Pet medications are necessary for ensuring a pets health and can be costly. Pets are a wonderful addition to every family. They provide their owners with unconditional love, companionship, and entertainment on a daily basis. Some owners find themselves with pets that need regular medications in order to keep them healthy. Pet medications can be found in a number of different places for a variety of prices. Finding low priced high quality medications may not be as difficult as one may think. Pets should have check ups by a veterinarian on a regular basis to help them live long and happy lives with their families. No one wants to go through the tragedy of losing a beloved pet. Too often pets are lost because their owner did not know about or could not afford pet medications. Only a trained veterinarian will be able to determine and diagnose a pet health condition and whether or not the condition requires medication. Pets are diagnosed with medical problems every day. The vet may recommend and prescribe pet medications to help control a medical problem in order to provide a pet with the best possible life. Pet medications can be expensive, especially for households on a budget. There are many ways to get the pet medications needed for a pet. First, take the pet to the vet and get prescriptions for the necessary medication. Owners should advise the veterinarian that he/she will be buying medication elsewhere. Pet medications can be purchased online at many websites. 1-800-PetMeds and PetRx.com are only two of the many sites available for pet medication purchase. These sites have been known to carry the most recommended brands of pet medications for the most affordable price. Remember to always compare medications before purchasing one for a pet. Try to stick to the exact brand prescribed by the vet. Many pet medications come in a variety of doses. Doses are determined by the type of animal, their size, and the affect the medicine has on the pet's body. These factors can only be determined by a trained veterinarian and should never be guessed. Giving a pet the wrong dosage of medicine can harm the animal causing greater health problems or even death. Compare the dose given in the prescription provided by the vet to the pet medication on the site or in the pet store before purchasing. Make sure that the pet medicine is the same brand, type of medication, and dosage before giving it to the family pet. Animal shelters are also a good place to find inexpensive pet medications. By visiting a local animal shelter, a pet owner can get the medicines needed to give their animals a long, healthy life. Remember to check the brand, type, and dosage of the medication before purchasing. Buying pet medications that are cheaper will not benefit the pet if it is not the correct medicine. Some animal shelters are run by volunteers who may not be veterinarians. Although their intentions are good it is not recommended that owners buy pet medication suggested by the shelter employees unless they are trained in pet health and care. Veterinarians are the animal's doctor and should always be consulted before giving a pet any type of medication. Free pet medications may be available to owners from animal shelters. There are also programs available to assist with pet medication costs for families who have pets with special needs. Veterinarians can tell an owner about programs available in the area or online to help with the cost of pet medications. Free samples of medications may also be available from the vet's office in times when money is short. Never be afraid to explain to the vet that the family budget does not allow for expensive pet medications. Many vets are able to work with owners in order to provide necessary medications without depleting the household budget. Pets are a part of many families. Losing pets to health conditions that could have been controlled with pet medications is tragic for every family. Options are available to help every household afford the medicines needed to provide their pets with long, healthy, and happy lives. By searching for pet medications online, at animal shelters, or at the vets office an owner can find pet medications priced to fit their budget. Consult a veterinarian before buying and giving any pet medication. Love, care, and proper pet medication can assure that a pet is a member of the family and a companion for many wonderful years.