Doesn’t sound like much of a match, right? About as exciting as watching two boxers with their hands tied behind their backs? Betty White, the Golden Girl, beloved comedic genius who has experienced an unheard of resurgence in popularity vs. the trusted caretaker of your family pet.
Well, she probably didn’t realize when she became an endorser of online veterinary drugs that many vets would see her as a reason behind their clinics’ decline in revenue. Many veterinary clinics relied too heavily on prescription drug sales to keep their doors open and when they started losing business, they needed someone to blame.
Forward thinking clinics realized that change happens in any business and you either adapt or perish. Good clinics also realize that the services they provide such as wellness care, surgical treatments, advanced diagnostics and trusted care and counseling from anything to the first puppy visit to end-of-life issues CAN and SHOULD be the mainstays of a healthy clinic.
The fact that there is a large enough market for online pharmacies and retail pharmacies to want a share is proof that people care for their pets and want the best for them. GREAT!! We are Americans and are smart enough to shop around for the best price. It’s capitalism at work. GREAT!!
However, THERE IS ONE THING I WANT YOU TO DO—COMPARE EVERY TIME AND SPEND LOCALLY IF IT MAKES SENSE–
We don’t expect you to pay twice as much for something, but sometimes, the difference is very small. Especially at Orchard Road Animal Hospital, we have become extremely competitive and sometimes LESS EXPENSIVE. And every dollar you spend at your veterinary clinic is money that can be used to maintain a good staff with benefits, up-to-date equipment, continuing education for the professional staff and IT STAYS LOCAL. If you spend it on online pharmacies, none of that is true. Again, we understand when a price cannot be beaten, but you owe it to yourself and your pet to spend locally if it makes sense.
Thanks for reading!