Over the last year we have noticed a growing trend for local pharmacies to offer pet medications but there is an issue that many people are not aware aware of - veterinary shorthand for prescriptions is actually different from the one that a doctor uses. Now many medications that are used for humans can be used for pets too - but in different amounts and this is where the problem can occur. For example - Mr Reilly takes a number of different medications for his thyroid and arthritis/pain but when we went to get this at a local pharmacy (something we don't normally do but our vet had run out) they got the dosage all wrong (luckily Mom checked this right there at the counter and told the pharmacist it was wrong) Sometimes pharmacists who are use to doing people prescriptions are not aware of the different symbols veterinarians use and over or under dosing can occur. So before using an ordinary pharmacist for your pet medications take the time to ask them if they know the veterinary shorthand - ask your vet what the correct dosage should be and check it immediately when picking it up. If in doubt - stick with the medications your Vet provides or go through one of reputable pet meds sites.
Here is some additional information we found on the topic.