Can you buy Advocate for dogs without a prescription?
Since writing our articles on lung worm and buying flea treatment online we have been asked many times if it is possible to buy Advocate for dogs without a prescription. The correct answer is that it is illegal to buy or import a prescription medicine in the UK without a prescription but that still doesn't mean you have to pay the full price.
Where can I buy Advocate for Dogs?
Vets have started to realise that they are now competing with the internet for things like flea treatments. If you read the article about buying medication online you will know that the savings we made were massive and more and more people are now ordering online.
Historically the vets had a captive audience with customers having no choice but to buy everything from them. This allowed them to sell flea treatments and other medications at a huge profit. With more and more people now going online the vets have realised that some profit is better than no profit and are now offering to price match the internet.
You are not going to see a vets with a massive poster outside saying that they will price match but if you show them what price you can purchase it for online and ask them politely you will be surprised at how many vets will match the internet price. If they won't then you can just ask them for a prescription.
You do still need a prescription to buy Advocate for dogs from the chemist but as they are often large chains they have a lot more buying power than a local vets. They are also a retail outlet so they understand the importance of getting the price right. You would be amazed at how much you can save just by walking out of the vets and a few doors up the road to the chemist.
Online with a prescription
There are now lots of places online where you can buy anything from dog food to prescription medication but our favourite is still www.medicanimal.com. They are one of the best value suppliers online as well as making the process as simple as possible.
Online WITHOUT a prescription
It is possible to find sites online that will sell you Advocate for dogs without a prescription but they are almost certainly not from the UK.
Some of these sites may be genuine but some of them are definitely not. Once you have paid your money you will more then likely never receive anything in the post and that is the last you will see of your money. If you are really unlucky and you do receive the items in the post then there is a very good chance that the items are fake. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of all medicines for human consumption that are purchased online from sites that withhold their address are fake!
I know that for the sake of a £7 presciption I would not trust anything that has the potential to cause harm to any of my dogs.
It is also against the law to try and import any prescription medication into the country without a valid prescription or license so you could be in trouble if your parcel is stopped at customs.
So the choice is up to you. Personally I find that asking the vet for a prescription and then ordering online is by far the cheapest method.