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Pharmacy at Lakeside Animal Hospital

Lakeside has a full in-house pharmacy should your pet need it. If we don’t have a specific medication, we’re happy to special order it for you, work with our compounding pharmacy, or write a prescription for a local human pharmacy.

The American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines require a current doctor-client relationship in order for our veterinarians to prescribe medications, which means your pet must have an exam annually to maintain the relationship. Our veterinarians can fill prescriptions in-house, call them in to a reputable local pharmacy, or provide a written prescription for you to fill online. Medications must be deemed as the appropriate therapy by the attending veterinarian, and follow up visits, monitoring, or lab work may be necessary for some medications.

Compounding Pharmacy

We work closely with The Pet Apothecary to provide custom-made medications that we don’t carry in our own pharmacy. This allows us to specify the strength of medication along with the form it should take (capsules, liquids, chewable tablets) based on your preference. We can also have The Pet Apothecary flavor your pets medication with chicken or fish for easier administration, and even offer custom gels and ointments for topical application.

Online Pharmacy Options

We recognize that you may be able to fill your pet’s prescription online for a lower price than you can fill it at Lakeside’s pharmacy. Please be cautious and consider the following before you use an online pharmacy.

  • Product guarantees may not apply.  Major pharmaceutical manufacturers maintain a strict policy of sales exclusively through licensed veterinarians. Unless a veterinarian owns the online pharmacy, all sales are through non-approved channels. Pharmaceutical manufacturers will only honor product guarantees when medications are prescribed and purchased from your pet’s veterinarian. This includes reimbursement programs like the one Heartgard offers if your pet is diagnosed with heartworms.

  • Medications may not be FDA Approved. Prescription medication purchased from Lakeside’s pharmacy has been inspected and approved by the FDA or EPA, and is manufactured and packaged according to U.S. government regulations.

  • Mistakes happen. At Lakeside, our medications, concentrations, and administration instructions are reviewed carefully to minimize errors. That accountability may not be present when you order form an online pharmacy.

  • No one is monitoring your pet’s drugs. Since we keep close track of medications dispensed to your pet, we can inform you immediately of any product recalls or health concerns involving your pet’s medications.

Before you choose to order your pet’s prescription from an online pharmacy, be aware of these two questions:

Is the pharmacy licensed in Wisconsin? It is illegal to ship prescription medication into Wisconsin without a valid Wisconsin Pharmacy License.

Is the pharmacy accredited? Accredited pharmacies have demonstrated compliance with criteria including patient rights to privacy, authentication and security of prescription orders, adherence to a recognized quality assurance policy, and the provision of meaningful consultation between customers and pharmacists.

One way to know if a pharmacy is accredited is to look for the Vet-VIPPS seal on their website. This accreditation was established by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites program. If this seal is present on the site, you can be assured that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has verified this pharmacy is up to its standards.