VMSG recommends that you refill all prescriptions through your primary care veterinarian should your doctor be unable to dispense your refill. Please not the following: Your pet must be examined on a periodic basis to determine your pet’s continued need for the prescribed drug(s). Usually, this means that your pet must be examined a minimum of once per year. However, for some medications (such as antibiotics and chemotherapeutics), your pet may need to be reexamined more frequently than every 12 months. As defined by Section 2033 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations, and effective February 3, 1996:
Prescribing, dispensing, or furnishing a drug without establishing a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship with the patient and its owner, constitutes unprofessional conduct. A drug shall not be prescribed for a duration which is inconsistent with the animal’s medical condition or type of drug prescribed. In no event shall the duration exceed more that one year from the date that the veterinarian has examined the animal and prescribed such drug, unless the veterinarian has conducted a subsequent examination of the patient to determine the patient’s need for the prescribed drug.”
Please note that if you are on vacation and are not in the state of California, we cannot call a prescription refill into a non-California pharmacy. If you are out-of-state and you need a prescription refill, you will have to visit a veterinarian or veterinary specialist in that state in order to be able to obtain medication(s). Please plan ahead accordingly.