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TAMPA – Chain store pharmacies have more than just people drugs on their shelves.

Some retail giants now fill your cat or dog’s prescription too.

“Those compared to what you get at your veterinarian — significantly less,” said Amy Stanley, Target Pharmacy Business Partner.

Four bucks is what you’ll pay for some, but not all, pet medication at Target. Publix offers some pet antibiotics for free. Other big box stores like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart will fill pet prescriptions too.

They are some of the same medications pharmacies stock for us, only in doggy doses, which is why dog owners like Kerry Dudley chose to fill and buy them here instead of from a vet.

“You have to shop, and its well, well worth it,” she said.

While saving money is a good thing, a local vet says it may not be the best option for your animal’s health.

“Our training in veterinary physiology and veterinary pharmacology or how drugs act in the body, is important,” said Dale Mabry’s Animal Hospital’s Hansel Leavengood, D.V.M. He explains that a regular pharmacist doesn’t have a vet’s medical expertise or training.

Florida law means vets are required to hand over a written prescription if a client requests it. Federal legislation would make vets go a step further, forcing them to physically give the script to the client every time — request or not. The client would then have the option to hand it back or take it somewhere else to fill.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is lobbying against ‘The Fairness to Pet Owners Act.’ An AVMD representative says they are not against cheaper or more available veterinary drugs but they do oppose the administrative burden it would put on vets.

“All they can do is fill the prescription, they cannot, in most cases, inform the client,” Leavengood pointed out.

He says he wants his pet owners to have both — good prices and the best care.

He matches low prices when he can, but when drugs are free, he says, he can’t compete.

By: Carson Chambers

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_tampa/big-box-retailers-fill-pet-meds-for-cheap

Sunday, July 14, 2013

2:00 PM

Old World Village

7461 Center Ave, Huntington Beach, CA (map)

We’ll be set up near the race track!

Finally OC Doxies will be meeting at Old World Village in Huntington Beach for some fun doxie races on German Heritage Day! Inge from the wiener dog store is helping OC Doxies have a great time.

If you’d like to race the special OC Doxie fee is $8 (usually $16) and you need to call Inge to pre-register. Her number is 714-402-7327. You must call before Sunday July 14th to register to race your doxie! Each OC Doxie member that RSVP’s will get 2 free tickets (normally $2 per spectator) to watch the races. To pick up the spectator tickets and to check in for the race you must go to Inge’s store #38 (aka Paws at the Coffee Mill). You must be there at 2pm to check in for the race and the races usually run until around 4-4:30pm. Don’t be late!

We’ll be there with our usual gate set up to let the doxies play as well! Food and beverages will be available around Old World Village for purchase. It’ll be a fun day.

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Small donations you can give are very helpful… We’re looking for ways to expand and cover fees for website as well as come up with fun activities! You can now make donations through paypal on our website as well.

Don’t forget to RSVP, Thanks!

Every meetup will be held at a different time and place each month so hopefully it gives everyone a chance to attend. We hope to see you there and don’t forget to tell all of your doxie friends!

Join the conversation!

http://www.meetup.com/ocdoxies/events/122139512/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

Doxies in the Balboa Island Parade

Sunday, June 2, 2013

11:00 AM

Balboa Island

1064 Bayside Dr, Newport Beach, CA (map)

Group of wiener dogs- OC Doxie Sign

Our doxies are invited to walk in the Balboa Island Parade, Sunday, June 2nd. It was such a blast last year we’d like to make it a yearly tradition! We’ll be meeting around 10:00am on Bayside Drive to line up- we’ll our announce our group # in line once we get it. Each group gets assigned numbers the day of the event so we won’t know until we get there, just walk down the line up to find our group. Parking will be HARD to find so get there early and plan accordingly! Balboa Island will be closed off, so you’ll have to find parking around the outskirts and walk down to the parade line up. The parade starts at 11:00am. The group will be called “The Real Wiener Dogs of Orange County”. Feel free to dress them up however you’d like, the funnier the better!

Thank you to Cristy Fischbeck for inviting us to join her and signing up a group for the wiener dogs! Anyone with any questions about the parade can either email her at pawswhiskersps@gmail.com or call her at (949) 244-8245. If you get lost the day of she’s the one to call as well since she’s done the parade many times already. Remember, get there early, the parade must go on!

Balboa Island Parade Website>

http://www.meetup.com/ocdoxies/events/112263422/?a=me1_grp&rv=me1&_af_eid=112263422&_af=event