To safeguard your pet’s health, and to comply with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons code of practice, those drugs classified as ‘prescription only medication’ (POM-V) can only be dispensed to animals directly under the care of a veterinary surgeon. This means that a vet needs to have seen your pet recently enough to have a good knowledge of their condition.

For pets on long term medication your pet must be examined by the vet at least every six months and in some cases more often, particularly for patients with a newly diagnosed illness. Your vet will advise if the drug your pet is taking means that blood testing will be necessary, and if so how frequently.

Prescription flea treatments and worming products can be dispensed for your pet if they have been seen and weighed at the practice within the preceding 12 months.

Don’t hesitate to call your surgery where your vet will be happy to discuss your pet’s ongoing treatment in detail.

Examinations for repeat medication

  • One of these examinations will be included at the routine appointment for booster vaccination at no extra charge.
  • A reduced consultation fee will be applied for other consultations arranged solely for this purpose.

Dispensing prescription medication

Our policy is to dispense ONE month’s supply of medication at a time. This policy also applies to written prescriptions. Depending upon the nature of the drug prescribed, a larger supply of up to three months may be authorised.

Written prescriptions

Prescriptions are available from the practice if you wish to purchase your pet’s prescription medicine from an online pharmacy. The cost of a prescription is £14.23. A new prescription will be required every three months.

Giving your pet prescription medication

  • Always follow the medication guidelines closely and complete the full course of medication unless advised otherwise by your vet. If you are having any difficulty giving the medication please call your surgery for advice.
  • Never increase or decrease the stated dose without first consulting the vet who treats your pet. If you feel the treatment is no longer as effective please phone us for advice.
  • Never give any other form of medication, including natural or herbal remedies, to an animal on long term treatment without first checking with your vet, who will be able to advise on the likelihood of any adverse effects.

If you are worried about your pet’s condition or notice any difference in his or her normal routine or behaviour, please contact your Argyll surgery.