional advice your vet may give you to prevent misusing these over-the-counter medications.