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.

Related Terms

Rehabilitative Physical Therapy
Physical therapy, also knowns as rehabilitative therapy or "rehab", is a treatment program in which a pet consistently meets with a physical therapist to repair weakened muscles through gentle exercise and guided strength conditioning.
Read More.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment aimed at repairing damaged or diseased tissue.
Read More.
Surgery is a veterinary procedure where an incision is made to the animal’s body so that a veterinarian can repair, replace, or remove a damaged or diseased part.
Read More.

See related articles

vet visit with small dog

15 minute read

How Much Does a Vet Visit Cost? Here's Everything You Need To Know

dog having tick removed

8 minute read

Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment & How to Cut The Costs

Cat with ringworm on neck

8 minute read

Ringworm in Cats: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

Dog waiting to take prescription medication pills

5 minute read

Benadryl for Dogs: Uses, Dosage, and Side Effects

Puppy Dalmation at a veterinary checkup.

24 minute read

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? Here’s A Veterinarian’s Perspective

A family with pets that are insured by Pawlicy Advisor
Pawlicy Advisor is the leading independent marketplace for finding the best coverage for your pet at the lowest rate.
Join 2,438,795+ insured dogs and cats across the US.
Get a Quote
Our pet insurance partners
Pets Best Pet Insurance Logo
ASPCA Pet Health Insurance Logo
Figo Pet Insurance Logo
Petplan Pet Insurance Logo
PetFirst Pet Insurance Logo
Hartville Pet Insurance Logo