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Prescription medicines are identified by the code POM-V (Prescription only medicine – Vet) marked upon their packaging, and are medicines that can only be prescribed to your pet by a Veterinary Surgeon.
The veterinary surgeon may only prescribe a POM-V to an animal under their care. The general policy of this practice with regards prescription health checks for your pet is detailed below. The standard charge for re examination is from £26.50.
You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V (POM-V) from your veterinary surgeon, OR ask for a prescription to obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgeon or pharmacy.
A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in patient or immediate treatment is necessary.
You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be dispensed for your animal.
Prescription requests at Folly Gardens
Due to a high volume of requests, we ask that you give at least 48-72 hours notice prior to obtaining your pets’ medicine or prescription. This is to allow vets sufficient time to evaluate the case, order and dispense the medicines. This is for both your pets’ safety and to comply with current legislation.
In order to prescribe a POM-V medicine the veterinary surgeon responsible must be able to say ‘The animal is under their care’. This means it will be necessary to re examine your pet and review their case management at appropriate time intervals. This is to comply with both the Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons current code of conduct and the Veterinary Medicine Directorates legislation.
Annual Clinical Exams
We offer top quality flea and worm products which are safe and highly effective. These medicines, unlike pet shop products are POM-V. Annual clinical examinations at your pets annual booster visit will generally suffice if your pet is otherwise fit and well.
Six Monthly Repeat Exams
This would be acceptable for a stable, young to middle aged patient, on long term pain medicine for example, with no other clinical concerns. A fractious cat who is tricky at the vets, and is otherwise clinically stable.
Three Monthly Repeat Exams
Patients on long term medicines, such as thyroid, cardiac, renal or hepatic cases. These animals need regular care to ensure they remain clinically stable. Could be indicated in elderly patients with less severe disease.
Monthly Repeat Exams
Deemed necessary for severely ill, or elderly patients, or those requiring very close monitoring to remain stable. These may also be indicated if monitoring quality of life and welfare is a concern.
The above are only a guideline. The interval between prescription checks is at the discretion of the prescribing vet and may be altered in individual cases (i.e. stressed cat/aggressive dogs). Please refer to the vet handling your case if difficulties arise, who will be happy to help both you and your pet.