Prescription Medication

by Pawlicy Advisor
Veterinary Terms
Prescription Medication

What is a Prescription Medication?

A prescription medication is a medicinal drug that must be prescribed by a veterinarian and cannot be purchased in-store without a prescription. Prescription medications can help with many ailments such as pain relief, allergy treatment, thyroid disorders, diabetes management, and infection treatment.

Your veterinarian will assess your pet and prescribe an appropriate dose and medication to help with their current condition. Some prescription medications are used in the short-term, such as medications for infections or allergies. Other prescription medications are lifelong treatments, such as medications for diabetes, thyroid management, and other chronic illnesses.

Does Pet Insurance Cover Prescription Medication?

Some accident-illness pet insurance plans do offer prescription medication coverage to help with the cost of medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Certain pet insurance plans may even help with the cost of prescription foods for covered conditions and prescription foods for your pet’s general health. Use Pawlicy Advisor’s comparison charts to see which pet health plans will cover meds.

Key Takeaways

  • Prescription medications are pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by a veterinarian to treat your pet’s ailment.
  • Prescription medications may be used in the short-term or be a lifelong medication to help improve your pet’s quality of life.
  • Some pet insurance plans provide coverage for prescription medications and can help to offset the cost.

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