Vet Pharmacy is an extension of the services of the Pet Lovers Center (PLC), one of the largest and oldest pet store chains in Singapore, which also plans to operate 53 stores in Malaysia. The goal is to achieve a main goal.
Editor's update: The number of Malaysian PLC branches has been updated to reflect greater accuracy based on the information provided by the team.
With Vet Pharmacy, pet owners can now stop by and talk about their pet's health and get professional advice. This makes knowledge of pet care more accessible and not just limited to dubious Google searches or expensive vet trips.
Since the media coverage they received a month ago was on the short side with no details, some of us pet owners may still be unsatisfied with their services.
After all, it was always possible to get over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and certain medical products in normal pet stores anyway. What does the vet pharmacy bring to the table that has never been seen here before?
1. There are vet pharmacists, but what exactly can they do?
The veterinary pharmacists that Vet Pharmacy works with are registered pharmacists with the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia.
They are trained in drug delivery and check that all drugs given to your pet are of the correct strength.
The dose and route of administration are also properly communicated to customers to ensure that the medicine is used safely and effectively.
However, unlike veterinarians, the core of pharmacists is not in diagnosis and procedure, so the veterinarian pharmacy is not here to fully replace all of your veterinarian visits.
“When pharmacists, when communicating with customers, believe that the evidence suggests a serious underlying medical condition that requires further investigation, or when a procedure or prescription drug is required to mitigate and resolve the issue , it is recommended that customers bring their pets to a veterinary clinic, ”stated Bryan Boo, Operations Director of PLC Malaysia.
Vet Pharmacy does not charge any consultation fees and operates according to regular business hours.
2. As accessible as a pet store, but with a veterinarian's medication
"In terms of product selection, Vet Pharmacy offers a full line of drugs, including prescription and OTC drugs, while regular pet stores don't sell drugs that contain planned poison," said Bryan.
These drugs, which are scheduled to be included, can only be supplied by healthcare professionals such as pharmacists, doctors and veterinarians.
Certain classes of controlled medicine at Vet Pharmacy, just like regular veterinarians, require you to show a prescription in order to obtain them.
Vet Pharmacy's offerings include neutraceuticals, skin creams, antiseptics, medicated shampoos and sprays, as well as eye drops (eyes) and ear drops (ears).
More importantly, "Medications required for chronic diseases such as heart disease and recurrent skin allergies are also available for customers to easily refill pet medication," added Bryan.
Vet Pharmacy offers drugs primarily intended for cats and dogs, but also drugs for domesticated small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and more.
3rd Even veterinary clinics are their customers
In addition to serving pet owners, Vet Pharmacy doubles as a hub for veterinary clinics to collect medication that may not be available elsewhere.
Clinics benefit from the medical range of Vet Pharmacy. In some cases where both an innovative brand and a generic brand are available, the customer can choose the cheapest and most suitable medicine for their pet.
4th They have a composite service for medicine
If you are a pet owner you have known the struggle of getting your furbaby to swallow a medical pill. In my experience, they are usually very adept at leaving out the medicine when trying to hide it in their food or treats.
Vet Pharmacy can solve this problem for you with its compounding service, which converts tablet medication into a liquid form, making it easier to administer.
You can also split a capsule into smaller doses so pet owners can more accurately administer the medicine to their pet.
Sure, we could probably separate capsules ourselves, but there's always a fear of doing it wrong and giving your pet too much or too little medicine. I'd rather let the experts do it.
A global effort by Raise awareness and improve animal health
Bryan explained why PLC thought now was the right time to introduce Vet Pharmacy.
"As the market for health pets for pets grows around the world, there is more veterinary medicine in pharmacies overseas, for example in the UK."
“At the same time, people are more aware of zoonoses (germs from animals that can cause diseases in humans). The pharmacy's commitment to the veterinary industry will further raise this awareness and improve the level of pet health care, ”said Bryan.
Therefore, Vet Pharmacy was developed on the model of overseas pharmacies and introduced for the benefit of pet owners in Malaysia.
PLC chose to start in Mid Valley Southkey, Johor because of its strategic location that is not affected by traffic jams.
When asked if they were going to expand to other parts of Malaysia, Bryan said, “It's too early to comment. The decision to expand depends on market demand. "
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Caring for a pet is expensive, that's a fact. I didn't count how much we spent on vet fees for every minor illness our own pets go through and we have 5 of them in total.
We tend to be overly careful with our beloved furbabies, but we've learned that rushing to a veterinarian first is not always necessary to get many of the false positives we've had.
If there had been something like a veterinary pharmacy in our region years ago, we would certainly have been much calmer financially and emotionally.
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