Many of the laws that pertain to human health surrounding medication prescriptions, also apply to the Veterinary world. ‘Prescriptions only’ and ‘Prescription animal’ medications are referred to as S4 medications. These can only be prescribed by a Registered Veterinary that has made a professional diagnosis of a patient that is currently under their care

 

The law requires that we recheck an animal every 6 months in order to continue represcribing a medication. Some rechecks may need to be more frequent depending on the pet and their medical issue. 

Rechecks are vital for the following reasons:

  1. Pets age differently to us. The general rule is that they age 7 years for each one of our years. 6 monthly rechecks therefore equate to us visiting our Doctor every 3 1/2 years… In this time other issues may also come up that need addressing 
  2. Medication dose or frequency may change. This can vary depending on the type of medication they are on, their response to the medication and results of blood testing (specific diseases)
  3. Ensure their body weight stays the same. Medications are often dosed based on the body weight of your pet. Any increase or decrease in weight may require a change in medication dosing
  4. Ensure they are not showing any signs of side effects. These may not be immediately apparent so blood testing may be recommended to ensure their liver, kidneys etc are able to process and metabolise the medications effectively

 

ORGANISING A REPEAT PRESCRIPTION

To organise a repeat prescription for your pet

  • Ensure your pets check ups are up to date
  • Please call the Clinic to organise their medications. The Veterinary Nurse will need to confirm your pets prescription with the Veterinarian. This can take time in ‘peak hours’ as the Veterinarian may be in Consultation or surgery. By pre-ordering your script this then allows us time to get it organised, ready for your collection
  • Please note that we ‘special order’ in some medications. There are medications that we do not stock or that require to be made up by a compounding chemist, these can take time to come in depending on when they are ordered