If you’re struggling to deal with rising prescription costs, GoodRx could be an excellent way to lower your medication bills. But what about your pets’ prescriptions? The answer is yes, you are technically able to use GoodRx for pets — but there is a catch.
In this post, we’ll cover the basics of what GoodRx includes and how to use the pet benefits. We’ll also show you how to sign up for the service if you’re interested.
What is GoodRx?
Before we look at the details of what GoodRx offers, we should first provide a bit of background on the company. GoodRx is a free service that allows you to save money on your prescription medications. According to GoodRx, you can use it to save up to 80% on the retail price of your medicine.
All you have to do to use GoodRx is visit their website or app to search for your prescriptions and your pharmacy. For example, you could search for Lipitor prices at Walgreens. If there are any applicable coupons, you can save them digitally and bring your membership card or smartphone into your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist will scan it and bring up any available discounts.
How do you use GoodRx for pets?
While GoodRx does include prescription coverage for pets, it is a bit limited. You can only use your discounts on human medication that your vet has prescribed for your pet. In other words, you can’t get any GoodRx deals on pet-only drugs (such as flea and tick medication). Also, you should keep in mind that GoodRx for pets is not the same as pet insurance.
Fortunately, there are quite a few human medications that are prescribed for pet conditions. For instance, diazepam can be used for seizures, and fluoxetine is given to treat anxiety. If you’re interested in using GoodRx for pets, you can chat with your veterinarian about the prescriptions your furry friend needs and whether they are intended for human consumption as well.
How do you sign up?
You can sign up for GoodRx’s service on the company’s website or through its mobile app. Alternatively, you can pick up a discount card at certain pharmacies around the country. Unlike insurance, you don’t have to provide any personal information to register.
In addition to its free offering, there is also the paid GoodRx Gold program. It lets you to receive up to 90% off at your local pharmacy, according to the company. With GoodRx Gold, you’ll find more than 1,000 prescriptions available for less than $10. The service costs $5.99 per month for individuals and $9.99 per month for families.
Are there other services like this?
Yes. We’ve written before about using Carecard for your pet medications. It works just like GoodRx, so you won’t need to do anything other than find the discounts through the app and bring your membership card.
All things considered, GoodRx for pets is a pretty simple way to save money on your pet’s medicine — assuming that it’s a human medication. If not, you can use the GoodRx website to search for pet-only medications, but you won’t score any extra deals.
For more pet ownership tips and ideas, check out the PetPonder blog.