Can my vet insist on an extra check-up, or blood test, before providing a written prescription?

The simple answer is no, they cannot insist on extra check-ups for clients who choose to buy elsewhere. Most vets will provide repeat prescriptions for long-term medications (such as arthritis) for 6 months. After that length of time, they usually insist on seeing your animal before any more medicine can be purchased, wherever you choose to buy it from. This is generally accepted as the correct procedure under current legislation, although it is up to your vet to decide on the frequency of check-ups and this may change as your pet ages or if any circumstances  change.

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