Sale of Prescription Foods or Medication
It is the policy of The Cat’s Meow Veterinary Hospital not to sell prescription food or medication to non-clients. We must have a current Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship. This means that you must be set up as a client in our system (meaning the client and patient forms are both filled out and we have a chart set up) and we must have seen the patient at least once in the last year. There is an allowance for a one-time sale on an emergency basis. For medications we must have a written prescription from the current veterinarian and we are only allowed to sell a maximum of 5 days worth of the medication. We cannot sell controlled drugs under this rule. For foods we must also have a written prescription from the current veterinarian and you will only be able to buy a small amount (meaning the smallest bag of dry we have available in that food type and no more than 1 case of can food). Please see the following which was copied from the website of the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
§ 801.351. EXISTENCE OF VETERINARIAN-CLIENT-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP
(a) A person may not practice veterinary medicine unless a veterinarian-client-patient relationship exits. A veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists if the veterinarian:
(1) assumes responsibility for medical judgments regarding the health of an animal and a client, who is the owner or other caretaker of the animal, agrees to follow the veterinarian's instructions;
(2) possesses sufficient knowledge of the animal to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the animal's medical condition; and
(3) is readily available to provide, or has provided, follow-up medical care in the event of an adverse reaction to, or a failure of, the regimen of therapy provided by the veterinarian.
(b) A veterinarian possesses sufficient knowledge of the animal for purposes of Subsection (a)(2) if the veterinarian has recently seen, or is personally acquainted with, the keeping and care of the animal by:
(1) examining the animal; or
(2) making medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises on which the animal is kept.
(c) A veterinarian-client-patient relationship may not be established solely by telephone or electronic means. Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Amended by the 79th Leg., Eff. 9/1/05.
§ 801.362. AUTHORITY TO DISPENSE DRUGS PRESCRIBED BY ANOTHER VETERINARIAN IN EMERGENCY.
(a) A veterinarian may dispense a drug, other than a controlled substance, prescribed by another veterinarian if:
(1) failure to dispense the drug could interrupt a therapeutic regimen or cause a patient to suffer;
(2) the prescribing veterinarian informs the dispensing veterinarian that the drug is appropriate and necessary for the animal;
(3) the quantity of the dispensed drug does not exceed a five-day supply for each animal annually;
(4) the annual total of dosage units of drugs dispensed under this subsection is not more than five percent of the total dosage units of drugs the veterinarian dispenses in a year; and
(5) the veterinarian maintains records of dispensing activities under this section consistent with board rules.
You may also visit their website at: https://www.veterinary.texas.gov/documents/vetact/VLA_2013.pdf