Scooter's Mail Order Supplies for Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)

Introduction: When we first began to infuse "Scooter" we quickly realized that the cost of prescription medications and other  supplies to treat Scooter's CRF would be major.  But then we found our first mail order vendor and realized "intelligent shopping" could control costs.  This site provides information on the current "low-cost" mail order / Internet vendors selling fluids, IV admin sets, disposable needles and other supplies and prescription drugs useful in treating pets with CRF.  Almost all local pharmacies now sell fluids so do check the Local Fluids page also!  Please remember that treatment of CRF requires close supervision by a knowledgeable veterinarian including regular visits and appropriate blood, urine and other tests, and that IV fluids require a prescription anywhere in the U.S. - David Jacobson
In Memoriam.  "Scooter Cat" died in early September 2003 at 18 and 1/2.  Infusing and medicating Scooter for CRF gained us 4 additional years with our pal and we treasured every moment.  Scooter made me promise to maintain this site after his death to help folks finance their treatment of CRF and other chronic diseases through intelligent shopping.  This site is dedicated to Scooter's memory. Here's a video of the Scootster.


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Pet Medication Discount Cards:  Here's an April 2016 comparison of Pet Discount Cards by Dawn Anderson.  The GoodRx card comes out best in this comparison with several others not far behind.

Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 1:41 AM
Subject: Local LRS success

I had success in getting the Braun DEHP free LRS case of 12 for $33 (after tax) using the NDC code and GoodRX at Walgreens, 140 Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006  (626) 447-9117. I ordered it one day and picked up the next. I applied for the GoodRX just before I went in and used the temp card you receive immediately as a PDF to get the discount  ... We've been doing fluids for our CRF kitty JaJa for 6 years now and she's now 15.   DGW   [ Local Fluids


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"Scooter" Vansag  . . .  1985 - 2003




Vet refuses to write a prescription?

42 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia require vets (by law or regulation) to write prescriptions when a patient/client relationship exists and the drug is medically appropriate.  Since the 42 that do require vets to prescribe include many of the most populous states (e.g., California, New York, etc.), the majority of vets in this country are required to prescribe rather than dispense.  Click here for detailed information on the law and regulations in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

States take different approaches to regulating veterinary prescriptions.  Louisiana, Idaho and Wyoming include the ethical standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association (the vets' answer to the AMA) in their veterinary regulation statute. That includes the ethical standard that "Veterinarians should honor a client's request for a prescription in lieu of dispensing [sell from vet's own stock]."  In Virginia, a vet's refusal to prescribe would be deemed "unprofessional conduct."  In Vermont, it would be considered "profiteering."  Even in states where veterinary statutes and regulation do not require vets to prescribe, pharmacy laws may.

If a vet does refuse a prescription, check with the appropriate state veterinary and pharmacy boards and the state veterinary association.  Even if the state doesn't specifically require the vets to provide prescriptions, most vets will and state veterinary and pharmacy boards and even veterinary associations may be sympathetic and may lobby a recalcitrant vet on your behalf.

Talk to your vet  about the refusal - a friendly chat will often work.  If your vet still refuses, please write me with the details.  Remember that most vets are glad to write prescriptions and that needles and syringes can be obtained without a prescription in most states.



This web site is a product of me, David Jacobson. The information presented here is not guaranteed.  Contact the vendors listed directly for their current prices and policies.  Feel free to link this page to other pages and web sites dealing with the medical treatment of cats and dogs.  And please contact me with any updated information or additional vendors, or your comments, criticisms and suggestions.  I appreciate your help.

This web site first went online in April 2000.  It was dedicated to Scooter in September 2003.

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