New York suburb residents get free pet meds

Tuesday, 28th June 2011

Residents of a suburban county of New York are to be offered discounts on human and pet medications, reports.

The programme is designed for uninsured and underinsured residents who may otherwise struggle to purchase the medication they or their pets need.

Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) which has endorsed the programme, said: "This is a program that helps the constituents of Rockland County. We're pleased to be partnering with Rockland County."

C Scott Vanderhoef, who announced the initiative, described the system as a "great operation".

Dr Brian Moore, a vet at the Animal Hospital of Nashua, has reminded pet owners that exotic animals should be taken for annual check-ups and "appropriate veterinary care when they are ill", reports.

He warned that exotic animals may also require specialist care from time to time and can have unusual dietary requirements, so owners should do their homework before considering purchasing a pet.

It is important to keep in mind that, just like the other more conventional pets, exotic pets benefit from annual physical exams when they are healthy and from appropriate veterinary care when they are ill.