Originally Posted by JenScuffins
Does that human pharmacist know sensativities that cat's may have to a variety of drugs-especially OTC's? No. Will you call him in the middle of the night with a problem? No.
I must disagree about getting prescriptions from a human pharmacy. This can save money for those treating their cat while on a tight budget. My vet is more than willing to call in prescriptions to the pharmacy of my choice. Since the medication is prescribed by the vet, I still ask the vet questions about it (though only the emergency vets, not my vet, are open at night). Also, vets do often recommend over-the-counter products that they do not sell. When my cat had gas, my vet suggested an over-the-counter product. When he continued to throw-up while on metronidazole, she suggested another over-the-counter product to help settle his stomach. My vet's office no longer does compounding, so I have to go to an independent pharmacy for that. My pharmacy works with the vets to provide liquid medications, transdermals, chews, and capsules, in addition to the pills. The vet often carries only the pills or only the liquid varieties of these medications.
I would never recommend seeking the advice of a human pharmacist about a product for a cat, but I would not hesitate to suggest that people ask about having their prescriptions called in to human pharmcies by their vets, especially for long-term medication. I have spent thousands of dollars on Spot in the 18 months he has lived with me, so saving a few dollars on his monthly methimazole prescription helps over time.